04-18-13 John Dwyer

Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
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Monthly Meeting and Talk on April 18 (THURSDAY), 4.30-6pm, Berger Gallery (207 College Hall), Duquesne University.

Presenter: John Dwyer, PhD, associate professor of history at Duquesne University

Title: Destroying and Rebuilding the Border Environment

Abstract: Dwyer's presentation addresses environmental degradation along the U.S.-Mexico border in the late twentieth century. His research examines the unregulated growth of the city of Tijuana and the pollution caused by hundreds of domestic and foreign owned factories (maquiladoras) located around the city. Dwyer suggests a holistic methodology that combines multi-archival research from local, state, national, and international levels. In addition, he integrates the subfields of environmental, economic, political, and urban history to explain the manner in which ecosystems were degraded, the health of residents threatened, and water, air and soil quality undermined. His talk also uncovers how -- despite the use of negative stereotyping as illustrated in the above contemporary cartoon -- the news media, government officials, NGOs, and border residents fostered the region's environmental recovery.

Bio: John (Jay) Dwyer (PhD, Illinois) is an associate professor of history at Duquesne. His research focuses on twentieth century Mexico and U.S.-Mexican relations. He was a C.I.C. Visiting Scholar in the Department of History at the University of Chicago and a Guest Scholar at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California San Diego. Dwyer has published articles in Diplomatic History, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Journal of the West. His book, The Agrarian Dispute (Duke 2008) won the Alfred Thomas Book Prize and received an Honorable Mention for the Thomas McGann Book Prize.