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U.S. Foreign Policy and Power Focus of Pomona College Hart Lecture Series

The roles the United States has played, does play and should play are examined through the lenses of politics and diplomacy, human rights, economic development and popular culture in the 2006-2007 Hart Lecture Series “The U.S. in the World,” sponsored by Pomona College the Hart Institute for American History.

October 5, 2006
“Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism”
Greg Grandin, the author of The Last Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism (2006), will discuss U.S. relations with Latin America with a focus on the Reagan administration's involvement in Central America during the 1980s, when it backed the Salvadoran government in a brutal civil war and the Nicaraguan Contras against the Sandinista regime. A professor of history at New York University, he is also the author of The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War (2004), a study of evolution of state violence and state democracy.

October 26, 2006
“The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood"
Rashid Khalidi, the author of Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004), is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University as well as director of Columbia’s Middle East Institute. He is the author if six books, dozens of scholarly articles and opinion pieces. His book Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1997), won the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Prize as best book of 1997. Khalidi has served as president of the American Committee on Jerusalem, now known as the American Task Force on Palestine, and is currently editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies.

February 1, 2007
“The Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide”
Samantha Power’s book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction, the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for general non-fiction, and the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Prize for the best book in U.S. foreign policy. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “the book offers an uncompromising disturbing examination of 20th-century acts of genocide and U.S responses to them,” based on declassified papers and interviews with more than 300 American policymakers. Power’s New Yorker article on the horrors in Darfur, Sudan, won the 2005 National Magazine Award for best reporting. Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

March 8, 2007

“The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth"
Benjamin Friedman is the William Joseph Maier Professor of Economics at Harvard University and an adviser to the Federal Reserve Board. In his book The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth (2005), Friedman explores two centuries of data to illuminate connections between economic conditions, social attitudes and public policy throughout the world, offering, according to Publishers Weekly, “a nuanced defense of globalization.” Friedman is the author of twelve other books including Day of Reckoning: The Consequences of American Economic Policy Under Reagan and After (1988).

April 12, 2007
“Consumer Culture as Taproot of American Global Hegemony: An historical perspective”
Victoria de Grazia, professor of history at Columbia University, specializes in the contemporary history of Western Europe, in particular, mass and consumer cultures, gender, and the history of family politics. Her most recent book Irresistible Empire: America’s Advance Through Twentieth-Century Europe (2005) focuses on America’s export of consumerism as the agent of change rather than government leaders. Her publications also include The Culture of Consent: Mass Organization of Leisure in Fascist Italy (1981) and How Fascism Ruled Women: Italy, 1922–1945 (1992).

Each of the Hart Lectures begins at 11 a.m. and will take place in the Pomona College Rose Hills Theater, located in the Smith Campus Center (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont, CA). The Pomona College Hart Lecture Series was established in the year 2000 with a gift from Gurnee Hart (’51) and Marjorie Hart. For more information, call (909) 607-9435 or visit

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.