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Conlin to Discuss African American and Latino Workers in the Age of Industrial Agriculture

Posted on 10/9/2016 8:36:42 AM

Please join Erin Conlin (History) in a discussion of her current research on pesticide exposure titled “Toxic Exposure: African American and Latino Workers in the Age of Industrial Agriculture.”

The discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in room 215 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building.

Summary:

Pesticide exposure remains one of the greatest threats to farmworkers both historically and today. The experiences of African American and Latino laborers demonstrate how coercive labor structures, state hostility, economic marginality, racial discrimination, and bleak working conditions came together in the post-World War II period resulting in toxic pesticide and chemical exposure for farmworkers. Oral histories with former workers and current activists reveal the intersection of labor and environmental history in the context of modern, industrial agriculture, and illustrate why pesticide exposure persists as an issue today. 

This talk is part of the newly created Sustainability Studies minor.