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Vijay Prashad: History to the Defeated May Say Alas

Event Details

February 26, 2020
6:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management

Room: Flavin Family Auditorium

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Ragini Jha

2020 Writer-In-Residence Public Lecture

A historian who looks into the ruins in search of the future has to squint, look carefully at the shards of hope, wonder if it would ever be possible to find the pathways outwards and forwards. That historian has to learn the difference between failure and defeat, has to wonder about the contradictions of the human experience, indeed has to wonder about the idea of the “human” itself — we were people, with great difficulty we became human. Join me for a journey into the ruins.

Free and Open to All | Book Signing to Follow | Free Parking Available | PosterVijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad is the Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Editor of LeftWord Books, and Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter. He has written twenty-five books, including the two volume history The Darker Nations and The Poorer Nations; and he has edited twenty books, including Liberate the Colonies. For twenty-five years he has been a foreign correspondent for Frontline, India’s national magazine. Prashad holds a PhD in History from the University of Chicago.

Location and Access Information

Flavin Auditorium is located in Room 137 of the Isenberg School of Management on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (121 Presidents Drive, Amherst). Isenberg is located on Haigis Mall and is a short distance from the Robsham Visitors Center (300 Massachusetts Ave, $1.50/hour) and lot 34 (located on Massachusetts Ave directly west of the Visitors Center) which is free and open to the public after 5pm.

There are several bus stops nearby. More information: bus schedulecampus map with Flavin and nearby parking indicated

Flavin Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. To request additional accommodations, email More information: accessible parkingcampus accessibility map.

Writer-In-Residence Program 

This event is presented by the UMass/Five College Graduate Program in History as part of the 2020 History Writer-In-Residence Program. Supported by Five Colleges, Inc., this programs hosts renowned writers whose historical work engages broad public audiences in residence in the UMass Amherst History Department.

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Co-Sponsored by the Amherst College American Studies Department; the Amherst College Anthropology and Sociology Department; the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program; the Mount Holyoke College Critical Social Thought Program; the Mount Holyoke College English Department; the Mount Holyoke College History Department; the Hampshire College School of Critical Social Inquiry; the Smith College American Studies Department; and the following UMass Amherst departments and programs: American Studies; Anthropology; English; Philosophy; Political Economy Research Institute; Social Thought and Political Economy; UMass Alliance for Community Transformation; and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. 

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