September 23: Maya Jasanoff on The Worlds of Joseph Conrad

What does it feel like to live in a world transformed by new technology, new ideas, and new dynamics of world power? Maya Jasanoff told the Washington History Seminar that a century ago, the author Joseph Conrad provided vivid answers to questions we still ask today. In his novels Heart of Darkness (1899), Lord Jim (1900), Nostromo (1904), and The Secret Agent (1907)–each set on a different continent, each anchored in historical incidents and in personal experience–Conrad revealed the forces challenging European dominance, and anticipated the defining currents of the twentieth century.

Maya Jasanoff is Professor of History at Harvard. She is the author of Edge of Empire, a cultural history of British expansion in India and Egypt, which won the 2006 Duff Cooper Prize; and Liberty’s Exiles, the first global history of the loyalist refugees who fled the United States after the American Revolution, which won the 2012 National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Non-Fiction and the George Washington Book Prize.

Report from the Field: Stephen Randolph, U.S. Department of State

A webcast and podcast will be available here shortly after the seminar.