The Crossroads of Asia: Afghanistan and its Imperial Encounters
FABulous Fall Lecture Series
The recent withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan led many commentators to invoke an oft-used phrase about the country as “The Graveyard of Empires.” While not historically accurate, it does call attention to the difficulty foreign powers have had in trying to invade and rule the country. This lecture will survey Afghan history with respect to its relations with various invaders from Alexander the Great to the British, Russians and Americans, and explore some of the reasons most were ultimately unsuccessful in establishing firm control.
Paul Hanson, PhD, is emeritus professor of history at California Lutheran University and was the winner of the President's Award for Teaching Excellence. He received his PhD in South Asian and Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago and was twice a Fulbright Scholar in India. His research has focused on the relationship of religion and political legitimacy in Islamic empires. Other national fellowships and awards have funded further studies in London, Sri Lanka, and Jordan. His classes made use of many of his own photographs taken during his travels in over 50 countries. He was a founding board member of the South Asian Studies Association and a member of many other professional associations.
Registration is required by 3 p.m. Nov. 30 for in-person attendees or 3 p.m. Dec. 1 for virtual attendees. All are welcome to this one-time lecture. Cost is $10 per course or bundle all fall lectures for $60. There are additional requirements for attending in person. For more information and to submit proof of vaccination, click here.
Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for individuals age 50 and older. All are welcome to this one-time lecture. Cost is $10.
Register by 3 p.m. Nov. 30 for in-person attendees or 3 p.m. Dec. 1 for virtual attendees.