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A discussion of the idea of America, or American Exceptionalism, usually references two things: first, the fact or belief that the United States has been exempt from the kind of domestic class conflict that has afflicted the development of other nations; second, the fact or belief that the United States has been able to project an unprecedented degree of global power free from the kind of direct colonialism and militarism that has defined previous empires. But in all the debates over what is and isn’t distinct about the United States, little discussion has been paid to one variable that can, at least in relation to its global ascendance, unambiguously be called unique: its relationship with Latin America. Unlike their European counterparts, the Anglo and Saxon settlers who colonized North America looked to Iberian America not as an epistemic 'other' but as a competitor in a fight to define a set of nominally shared but actually contested ideas and political forms: Christianity, republicanism, liberalism, democracy, sovereignty, rights, and, above all, the idea of America.
Our facilitator has suggested reading Kennan's South American Diary in preparation for this discussion.
Download the reading here: Kennan's South American Diary (3.35 MB)
Greg Grandin is a Professor of History at New York University and the author of a number of prize-winning books, including most recently Empire of Necessity. Toni Morrison called this work, “compelling, brilliant and necessary.” Released in early 2014, the book narrates the history of a slave-ship revolt that inspired Herman Melville’s other masterpiece, Benito Cereno. Philip Gourevitch describes it as a “rare book in which the drama of the action and the drama of ideas are equally measured, a work of history and of literary reflection that is as urgent as it is timely.”
Hemispheric Dialogues invites key thinkers to lead a discussion about some of the pressing issues of our time. The series envisions informal yet sustained dialogue among faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, artists, and members of the community.
This event is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings. 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.
The New School
New York University
These paired conferences seek to enrich understandings of—and bring visibility to—the increasingly complex and violent processes that characterize contemporary Mexican and Central American migration north. From the violent population displacements in Central America and countless migrant deaths and disappearances in Mexico to the for-profit detention and deportation regime in the United States, the entire migratory formation has been enveloped by a human rights catastrophe of unprecedented proportions. The conference will convene scholars, artists, and activists to share work and experiences in order to imagine pathways for action.
Melissa Amezcua, The New School
Kalina Brabeck, Rhode Island College
Alexandra Délano, The New School
Pablo Domínguez, Princeton University
Jorge Durand, Universidad de Guadalajara
Marcial Godoy-Anativia, New York University
Amy Gottlieb, American Friends Service Committee
Ayten Gundogdu, Barnard College
Aldo Ledón, Voces Mesoamericanas
Guillermo Meneses, Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Benjamin Nienass, California State University, San Marcos
Antonio Ortuño, Author, El Buscador de Cabezas
Oscar Martínez, Journalist, Author, La Bestia
Rossana Reguillo, ITESO, Guadalajara
Rodrigo Reyes, Filmmaker, Purgatorio
María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, New York University
Marta Sánchez Soler, Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano
Rita Segato, University of Brasília
Christina L. Sisk, University of Houston
Diana Taylor, New York University
Sergio Villalobos, University of Arkansas
Arely Zimmerman, New York University
Moyses Zúñiga, Journalist and Photographer
These events will be livestreamed. For more conference details and livestreaming information, please visit: http://hemisphericinstitute.org/hemi/en/hny-video
These conferences are free and open to the public. The presentations will be conducted in English or Spanish, with simulataneous interpretation provided. All conference venues are wheelchair accessible.
Photo: Moysés Zúñiga