Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 3:00 PM
Special Event: Festivals

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The Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill (Cundill Prize) was established in 2008 to recognize and promote literary and academic achievement in history. The award is offered each year by McGill University to an individual, of any nationality and from any country, who has published a book determined to have had (or likely to have) a profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history.

Join the 2015 finalists for a conversation about the experience of writing historical non-fiction. Professor Gil Troy moderates.

Finalists announced on September 18, 2015.

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  • Sven Beckert

    Sven Beckert is the Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University. Holding a PhD from Columbia University, he has written widely on the economic, social and political history of capitalism. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including ones from Harvard Business School, the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library and the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. He was also a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Beckert lives in Cambridge, MA, and presents his Cundill Prizenominated book, Empire of Cotton: A Global History.

  • Susan Pedersen

    Susan Pedersen is Professor of History and James P. Shenton Professor of the Core Curriculum at Columbia University. A historian of British and international politics in the 20th century, she has written on subjects ranging from the evolution of welfare states, to the impact of women’s movements on politics, to the nature of British imperial rule in Kenya and Hong Kong. Her most recent book, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire, was published in the summer of 2015 and is a finalist for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature.  

  • Bettina Stangneth

    Bettina Stangneth wrote her dissertation on Immanuel Kant and the concept of 'Radical Evil' and has written extensively about anti-Semitism in 18th-century and National Socialist philosophy. In 2000 she was awarded first prize by the Philosophical–Political Academy, Cologne. She lives in Hamburg. Stangneth presents Eichmann before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer, a finalist for the 2015 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature.

  • Gil Troy

    Gil Troy is the author of The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s, published by Thomas Dunne Books. He is a Professor of History at McGill University and a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington. A leading presidential historian, he is the award-winning author of 10 other books, including Moynihan’s Moment: America’s Fight against Zionism as Racism. He writes a regular column in The Daily Beast and The Jerusalem Post and has been widely quoted in the popular press, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.