STARVATION POLITICS Women, Race, and Gender in the ‘Discovery’ of Hunger in America

A lecture by Dr. Laurie Green, Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin

The ‘discovery’ of hunger by Robert F. Kennedy and other senators in the Mississippi Delta in 1967 set off a decade of turmoil about the very existence, the causes, and federal solutions to what a team of doctors termed starvation. The media then and historical accounts now focus on Kennedy’s role, obscuring the pressure preceding the visit by women prominent in the Black Freedom Movement such as Fannie Lou Hamer and Marian Wright [Edelman]. Professor Green’s lecture will challenge this representation of the struggle as one centered on white politicians, while also exploring the gendered and racialized politics that represented hunger as a Mississippi problem, even after independent investigators had identified similar crises among poor whites, Latinos and Native Americans.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 3:30pm-5:30pm

University of Illinois at Chicago, University Hall Room 950

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