Prominent Latin America historian to give April 27 lecture

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Posted: Apr 15, 2010

Greg Grandin
Greg Grandin
Greg Grandin, a professor of history at New York University who is at UH Mānoa this semester as the Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair in Arts & Sciences, will present a free public lecture at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, in the School of Architecture auditorium. Title of the talk is “Facing South: The Metaphysics of Tea Party Nationalism, or the Strange Afterlives of American Exceptionalism.” 
 
This Spring, Grandin is working with the UH Mānoa departments of History and American Studies, teaching both an undergraduate lecture and a graduate seminar focused on the long history of U.S. expansion and foreign policy.  
 
Grandin(PhD Yale, ‘99) is a prominent and prolific historian of Latin America, U.S. foreign relations, and American politics. He is the author of a number of prize-winning books, most recently “Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City” (Metropolitan 2009).  A finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, and 2009 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, “Fordlandia” was picked by the New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, and Chicago Tribune for their “best of” lists. Amazon.com ranked it as the best history book of 2009.    
 
He is also the author of “Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Empire” (Metropolitan 2005), “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). The latter won the Latin American Studies Association’s Bryce Wood Award for the best book published on Latin America in any discipline.    

His most recent book, edited with Gil Joseph, “A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America’s Long Cold War,” will be published by Duke University Press in September.
 
The Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences was made possible by the late Dr. Dai Ho Chun through an estate gift.  A visionary educator, Chun designed the chair to support interdisciplinary collaboration. According to his guidelines, appointees must be excellent researchers and teachers, have the ability to integrate theory with creative applications, and draw from historical and contemporary perspectives, as well as provide multicultural analysis.