Postcolonial theory expert and University of Chicago Professor Leela Gandhi will present a lecture titled “Globalizing Gandhian Ethics” during The University of Montana President’s Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.
Gandhi, the great-granddaughter of Indian nationalist leader Mohandas Gandhi, also will present a seminar co-sponsored by the UM Philosophy Forum titled “The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955” earlier that same day from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123.
Gandhi has taught at universities in India, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Iran and the U.S. At Chicago, she is a senior faculty fellow on the Committee of Southern Asian Cultures and Societies and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory. Her courses cover radical ethics, postcolonial theory, philosophy, literature, Anglophone literature, anticolonial thought and transnational literary and critical theory. In 1997, she helped to found the journal Postcolonial Studies. In 2007, she began as a co-editor of Postcolonial Politics, an ongoing Routledge book series.
Gandhi’s books include “Postcolonialism: A Critical Introduction,” “Measures of Home and Other Poems,” “England in Twentieth-Century Fiction: Through Colonial Eyes,” “Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought and the Politics of Friendship,” and “The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955,” which is forthcoming. She sits on journal and editorial boards including South Asia Across the Disciplines, The Asian Studies Review, The Critical Horizons Book Series, Postcolonial Text, Indian Folklore Review Journal, Critical Horizons and Mattoid.
The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. For more information on the series, visit http://umt.edu/president/events/lectures/ or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.