a lecture by Professor Mikael Wolfe
Professor Wolfe’s lecture builds on insights from his recent book, which re-examines Mexican agrarian reform—Latin America’s largest and most extensive—through an environmental and technological history of water management in the emblematic Laguna region. By uncovering the varied motivations behind the Mexican government’s decision to use invasive technologies despite knowing they were unsustainable, the book tells a cautionary tale of the long-term consequences of shortsighted development policies.
Mikael Wolfe is an assistant professor of history at Stanford University. As an environmental historian of Mexico, he will connect his lecture with Latin American studies, environmental studies, history, geography, ethnic studies, and other disciplines.
Light refreshments provided.
Sponsored by the Robert D. Clark Honors College