In societies marked by deep and enduring structural inequality – often along lines of caste, race, gender, or other forms of identity – how is 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.


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Location: Low Library Rotunda

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Length: 02:03:40

About the Lecturer:

Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, Princeton University; Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University and a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi. Previously, he served as vice chancellor of Ashoka University and president of the CPR. He has taught at Harvard University and Jawaharlal Nehru University and has been a member of the Global Faculty at New York University School of Law.

Mehta has published widely on political theory, constitutional law, and the history of ideas, including his recently co-edited Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution. His policy experience includes being convener of the prime minister of India’s Knowledge Commission and member of the Government of India’s National Security Advisory Board. He is a prolific contributor to many public debates in forums such as The Financial Times and Foreign Affairs magazine, and is editorial consultant to The Indian Express.

Mehta holds a B.A. (first class) in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University. He was awarded the 2010 Malcolm S. Adiseshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences. In 2021, he was elected as a fellow of The British Academy.

About the Commentators:

Jamal Greene
Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Jamal Greene is a constitutional law expert whose scholarship focuses on the structure of legal and constitutional argument. He teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, the law of the political process, First Amendment, and federal courts. He is the author of the book How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession With Rights Is Tearing America Apart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021) as well as numerous law review articles. Greene has written in depth about the U.S. Supreme Court, constitutional rights adjudication, and the constitutional theory of originalism, and his commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, the New York Daily News, and the Los Angeles Times.

Greene has served as senior visiting scholar at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He currently co-chairs the Oversight Board, an independent body set up to review content moderation decisions on Facebook and Instagram. Greene earned an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He also served as law clerk to Judge Guido Calabresi on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Katharina Pistor
Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law, Columbia Law School

Katharina Pistor is a leading scholar and writer on corporate governance, money and finance, property rights, and comparative law and legal institutions. She has authored nine books, including, most recently, The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality (Princeton, 2019), which examines how assets such as land, private debt, business organizations, or knowledge are transformed into capital through contract law, property rights, collateral law, and trust, corporate, and bankruptcy law. Pistor also publishes widely in legal and social science journals, has testified before Congress, and serves on the editorial boards of several prestigious academic journals.

Pistor has held teaching and research positions at Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, New York University School of Law, Frankfurt University, London School of Economics, and Oxford University. Pistor holds graduate degrees from the University of London (LL.M.), Harvard Kennedy School (M.P.A.), and the University of Munich (J.S.D.).


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