Lecture: The Imperialist Roots Of The USA


Photo: UMass Department of History

Source: UMass Department of History

Manu Karuka, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Barnard College will present a talk on Monday October 3 at 6 p.m. entitled The Imperialist Roots Of The USA. This is both an in-person and online event. The lecture will take place at the Umass Student Union Ballroom and is also accessible via Zoom. Register for a Zoom link and get more information here. The talk is sponsored by the UMass Department of History and is the second presentation in this year’s year-long Feinberg Series on “Confronting Empire”.

This talk will explore the foundations of the U.S. in settler colonialism and slavery. Historian Manu Karuka will trace the evolution of U.S. imperialism through wars to control land and labor, from the conquest of North America to expansion into the Caribbean and the Pacific by the close of the nineteenth century. Karuka will offer a definition of imperialism and explore its centrality to understanding and overcoming the major crises of our moment.

This talk is free and open to all. Spanish interpretation and closed captions will be available by zoom. A public Q&A will follow. This event will be recorded and made available on the Feinberg Series website. See website for a map and location information. Registration is required to attend by zoom; registration is encouraged but not required to attend in person.

Manu Karuka is the author of Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad (University of California Press). He is assistant professor of American Studies at Barnard College, and a co-editor of 1804 Books.

About The Feinberg Series
The 2022-2023 Feinberg Series, Confronting Empire, is exploring histories of U.S. imperialism and anti-imperialist resistance. It is presented by the UMass Amherst History Department with the Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and Democracy and partners

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