Amidst developing national discussions on racial injustice in the past several months, alternative frameworks are being advanced to better understand and analyze the depth of racial inequity and discrimination we see in the United States today, including the language of caste.
On Monday, January 25th the Blum Center is hosting a virtual Pop-Up discussion on award-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. In Caste, Wilkerson examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped the United States, and illustrates how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. Linking the Caste systems of the US, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores the key pillars that underlie caste systems and their everyday impacts.
This Pop Up Discussion will feature UCSB Associate Professors, Amit Ahuja (Political Science) and Jean Beaman (Sociology) who will discuss the connections between the caste system in India and in the United States, and related systems of inequality at home and abroad.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research, the Department of Black Studies, the African Diasporic Cultural Resource Center, the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program, and the Department of Political Science, Identity Politics Workshop.