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Tufts professor lectures on effects of British East India Company at April 17 lecture

April 4, 2013

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A free public lecture about the impact of the British East India Company on government and trade will be given at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Byker Auditorium in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building at Montana State University.

Lisa Lowe, a professor of English at Tufts University, will discuss the British East India Company trades in cotton, tea, silk and opium, in relation to Thackeray's novel "Vanity Fair" in her lecture, "Vanity Fair, the Fetishism of Colonial Commodities, and the Intimacies of Four Continents." Lowe's talk draws upon a larger book project that considers the convergence of colonial slavery, indentured labor and the East Indies trades and their impact on emerging liberal ideas of liberty, representative government, free labor and free trade.

Lowe's research is focused on comparative literature, American studies, Asian American studies and the cultural politics of colonialism and migration. Prior to joining Tufts in 2012, she taught in the Literature Department at University of California San Diego for more than two decades. She is the author of several books, including her forthcoming book, "The Intimacies of Four Continents."

Lowe's lecture is sponsored by the Department of English as part of the MSU College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance research connections.

For more information about this and other L&S Distinguished Speakers Series lectures, please visit or call 994-4288.


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