St. John's University Department of
History & World History Faculty Group Present: Dr. Paul
Gootenberg, Professor of History and Sociology, Stony Brook
Dr. Gootenberg, a noted historian of global drugs, reveals our
long hemispheric entanglements with cocaine. Since 1910, cocaine's
production and marketing chains north have shifted in important
ways, leading to ever-larger supplies of the illegal drug and
hotspots of violence closer and closer to the United States,
including Mexico. Much of this perilous trade has been the
unintended consequences--or "blowback'--of previous U.S. attempts
to restrict the drug. Gootenberg will speculate what may happen as
the cocaine now globalizes once again.
Paul Gootenberg, is a Latin American historian
with interdisciplinary interests in commodity history, state
formation, economic ideas, and social inequality. He is a
specialist on modern Peruvian and Mexican history. As a Rhodes
Scholar he attended St. Antony’s College, Oxford, before earning a
doctorate in History at the University of Chicago in 1985.
Gootenberg’s books include Between Silver and Guano (Princeton,
1989), Imagining Development (California, 1993) and the edited
volume, Cocaine: Global Histories (Routledge, 1999). He has held
research fellowships from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, Institute for
Advanced Study, Russell Sage Foundation, ACLS, and Wilson Center,
and has been active in various fellowship and research programs of
the Social Science Research Council. His Andean Cocaine: The Making
of a Global Drug (UNC Press, 2008) is a “political-commodity”
history of cocaine between 1850 and 1980.
Date: Monday, October 15th,
Time: 1:50 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: DAC 206, Queens Campus
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