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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Melville Lecture

The annual Kephart lecture in the History department will be given by Greg Grandin this year and is titled “Fast Fish, Loose Fish: Freedom and Slavery in Herman Melville’s America.” Prof. Grandin will look at the 1804 slave ship uprising that became the inspiration for Melville’s novella “Benito Cereno.”

The lecture is Tuesday, Oct. 2,at 7 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center, and those who will attend should register. Students, faculty, and other guests can do so online here.

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

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