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Pioneer of ‘Food Oppression Theory’ to be Keynote Speaker at Upcoming CWSL Law Review Symposium

Professor Andrea Freeman

Professor Andrea Freeman, author of SKIMMED – Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice (Stanford University Press 2019), and the pioneer of “racial food oppression” will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming California Western Law Review Symposium, SKIMMED.

Freeman, a Professor at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law, defines racial food oppression as the partnership between the government and corporations—through laws, policies, and practices that appear to be racially neutral—that lead to health disparity along race or gender lines.

The online symposium, to be held on March 12 at 2:00 p.m., will be discussing the issues raised by Freeman’s book, including food oppression, law and policy, critical race theory, health and reproductive rights, and feminist theory. In addition to Freeman, a diverse range of authors and academics from many different fields will also be contributing to the discussion.

In SKIMMED, Freeman tells the riveting story of the Fultz quadruplets while uncovering how feeding America's youngest citizens is awash in social, legal, and cultural inequalities. The book highlights the making of a modern public health crisis, the four extraordinary girls whose stories encapsulate a nationwide injustice, and how we can fight for a healthier future.

“I am delighted to be speaking at the California Western Law Review Symposium and that SKIMMED has been chosen as the substance of the symposium,” said Freeman. “It is so important to continue to shed light on this subject and encourage a national debate on food disparity and the racial stereotyping that goes hand-in-hand with this practice.”

“What I am really excited about with this symposium is the diversity of speakers who will be talking and who also have contributed to the volume,” continued Freeman. “The project is interdisciplinary, and it affects so many walks of life.”

Joining Freeman as part of the symposium will be speakers from many different academic disciplines, including Ernesto Hernández-López, Professor of Law at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, Osagie K. Obasogie, the Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics at the University of California, Berkeley, and Robin A. Lenhardt, formerly a Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.

Commenting further on the impact of the symposium, Freeman said, “This is fundamentally about food, and it’s about family. These are things that are important to everybody, not an obscure academic subject. It’s something that everybody can understand and think about and make changes to, which is very important to me in my work. I am not just engaging in an insular academic conversation.”

“We are thrilled and honored to have Andrea Freeman as our keynote speaker for our symposium,” said Organizer and California Western third-year student Fernanda Madrigal. “I have no doubt that the symposium will be evocative as well as diverse in terms of the points of view and opinions expressed. We are all excited to welcome Andrea Freeman together with all our other distinguished speakers to California Western.”

For more information and a complete list of speakers for the California Western Law Review Symposium, SKIMMED, click here.

To register for the symposium, click here.

Meet Author Andrea Freeman March 9, 1:00-2:00 p.m. PT
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As a prelude to the March 12 Symposium SKIMMED, watch live on the CWSL Facebook page as Andrea Freeman talks with California Western Dean Sean Scott, Professor Nancy Chi Cantalupo, and Professor Danielle Jefferis about the concept of food oppression, her motivations for writing SKIMMED, and what she is looking forward to with the symposium.