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Social Science and Public Policy

Through American Eyes: The Mahatma and Margaret Bourke-White A Mini Seminar

November 15, 2019 at 10:00am12:00pm EST

Bird Library, Lemke Room

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Sumathi Ramaswamy will conduct a mini-seminar on representations of Mohandas Gandhi i drawing upon the Margaret Bourke-White collection housed at the Special Collections Research Center.

Focusing on an iconic set of photographs of Mohandas K. Gandhi taken by the American photographer Margaret Bourke-White when she visited India in the 1940s, this mini-seminar considers the role played by the camera in creating and consolidating an image of Gandhi as Mahatma. In addition, we will explore how iconic photographs (such as Bourke-White’s) have an afterlife in the work of the contemporary artist of India who turns to them as productive resource but also as problematic inheritance and provocative incitement.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Emera Bridger Wilson ( by November 4.

This event was first published on September 19, 2019 and last updated on October 9, 2019.

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