Telling Histories

Mar 19, 2012, 6:30pm
Room C201/202
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

Telling Histories

Gary Wilder Laurent DuboisGreg Grandin

While Haiti’s complex and “cursed” past was often used by journalists to explain its recent and tragic upheaval, these historical retellings frequently did more to malign and undermine the promising cultural and political forces the country was founded on than to illuminate them. How might historians and other academics responsibly and effectively contribute to a global public discourse? Join two distinguished historians – Laurent Dubois the author of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History and Greg Grandin, the author of, among many other prize-winning books, Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism – for a discussion with anthropologist Gary Wilder(The Graduate Center, CUNY) about the challenges of writing critical histories of nations and empires in the current political climate. This a public program connected to “Caribbean Epistemologies” and “Law, Justice and Global Political Futures.” For further information on these and other Seminars in the Humanities, see

Co-sponsored by the Mellon Committee for the Study of Globalization and Social Change

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