Sugar, Diabetes, and People of Color


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Alfreda Rooks (U-M Program for Multicultural Health), Jocelyn Stitt (Institute for Research on Women & Gender), Nesha Haniff (Afroamerican & African Studies), Gaiutra Bahadur
Event Date: 
December 7, 2015
Event Time: 
4:10pm to 7:00pm
Room 100 Hatcher Graduate Library
Event Accessibility : 
The main entrance to the North Building - off the Diag - is equipped with ramps and handicap activation push buttons. The entrance to the South Building - off South University Avenue - also has a handicap activation push buttons.

4:00 pm Panel Presentation: “Sugar, Diabetes and People of Color”

Alfreda Rooks, Jocelyn Stitt, and Nesha Haniff, moderated by Jocelyn Stitt

5:00 pm Reception

6:00 pm Keynote presentation: “Postcards From Empire”

Gaiutra Bahadur is an award-winning American journalist who writes frequently about migration, literature and gender. Her reporting,criticism and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Dissent, History Today, Washington Post Book WorldThe Nation, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Virginia Quarterly ReviewThe (London) Observer and Ms., among other publications. Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture is her first book. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Orwell Book Prize, the British award for political writing that is artful.

This event is part of the weeklong symposium, "Conjuring the Caribbean: How Sweet It Is." See more information at

Join artists, scholars, and students in a five day exploration of Caribbean tourism, histories and gender identities. The symposiums calls for an interdisciplinary response to shifting imaginations about the power and potential of Caribbean studies viewed through the lens of a sugar-saturated past.

Co-sponsored by Center for the Humanities, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latina/o Studies, Center for World Performance and Department of African and African American Studies, Department of American Culture, School of Public Health, School of Music, Theatre & Dance.