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India

The Significance of Tagore – Harvard Professor Sugata Bose (Video Interview Part II)

May 27, 2011 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #85 – In April 2011, The University of British Columbia (UBC) celebrated the 150th birthday of Rabindranath Tagore. As part of this celebration, Dr. Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University spoke at the Institute of Asian Research on “The Oceanic Voyages of Rabindranath Tagore.” The following week, UBC presented Nobel laureate Dr. Amartya Sen with an honorary degree. On April 19, Asia Pacific Memo published Part I of Dr. Sugata Bose’s interview, “Tagore in Today’s World.” We also interviewed Dr. Amartya Sen who spoke about Tagore’s significance and distributed the full video recording of Dr. Sen’s honorary degree ceremony and speech. […]

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Global

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen Receiving UBC Honorary Degree (Video Recording)

May 12, 2011 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #81 – Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen was awarded an honorary degree by The University of British Columbia at a special ceremony on April 21, 2011. In his address, Dr. Sen argues for an interdisciplinary approach to the pursuit of knowledge, citing the economist Adam Smith as an exemplar of integrating disciplines and thereby enriching the very nature of reasoning itself. He further draws upon the pragmatic social strategy of the Indian Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, whose ideal of inclusivity in both education and life would, says Dr. Sen, resonate profoundly with UBC’s own efforts at productive dialogue between disciplines. […]

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India

Tagore in Today’s World – Harvard Professor Sugata Bose (Video Interview)

April 19, 2011 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #74 – The University of British Columbia (UBC) celebrated the 150th birthday of Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913 and a towering figure in the world of poetry, literature, music, song, and philosophy. In a penetrating discussion, Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University addresses the contemporary relevance of Tagore as something more than the “mystic poet” described by W. B. Yeats, the impact of Tagore’s upbringing in Bengal, and Tagore’s connection with the political figures of his era including the debate with Mahatma Gandhi on whether there was a divine role in the 1934 earthquake in Bihar. […]

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China

China’s Directed Public Receives Nobel Peace Prize

October 8, 2010 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #28 – The public realm in China is rich and varied, loud and commercialized, colourful and fascinating, but it is firmly under the direction of the Central Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Liu Xiaobo’s (刘晓波) 2010 Nobel Peace Prize has shaken up the community of Chinese public intellectuals. […]