Tertulia | Race and Caste in Latin America, India, and the USA: A Global Conversation

Tuesday, February 2 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

A global discussion of "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents", by Isabel Wilkerson, with Cecilia Méndez, Utathya Chattopadhyaya, and Terrance Wooten.

In her widely acclaimed book "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents", Isabel Wilkerson complicates the category of race, as it is commonly understood in the US, by bringing caste to the fore. She discusses the “caste” historical experience of the US in light of those in Nazi Germany and India. Insofar as the term "caste" was first introduced in India by the Portuguese at a time when the Spanish and Portuguese empires had a global colonial reach, Wilkerson’s book provides a perfect pretext for the Program in Latin American and Iberian Studies (LAIS) to launch a global conversation. In this roundtable, UCSB faculty from Black Studies, History, and LAIS specialized in the US, India, and Latin America discuss their take on caste, race, and Isabel Wilkerson.

Speakers (UC Santa Barbara)
Utathya Chattopadhyaya (History)
Cecilia Méndez (LAIS Director and History)
Terrance Wooten (Black Studies)