2012 John Lax Memorial Lecture

Colonial Modernity: Authority, Women, and Islam in Princely Bhopal
A lecture by Barbara D. Metcalf, Professor of History, University of California, Davis
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 4:15pm
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall 

Barbara Metcalf is Professor of History Emerita, University of California, Davis and, from 2003-2009, was Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Islamic Revival in British India: Deoband 1860-1900 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1982) and, most recently, Husain Ahmad Madani: The Jihad for Islam and India's Freedom (Oxford: Oneworld, 2009) and, as editor, South Asian Islam in Practice (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009). In 2010 she served as President of the American Historical Association.

The John Lax Memorial Lecture was endowed in 1982 by professors Peter and the late Anneli Lax of New York University’s mathematics department, in memory of their son, John, a historian who taught at Mount Holyoke in the mid-1970s.  After John Lax’s premature death, his parents created a permanent memorial in the form of this annual lecture.  The Lax Lecture is given by a historian of the highest distinction to commemorate the work and spirit of John Lax by making the latest advances in history accessible to the public.