Author Event - Ganges by Sudipta Sen

The Avid Reader will be welcoming author Sudipta Sen and his latest work of Non-Fiction, Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River in conjunction with the Davis Humanities Institute moderated by UC Davis Professor Jaimey Fisher, Humanities Institute Director and Professor, in-store on Friday, November 15th. 


More about Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River:


Sudipta Sen’s Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River shares the story of India’s most important and sacred river as it travels from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. The importance of the Ganges river is shown in the communities that arose on its banks, the merchants that navigated its waters, and the way it came to occupy center stage in the history and culture of the subcontinent.

Sen chronicles the stories beginning in prehistoric India through the rise of Hindu and Buddhist traditions, to the varied regimes and empires that shaped the identity and ecology of the river.

The Wall Street Journal characterizes Ganges as "a beguiling, if somewhat sorrowful, account, both a historical biography of the river and, in a way, its obituary.” The Journal further affirms this work on this river as “pleasingly written and indisputably the single best text on the Ganges and its history."

The UC Davis Humanities Institute’s Book Chat series celebrates the artistic and intellectual ventures of the campus faculty and allows them to share their new publications, performances, or recordings with the Davis community.



More about Sudipta Sen:

Sudipta Sen is Professor of History and current Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UCD and historian of late Mughal and early British India, British Empire and the Environmental History of South Asia.

He graduated from Presidency College, Calcutta, with honors in History, followed by an MA in Modern History from Calcutta University. He earned his second MA in Social Sciences and was awarded a PhD in History with Distinction from the University of Chicago.

Sen has taught at Beloit College WI, University of California, Berkeley, and Syracuse University, NY.

Sen’s work has largely focused on the early history of British expansion in India. He is the author of Empire of Free Trade: The English East India Company and the Making of the Colonial Marketplace and Distant Sovereignty: National Imperialism and the Origins of British India.

Event date: 
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300119169
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Published: Yale University Press - January 8th, 2019