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Bittersweet: How Sugar Changed the Modern World -- Dick Miller
SLO Library Community Room
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Bittersweet: How Sugar Changed the Modern World -- Dick Miller
Wednesday, December 14, 2022  10:30am - 12:30pm, SLO Library Community Room

$5 for LLCC Members $10 for Others

Over the last six centuries sugar has built and toppled empires, energized capitalism, poisoned race relations, and wrecked human health while it brought us untold pleasure and seduced our very language of praise and affection. Sugar connects the dots between Islam and the West, Wedgwood china and Starbucks, pop music and sexism, sweetness and power, Capt. Crunch and Black lives Matter.

Sugar raises endless historical questions. This single session, two hour course will explore three: how sweetness got us hooked, how sugar-driven slavery way back then still shapes race relations here and now, and why monopolistic Big Sugar is such a potent force in domestic and international affairs.

Dick Miller is an academic in recovery who frequently takes and teaches LLCC courses.

If you would like to have the password for the member price for this course, go to www.lifelearnerscc.org for information on how you can become a member.

Attendance Policies

Course attendees will present a government-issued ID such as a passport or driver's license and proof of a full vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to the date of a class. Attendees must show a record of a booster dose of vaccine if the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (or the single shot from J&J) was taken more than nine months before the day of the class. Attendees who need a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or deeply held religious belief must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the class date.

At the request of the instructor, for this class, all attendees and volunteers are required to wear masks (covering their nose and mouth) in all areas of the venue and throughout the class. Please stay home if you are feeling ill.


SLO Library Community Room (View)
995 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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