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Spring 2022 George Parker Winship Lecture: "Documenting Indigenous Nations, War, and Peace"

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
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The Spring 2022 George Parker Winship Lecture at Houghton Library will be given by Harvard Library Fellow Binalakshmi Nepram. In 1949, Manipur—a southeast Asian nation state with a 2,000-year history—was forcibly “merged” with India. Still under martial law today, the history and culture of its Indigenous inhabitants have been suppressed through decades of state-sanctioned violence. In her lecture, "Documenting Indigenous Nations, War, and Peace: Discovering and Preserving the Stories, Struggles, and History of Manipur, Northeast India," Nepram will discuss efforts to document the Indigenous cultures of Manipur amidst the struggles of its recent history.

Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram is an Indigenous scholar, founder-director of the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, and convener of the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, Gender Justice and Peace. For her peace work in Manipur and northeast India, Nepram was honored with the Sean MacBride Peace Prize in 2010, the CNN-IBN Real Heroes Award in 2011, and—with 2015 Nobel Laureate, Svetlana Alexievich—the Anna Politkovskaya Award in 2018. 

Co-sponsored by Houghton Library, Tozzer Library, and Widener Library.

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The George Parker Winship Lectures on Bibliography were established in 1968 through a gift by the John Barnard Associates in honor of George Parker Winship ’93 (1871–1952). In 1915, Winship became the librarian of the Harry Elkins Widener collection, where he served until 1926, when he became Assistant Librarian of Harvard College Library. During his long career he made numerous contributions to the field of bibliography and was also a significant and enthusiastic promoter of book collecting at Harvard. Since 1968, over 100 Winship lectures have been presented on subjects relating to librarianship, collecting, book history, bibliography, and culture.

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Mitch Nakaue