Thursday, February 17, 12-1:30 p.m., HGS B-05: Maya Jasanoff on Writing Empire Inside and Out
Harvard history professor Maya Jasanoff, is the author of two beautifully written books that offer a fresh perspective on the British Empire. The first, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850 (Duff Cooper Prize, 2005), tells the story of European collectors in India and Egypt — grand lives lived on the margins, long obscured and now brought to life through a sensitive portrait of fractured worlds and their artifacts. The second,Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World, is just out now. It concerns another set of wanderers who traveled in the opposite direction, from a center of power to its periphery — the Loyalist diaspora of the American Revolution. Join us for a personal conversation with a recent graduate who has found new ways of exploring an old subject (empire), who has developed an innovative style of advancing argument through metaphor, and who has lots to tell current students about how to recognize an untold story and bring it to book. Lunch will be served courtesy of Jay Gitlin and the Lamar Center.