The Institute for International, Global and Regional Studies (IIGaRS), Department of Asian American Studies, Humanities Collective, Department of History, Conversations on Writing and Public Life, and Literary Journalism Program present

“Nature Beyond Borders: Sustaining Spaces for Nature in 21st Century India”
with Mahesh Rangarajan, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Professor of History, Dehli University

Thursday, April 3, 2014
5:00-6:20 p.m.
Social Science Plaza A, Room 1100

Mahesh Rangarajan is a leading scholar on the history and politics of the environment in India and the world. He has published widely in both scholarly and journalistic venues on themes related to conservation and indigenous survival, science and nature, environment and political sovereignty, inventions and uses of “the forest,” and human relationships to wildlife. Rangarajan is a professor of modern Indian history at Delhi University and director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, one of India’s most important research centers for social science and the humanities. He is a former Rhodes Scholar and received his doctorate at Oxford University in 1993.

Prof. Rangarajan’s well-known books include Fencing the Forest: Conservation and Ecological Change in India’s Central Provinces, 1860-1914 (Oxford, 1999); Battles over Nature: Science and the Politics of Conservation, (New Delhi, 2006). His journalistic and public service work is extensive and conducted in multiple languages, including columns for The Telegraph (English), Asian Age (English), Vaartha (Telugu), and Amar Ujaala and Hindustan (Hindi). He has served as assistant editor for The Telegraph, and he was a consulting political analyst for New Delhi Television, Star News (Hindi), Kolkata TV (Bengali) and Times Now (English). In 2010, he was chair of the Elephant Task Force for the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and has been a member of the Ministry’s Advisory Committee, since 2012.

For further information, please contact Gloria Simpson, simpsong@uci.edu or 949-824-8687.

 

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