Pop Up Discussion: Caste, Racism, and Systems of Inequality in the US and Abroad

Event Date: 

Monday, January 25, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event Contact: 

Joanne Nowak, Blum Center Academic Coordinator (joanne.nowak@ucsb.edu)

"... caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down the aisle, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. It is about POWER - which groups have it and which do not."

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.
When: Pop Up Discussion - Monday, January 25th from 5-6:30PM
Where: https://tinyurl.com/BlumCenterPopUp-Caste
Please RSVP through this link: https://tinyurl.com/CastePopUpRSVP
Please RSVP to this event by Friday, January 22nd. You can continue your engagement by attending related events on campus featuring Isabel Wilkerson by UCSB Arts & Lectures and the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program on January 26th and February 2nd.
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.