Alan McPherson is Thomas J. Freaney, Jr., Professor of History at Temple University, where he also directs the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. A historian by training, he is the author of The Invaded: How Latin Americans and their Allies Fought and Ended U.S. Occupations (2014), winner of the OAH Ellis W. Hawley Prize, the William LeoGrande Prize, and the Murdo MacLeod Prize; Yankee No! Anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American Relations (2003), winner of the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies' A. B. Thomas Award; Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles: The United States and Latin America since 1945 (2006); The World and U2: One Band's Remaking of Global Activism (2015); and A Short History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). He is also the editor of Anti-Americanism in Latin America and the Caribbean (2006); The Anti-American Century (2007), with Ivan Krastev; The Encyclopedia of U.S. Military Interventions in Latin America (2013); Beyond Geopolitics: New Histories of Latin America at the League of Nations (2015), with Yannick Wehrli; and The SHAFR Guide Online (2017). He has appeared as a television and radio commentator, has published op-ed pieces, and has given over 100 talks nationally and internationally. His latest book is Ghosts of Sheridan Circle: How a Washington Assassination Brought Pinochet's Terror State to Justice (2019).
Based on McPherson's book "The World and US: One Band's Remaking of Global Activism," this talk argues that the band evolved decade after decade into the force for global activism that it became in the 2000s. From consciousness-raising to fund-raising to direct action to mega-philanthropy and courting legislators, the band showed the many ways artists and activists can effect real change in the world.