Date & Time: Friday, February 23, 2024 from 12:00-1:30 PM PST. 

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Please join USC’s Africana Research Cluster and Latinx Geographies Cluster for a virtual chapter workshop with Dr. Jayson Porter, entitled “Oilseed Archives: Reading Afro-Mexican Landscapes in Plants and Plantations.” 


Dr. Jayson Maurice Porter (Northwestern PhD, 2022) is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the History Department at the University of Maryland College Park (2023-2025) and a Voss Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (2022-2024). His research covers Mexican environmental history, Afro-Indigenous ecologies, Black environmental history, and the history of agrochemicals, agribusiness, and oilseed plants. He is an editorial board member of the North American Congress of Latin America (NACLA) and  Plant Perspective: An Interdisciplinary Journal  and board member of the Black Ecologies Lab at Rutgers University. His co-authored essay with Brian S. Williams, "Cotton, Whiteness, and Other Poisons," recently won Environmental Humanities 2023 Best Article Prize. You can read more of his writing in The Washington Post, Distillations (Science History Institute), Environment and Society, Black Perspectives, and the NACLA Report on the Americas


The Clusters will provide you with the chapter, upon RSVPing. Please do not circulate/cite this material.


This event is co-sponsored by USC’s Center for Latinx and Latin American Studies, Wrigley Institute for Environment & Sustainability, and Center on Science, Technology, and Public Life.


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