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Empire of Rubber: A Conversation About the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Liberia

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Simon Gikandi, English

November 11, 2021 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · 010 East Pyne

The Humanities Council is pleased to host a Belknap Global Conversation with Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin-Madison), author of the newly published book Empire of Rubber: Firestone’s Scramble for Land and Power in Liberia, and Simon Gikandi (Chair, English). Mitman’s scrupulously researched narrative of ecology and disease, commerce and science, and racial politics and political maneuvering, uncovers the global history of a corporate empire—a story with special import for the Princeton community. Erika Milam (History) will introduce the speakers, after a welcome by Humanities Council Chair Esther Schor (English).

Read the latest from Mitman in Slate: “Let Us See It: Why companies with long histories should open up their archives.

Reception immediately following. Registration required in advance. Space limited to PUID holders. Livestream will be available to the public via Media Central.

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