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Cornucopia: The Hunger for Energy Resources in South America

November 29, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The lecture

The diversity of natural resources in South America aroused the interest of several countries that were undergoing a process of economic development. In order to obtain energy sources, these countries explored for and exploited natural resources from South America for decades. One of these countries, the United States, fostered the formation of a technical-scientific network among South American and North American professionals, with different approaches and proposals, but operating in perfect accordance of common interests: to find energy sources. The expectation of exploring for energy resources also attracted the interest and contributed to the establishment of foreign companies in South America. This lecture will provide the historical context of energy policies adopted by Brazil and other South American countries through the intervention of transnational North American companies from the late 19th century to the 20th century.

The speaker

Dr. Drielli Peyerl is a historian with research interests in the history of energy, history of science and technology, and the history of Latin America. She earned undergraduate degrees in history and geography and a Master’s degree in territory management from the University of Ponta Grossa. In 2014, she earned a PhD in sciences, with a specialty in history of science and technology, from the University of Campinas. She completed postdoctoral studies at the Department of Scientific and Technological Research at the University of Campinas and in the History Department at Oklahoma State University, where she was a Visiting Scholar from July 2014 to June 2017.

In 2017, she published the book ‘O Petróleo no Brasil (The Oil in Brazil) on the formation of the petroleum industry in Brazil. Since August 2017, Dr. Peyerl has been a Residential Fellow at the Linda Hall Library, where her research has focused on the historical context of energy policies adopted by Brazil and other South American countries through the influence of transnational North American companies.

Admission tickets

The lecture is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter.



November 29, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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