[Soasiastudents] Romila Thapar lecture May 25
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Wed May 18 10:25:11 PDT 2005
Romila Thapar, Professor Emeritus of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, to give lecture on "Interpretations of Early Indian History" at the University of Washington on Wednesday, May 25, at 7:00 pm in Kane Hall 110.
Dr. Romila Thapar is one of the world's foremost experts on ancient Indian history. Thapar received her doctoral degree from London University in 1960 and returned to a newly independent India to pursue her teaching and scholarship. Her research on ancient India has evolved new ways of reading evidence from archaeology, mythology, literature, philosophy, ritual texts, folklore, and other sources. The results have yielded illuminating perspectives on contemporary India as well as new comparative and conceptual insights for historical studies more broadly. First published in 1966, Thapar's History of India, Vol.1, has been in print ever since. Thapar's subsequent books-and there are many-have secured her reputation as one of the most distinguished and productive scholars in her field. Her most recent book, Somanatha: The Many Voices of a History (2004), provides a new frame for understanding a pivotal moment in Indian history. In 2004 the U.S. Library of Congress appointed her as the first holder of the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South. Romila Thapar is the Katz Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities Spring Quarter 2005.
This lecture is free and open to the public. It is part of the 2004-2005 Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities Series, presented by the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington.
For more information, please contact:
Simpson Center for the Humanities
University of Washington
(206) 543-3920 / rjaynes at u.washington.edu
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South Asia Center, Jackson School
Box 353650, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
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