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51st Annual Arthur L. Throckmorton Memorial Lecture

Date: 5:00pm PST February 17, 2014 Location: Templeton Campus Center

Templeton Campus Center

The Lewis and Clark College History Department invites you to attend the 51st Annual Arthur L. Throckmorton Lecture
by Greg Grandin
“Who Aint a Slave:  Slavery in Fact and Melville’s Fiction” 


Monday, February 17, 2013 5 p.m.
Council Chamber, Templeton Center
Lewis & Clark College

Greg Grandin will discuss his new book, The Empire of Necessity, a true history of the events that inspired Herman Melville’s other masterpiece, Benito Cereno. Toni Morrison called Grandin’s new work, The Empire of Necessity, “compelling, brilliant and necessary.” Released in early 2014, the book narrates the history of a slave-ship revolt that inspired Herman Melville’s other masterpiece, Benito Cereno. Philip Gourevitch describes it as a “rare book in which the drama of the action and the drama of ideas are equally measured, a work of history and of literary reflection that is as urgent as it is timely.” 


A professor of history at NYU and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Grandin writes on US foreign policy, Latin America, genocide, and human rights.  He has published in The New York TimesHarper’sThe London Review of BooksThe NationThe Boston ReviewThe Los Angeles Times, and The American Historical Review.  He has been a frequent guest on Democracy Now! and has appeared on The Charlie Rose Show.  Grandin also served as a consultant to the United Nations truth commission on Guatemala and has been the recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.  


Greg Grandin is the author of a number of prize-winning books, including most recently Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan 2009).  A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History, as well as for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Fordlandia was picked by the New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and NPR for their “best of” lists, and named it the best history book of 2009.


Grandin is also the author of Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Empire (Metropolitan 2005), The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America During the Cold War (University of Chicago Press 2004), and Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation(Duke University Press, 2000), which won the Latin American Studies Association’s Bryce Wood Award for the best book published on Latin America in any discipline. With Gil Joseph, is edited A Century of Revolution, also published by Duke University Press.


Read Professor Grandin’s recent opinion piece in the New York Times, “Obama, Melville and the Tea Party.”


We look forward to seeing you!


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