Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies

Mexico has the Theories: The Latin American Origins of Development in the United States

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Location: 
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 102 See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

The Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies presents
The Latin American History Speakers Series

“Mexico has the Theories: The Latin American Origins of Development in the United States”

Christy Thornton, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University and Fellow, Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University

Tuesday, October 31 at 12pm
Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse) Room 102

Conventional histories of development as an international project locate its origins in the halls of power of the Global North, with Truman’s Point IV program or the creation of various specialized UN agencies. This presentation will argue, instead, that important origins for development emerged from concerted Latin American—and especially Mexican—advocacy for a regime of redistributive multilateralism that began in interwar period. Grappling with the changing world economy of the 1920s and 1930s, post-revolutionary Mexican economists and statesmen successfully advocated for new institutions that would lay the groundwork for the international development project in the post-war period.

Please contact Josh Mentanko at josh.mentanko@yale.edu if you have questions about this event.