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Spring 2011

Eric J. Bailey

Eric J. Bailey

Food and Culture Matters: Health, Diet, and History in African American Communities

Eric J. Bailey, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a medical anthropologist, author and Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and currently Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University. He is the founder and Director of the new Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Graduate Certificate Online Program at East Carolina University, a 12-credit program designed to provide medical and public health professionals with a new set of culturally competent, public health skill sets for today’s diverse, ethnic, rural and global populations.

At East Carolina University, Dr. Bailey created a new set of online medical and health modules in collaboration with the Division of Continuing Studies. These online modules are designed for anyone who wants to better understand health issues and improve one’s skills in working with ethnic health disparities.

Dr. Bailey previously served as Program Director for the Masters of Public Health Program in Urban Public Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and was a Program Director at the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities where he coordinated the Minority-Serving Institution Annual and Performance Reports to the White House and directed the Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Branch at the National Cancer Institute. For nine years, Dr. Bailey was an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Houston for two years.

Dr. Bailey received his Doctorate in Anthropology from Wayne State University and Masters in Public Health from Emory University. He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master in Arts in Anthropology from Miami University in Ohio.

Dr. Bailey has broad-based research experience in several chronic diseases including hypertension, diabetes, prenatal care, cancer, alternative medicine, and HIV/AIDS. He has published his research findings in scholarly journals and lectured for the past 25 years on issues related to medical anthropology, multicultural and multiethnic health care utilization, alternative medicine, and community health and cross cultural health programs.

His published works include “Food Choice and Obesity in Black America: Creating a New Cultural Diet”(2006), a ground-breaking book which offers a new “cultural” diet for African Americans and a prescription for working collectively, not only to understand this critical health issue, but also to establish a lifestyle strategy that will be both effective and manageable. Other publications include “Black America, Body Beautiful: How the African American Image is Changing Fashion, Fitness and other Industries” (2008); "African American Alternative Medicine: Using Alternative Medicine to Prevent and Control Chronic Diseases” (2002); "Medical Anthropology and African American Health” (2000); and "Urban African American Health Care" (1991). He has recently published “The Cultural Rights Movement: Fulfilling the Promise of Civil Rights for African Americans,” an in-depth look at the Obama administration’s initiatives as they relate to the African American community.

Psyche Williams-Forson

Psyche Williams-Forson

Food and Culture Matters: Health, Diet, and History in African American Communities

Psyche Williams-Forson is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Women's Studies and African American Studies Departments and the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity. Dr. Williams-Forson is the co-founder and co-director of the Material Culture/Visual Culture Working Group, an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students engaged in research on objects and culture. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of cultural studies, material culture, food, and Women’s Studies along with the social and cultural history of the U.S. in the late 19th and 20th centuries. She is particularly interested in the ways that power functions in our everyday lives and the ways objects like food are used to perform cultural work. Her new research explores class, consumption, and citizenship among African Americans by examining domestic interiors from the late nineteenth-century to the early twentieth-century. In her award-winning book (American Folklore Society), "Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power," she explores a range of materials to consider the ways black women use foods like chicken to arrive at degrees of self-definition and self-reliance. Her other writings include “Suckin’ the Chicken Bone Dry: African American Women, History and Food Culture,” in Cooking Lessons: The Politics of Gender and Food; “African Americans and Food Stereotypes” in African American Foodways: Explorations of History and Culture; and “African American Foodways” published in the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.

Dr. Williams-Forson is the recipient of several fellowships including a Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005) and a Lord Baltimore Research Fellowship (2006-07). She is also the curator of “Still Cookin’ by the Fireside,” an online text and photo exhibition on the history of African American cookery for the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Museum.

Dr. Williams-Forson received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, a Master in Arts in American Studies, and a Women's Studies Certificate from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts in English/African American Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of Virginia. Her courses taught include New Approaches to American Studies, Feminist Cultural Criticism in Diasporic Texts, Diasporic Cultures, Advanced Material Culture, and Women, Food, and Identity.

Fall 2010

Anna Lappe

Anna Lappé

Eat the Sky: The Climate Crisis and the Future of Food

Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and sought-after public speaker, respected for her work on sustainability, food politics, globalization, and social change. Named one of Time's “eco” Who's-Who, Ms. Lappé has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O: The Oprah Magazine, Domino, Food & Wine, Body +Soul, Natural Health, and Vibe, among many other publications.

In her latest book, "Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It" (2010), Ms. Lappé explains the links between today's global food system and climate change, and offers ideas and inspiration for making sustainable food choices that can provide a catalyst for transforming the environment. Booklist calls it “impeccable, informative and inspiring.”

Ms. Lappé is a founding principal, with her mother Frances Moore Lappé, of the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education about the root causes of hunger and poverty. The Lappés are also co-founders of the Small Planet Fund which has raised more than $750,000 for democratic social movements worldwide, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund's founding in 2002.

Ms. Lappé appears frequently on television, from PBS and FoxNews to the CBC in Canada. Ms. Lappé is the host of MSN's Practical Guide to Healthy Living and is a co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast.

Ms. Lappé's writing has been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and Canada's Globe and Mail. Ms. Lappé is also a contributing author to "Food Inc.", "Worldchanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century", and "Feeding the Future: How the Battle over Food Will Change Your Life." With her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, she is the co-author of "Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet" (2002).

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Peter Singer

Peter Singer

Global Poverty: What are Our Obligations?

Peter Singer is an Australian ethical and political philosopher who is regarded as one of the intellectual forces behind the modern animal rights movement. He first became well-known after the publication of "Animal Liberation" in 1975, in which he called attention to the widespread torture and abuse of animals in factory farms and in scientific research. Since then he has written many other powerful and influential books on famine, poverty, political systems and injustice, and bioethics, including "Practical Ethics" (1979); "The Expanding Circle: Ethics and Sociobiology" (1981); "How Are We to Live?" (1955), "Rethinking Life and Death" (1994), "One World: The Ethics of Globalization" (2004), and most recently, "The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty" (2009). His works have appeared in more than 20 languages. He is the author of the major article on Ethics in the current edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Two collections of his writings have been published: "Writings on an Ethical Life", which he edited, and "Unsanctifying Human Life", edited by Helga Kuhse, and also two collections of critical essays, with responses: "Singer and Critics", edited by Dale Jamieson, and "Peter Singer Under Fire", edited by Jeffrey Schaler.

Professor Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and laureate professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), University of Melbourne. He served as Chair of Philosophy at Monash University, where he founded the Centre for Human Bioethics. He was recognized as the Australian Humanist of the Year in 1994 by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies. In 1996, he ran unsuccessfully as a Green candidate for the Australian Senate.

Professor Singer is a member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America, a Vice-President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK), and a member of the Advisory Board of Among his many honors and awards, Singer was elected as a Humanist Laureate by the International Academy of Humanism in 2004. In 2005, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2009 he was listed as one of the twenty-five most influential Australians of the last half-century by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

Animal Behavior, Autism, and Sensory Based Thinking

Dr. Temple Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974 she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. She earned her M.S. in Animal Science in 1974 at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.

Dr. Grandin has done extensive work on the design of handling facilities. Half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment she has designed for meat plants. Other professional activities include developing animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry and consulting with McDonalds, Wendy's International, Burger King, and other companies on animal welfare.

Following her Ph.D. research on the effect of environmental enrichment on the behavior of pigs, Dr. Grandin published several hundred industry publications, book chapters and technical papers on animal handling plus 45 refereed journal articles in addition to seven books. Her book, "Animals in Translation," was a New York Times best seller and her book "Livestock Handling and Transport," now in its third edition, is a standard in the field. Other popular books authored by Dr. Grandin are "Thinking in Pictures," "Emergence Labeled Autistic," "Animals Make Us Human," and "Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach."

Dr. Grandin has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute, the Industry Advancement Award from the American Meat Institute, and the prestigious Richard L. Knowlton Award from Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine. She was also named one of the Beef Top 40 industry leaders. Dr. Grandin was named a Distinguished Alumni at Franklin Pierce College, and received an honorary doctorate from McGill University. Her work has also been recognized and awarded by humane groups.

Dr. Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism. Articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, People, Time, National Public Radio, 20/20, The View, and the BBC.

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