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International writer to discuss the effect
of globalization on fundamentalism

KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 20, 2003 -- How is a writer to speak of horror? How is a writer able to convey the tragic images of globalized terror? Amitava Kumar, a professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University, will address these questions as part of the University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

The lecture, "Globalization of Fundamentalisms," will be presented in the Chafee Social Science Center, Room 271 at the University’s Kingston campus. All of the lectures and arts programs in the colloquium, "The Futures of Globalization," are free and open to the public.

Kumar’s lecture will discuss the challenges of writing about the events of September 11.

"One has to pay attention to what has been ignored or hidden or buried under the public pronouncements of the powerful," said Kumar, who believes that a writer’s affiliation is not to a nation, but to the imagination. "With this in mind, how is one to understand the truths of globalization as well as global terror?"

In the second part of his lecture, Kumar will discuss the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in relation to the globalization of fundamentalism. He believes the effect of the attacks has made it possible for all kinds of groups to adopt positions of hate and promote terror. Kumar will use excerpts from his new book, Husband of a Fanatic, as the basis for much of his speech.

Kumar is the author of Passport Photos and Bombay-London-New York. His non-fiction and poetry has appeared in Harper’s, American Prospect, The Nation and Frontline.

Please visit for the most current colloquium information and a full schedule of events and directions, or contact the URI Honors Center at 401-874-2381 or

The major sponsors of this year’s honors colloquium are the URI Honors Program and President’s Office, The Providence Journal, Fidelity Investments, URI Foundation, URI College of Arts and Sciences and the URI College of Business Administration.

Other sponsors are the URI Office of Student Affairs, URI Alumni Association, URI Multicultural Center and URI College of Pharmacy.

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