Writer Amitav Ghosh, whose non-fiction work, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (University of Chicago Press, 2016), highlighted the failure of writers, politicians, and others to address climate change, will give a talk on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. An award-winning novelist, Ghosh is the author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and the Ibis trilogy. His most recent novel is Gun Island. Ghosh’s work has been translated into more than 30 languages and his essays have appeared in the New Yorker, New Republic, and New York Times. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honors, the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary honor, and several honorary degrees. Ghosh’s lecture, titled “Embattled Earth: Commodities, Conflict, and Climate Change in the Indian Ocean,” is presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, the History Department, and the English Department, and with the support of an Institute for the Liberal Arts Major Grant Award. Ghosh wrote an essay about climate and contemporary literary fiction for the Guardian.
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