Panel Discussion: Persecution of Religious Minorities
Nov
6
to Nov 7

Panel Discussion: Persecution of Religious Minorities

  • The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Room 705 (map)
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Our Executive Director Thenmozhi Soundararajan will be moderating a panel at the 2018 Parliament of World’s Religions, Toronto. The panel titled ‘Persecution of Religious Minorities’ is part of the parliament’s Countering War, Hate & Violence Track: Peace and Love: Not War, Hate & Violence. Here’s more information about the panel.

Persecution of minorities is a worldwide issue that needs to be addressed at international forums so that minorities all over the world can be helped and protected. Initially persecution explicitly referred to oppression due to one’s religious practices and faith, it now encompasses race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation as well as religion. Persecution can be a two pronged attack from the governments through its actions, laws and policies, as well as hostile acts from private individuals, organizations and social groups with the concurrence or toleration of state actors. Rohingya Muslim, Dalit, Sikh, Baha’i, Hindu, Indian Muslim, and Chinese Muslim speakers will highlight the problems from their individual experiences and explore avenues for assisting oppressed minorities and explore the role of interfaith engagement in this work.

Other members of the panel include Geoffrey Cameron, Director, Office of Public Affairs for the Bahá'í Community of Canada, Anahat Sandhu, Founding trustee of Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations, Dr. Jaideep Singh, scholar and co-founder of theSikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), Ahmed Ramadan, Outreach Coordinator at Burma Task Force Canada, Swami Agnivesh, Leader of the Arya Samaj and Philip Scott, founder of the Ancestral Voice-Institute for Indigenous Lifeways.

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May
8
2:00 PM14:00

Sidebar: Patrick Jagoda & Thenmozhi Soundararajan

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SIDEBAR welcomes Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellows Patrick Jagoda (UChicago Department of English) and Thenmozhi Soundararajan (activist, transmedia artist and theorist) in conversation about their fellowship project, Imagining Futures.

Along with their other collaborator, Melissa Gilliam (Uchicago Medicine), Jagoda and Soundararajan used Imagining Futures as an opportunity to consider various ways we might be able to look at futurism as a way to build community and power. As part of their project, a survey is being conducted that seeks "to harness our greatest weapons against this pessimism: our imagination." Click here if you'd like to participate.

SIDEBAR is an ongoing conversation series organized by the Gray Center. Join us at 6:00pm for food and drinks as we settle into an evening of productive engagement with our invited guests.

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May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Racism in a Digital Age: A dialogue on the intersections of technology and racism in South Africa and the world

Our Executive Director will be one of the panelists in a conversation about how racism and technology intersect in the digital era. The panel will also include Atlantic Fellow Rasheedah Phillips, Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg,  Prof. Musa Mhalnga, a Geneticist and Toby Shapshak, Editor-in-cheif and publisher of Stuff magazine

The event is jointly organized by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, Harvard University Center for African Studies and The Hanns Seidel Foundation. The panel discussion will be followed by a light dinner. 

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Apr
26
11:00 AM11:00

Caste, Gender & Anti-Islamophobic Struggles in South India

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Cynthia Stephen is an independent social policy researcher and analyst and independent journalist. She is also a well-known trainer on Gender, policy and Development issues. She has written a number of articles for newspapers, magazines, and journals as well as contributed chapters to several books including on the girl child and experiences of discrimination in higher education in India. Her body of work includes leadership in several people’s initiatives for justice, in large country-wide women’s empowerment groups, and theoretical work on women’s concerns from the unrecognized perspective of women and girls from the large number of marginalised sections in India. She represents three of them – women, religious minority (in India), and the Dalit community, from among the former untouchables in India. She is President of the Training, Editorial and Development Services Trust, (TEDS Trust), and is based in Bangalore, India.

This event is made possible by support from Equality Labs, a South Asian organization that uses community research, socially engaged art, and technology to end the oppression of caste apartheid, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and religious intolerance is instrumental in making this connection with us at MIC.

Co-sponsors of this event include the Center for Race Gender and Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, both at UC Berkeley. And the powerful Huma Dar!!

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Apr
23
4:00 PM16:00

Re-imagining self-hoods: Dalit Women Narratives

  • Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (map)
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Join the conversation about Dalit women and resistance with scholar and activist Cynthia Stephen and Rev. Stephanie M. Crumpton, Assistant  Professor of Practical theology, McCormick Theological Seminary. The event is organized by the Graduate Student's Association of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and co-sponsored by Equality Labs and ELCA - Global Mission on Women and Children. 

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Apr
19
to Apr 20

Colors of Rebellion: Art Against Caste Apartheid

  • einewelt haus Magdeburg (map)
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On the occasion of Dalit History Month and the 127th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the students of OvGU Magdeburg in collaboration with PoC Hochschulgruppe Magdeburg and Ambedkar Periyar Phule Network, Europe invite you to an art exhibition from the 19th April to 06th May, 2018 in EineWelt Haus, Magdeburg (Schellingstraße 3, 39104 Magdeburg).

  • Exhibition dates: 19. Apr - 06 May 2018, in EineWelt Haus Magdeburg (Schellingstraße 3-4, 39104 Magdeburg)

  • Exhibition Opening: 19. Apr 2018, 19:00 onwards with Ms. Thenmozhi Soundararajan from Equality Labs, USA

  • Open Discussion: 19. Apr 2018, 19:00 - 21:00 in EineWelt Haus Magdeburg (Schellingstraße 3-4, 39104 Magdeburg) with Thenmozhi Soundararajan (Equality Labs, USA / Co-founder of Dalit History Month Initiative) on the topic "Dalit Movement in Modern India"

A short video will be screened wherein the Dalit Artists, whose artwork is on display talk about their artistic journey and inspiration. What it means to be a Dalit and woman artist. They also shed light on how their art intersects with their Dalit-ness, woman-ness. These artists share a common thread, their ‘Dalit-ness’. They are part of a powerful political history of activism. Dalits have for long articulated their rebelliousness against the upper caste domination through their unique artistic expressions, be it Dalit literature, poetry, and paintings. Their art subverts the hegemony, their art intersects and speaks volumes of multiple axes of social injustice and inequality. Be it gender, caste, religion, and class. Witness this long tradition that enriches and strengthens the community spirit.

The worst affected people due to the persistence of the caste system are the untouchables (unberührbare) who have chosen "Dalit" as nomenclature for themselves. "Dalit" means broken people, broken under caste but still determined to survive. Inspired by the Black Panthers movement in the United States of America, Dalits in Mumbai formed the Dalit Panthers organisation in the 1970s. The Dalit Panthers intervened in the most radical way and left their enduring imprints in literature and politics across the country. Like the social institution of race that oppress the Black people, Dalits too suffer in similar ways. We hope that this exhibition will give you a glimpse of the "other India".

The exhibition and discussion are open to everyone who wants to take part. We look forward to your questions, comments and participation.https://www.facebook.com/sz526

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Apr
19
7:00 AM07:00

Colors of Rebellion - Dalit History Month Magdeburg

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ENGLISH VERSION BELOW

Wir würden Euch gerne auf eine Kunst Ausstellung zur Dalit History Month in Magdeburg aufmerksam machen.

Hier ein paar Eckdaten, sowie eine ausführlichere Beschreibungen der Ausstellung unten:

  • Ausstellungszeitraum: 19. Apr - 06. Mai 2018 im EineWelt Haus, Magdeburg (Schellingstraße 3-4, 39104 Magdeburg)

  • VERNISSAGE: 19. Apr 2018, ab 19.00 Uhr mit Ms. Thenmozhi Soundararajan vom Equality Labs, USA

  • Offene Diskussion: 19. Apr 2018, 19:00 - 21:00 in EineWelt Haus, Magdeburg (Schellingstraße 3-4, 39104 Magdeburg ) mit Thenmozhi Soundararajan (Equality Labs, USA / Mitbegründerin des Dalit History Month Projekt) zum Thema "Dalit Movement in Modern India"

Zum 127. Geburtstag von Dr. B.R. Ambedkar laden Studierende der Universität Magdeburg Sie zur einer Kunst Ausstellung ein. Die vom Kastensystem am schlimmsten betroffenen Menschen sind die "Unberührbaren", die "Dalit" als Selbstbezeichnung wählen. Inspiriert von der Black Panther Bewegung in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, gründeten Dalits in Mumbai die Dalit Panther Organisation in den 1970er Jahren. Die Dalit Panthers mischten auf und hinterließen ihren Abdruck in der Literatur und in der Politik des ganzen Landes. Unter ähnlichen Mechanismen sozialer Institutionen, die Rassismus (re-)produzieren und Schwarze Menschen unterdrücken, leiden auch Dalits. Wir hoffen, dass diese Ausstellung eine Ausblick in das "andere Indien" gibt.

ENGLISH

On the occasion of Dalit History Month and the 127th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the students of OvGU Magdeburg in collaboration with PoC Hochschulgruppe Magdeburg and Ambedkar Periyar Phule Network, Europe invite you to an art exhibition from the 19th April to 06th May, 2018 in EineWelt Haus, Magdeburg (Schellingstraße 3, 39104 Magdeburg).

  • Exhibition dates: 19. Apr - 06 May 2018, in EineWelt Haus Magdeburg (Schellingstraße 3-4, 39104 Magdeburg)

  • Exhibition Opening: 19. Apr 2018, 19:00 onwards with Ms. Thenmozhi Soundararajan from Equality Labs, USA

  • Open Discussion: 19. Apr 2018, 19:00 - 21:00 in EineWelt Haus Magdeburg (Schellingstraße 3-4, 39104 Magdeburg) with Thenmozhi Soundararajan (Equality Labs, USA / Co-founder of Dalit History Month Initiative) on the topic "Dalit Movement in Modern India"

A short video will be screened wherein the Dalit Artists, whose artwork is on display talk about their artistic journey and inspiration. What it means to be a Dalit and woman artist. They also shed light on how their art intersects with their Dalit-ness, woman-ness. These artists share a common thread, their ‘Dalit-ness’. They are part of a powerful political history of activism. Dalits have for long articulated their rebelliousness against the upper caste domination through their unique artistic expressions, be it Dalit literature, poetry, and paintings. Their art subverts the hegemony, their art intersects and speaks volumes of multiple axes of social injustice and inequality. Be it gender, caste, religion, and class. Witness this long tradition that enriches and strengthens the community spirit.

The worst affected people due to the persistence of the caste system are the untouchables (unberührbare) who have chosen "Dalit" as nomenclature for themselves. "Dalit" means broken people, broken under caste but still determined to survive. Inspired by the Black Panthers movement in the United States of America, Dalits in Mumbai formed the Dalit Panthers organisation in the 1970s. The Dalit Panthers intervened in the most radical way and left their enduring imprints in literature and politics across the country. Like the social institution of race that oppress the Black people, Dalits too suffer in similar ways. We hope that this exhibition will give you a glimpse of the "other India".

The exhibition and discussion are open to everyone who wants to take part. We look forward to your questions, comments and participation.

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Apr
15
to Apr 16

Colors of Rebellion - Dalit History Month

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The month of April is celebrated as Dalit History Month, in honor of Dr B. R. Ambedkar - dedicated human rights activist and founding father of modern India. Marking this occasion, a week-long Art exhibition of four prominent Dalit artists and journalists will take place in KU Leuven University starting from 16th April.

EXHIBITION DATES: 16. - 19. April 2018, KULeuven PANGAEA, Andreas Vesaliusstraat 34, 3000 Leuven

OPENING DAY: 16 April, 19.30 - 22.00 with Video screening: Dalit artists speak of their art

Talk by Thenmozhi Sounderarajan, Co-founder Dalit History Month: "Dalit movement in modern times"

Talk by Prof. Chris Verschooten, International Journalism, KULeuven: "Media representation of Dalits in India"

CLOSING DAY: 19 April, 20.30 - 22.00 with The OtherStory -Testimony of a Dalit Scholar Swati Kamble: "From a standpoint of a Dalit woman rights activist and intersectionality researcher"

This will be followed by a short film screening to close the exhibition.

On the opening day of the exhibition a short video will be screened wherein the Dalit Artists, whose artwork is on display talk about their artistic journey and inspiration. What it means to be a Dalit and woman artist. They also shed light on how their art intersects with their Dalit-ness, woman-ness. These artists share a common thread, their ‘Dalit-ness’. They are part of a powerful political history of activism. Dalits have for long articulated their rebelliousness against the upper caste domination through their unique artistic expressions, be it Dalit literature, poetry, and paintings. Their art subverts the hegemony, their art intersects and speaks volumes of multiple axes of social injustice and inequality. Be it gender, caste, religion, and class. Witness this long tradition that enriches and strengthens the community spirit.

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Apr
10
1:45 PM13:45

The God of the Little, The Least, and the Lost

  • Columbia Theological Seminary RM 102 BLC (map)
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Join Banglore Based Dalit Activist and Intellectual Cynthia Stephn for Her Dalit History Month Lecture: The God of the Little, The Least, and the Lost. She will draw upon her experiences of working with marginalized women's movements throughout India. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1921404371250747&set=gm.1816639955308258&type=3&theater

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Apr
7
4:00 PM16:00

An Ambedkarite Vision for the 21st Century

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Cynthia Stephen is a researcher, writer, activist and legal counsel who has worked on issues related to the rights of the minorities - women and dalits - in India for the past 30 years. She has served as a member in several national, and international committees including the UN's Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

In this talk, she will focus on the relevance of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's ideas on center-state relations, socialism and justice in today's increasingly complex globalized world.

The event is organized by Ambedkar Association of North America(AANA), Association for India's Development(AID) and Periyar AMbedkar Study Circle(PASC). 

 

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Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Dalit History Month 2018: Dalit Feminisms and Futures

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Dalit History Month is here!

Join us for an event featuring renowned speaker and activist Cynthia Stephen in dialogue with Dalit History Month co-founders Thenmozhi Soundararajan and Maari Zwick-Maitreyi

Cynthia Stephen an independent journalist and policy analyst on Gender, Development and Social inclusion throughout Dalit communities.

Dalit History Month is a participatory radical history project. Our goal is to share the contributions to history from Dalits around the world. We believe in the power of our stories to change the upper caste narratives of our experience as one solely of atrocity into one that is of our own making. Our story may have begun in violence but we continue forward by emphasizing our assertion and resistance. Join the conversation at #DalitHistoryMonth.

What are the possibilities of Dalit liberation through the lens of gender, faith, and futurism? How do women, gender non conforming people, trans and queer bodies imagine their future? What does a world without casteist violence look like?

Join us for this riveting conversation with groundbreaking activists who are breaking the silence on caste!


 

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Apr
2
10:30 AM10:30

Indigenous Knowledge: Thinking & Doing - Roundtable at "Feminism + Knowledge + Politics"

  • University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall (map)
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Our Research Director Maari Zwick Maitreyi will be part of a roundtable organized as part of “Feminism + Knowledge + Politics”, the 7th annual conference of the International Feminist Journal of Politics.  The roundtable which includes Michelle Lee Brown, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Anasuya Sengupta, Whoseknowledge.org and  Persephone Lewis, University of San Diego will be chaired by Justin de Leon, UC San Diego. 

Maari will talk about the history of the Caste system and the Caste-d structures of knowledge that were created in the subcontinent as a result. She will also talk about forms of knowledge held by Dalit people and explore opportunities for documenting, systematizing and celebrating Dalit knowledge.

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