Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Faced with the devastating loss of over ninety percent of its rubber supply in 1942, the United States invested millions of dollars to boost wild rubber production in the Amazon. A host of social actors, however, armed with competing visions of the Amazon’s future, would reshape public policies for regional development. This lecture explores the wartime history of the Amazon as a window onto the nature of a region, and the origins of contemporary environmental debates.
Co-sponsored by Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.