Amitav Ghosh | On Climate Change, Literature, and Art

Special Event | September 16 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Amitav Ghosh, Author

 Sugata Ray, Associate Professor, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

Join us for a conversation between Author Amitav Ghosh and US Berkeley Art Historian, Prof. Sugata Ray on climate change, literature and art.


About the Auhtor
Amitav Ghosh, an Indian writer and winner of the 54th Jnanpith Award, is the author of the bestselling Ibis Trilogy, which includes Sea of Poppies (short-listed for the 2008 Man Booker Prize), River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire. . Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, in 1999 Ghosh joined the faculty at Queens College, City University of New York, as Distinguished Professor in Comparative literature. Since 2005 he has also been a visiting professor at Harvard University. Ghosh's notable non-fiction writings are In an Antique Land (1992), Dancing in Cambodia and at Large in Burma (1998), Countdown (1999), and The Imam and the Indian (2002, a large collection of essays on different themes such as fundamentalism, history of the novel, Egyptian culture, and literature). His most recent non-fiction book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016) bravely addresses why modern literature has failed to address issues of climate change, and how radical transformation due to nature has become unthinkable.

Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

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