President's Lecture Series


Shashi Tharoor: "From Midnight to Millennium: Democracy and Identity in Today's India"


Shashi Tharoor

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Mills Godwin Jr. Building - Auditorium

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President's Lecture Series


Shashi Tharoor, author and Under Secretary-General of Communications and Public Information of the United Nations, discusses the challenges and successes India has faced since becoming independent in 1947.

Born in London, UK, and raised in India, Tharoor graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 1975 and culminated his studies in 1978 with a doctorate in International Relations and Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. At the age of 22, he was the youngest person at the time to receive such an honor from the Fletcher School. Tharoor was a career official at the United Nations, rising to the rank of Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information in 2001.

Tharoor is an acclaimed writer, having authored bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction since 1981, which are centered on India and its history, culture, film, politics, society, foreign policy, and more related themes.He is also the author of hundreds of columns and articles in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Newsweek, and The Times of India. He was a contributing editor for Newsweek International for two years. He also wrote regular columns for The Indian Express and The Hindu.

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85:00 min


A 1/2" VHS copy of this lecture is available in the Special Collections & University Archives Department of Old Dominion University Perry Library. Call #: LD4331.A57 2004i

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