Ajay Singh Chaudhary


Ajay Singh Chaudhary presents The Exhausted of the Earth

An exploration of how the shared experiences of exhaustion can be the foundation for a new, radical climate politics.

Climate change is not only about the exhaustion of the planet, it's about the exhaustion of so many of us, our lives, our worlds, even our minds. So, what is to be done?

Join us on Wednesday, April 17th, at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, for a conversation with Ajay Singh Chaudhary and learn how he answers this question in his new book, The Exhausted of the Earth: Politics in a Burning World.

In The Exhausted of the Earth, Ajay Singh Chaudhary brings together both the science and the politics of climate change. He shows how a new politics particular to the climate catastrophe demands a bitter struggle between those attached to the power, wealth, and security of “business-as-usual” and all of us, those exhausted, in every sense of the word, by the status quo.

Replacing Promethean, romantic, and apocalyptic fairytales with a new story for every exhausted inhabitant of this exhausted world, The Exhausted of the Earth outlines the politics and the power needed to alter the course of our burning world far beyond, far better than, mere survival.

Ajay Singh Chaudhary is the founding and executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and a member of the core faculty specializing in social and political theory. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University’s MESAAS department and Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and an M.Sc. in Culture and Society from the London School of Economics. His research focuses on social and political theory, comparative philosophy, Frankfurt School critical theory, religion, political economy, media studies, and post-colonial studies. He has written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Quartz, Social Text, Dialectical Anthropology, The Jewish Daily Forward, The Public Eye, Filmmaker Magazine, and 3quarksdaily, among other venues.


Admission is free and registration is not required for attendance.


Public transportation: Big Blue Bus (Routes 2 and 17), Culver CityBus (Line 6), Metro

Ridehailing locations: Gateway Plaza, Luskin Conference Center

On-site parking available for $4-$15 (1 hour – daily max)