Feb. 22: Lecture on ‘World History in the Global Age: The Role of Narrative’

Monday, February 22, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Virtual presentation

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of History will host a virtual presentation by author Tamim Ansary on Monday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. titled “World History in the Global Age: The Role of Narrative.”

The event is free and open to the public. Registration information is available at https://sbs.mnsu.edu/history-lecture-series. For more information, contact Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History at 507-389-2969.

Short author bio provided by the Department of History:

Tamim Ansary grew up in Afghanistan and grew old in America. He takes a particular interest in times and places where civilizations overlap and cross-cultural encounters take place.  His books include “Destiny Disrupted,” “A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes” and “Games Without Rules,” a history of Afghanistan from the inside looking out. His latest work, “The Invention of Yesterday,” explores world history as a cultural narrative for this global age. 

Event preview provided by the Department of History: 
The history of the world is not some single fixed thing hidden under a pile of facts. It is inevitably a somebody-centric world-historical narrative that explain how “we” got to where we are today. Comparing Eurocentric world history to an Islamocentric one reveals that the shape of the narrative always depends on the teller of the tale: who is “we”? This raises the question, however: can we construct a world history that takes the “we” to be all of humanity? If so, what would that narrative look like?

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,604 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.


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