Foreign Policy Expert to Discuss Kissinger in Upcoming President’s Lecture at UM

October 02, 2015

MISSOULA – A leading expert on Latin America and American foreign policy will deliver the next installment of the 2015-16 President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana.

Greg Grandin, New York University professor of history, will present “Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman” at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, in the University Center Ballroom. The lecture is the Ezio Cappadocia Memorial Lecture on Politics and History in collaboration with UM’s Department of History and Latin American Studies program.

He also will lead a seminar earlier that day titled “Current U.S.-Latin American Relations in Historical Perspective: How Latin American Opposition to U.S. Expansion Helped Shape the Global Order” at 3:10 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The lecture and seminar are both free and open to the public.

Grandin is the author of a number of prize-winning books, including most recently “The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom and Deception in the New World,” which won the Bancroft Prize in American History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in the U.K.

Grandin’s “Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History, as well as for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. It also made the best book lists that year in The New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and on National Public Radio. named it the best history book of 2009.

His other books include “Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States and the Rise of the New Imperialism,” “The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War” and “The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and the Nation.” His most recent book and the topic of his seminar, “Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman,” was published in August.

Articles by Grandin have appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, London Review of Books, The Nation, Boston Review, the Los Angeles Times and American Historical Review. He has been a frequent guest on “Democracy Now!” and has appeared on “Charlie Rose.”

The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of eight talks throughout the academic year on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers. For more information on the series, visit or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.

Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981,