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Lecture: From Bombay to Canton—Traveling the Opium Route to 19th-Century China

April 17, 2014
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission

Award-winning author Amitav Ghosh explores the opium trade in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria and is the author of "The Circle of Reason", "The Shadow Lines", "In An Antique Land", "Dancing in Cambodia", "The Calcutta Chromosome", "The Glass Palace", "The Hungry Tide", and the first two volumes of "The Ibis Trilogy; Sea of Poppies", and "River of Smoke".

Amitav Ghosh’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and he has served on the Jury of the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland) and the Venice Film Festival (2001). Amitav Ghosh’s essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New Republic and The New York Times. His essays have been published by Penguin India ("The Imam and the Indian") and Houghton Mifflin USA ("Incendiary Circumstances"). He has taught in many universities in India and the USA, including Delhi University, Columbia, Queens College and Harvard.  In January 2007 he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest honors, by the President of India. In 2010, Amitav Ghosh was awarded honorary doctorates by Queens College, New York, and the Sorbonne, Paris. Along with Margaret Atwood, he was also a joint winner of a Dan David Award for 2010. In 2011 he was awarded the International Grand Prix of the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal.

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Presented with Northwestern University

Image courtesy of Ulf Andersen.