Coffee Colonialism

  • 10/30/2013 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Location: Searles Science Building, Room 315
  • Event Type: Lecture

Coffee ColonialismProfessor Steven Topik (History, University of California, Irvine) will be delivering the lecture "Coffee Colonialism: From the Spice Trade to European Colonies to Latin American National Export Crop"

Coffee, along with sugar, has long been considered one of the primary crops of European colonialism. Prof. Topik, one of the foremost authorities on the global history of the coffee market, will argue that European purveyors were “Johnny-come-latelies” and that New World colonies were much more than simply slaves of their colonial masters.  In fact, they played an important role in shaping the international market for this commodity. Topik’s lecture will trace the evolution of the coffee market and trace our love affair with a beverage that has become such a mainstay in our lives. 

Wednesday, October 30
Searles 315

This lecture is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, with support from the History and Africana Studies Departments.