A service of the National History Center, the Events Calendar includes information about history-related events sponsored by an array of institutions in the DC area. The Center is not responsible for the accuracy of the information. To list events, please contact Rachel Wheatley at rwheatley@historians.org.

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

GHI Spring Lecture Series

May 5, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Measuring Human Needs: Statistics, Humanitarianism, and the Politics of Famine in Modern India: Anindita Nag (German Historical Institute Washington)

Hardly a day passes without the print and broadcast media presenting agonizing images of people in crisis situations. But where the general public sees danger and suffering, the government officials and aid workers responsible for responding to emergencies see numbers. Their knowledge of risk and need is largely shaped by statistics, algorithms, and databases. These forms of quantification are by no means neutral, however. What governments or international agencies decide to measure and the standards of measurement they adopt are decisive in determining who receives help and how much.

Please RSVP online, by e-mail (events@ghi-dc.org), or Tel 202.387.3355

*Part of the German Historical Institute’s Spring Lecture Series, Measuring Risk and Human Needs: New Perspectives From the History of Knowledge.


May 5, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


German Historical Institute


German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC, DC 20009 United States
+ Google Map