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Greg Grandin

Visiting scholar Greg Grandin will discuss slavery in novelist Herman Melville’s America when he delivers the annual Milton M. Klein Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20.

The event will be held in the Toyota Auditorium of UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. It is free and open to the public.

Grandin’s lecture will be based on his book The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, which won Bancroft Prize in American History. The book describes the New World in the early 1800s in the midst a revolution, with a new take on the history of slavery and the clash of peoples, economies, and faiths.

The lecture is part of the Department of History’s Distinguished Lecture series.

Grandin is the author of several prize-winning books and has been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He is a history professor at New York University, has been the recipient of multiple fellowships, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His work focuses on American exceptionalism, US foreign policy, Latin America, genocide, and human rights.

A book signing will follow the lecture. Food and drinks will be served.


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