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First day of Presi lecture series part II

Students thronged Presidency University on a Sunday to listen to lectures by renowned academicians.

The three-day Presidency University Lecture Series on humanities and social sciences, being held in association with The Telegraph, started with former foreign secretary Krishnan Srinivasan talking about economic implications of the European Union’s foreign policy on rising Asian nations, focussing particularly on China.

Srinivasan spoke on how Asian capitalism is challenging the dominance of the west-led financial and political settings, and the world is moving towards a pluralistic non-European setting.

The next lecture was by Nicholas Roe of the University of St. Andrews (UK), who spoke on ‘John Keats and King Alfred’. Roe explored King Alfred as a man and myth for Romantic poets, in the context of his significance for the poetry of Keats.

After the talk, students from science disciplines at the university asked Roe about Keats’s Ode to Autumn. The professor later said the interactions reflected the interdisciplinary nature of studies at Presidency.

The day’s last speaker was Amita Dutt, the Uday Shankar professor of dance and dean of the faculty of fine arts at Rabindra Bharati University. She spoke on ‘Tagore and Dance’.