Fireside Conversation with Adam Shatz and Karuna Mantena

Adam Shatz and the organizers of this event have decided to cancel this event and postpone it to the Fall, in solidarity with the boycott of Columbia University that has been called as a result of the mass suspensions and arrests by the NYPD of more than 100 Columbia and Barnard students. We will be back in touch when the boycott is lifted. 


Bernard E. Harcourt (CCCCT) and Madhav Khosla (Ambedkar Initiative) are delighted to host a conversation between Adam Shatz and Karuna Mantena on Adam Shatz's new book, The Rebel's Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon.

Adam Shatz is the US editor of The London Review of Books and a contributor to The New York Times MagazineThe New York Review of BooksThe New Yorker, and other publications. He is the author of Writers and Missionaries: Essays on the Radical Imagination and the host of the podcast “Myself with Others.”

Karuna Mantena is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. Mantena specializes in political theory with research interests in the theory and history of empire, South Asian intellectual history, and postcolonial democracy. She holds a B.Sc.(economics) in international relations from the London School of Economics (1995), an M.A. in ideology and discourse analysis from the University of Essex (1996), and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University (2004). Her first book, Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism (Princeton, 2010), analyzed the transformation of nineteenth-century British imperial ideology. She is finishing a book on M. K. Gandhi and the politics of nonviolence. She is also co-director of the Conference for the Study of Political Thought ( 

Madhav Khosla is an Associate Professor of Law at Columbia University. He is interested in the nature and form of constitutions, especially from a comparative and theoretical perspective. Much of his research and writing in comparative constitutional law has focused on South Asia and India. Khosla studied political theory at Harvard University, where his dissertation was awarded the Edward M. Chase Prize for “the best dissertation on a subject relating to the promotion of world peace”, and law at Yale Law School and the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. Before joining Columbia Law School, he was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Khosla's books include India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy (Harvard University Press 2020), which was an Economist Best Book of 2020 and co-winner of the Order of the Coif Book Award 2021.

Bernard E. Harcourt is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, a distinguished critical theorist, legal advocate, and prolific writer and editor. In his books, articles, and teaching, his scholarship focuses on punishment practices and political economy, critical theory and praxis, and political protest. Harcourt is the founding director of the Initiative for a Just Society at the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, which brings contemporary critical theory and practice to bear on current social problems and seeks to address them through practical engagements, including litigation and public policy transformation.