Tuesday, February 18, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Harris Hall, 108, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
The DIALOGUE Series brings nationally prominent scholars together to offer different perspectives on a given topic. By circulating readings in advance of the event and partnering two scholars in conversation, we hope to create an unusually interactive environment for the exchange of ideas.
The DIALOGUE Series is made possible in part by the generous support of the N.W. Harris Lecture Fund.
Vinay Lal is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at UCLA. He teaches a broad range of courses in Indian history, comparative colonial histories, subaltern history and Indian historiography, as well as graduate level seminars on the contemporary politics of knowledge, postcolonial theory, and the politics of culture. Professor Vinay has written regularly on a wide variety of subjects for periodicals in the US, India, and Britain. Recent publications include: Deewaar: The Footpath, the City, and the Angry Young Man; Political Hinduism: The Religious Imagination in Public Spheres; and Fingerprinting Popular Culture: The Mythic and the Iconic in Indian Cinema (co-edited with Ashis Nandy).
Michael Patrick Lynch is a writer and professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut and the author/editor of seven books including most recently, In Praise of Reason: Why Rationality Matters for Democracy, Truth as One and Many, and True to Life, which the NY Times Sunday Book Review described as “marvelous…a passionate demonstration that truth matters.” The recipient of the Medal for Research Excellence from the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Lynch has held grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Bogliasco Foundation among others. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times weblog, “The Stone,” and is the author of an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the ACLU’s federal case against the NSA. Lynch is presently working on a new book about the changing face of knowledge, Prisoners of Babel: Knowledge in the Datasphere.