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International Seminar Series: Chocolate Politics

Wednesday, August 30th 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Description

Title of Presentation: Chocolate Politics: How Multinational Corporations, Governments, NGOs, and Critics Influence the Chocolate We Eat

Speaker: Carla Martin, PhD., Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute

Presentation Overview: In this talk, we will explore how politics affects what chocolate we can buy, how much it costs, how it tastes, what appears on labels, and how it impacts cacao farmers and the land on which they produce their crops. By examining the current state of the cacao and chocolate industry, we will gain a better understanding of the challenges inherent in ethical trade and the development of a market for fine flavor cacao and chocolate. Together, we will ask: what do food justice and sustainability mean in the context of one of America’s favorite treats?

Speaker Bio: Carla D. Martin, PhD, is a social anthropologist with interdisciplinary interests that include history, agronomy, ethnomusicology, and linguistics. Her current research focuses on the politics of fine cacao and chocolate in global perspective, for which she has conducted fieldwork in West Africa, Latin America, North America, and Europe.


Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.

Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.

International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. The fall 2017 series will focus on food justice and sustainability.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Vrooman Center
Escalante Conference Room


Office of International Studies and Programs
(309) 438-5276