Bittersweet: How Sugar Shaped the Modern World -- Dick Miller
The subject of this course is a highly addictive, water soluble crystalline powder derived from plant sap.
Over the centuries it has built and toppled empires, energized global commerce, driven human trafficking, and compromised human health. No, it isnt cocaine, although the similarities are striking. Its sugar.
Sugar has shaped economies, ecosystems, political systems, cultures, cuisines, even our terms of praise and endearment. Its story connects the dots between Islam and the West, The Industrial and American revolutions, Napoleon, Capt. Crunch, and NAFTA, Wedgwood china, diabetes, and the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom.
This two-hour, two-session lecture/discussion course will trace the history and consequences of sugar from Indonesia to Betteravia Road. Topics will include Sugar and Slaves, How We Got Hooked, The Language of Sweetness, Big Sugar in the Global Economy, and How Your Sweet Tooth Makes You Vulnerable.
Mondays, May 9 & 16 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm United Methodist Church SLO
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United Methodist Church (View)
1515 Fredericks St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405