The Tenth-Annual Uka and Nalini Solanki Foundation Lecture: "The Return of a King — Shah Shuja, the Great Game and the First Anglo-Afghan War, 1839-42"

William Dalrymple will give the Tenth-Annual Uka and Nalini Solanki Foundation Lecture at CSULB on Thursday, March 1, 2012.

The reception will begin at 6:00 PM. The lecture and Q&A session will take place from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

William Dalrymple was born in Scotland, but he has lived in and out of Delhi for the past 25 years. Dalrymple is the author of seven books about India and the Islamic world, all of which have won major literary awards. For instance, his book City of Djinns won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award as well as the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Prize. White Mughals won the Wolfson Prize for History and the SAC Scottish Book of the Year Prize. The Last Mughal won the Duff Cooper Prize and the Crossword Vodafone Award for Non-Fiction, and Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India won the Asia House Literary Award. Dalrymple is currently working on a history of the First Anglo-Afghan War and a major show of Mughal art for the Asia Society in New York. He has also written and presented a number of prize-winning radio and TV documentaries, including The Long Search (Stanford St. Martin Prize) and Indian Journeys (Grierson Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts). He is one of the founders and a co-director of the annual Jaipur Literary Festival. In addition, he has honorary doctorates of letters from the universities of St. Andrews, Aberdeen, and Lucknow.

For more details, please contact Professor Tim Keirn at 562.985.4428 or at Tim.Keirn@csulb.edu. Dr. Arnold Kaminsky can also be contacted at 562.985.5279 or at Arnold.Kaminsky@csulb.edu.