Exhibit honors “Imagined Communities” author & scholar, Benedict Anderson

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The most insightful and enduring work of renown scholar, Benedict Anderson, is showcased in a small exhibit in room 120 of Doe Library.

Professor Anderson was recognized as a giant in Southeast Asian studies. He inspired and trained several generations of students and shared his intellectual originality and innovation with the world.

Anderson’s most influential publication, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, has been translated into two dozen languages.

Find out more about his work online and at the exhibit, which is up until April 29th.

Anderson passed away recently.  Throughout his life, he was an accomplished scholar who produced a few dozen major scholarly works on language and politics. He was the editor of the seminal journal Indonesia published by the Cornell Modern Indonesia Project. His linguistic skills were also extraordinary. Anderson was fluent in Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Javanese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Thai.

Virginia Shih and Vaughn Egge co-curated the exhibit.

Post contributed by Virginia Shih, Librarian for Southeast Asian Collections