Sidhartha Memorial Lectures, 2001 to Present

The Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture series was established in 2001 by Anuradha Luther Maitra in honor of her late husband Sid who was a scientist, innovator, entrepreneur, and above all, an incurable humanist. As a legacy to Sid Maitra's memory, the goal of the Maitra Lecture is to enrich the intellectual life of the campus and community.

October 01, 2004

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This annual lecture brings to campus prominent South Asian intellectuals such as Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and author Vikram Seth.

  • 2010 - author Gurcharan Das led a conversation on "Dharma and Capitalism"
  • 2009 - Edward Luce, Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times, talking about "India in the Age of Global Warming"
  • 2008 - Martin Hellman, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, spoke on "Soaring, Nuclear Weapons and World Peace"
  • 2007 - Shashi Tharoor, UN Under Secretary, spoke on "Globalism, Terrorism and the Human Imagination"
  • 2006 - Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, Lamont Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University, spoke on "The Tyranny of Identity"
  • 2005 - Dr. Partha Mitter and Sharmila Tagore, Historian, and Actress, respectively, spoke on "The Poetic Reality of Satyajit Ray"
  • 2004 - Prof. Nazir Jairazbhoy, UCLA Professor Emeritus, spoke on "From Music Room To Talk Room"
  • 2003 - Pico Iyer , spoke on "Islam and California: A Cultural Romance"
  • 2002 - Wlad Godzich, Dean of Humanities at UCSC, spoke on "Twenty Years of Reality Shows"
  • 2001 - Vikram Seth, Author, spoke on "Friendship and Poetry" at the Inaugural Siddhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture

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