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