Dismantling Casteism and Racism: A Symposium  "Continuing the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar"
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Dismantling Casteism and Racism: A Symposium "Continuing the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar"

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Dismantling Casteism and Racism: A Symposium

"Continuing the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar"

The Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies (A/PIA) Program at the University of Michigan & the Ambedkar Association of North America have co-organized a symposium to address the theme “Dismantling Casteism and Racism.”  The symposium will examine the contemporary and historical intersections between anti-racist and anti-caste struggles in South Asia and the U.S.

Vandenberg Room 

Michigan League, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor,Michigan

Light lunch will be provided

Saturday: October 12, 2019

Please RSVP here.

Featured Speakers


Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, Ph.D. is an award-winning scholar, political theorist, and one of the most prominent anti-caste activists and intellectuals in India. He is currently the director of the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University.  Prof. Shepherd’s most recent publications include Turning the Pot, Tilling the Land: Dignity of Labour in Our Times (with co-writer Durgabai Vyam, 2007) and a memoir titled From a Shepherd Boy to an Intellectual (2019).  


Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a U.S.-based filmmaker, transmedia artist, and Dalit rights activist. She is the founder of Equality Labs, an organization that uses community research, socially engaged art, and technology to end the oppression of caste apartheid, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and religious intolerance. In 2015, Soundararajan was was a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fellow, during which time she helped curate #DalitWomenFight, a transmedia project and activist movement. 


Ronald E. Hall, Ph.D. is Professor of Social Work at Michigan State University.  His research specializations includes a focus on intraracial racism, colorism, caste, and mental health.  His publications include The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color Among African Americans (edited), and The Scientific Fallacy and Political Misuse of the Concept of Race.  

Ankita Nikalje is a Doctoral Student in the Counseling Psychology program at the College of Education at Purdue.  Her research focuses on the continued psychological impacts of colonization in South Asian populations, and seeks to understand how historical oppression and current experiences of racism impact mental and physical health.

Gaurav Pathania, Ph.D. is a sociologist and currently teaches at The George Washington University at Washington DC. His current project explores Dalits and Black activism in the US. In 2018, he published his first book, The University as a Site of Resistance: Identity and Student Politics" with Oxford University Press.

Panel Moderator

Manan Desai, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies and the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan.  He also serves on the academic council of the South Asian American Digital Archive.

Co-sponsored by the Department of American Culture, Center for South Asian Studies, Barger Leadership Program, Department of History, Department of English Language & Literature, Periyar Ambedkar Study Circle, Association for India’s Development, and American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin.

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Come Join the Festival of Sharing and be a part of a cultural exchange of Meditation, Arts, Music and Dance. Yoga • Guided Meditation • Indian Stick Dance • Malaysian Singer Composer Imee Ooi Debut Concert • Children’s Village • Food Vendors • Panel Discussions • Silent Art Auction • Practicing Generosity • Honoring Inner Forms of Wealth

Urban Retreat this June 29-30, UC Berkeley Campus

Saturday, June 29, 2019

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Promo Code: AANAGCB

This is a non-profit volunteer based event with proceeds directed towards Bridging Cultures and Exchanging Dharma Arts, Innovation in Alternate Forms of Wealth, Empowering Women in Monastic Life, Awaking Wisdom in Community

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International Vesak Day Celebration & Buddhist Festival
1:30 PM13:30

International Vesak Day Celebration & Buddhist Festival

On behalf of the Buddhist Council of America, I would like to invite you to be our honored guest speaker to open the International Vesak Day ceremony, a holiday that was recognized and adopted by the United Nations on May 15, 1999. International Vesak Day is an important day for Buddhist communities across Michigan and the world. It marks the three most important events in Buddha’s life: his birth, Enlightenment and passed away of Nibbana. Each year, International Vesak Day commemorates Lord Buddha and his teachings that provide guidance around non-violent actions to work for universal peace throughout the world. We, the Buddhist communities across America, celebrate this important day with a focus on spreading the loving kindness and world peace.

The Buddhist Council of America collaborates and partners with the Buddhist communities in Michigan. We represent the Buddhist communities with our members coming from Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, China, South Korea, Japan, Myanmar, and abroad.

We are all coming together to pray the world peace on International Vesak Day-Buddhist Festival on June 22, 2019, at Community Auditorium, Van Dyke Public Schools, 22900 Federal Ave.,Warren, MI 48089. Time: 1:30pm – 5:30pm.

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Buddha Purnima_Buddha Jayanti
10:00 AM10:00

Buddha Purnima_Buddha Jayanti

Jaibhim, Namo Buddhay,Dhammay and Sanghay

Ambedkar Association of North America (AANA)-Michigan Chapter invites you and your family/friends to attend Buddha Purnima-Buddha Jayanti in Warren, Michigan.

Date:May 18th 2019

Address: Midwest Buddhist Meditation Center (MBMC)

 29750 Ryan Rd, Warren, Michigan 48092

Time: 10AM - 2PM 

Lunch: Served-Pot uck 

Agenda: Tir Sharan Panchsheel, Sangha Dana, Dhamma Talk, Sutta Chanting

RSVP at aanausa@gmail.com

Please plan to attend with your family and friends.

Thank you.

Ambedkar Association Of North America (AANA)
Email: aanausa@gmail.com
URL: www.aanausa.org

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Movie Screening-Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar
2:03 PM14:03

Movie Screening-Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar

On the occasion of "Founding Father of Modern India" Revolitionary Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s 128th Birthday celebrations, Join the free movie screening organized by Periyar Ambedkar study Circle (PASC) North America and Ambedkar Association of North America (AANA) with some light refreshments at

Novi civic center

45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

May 5th 2019

Book your free movie tickets.👇🏾👇🏾


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Dr B R Ambedkar 128th Birth Anniversary in Canton Michigan
1:00 PM13:00

Dr B R Ambedkar 128th Birth Anniversary in Canton Michigan

Ambedkar Association of North America and Periyar Ambedkar Study Circle cordially invite you to celebrate 128th Dr B R Amebdkar Birth Anniversary at Canton Public Library.

Program Outline

  • Paying tribute to Dr B R Ambedkar

  • Cultural Activity

  • Panel Discussion: Dr B R Ambedkar’s contribution to Nation building

  • Speeches of guest speaker

  • Speeches of kids and adults

  • Vote of thanks and refreshment

    RSVP :aanausa@gmail.com

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60th Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din-Michigan

  • Midwest Buddhist Meditation Center (map)
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mbedkar Association of North America Michigan Chapter celebrated “60th Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din” at Midwest Buddhist mediation center in Warren, Michigan.

Approximate 30 to 35 local & families from Ohio attended this event.

This event was hosted by “Dayalan Kuthala” with series of speakers Mr. Tanaji Sakpal, Mahesh Wasnik and Mr.Revan Chabukswar. Dhamma talk delivered by Midwest Buddhist mediation center head monk Ven. Bhante Thanapath and International Peace monastery head monk Ven, Bhante Dharmananda.

Ven. Bhante Achan Thanapat presented constitution of India/Preamble banner and 22 vows to our community. He mention Dr Ambedkar embrace Buddhism for his people and now our duty propagate it nationally and internationally. Ven, Bhante Dharmananda emphasize on “How Mind play game with our thinking process so he ask to practice mindfulness mediation to control your mind”.

Cultural program participation: Arsh Wasnik played a Trombone, Arya Patil sang lotus sutra “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” and a small play “Angulimal” acted by Arsh, Sana , Trupti and Mahesh Wasnik.

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ChaloUna Global Solidarity March in Detroit,USA

A big group Ambedkar Association of North America, Michigan Chapter protestors showed in Detroit down town supporting #ChaloUna showing placards and took a mile-long march demonstrating against the ongoing caste atrocities committed against the Dalits.

To draw maximum attention to Americans and Canadians, on the brutal and barbaric atrocities on Dalits in India and in solidarity with #ChaloUna Freedom march, Ambedkar Association of North America took out this march from Hart Plaza to Detroit riverfront passing through Marriott Hotel, GM Plaza a major attraction area where American Canadians gathered for ongoing hart Plaza summer festivals, and concerts.


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2578 Buddha Jayanti-Vesak Day and 125th Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Jayanti Celebrations

  • 6848 Stone Road Great Valley, NY, 14741 United States (map)
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Ambedkar Association of North America (AANA) welcomes you to 2578 Buddha Purnima (Vesak Day) and 125th Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations.

We have an exciting program today with noted speakers and cultural activities.
Cabin Address:
6848 Stone Road, Great Valley, NY 14741
Check in date: 5/27/2016 after 3.00PM
Check out date: 5/30/2016 by 10.00AM
Main Hall(Program) Address:
4343 South Whalen Road, Great Valley, NY 14741

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125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. B. R. AMBEDKAR event at Michigan state University MSU

Please plan to attend  celebration of DR. B.R. Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary. All are invited to attend the celebration of DR. B.R. Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary.

on Saturday 16th April 2015 at 1.00PM EST
Venue: Wells Hall B122 — 619 Red Cedar Rd, East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Co-sponsors: Asian Studies Center & Religious Studies Department at MSU and Ambedkar Association of North America

Distinguished program speakers

  • Jon Keune Asst. Professor of South Asian Religions, MSU, MI
  • Kevin D Brown Professor of Law, IU Bloomington, IN
  • Jeremy Rinker Asst. Professor, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies, UNCG, NC
  • Shailaja D Paik Asst. Professor of History & South Asian Studies, UC, OH
  • Respondent: Ram Mahalingam Asst. Professor of Psychology, UM, MI
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6:00 PM18:00

EGO FREE Movement Jan-25-2015

Time :

 USA time : 9.00 AM (EST) , 8.00 AM (CST)

Mumbai  :  7.30 PM (IST)

Japan     : 11.00 PM (JST)

UK (London) : 2.00 PM

  Australia   :     1.00 AM (Monday) 

Topic: EGO FREE Movement


Speaker : Venerable Bhante Vimalkiri Gunseeri (Deeksha Bhumi Nagpur) ;

Bhimrao Y. Ambedkar (Grandson of Dr. B R. Ambedkar)  

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