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The Center for the Study of the American South is honored to host a conversation with Psyche Williams-Forson and Tressie McMillan Cottom who will discuss Williams-Forson’s Eating While Black: Food Shaming and Race in America (UNC Press, 2022). This event is made possible by the James & Marguerite Hutchins Lecture Series.  In her new work, Williams-Forson examines how anti-Black racism surrounds eating. Distorted views of how and what Black people eat are pervasive, bolstering the belief that they must be corrected and regulated. Sustainable culture—what keeps a community alive and thriving—is essential to Black peoples’ fight for access and equity, and food is central to this fight.

Psyche Williams-Forson is a professor and chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a co-editor of Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World (Routledge, 2012) and the award-winning Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, & Power (UNC Press, 2006)

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an author, professor, and sociologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, whose work has earned national and international recognition for the urgency and depth of its incisive critical analysis of technology, higher education, class, race, and gender. She is an associate professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), a senior faculty researcher with UNC’s Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life,  and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.  McMillan Cottom is the author of Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (The New Press, 2016) and Thick: And other Essays (The New Press, 2019).

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