Date & Time
Wednesday, March 6, 3-7 PM
3-4:30 PM - Panel
4:30-7 PM - Film screening and Q & A with filmmaker
Panel: Art, Global Resistance, and Public Protest
Join filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, UIC Social Justice Institute Fellow Ivan Arenas, UIC Professor of Photography Silvia Malagrino and Assistant Professor of History Rama Mantena for a pre-screening discussion.
Conversation will be moderated by Lynette Jackson, Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies & African American Studies.
For thousands of years India's Dalits were abhorred as "untouchables," denied education, and treated as bonded labor. By 1923 Bhimrao Ambedkar broke the taboo, won doctorates abroad, and fought for the emancipation of his people. He drafted India's Constitution and led his followers to discard Hinduism for Buddhism. His legend still spreads through poetry and song. In 1997 a statue of Dr. Ambedkar in a Dalit colony in Mumbai was desecrated with footwear. As angry residents gathered, police opened fire killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist poet, hung himself in protest. Jai Bhim Comrade, shot over 14 years, follows the poetry and music of people like Vilas and marks a subaltern tradition of reason that from the days of the Buddha has fought superstition and religious bigotry.
Social Justice Initiative, Asian Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Asian American Studies Program, Department of Anthropology,Office of International Affairs.
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts.