CRG 20th Anniversary Distinguished Guest Lecture with writer Arundhati Roy

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Mather Redwood Grove & Amphitheater, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

04.12 | 4 – 5:30 PM | CRG 20th Anniversary Distinguished Guest Lecture
“My Seditious Heart: Freedom, Fascism and Fiction”  Keynote, Arundhati Roy
In-Person – Mather Redwood Grove & Amphitheater, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley 

Tickets available Tuesday, March 1st at 9:00 am PT on Eventbrite. Click here to get your ticket.
This event is free and open to all, but a ticket will be required.

The Center for Race and Gender invites you to join us for an afternoon with writer, Arundhati Roy.  

In conversation with Angana P. Chatterji, Founding Co-Chair of the Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative at the Center for Race and Gender, Abdul R. JanMohamed, Professor of English, Raka Ray, Dean of Division of Social Sciences, and Professor of Sociology and South & Southeast Asian Studies, and Leti Volpp, Director of the Center for Race and Gender, and Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law; followed by Q&A.

Q&A moderated by Niha Masih, India Correspondent, The Washington Post.

Welcome Remarks by Linda Haverty Rugg, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and Professor of Scandinavian.

Hosted by the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley.  Co-sponsored by CRG’s Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Berkeley’s Division of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Department of English, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, International Human Rights Law Clinic at Berkeley Law, Institute for South Asia Studies, Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, Multicultural Community Center, Othering and Belonging Institute’s Religious Diversity Cluster, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities. 

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Ariana Ceja at with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.


Photo Arundhati Roy (c) Mayank Austen Soofi jacket photo Arundhati Roy lives in New Delhi.  She is the author of the novels The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.  A collection of her essays from the past twenty years, My Seditious Heart, was published by Hamish Hamilton and Haymarket Books. Her latest book is Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. FictionLearn more.
Angana Chatterji Angana P. Chatterji is Research Anthropologist and Founding Co-chair of the Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative at the Center for Race and Gender at University of California, Berkeley. Since April 2017, she has been a Research Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Stanford University, and leads the creation of the Archive on Legacies of Conflict in South Asia, a Berkeley-Stanford collaboration. Her recent scholarship focuses on political conflict, majoritarian nationalism, religion in the public sphere, and reparatory justice, specifically on political violence and coloniality in Kashmir; prejudicial citizenship in India and the delimits of absolute nationalism; and concurrently on questions of belonging and legacies of conflict across South Asia. Dr. Chatterji’s recent publications include: BREAKING WORLDS: Religion, Law, and Nationalism in Majoritarian India; The Story of Assam (2021, Lead Author); Majoritarian State: How Hindu Nationalism is Changing India (2019, Co-editor); and Conflicted Democracies and Gendered Violence: The Right to Heal (2016, Lead Author and Editor).  Learn more.
Photo of Abdul R JanMohamed Abdul R. JanMohamed has taught in the English Department at UC, Berkeley since 1983.  His publications include Manichean Aesthetics: The Politics of Literature in Colonial AfricaThe Nature and Context of Minority Discourse (co-edited with David Lloyd); The Death-Bound-Subject: Richard Wright’s Archaeology Of Death; (ed.) Reconsidering Social Identification: Race, Gender, Class, and Caste. He was the founding editor (along with Donna Przybylowicz) of Cultural Critique, a journal initially designed to provide a venue for the theorization of postcolonial and American minority literary and cultural discourses and for contemporary cultural theory. Learn more.
Photo of Niha Mashi Niha Masih is the India correspondent for the Washington Post based in New Delhi. Her reporting focuses on issues of political conflict, social development, gender and human rights.  An alumnus of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, she has extensively covered the ascendance of Hindu nationalism and the use of surveillance technology against dissidents in contemporary India. She has written on the impact of pandemic lockdowns on India’s poor, threats from the Hindu Right to US-based scholars of south Asia, targeting of minorities in Assam, and conflict conditions in Kashmir since 2019. Most recently, she was part of the Washington Post’s Pegasus Project team investigating the misuse of the Israeli spyware by governments. The project was awarded the 2021 George Polk Award for technology reporting. Previously, she worked with the Hindustan Times and New Delhi Television and reported on the 2014 war in Gaza, the first democratic elections in Egypt and Myanmar, and post-war upheaval in Sri Lanka. Learn more.
Photo of Raka Ray Raka Ray is Dean of the Divison of Social Sciences and is Professor of Sociology and South & Southeast Asia Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the former Chair of the Institute of South Asia Studies and the Department of Sociology. Professor Ray’s areas of specialization are gender and feminist theory, inequality, emerging middle classes, cultures of servitude, social movements and postcolonial sociology. Publications include Fields of Protest: Women’s Movements in India (University of Minnesota, 1999; and in India, Kali for Women, 2000), Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power, and Politics, co-edited with Mary Katzenstein (Rowman and Littlefeld, 2005), Cultures of Servitude: Modernity, Domesticity and Class in India with Seemin Qayum (Stanford 2009), Both Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes, co-edited with Amita Baviskar (Routledge, 2011), The Handbook of Gender (OUP, India 2011) and many articles.  Learn more.
Photo of Linda H. Rugg Linda Haverty Rugg is Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Swedish Literature in the Scandinavian Department at UC Berkeley.  She has published two monographs and more than two dozen scholarly articles, essays, and book chapters, with emphases on autobiography, film and photography, painting, ecocriticism, and race studies. Her book Picturing Ourselves: Photography and Autobiography (University of Chicago Press, 1997) won the Modern Language Association’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for best book in Comparative Literature in 1998. Her present research engages with the work of two Swedish brothers who arrived in the Delaware River Valley in 1712, with particular focus on their encounters with Native Americans and the natural environment of North America.  Learn more.
Leti Volpp is the Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice at the UC Berkeley School of Law.  Prof. Volpp’s numerous honors include two Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships, a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant, and the Association of American Law Schools Minority Section Derrick A. Bell, Jr., Award. She has delivered many public lectures, including the James A. Thomas Lecture at Yale Law School, the Korematsu Lecture at New York University Law School, and the Barbara Aronstein Black Lecture at Columbia Law School.  Learn more.


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