Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Coffee and Colonialism


Price for Members: $70
Price for Non-Members: $105
Date/Time: Tue. May 18, 25, June 1, 8, &15        1:30 – 3:30
Instructor: Nora Burkey, M.A., Sustainable Development School for International Training. Founder and Executive Director of the Chain Collaborative
Location: ONLINE

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Course Description

Our dark roast has a dark history, rooted in colonialism, exploitation, and greed.  Ms. Burkey will trace this problematic past with attention to how it differed for people living in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.  Some aspects of that dark history are still present in the global coffee industry but change is possible and, in places, already afoot.  Another focus of the course will be on shifting the persistence of “top-down” development of the industry since WWII to, for example, community-led operations.  Ms. Burkey will also show us how coffee consumers can help support efforts to reduce the systemic racism and unnecessary environmental damage that still prevails in the industry.  Join her and OLLI for a stimulating cup of joe and a look at paths to social justice and a sustainable environment. 

Event Details

Date: 2021-05-18

Start time: 01:30 p.m.

End time: 03:30 p.m.



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