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The Bay of Bengal in History

Monday, July 19, 2021

This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.

Event Time

July 19, 2021 | Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
July 19, 2021 | Monday
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm China Standard Time (CST)

ParticipatiOn Format

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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

For centuries, the Bay of Bengal served as a maritime highway between India and China, and then as a battleground for European empires, all while being shaped by monsoons and human migration. Today, rising waters leave the Bay of Bengal’s shores especially vulnerable to climate change, while its location makes it central to struggles over Asia’s future. Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants places this region at the heart of world history, integrating human and environmental history. Mining a wealth of sources, Sunil Amrith, Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History at Yale University, gives a revelatory and stirring new account of the Bay and those who have inhabited it.

On July 19, Professor Amrith will discuss his book, Crossing the Bay of Bengal, and share his insights into the history of this region and potential implications for the future. Recently translated into Chinese, the book was awarded the American Historical Association’s John F. Richards Prize in South Asian History and was selected as an Editor’s Choice title by the New York Times Book Review.

The Speaker

Sunil Amrith
Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History, Yale University

Sunil Amrith is the Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History at Yale University. Amrith received his postsecondary education at the University of Cambridge and taught at Birkbeck College at the University of London before becoming the inaugural Mehra Family Professor of South Asian History at Harvard University in 2015. Amrith's research focuses on the Modern South Asian, Southeast Asian and Indian Ocean history. Named a MacArthur Fellow in 2017, he was also awarded the 2016 Infosys Prize in Humanities for his contributions to the fields of the history of migration, environmental history, the history of international public health, and the history of contemporary Asia.

Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

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