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CERLAC presents the 2014 Michael Baptista Lecture: Who Ain't a Slave

Mar 26, 2014, 6pm

The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) presents the 2014 Michael Baptista Lecture: Who Ain't a Slave, Slavery in Fact and in Herman Melville's Fiction with Greg Grandin, Professor of History, New York University.

Herman Melville's novella Benito Cereno, published just before the U.S. Civil War, takes place on a Spanish slave ship shortly after its arrival in the bay of a remote island off the coast of southern Chile. In this lecture, Greg Grandin will discuss his new book, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, a reconstruction of the events that inspired Benito Cereno, to explore the meaning of encounters between empires for slavery in all of the Americas during the Age of Revolution.

Greg Grandin is the author of a number of prize-winning books, including 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 ?est of lists, and Amazon.com named it the best history book of 2009. 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.

Grandin's new book, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, was described by Toni Morrison as "scholarship at its best. Greg Grandin's deft penetration into the marrow of the slave industry is compelling, brilliant and necessary." Philip Gourevitch called it a "multifaceted masterpiece that 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."


Location:andra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theater, Accolade East
Sponsor:Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean
Web Sitehttp://www.yorku.ca/cerlac/
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