HD CLAS Lecture with Mikael Wolfe

CLAS Lecture with Mikael Wolfe

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CLAS Lecture SeriesWinter Quarter 2015Friday, March 6, 2015Mikael Wolfe is an Assistant Professor of Latin American and Environmental History at Stanford University specializing in the history of water control, agrarian reform, hydraulic technology, drought and climate change. In several published articles and in his book manuscript “Watering the Revolution: An Environmental and Technological History of Agrarian Reform in La Laguna, Mexico,” he examines the role of technical actors or “técnicos’ – in particular hydraulic engineers and agronomists – as mediators between the Mexican state, society and nature, from the late nineteenth to twentieth centuries.The Zapatista battle cry of “tierra y libertad (land and liberty)” has long symbolized the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920, transformed as it was into a constitutional mandate for nationwide land reform in 1917 implemented until 1992. Included in this mandate was the nationalization and conservation of natural resources, including water. In this talk, Professor Wolfe will discuss the challenges the Mexican post revolutionary state faced throughout the twentieth century trying to balance the urgent need for agricultural development through land reform and conserving scarce water resources indispensable for that need.las.stanford.edu/how-ecologically-sustainable-was-mexican-revolution-case-water-0