About the Ambedkar Law Lectures
Delivered by prominent scholars of public law and other students of politics, the lectures aim to further our understanding of justice, democracy, equality, development, and governance from historical, comparative, and philosophical perspectives.
The Ambedkar Law Lectures are named in honor of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, an influential Indian political thinker and anti-colonial activist who studied at Columbia University and played a central part in framing the Constitution of independent India.
Historical Injustice, Agency, and Resentment
In societies marked by deep and enduring structural inequality—often along lines of caste, race, gender, or other forms of identity—how is the responsibility for such injustice assigned? How is the agency necessary to overcome historical injustice imagined? These lectures will use Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’s writings as a starting point to explore the moral psychology of responding to historical injustice.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, Princeton University; Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
With commentary by:
David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English, Yale University
Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Katharina Pistor, Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law, Columbia Law School