Cultural critic Clarkisha Kent found that as a dark-skinned, queer, first generation American facing anti-Blackness, homophobia, and respectability politics, the pursuit of “high self esteem” seemed oxymoronic. Psyche A. Williams-Forson, Professor and Chair of American Studies at the University of Maryland, has studied how racism operates in the practice and culture of eating.

Their discussion of Fat Off, Fat On: A Big Bitch Manifesto and Eating While Black: Food Shaming and Race in America promises to be incisive and frank. The event features samples of traditional African American and Black diasporic dishes.

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Presented with The Women’s Initiative and The Maxine Platzer Lynn’s Women’s Center at UVA.

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