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Thursday – April 3

12:30 Opening Remarks

1:00-3:30 Session 1: Managing Trade, Investment, Debt

Dara Orenstein, Good Zones Make Good Neighbors: Pax Americana at the Foreign-Trade Zone of New Orleans

Peter James Hudson, Capitalism & Sovereignty: The Mercantile Bank of the Americas, 1915-1925

Christy Thornton, Debt, Trade, and Reciprocity: Mexico and the United States’ Competing Visions for the Global Economy in the 1930s

Comment: Alejandro Velasco

3:45-6:15 Session 2: Producing Economic Knowledge

Mark Hendrikson, Dispute Resolution and Risk Management on a Global Stage: The Case of U.S. Mining Engineers in Latin America

Amy Offner, Building the Decentralized State: Colombia and the United States, 1950-1990

Tore Olsson, Imagining the American South in Mexico: The Rockefeller Foundation, U.S. Regionalism, and Mexico’s Green Revolution, 1943-1950

Comment: Paul Kramer

Friday – April 4

8:30: Coffee

9:00 -10:45 Session 3: Law and Empire

Benjamin Coates, Investment and Intervention: How International Law Challenged and Reaffirmed U.S. Corporate Hegemony in the Caribbean, 1901-1909

Max Paul Friedman, Argentina’s Transnational Coalition-Building during the U.S. Rise to Empire: “Soft Balancing” avant la Lettre

Comment: Greg Grandin

10:45 – 12:30 Session 4: The Cuban Crucible

Daniel Rodriguez, “Her fields are desolate, her laborers idle”: Reconcentration, Rural Reconstruction,and American Philanthropy in Cuba (1897-1901)

Rebecca Herman, The Limits of Law in the Inter-American Alliance: Cuban Rights and Legal Ambiguity at La Cayuga during World War II

Comment: Ada Ferrer

12:30 -1:30 – Lunch

1:45 – 3:30 Session 5: Global Wars, Hemispheric Economies

April Merleaux, Sugar, Surveillance, and Citizenship: The Global Crisis of 1919-1920 in Buenos Aires and New York

Josh Frens-String, Paying the “Price of Victory”: Economic War and its Aftershocks in Chile and the US, 1940-1950

Comment: Augustine Sedgewick

3:30 – 5:15 Session 6: Uneven Development and Industrialization

Ted Fertik, Transnational Actors in the Service of Economic Nationalism:
U.S. Firms, Engineers, and Officials in the Creation of the Brazilian National Steel Industry

Susan Gauss, From Carta Blanca to Corona: Mexican Brewing and U.S. Hegemony

Comment: Barbara Weinstein

5:30 – 7:30: Closing Plenary: Dependency, Interdependency, and Empire: New Directions for the Study of Capitalism in the Americas

Paul Kramer, Barbara Weinstein, Greg Grandin

followed by a reception