The Writer and the World: On Literature, Music, Imagination and Critical Reflection in India and Beyond
Una's Lecturer Vikram Seth in conversation with UC Berkeley faculty panelists Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology, South and Southeast Asian Studies), Davitt Moroney (Music), Harsha Ram (Slavic Languages & Literatures, Comparative Literature), Ananya Roy (City and Regional Planning, Global Poverty and Practice), and Mary Ann Smart (Music). Moderated by Alan Tansman (Director of the Townsend Center).
Vikram Seth is a poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, childrens writer, and memoirist. His acclaimed first novel, The Golden Gate, is written entirely in Onegin stanzas after the style of Alexander Pushkins Eugene Onegin. His 1474-page novel A Suitable Boy, an epic of Indian life set in the 1950s, won both the WH Smith Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Seth has also published several volumes of poetry including The Humble Administrator's Garden and All You Who Sleep Tonight, the childrens book Beastly Tales from Here and There and a number of works of non-fiction, including From Heaven Lake and Two Lives.
Seth was born in Calcutta in 1952. He attended Tonbridge School in England before going on to study philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University and completing a graduate degree in economics at Stanford University.
Free and open to the public. Seth will present a the Una's Lecture on Monday, October 15, 6:00 pm in the Chevron Auditorium at International House.