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UNI to host 40th Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History

September 5, 2013

Robert Martin, professor, history, 319-273-2097,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Ideas and Identities in Mughal Religious Culture" will be the lecture delivered by Muzaffar Alam, professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, at the University of Northern Iowa's 40th Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History. The lecture will be presented at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Alam is a historian specializing in medieval and early South Asian Muslim religious and literary cultures, Mughal political and institutional history, and Indo-Persian historiography and travel accounts. He has held visiting research and teaching positions at several institutions, including the University of London and Columbia University in New York. Alam's best-known work is his classic book, "The Crisis of Empire in Mughal North India."

The lecture is in honor of Carl L. Becker, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1907 and is originally from Reinbeck. From 1902 to 1941, Becker taught at various universities in the Midwest and East, with the last being Cornell University in New York.

The Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture is the first in a series of lectures from UNI's history department. The next lecture will be by Jack Hovelson, retired journalist for the Des Moines Register, and will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robert Martin, head of UNI's Department of History, at 319-273-2097 or