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NORRAG : Ambedkar, Dewey, and the Evolution of Pragmatism in India

Thursday, 30 March 2023

11:30 AM New York time, 5:30 PM Geneva time, 9:00 PM New Delhi time – the event lasts 90 minutes

Teachers College, Milbank Chapel, 525 West 120th Street, New York, N.Y. 10027


Many know that Bhimrao Ambedkar, chief architect of India’s constitution and powerful proponent of rights and respect for India’s most oppressed, thought highly of John Dewey, his former teacher at Columbia University, New York. At this international symposium, the keynote speaker sheds light on Ambedkar’s time in New York, detailing the two men’s educational and intellectual relationship and Ambedkar’s appropriation of Deweyan concepts and methods to forge a new vision of pragmatism.

The international symposium is organized by Teachers College, Columbia University and the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Education Policy, based at the Geneva Graduate Institute. Please attend the session, in person or by webinar, and listen to the short testimonies on Ambedkar and his legacy for today’s right to education.




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