Renowned academics to discuss UH law professor’s book at symposium

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly A. Creamer, 808-389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Mar 10, 2021

Professor Andrea Freeman
Professor Andrea Freeman

A symposium will bring together some of the nation’s foremost academics in the areas of critical race theory, family law, health and reproductive rights, food law and policy, and feminist theory, to discuss a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law professor’s book highlighting breastfeeding, race and injustice.

Professor Andrea Freeman’s Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race and Injustice has gained wide acclaim and she has been a sought-after speaker at seminars and forums nationally and internationally.

The symposium on Friday, March 12, 12–2 p.m. via Zoom will be hosted by California Western School of Law President and Dean Sean Scott. Dean Scott will introduce Freeman who will give a keynote address followed by comments from an outstanding panel. Participants can register online.

In her book, Freeman traces the story of the famed “Fultz Quads”—four identical sisters born into a North Carolina tenant farming family in 1946. They were America’s first surviving Black identical quadruplets. Their white physician sold the rights to use the girls for marketing purposes to the highest-bidding formula company, Pet Milk. Now, three-quarters of a century later, baby formula is a $70 billion industry and Black mothers have the lowest breastfeeding rates in the U.S.

UH law Dean Camille Nelson praised Freeman’s book for its exploration of how cooperation between government and the food, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries can lead to race, gender and class health disparities.

"Professor Freeman's research and scholarship has continued to unearth and analyze seldom explored terrain,” noted Nelson. “Her work is simultaneously cutting edge and historically revelatory, as she forces conversations that lead to greater understanding in important areas. The gist of her work is, importantly, charting a more just future. The Richardson community is delighted to join this celebration of her tremendous accomplishments."

The panel of speakers includes: 

  • Melissa Murray

  • Aziza Ahmed

  • Bennett Capers–“And They Took My Milk!” 

  • Anthony Kwame Harrison–Using Black Lives As If They Don’t Matter: The Famous Four and Other Serious Stories of Capitalism and White Supremacy 

  • Robin A. Lenhardt and Kimani Paul-Emile–Skimmed Milk: Reflections on Race, Health, and What Families Tell Us About Structural Racism

  • Osagie K. Obasogie 

  • Jessica Dixon Weaver

  • Tonya L. Brito and Sofia Jonas–Breastfeeding, Race and Mutual Aid

  • Ernesto Hernández-López–Food Oppression: Lessons from Skimmed for a Pandemic

  • Jasmine Gonzales Rose–Desnatada: Latina Illumination on Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice

  • Ruqalijah Yearby–Employment Discrimination, Breastfeeding, and Health Justice

There will be a period for questions and answers.