The Ethicureans: Black Feminist PhD Mom, German Dad Physicist, and Their 4 Kids

 

I wanted to share information about my new series. I have been writing my academic book Black, Mama, Scholar: On Black Feminism, Food Ethics, and Motherhood which is due in 2019. Below is the side project that has come out of writing that book that you may find of interest.

“The Ethicureans” (Trailer) Description:

Coming Fall 2018/Winter 2019

Description: Black mom with a PhD in ethics, food, & Black feminism + German physicist dad with a penchant for mountaineering who used to be the chief data scientist for Impossible Foods. They have 4 kids. Adventures around travel, food, what is ethical, raising multi racial Black kids together, etc. They’ll be focusing on a lot including critical approaches to parenting and beyond. What is meant by “critical”? They will be discussing many topics such as systemic racism, camping and hiking (and why they rarely see more Black folk in national parks), ethical consumption and its limits in a neoliberal capitalist economy, traveling to different regions as a Black woman vs. White man and how race and gender impact that experience, talking to their children about racialized and gendered bullying, and how to hike a 14k+ foot mountain to the top with a 6 year old. Also, there are “lighter” topics like fun vegan places to eat and how to critically review a vegan product or service beyond asking questions like, “Was an animal harmed?” (i.e. “This was a great vegan cafe we ate at but the staff say the women endure sexual harassment all the time. Not a ‘cruelty-free’ environment!)  

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Dr. A. Breeze Harper is a senior diversity and inclusion strategist for Critical Diversity Solutionsa seasoned speaker, and author of books and articles related to critical race feminism, intersectional anti-racism, and ethical consumption. As a writer, she is best know for as the creator and editor of the groundbreaking anthology Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health and Society (Lantern Books 2010). Dr. Harper has been invited to deliver many keynote addresses and lectures at universities and conferences throughout North America. In 2015, her lecture circuit focused on the analysis of food and whiteness in her book Scars and on “Gs Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix)which explored how key Black vegan men use hip-hop methods to create “race-conscious” and decolonizing approaches to vegan philosophies. In 2016, she collaborated with Oakland’s FoodFirst’s Executive Director Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez to write the backgrounder Dismantling Racism in the Food System, which kicked off FoodFirst’s series on systemic racism within the food system

Dr. Harper is the founder of the Sistah Vegan Project which has put on several ground-breaking conferences with emphasis on intersection of racialized consciousness, anti-racism, and ethical consumption (i.e., veganism, animal rights, Fair Trade). Last year she organized the highly successful conference The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter which can be downloaded.

Dr. Harper’s most recently published book, Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (Sense Publishers 2014) interrogates how systems of oppression and power impact the life of the only Black teenager living in an all white and working class rural New England town. Her current 2016 lecture circuit focuses on excerpts from her latest book in progress, Recipes for Racial Tension Headaches: A Critical Race Feminist’s Journey Through ‘Post-Racial’ Ethical Foodscape which will be released in 2017, along with the second Sistah Vegan project anthology The Praxis of Justice in an Era of Black Lives MatterIn tandem with these book projects, she is well-known for her talks and workshops about “Uprooting White Fragility in the Ethical Foodscape” and “Intersectional Anti-Racism Activism.”

In the spring of 2016, Dr. Harper was nominated as the Vice Presidential nominee for the Humane Party— the only vegan political party in the USA with focus on human and non-human animals.

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