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White Pepper, Black Pepper : An interactive session on thinking like a historian

This talk was presented in August 2018 as part of the fourth annual History for Peace conference, The Idea of Culture, Calcutta.     I must start with a confession: I am not a historian. I have been a history teacher only because I have...
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What Can Take The Place Of A Single, Teachable, Usable Past?

This talk was presented in August 2018 as part of the fourth annual History for Peace conference, The Idea of Culture, Calcutta.     Let me begin by saying that I am really pleased to be back here—I was at one of these conferences a...
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Can History Contribute To Peace?

This talk was presented on August 4, 2018 as part of the fourth annual History for Peace conference, The Idea of Culture, Calcutta.   Can history contribute to peace? is part of the bigger question: Can education contribute to peace? The record is not particularly...
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The Idea of India : Romila Thapar and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in conversation

This conversation was held on August 14, 2017 at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR, as part of the 3rd annual History for Peace conference, The Idea of India, Calcutta.   Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Although we are both guests on the stage, I feel like I’m welcoming my...
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Biography as History : Jerry Pinto

This talk was presented on August 16, 2017 as part of the 3rd annual History for Peace conference, The Idea of India, Calcutta.   I always think of a translator as someone who is rowing a boat of salt across the river. Your boat is dissolving...
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History Textbooks and the Idea of India : Krishna Kumar, Hari Vasudevan, Shireen Maswood and Manish Jain in conversation

This discussion was held on August 15, 2017 as part of the 3rd annual History for Peace conference, The Idea of India, Calcutta.   Manish Jain: Dear friends, today is the seventieth anniversary of India’s Independence. I remember as a child I would enthusiastically repeat ‘Jai...
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The Curriculum and the History Teacher

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