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Calcutta: Cultural Capital Amidst Urban Misery

April 27, 2007 | CUNY Lecture Series

Known around the world as the “embodiment of urban misery,” Calcutta continues to garner intense loyalty from its residents, many of whom represent the country’s cultural elite. Nobel laureate Dr. Amartya Sen, Lamout university professor at Harvard University, explores an essential paradox of the city, now known as Kolkata, in “The Urbanity of Calcutta,” the fourth Annual Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism at City College. Dr. Sen, a native of India, is the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics.
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