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Wednesday, 15th July, 2020

Maya Jasanoff

Maya Jasanoff

Maya Jasanoff is the X. D. and Nancy Yang Professor of the Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She is the author of the prize-winning books Edge of Empire and Liberty’s Exiles, which received the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction and the George Washington Book Prize. Her 2017 book, The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, has been hailed as “one of the most important books on colonialism to be written in our time.” A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, Jasanoff won the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize for Nonfiction. She is a frequent contributor to publications, including The New York Times, the Guardian, and the New York Review of Books.

Session

Niall Ferguson and Maya Jasanoff: Lessons from History

Niall Ferguson and Maya Jasanoff in conversation

Award-winning economic historian Niall Ferguson, who is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, is one of the world's most admired, prolific and controversial historians. Ferguson's detailed study of economic data on the pandemic tracks the path and predicts the future of today's world crisis. Maya Jasanoff is the Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University and author of three books that have won her the Duff Cooper Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the George Washington Book Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Windham–Campbell Literature Prize and the Cundill History Prize. Her teaching and research extend from the history of the British Empire to global history and examine the dynamics of modern globalisation.

In a riveting conversation, Ferguson and Jasanoff delve into the history of pandemics and share their perspectives on one of the most pressing questions of our time.