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USLT Speaker Series: Historian Andrew Friedman

As the next installment in the USLT Speaker Series, the USLT Program is hosting historian Andrew Friedman (Haverford College) on Thursday, April 3, at 4pm to discuss his new book Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia (UC Press, 2013). The Washington Post review of Friedman’s book says it is “an original and entertaining narrative showing how Cold War planning and operations permanently changed the suburbs of Washington.” His talk will focus on how the activities of the CIA and the Pentagon in Central America shaped the Latino/a communities of the DC Metro area, and how Latino/a activists and artists in the region have challenged American empire-making. The book comments smartly on Mario Bencastro and other Latino/a cultural producers, and it also has a wonderful discussion of the work of our own Dr. Ana Patricia Rodríguez.

Professor Friedman’s book, Covert Capital, touches on so many of the strengths in the American Studies Department and the USLT Program. The public talk is on April 3rd at 4pm in the Maryland Room (0100 Marie Mount Hall). At 10am, he’ll be joining Dr. Randy Ontiveros (ENGL) for an informal coffee-and-conversation with graduate students and advanced undergrads to discuss the graduate experience, dissertation writing, working in archives, the writing process, getting published, and other practical aspects of the academy.

Please email Dr. Randy Ontiveros for more information.