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Lecture on Labor, Agriculture in Brazil’s Sugarcane Industry set for March 28

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The Center for the Study of the Gulf South and the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi will host Emory University professor Dr. Thomas Rogers for his lecture “The Nature of Labor: Work and the Agro-Environment of Sugarcane Brazil” Thursday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101. This event is free and open to the public.

Rogers’ research provides an illuminating case study for reflecting upon themes in Brazilian history that are highly relevant to societies in the United States South, including the legacies of slavery and plantation agriculture as well as the complex relationships between human beings and the natural environment. 

"Thomas Rogers' scholarship stands out among recent historical works for its ability to combine analyses of the natural environment, the lives of field laborers, and the work of scientists to break new ground in understanding Brazil and its agricultural industries in the century after slavery,” said Matthew Casey, assistance professor of history at Southern Miss.

“His research is especially relevant to Mississippi and the larger Gulf South because of the region's many, often unexpected, similarities to Brazil.  It is hoped this talk will raise new questions about Mississippi at the same time that it introduces audiences to the realities of life on Brazilian sugar plantations."

Rogers is the author of The Deepest Wounds: A Labor and Environmental History of Sugar in Northeast Brazil(University of North Carolina Press, 2010), winner of the 2010 Henry A. Wallace Award, by the Agricultural History Society as well as the 2011 Warren Dean Memorial Prize, by the Conference on Latin American History. 

The Center for the Study of the Gulf South organizes, promotes, and disseminates interdisciplinary scholarship on the history and culture of the Gulf South and the Caribbean Basin and the connections between these two regions. The goal of the Center is to draw upon and highlight the university’s impressive strengths in southern, Caribbean, and Latin American studies, and augment the University's mission to become a national university for the Gulf South. It supports annual symposia and lectures on issues relating to Gulf communities. 

For more information on this event, contact Casey at matthew.casey@usm.edu.