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Essayist, novelist, and climate change activist Amitav Ghosh is the University of Rochester's 2021–22 Distinguished Visiting Humanist. Ghosh's public lecture is based on his latest book, The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis.

Ghosh traces the dynamics of today’s planetary crisis back to the discovery of the New World and the sea route to the Indian Ocean. At the center of his narrative is the now-ubiquitous spice nutmeg. Its history is one of conquest and exploitation—of human life and the natural environment.

Against the backdrop of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, Ghosh frames human entanglement with earthly materials in a way that connects our shared colonial histories with the deep inequality we see around us today.

Born in Kolkata, Ghosh grew up in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning novels The Circle of Reason, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Hungry Tide, and Sea of Poppies, as well as the nonfiction book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable.

His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and his essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The New York Times. He holds two Lifetime Achievement awards and four honorary doctorates. In 2019, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the most important global thinkers of the preceding decade.

This event is free and open to the public and will be in person only. Registration requested. 

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