The next lecture in the "Carbon Nations" series is coming up on March 4, when Professor Myrna Santiago of St. Mary's University in California will be presenting a lecture entitled, "Foreign Corporations and Mexico's Ecology of Oil: Past and Present," at 4pm on the 3rd floor of the Science Library. Professor Santiago's first book, The Ecology of Oil: Environment, Labor, and the Mexican Revolution, 1900-1938, offered a rich case study of northern Veracruz, and illuminated the ways that oil production generates major environmental transformations in land tenure systems and social organisation.
The "Carbon Nations" series of six lectures in 2014-2015 is designed to do something important but rare: bring historians into debates about energy and climate change. Focusing largely on the U.S. and U.S. corporations abroad, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, Carbon Nations asserts a crucial premise: the carbon-based economy is a historical creation, a product of human culture and politics. Its transformation into something new thus requires a deep engagement with the culture and politics, as much as with the science and technology, of energy. The series has been organized by Robert Self, Royce Family Chair of Teaching Excellence and Professor of History.