Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

"The Worlds of Joseph Conrad"

Maya Jasanoff

What does it feel like to live in a world transformed by new technology, new ideas, and new dynamics of world power? A century ago, the author Joseph Conrad provided vivid answers to questions we still ask today. In his novels Heart of Darkness (1899), Lord Jim (1900), Nostromo (1904), and The Secret Agent (1907) – each set on a different continent, each anchored in historical incidents and in personal experience – Conrad revealed the forces challenging European dominance, and anticipated the defining currents of the twentieth century.

Maya Jasanoff is Professor of History at Harvard.  She is the author of Edge of Empire, a cultural history of British expansion in India and Egypt, which won the 2006 Duff Cooper Prize; and Liberty's Exiles, the first global history of the loyalist refugees who fled the United States after the American Revolution, which won the 2012 National Book Critics' Circle Award for Non-Fiction and the George Washington Book Prize.  

Report from the Field: Stephen Randolph, U.S. Department of State

Monday September 23, 2013
4:00 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop

Reservations requested because of limited seating:
mbarber@historians.org or 202-450-3209
Photo ID required for admittance to the building.

September 30: Ernesto Capello (Macalester College) on Nelson Rockefeller in Latin America

Co-sponsored by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center, the seminar meets weekly during the academic year. See www.nationalhistorycenter.org for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as webcasts and podcasts. The seminar is grateful for the support of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.