College of Liberal Arts

Talk: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Thursday Oct 17, 2013 8:00 PM | Carrilon PDR 1, AT&T Center, 1900 University Ave.

Talk: "Where the Rubber Meets the Road: U.S. Involvement in the Amazon Rain Forest During World War II" by Seth Garfield

In the aftermath of Japan’s 1942 seizure of the Southeast Asian territories that provided more than ninety percent of the U.S. rubber supply, the American government invested heavily in the modernization of the wild rubber trade in the Brazilian Amazon.  Despite wartime pronouncements exhorting the peoples of Brazil and the United States to join in battle against the Axis and the forest, such uniformity was precluded by the Amazon’s vast territory, varied natural resources, and charged ideological significance.  This talk tracks the origins, limits, and legacies of U.S wartime intervention in the Amazon, as well as the shifting historical appropriation and meanings of the region’s natural resources. 

Seth Garfield is Associate Professor of Latin American History and Director of the Institute for Historical Studies. He is the author of Indigenous Struggle at the Heart of Brazil: State Policy, Frontier Expansion, and the Xavante Indians, 1937-1988(Duke University Press, 2001). His current book, In Search of the Amazon: Brazil, the United States, and the Nature of a Region, will be published by Duke University Press in December 2013.  His research interests include the study of race and ethnicity and political ecology in modern Latin America.

The AT&T Executive Education Conference Center
Carillon Restaurant, PDR 1
1900 University Avenue, Austin Texas, 78705
At the corner of University Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Directions and Parking:

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the talk. 
To reserve your seat please RSVP to Courtney Meador by 5pm, on Tuesday, October 15.

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