Public Lecture: Arundathi Roy, Aung San Suu Kyi and Amanda Knox: Innocence and Experience
The School of History & the MA in International Relations is hosting a public lecture entitled
'Arundhati Roy, Aung San Suu Kyi and Amanda Knox: Innocence and Experience' by Peter Popham (ex-Independent, London), journalist and author
Tuesday, 12 February at 5 pm, in Cavanagh Pharmacy Building LG 52.
Peter Popham was the Italian and then the South Asian Correspondent for the Independent newspaper (London). He toured Burma as an undercover journalist.
His most interesting work concerned three women: Aundhati Roy, the Indian novelist and activist whom he has known since the publication of her The God of Small Things (1997); Aung San Suu Kyi the now controversial Burmese democracy campaigner whose career he has charted; and Amanda Knox, the American student falsely accused of murdering her friend Meredith Kercher in Italy.
All three women are gifted and courageous and have survived long struggles with arbitrary authority. He will reflect on the problems and opportunities they have faced in his lecture.
Popham is the acclaimed biographer of Aung Sung Kyi, authoring The Lady and the Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Struggle for Freedom (2016) and The Lady and the Peacock: The Story of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma (2011).