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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, April 23, 2010

Visiting UH lecturer to give talk

Advertiser Staff

Greg Grandin, the Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair in Arts & Sciences at the University of Hawai'i, will present a free public lecture at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in UH-Mānoa's School of Architecture auditorium. The talk's title is "Facing South: The Metaphysics of Tea Party Nationalism, or the Strange Afterlives of American Exceptionalism."

Grandin, who earned a doctorate from Yale in 1999, is a professor of history at New York University, a prominent historian of Latin America, U.S. foreign relations and American politics, and a prize-winning author. At UH-Mānoa this semester, he teaches an undergraduate lecture and a graduate seminar focused on the history of U.S. expansion and foreign policy.

His most recent book, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City" (Metropolitan, 2009), was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, 2009 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award.

He is also the author of "The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation" (Duke University Press, 2000), winner of the Latin American Studies Association's Bryce Wood Award in 2001 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.