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Lyon Gardiner Tyler Distinguish Lectures in History Fall 2013

Lyon Gardiner Tyler Distinguish Lectures in History

Fall 2013


"The Early Modern Atlantic World in a Global Context"

October 18, 2013 – Tyler Hall 102


1:15 PM

“Whales and Lucre: Internationalizing America in the Indo-Pacific, c. 1780-1820”

Professor James Fichter

(University of Hong Kong)


fitcherJames R. Fichter is an international historian and an associate professor of European and American Studies at Hong Kong University. He is the author of So Great a Proffit: How the East Indies Transformed Anglo-American Capitalism, which considers the connections between British and American commerce in Asia circa 1800. His current project, “Passage to India: Britain, France and the Great Game at Sea,” considers the Suez Canal and the Anglo-French maritime and imperial relationship in Asia over the nineteenth century.


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2:15 PM

"Anglo-Dutch Interactions in the East and West Indies in the Seventeenth Century"

Professor Alison Games

(Georgetown University)


games Alison Games is the Dorothy M. Brown Distinguished Professor of History at Georgetown University. She is the author of numerous works in the field of Atlantic history. Her most recent book is Witchcraft in Early North America (2010). She is currently studying Anglo-Dutch interactions in the seventeenth-century world, and this year she is the Robert C. Ritchie Distinguished Fellow at the Huntington Library.


(Refreshment Break)


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3:30 PM

"Entangled Empires: Iberian Projects across Three Oceans in the Sixteenth Century”

Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam

(University of California, Los Angeles)


Subrahmanyam Sanjay Subrahmanyam is Professor of Global History at the Collège de France in Paris, and Distinguished Professor and Chair of Indian History at UCLA. Earlier he has taught at Delhi, Paris and Oxford. His books include The Career and Legend of Vasco da Gama (1997), Three Ways to be Alien (2011), Courtly Encounters (2012), and Writing the Mughal World (2011, jointly authored with Muzaffar Alam).



The Lyon G. Tyler Lecture Series is dedicated to the exploration of central themes and issues in history, ranging from earliest times and continuing into the nebulous zone where the present shades imperceptibly into the past.  Previous series have invited eminent scholars to reflect on topics as diverse as the significance of the Civil War or the varieties of Native American experience in the eras of colonization and westward expansion.  This year, the series examines the early modern Atlantic world and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. These lectures promise to be stimulating and provocative, and they will provide opportunity for the audience to listen to and interact with the speakers.  All talks are open to the public, and the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History invites all interested members of the community to attend.

This lecture is made possible by a generous gift from the Harrison Tyler Family