2019 Black History Month

Cookbooks by Early Black Californians 1900-1936
with Dr. Hanna Garth

Monday, February 11, 2019
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Noon – 1:00 PM
Doors open at 11:45am. Light refreshments will be served.


The theme for this year’s Black History Month is Black Migration: The Movement of African People Across the Diaspora. Join us for an engaging lecture by Dr. Hanna Garth on “Cookbooks by Early Black Californians 1900-1936.”  This talk documents culinary practices in early patterns of Black migration to Southern California.  This talk draws on an analysis of two cookbooks, The Federation Cookbook: a Collection of Tested Recipes by the Colored Women of Southern California (1909) and Eliza’s Cookbook Favorite Recipes of the Negro Culinary Art Club (1936).  Based on this analysis this talk illuminates the forms of cooking that were central to early Black migrants to Southern California, tracing the culinary influences from other regions of the United States.

Dr. Hanna Garth is a sociocultural and medical anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of food. Her work addresses issues of inequality and structural violence, with regional interests in Latin American, the Caribbean, and the United States.  She received her PhD in Anthropology from UC Los Angeles in 2014, and an MPH focused in Global Health from Boston University in 2006.  Dr. Garth has been a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, and a Mellon Mays fellow.  She is co-convener of the UC San Diego Food and Society Research Group.


Feeding Body & Soul: Migration and Black Culinary Traditions

Feeding Body & Soul: Migration and Black Culinary Traditions Exhibit
In the early 1900s, looking for better opportunities, many African Americans left the South and headed to the North and West.  As they settled into new neighborhoods, one constant was the food shared around the kitchen table and the special dishes that no family or community gathering could do without. Over time and distance, black culinary heritage has mingled the flavors of exile and home, drawing together families, defining community. Come to Geisel Library for a taste of this history and enjoy an exhibit that offers up a delectable sampling of cookbooks and a celebration of black cuisine and food culture. This exhibit, located in Geisel Library’s 2nd Floor (West Wing), will be on display from February 1 – 28, 2019.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservation required. For more information, contact Gayatri Singh (gasingh@ucsd.edu).

A Panel Discussion on LGBTQ Health Disparities


Celebrate Out and Proud Week! On April 26th, 2018 from 12:00pm-1:00pm in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room, The UC San Diego Library, the LGBT Resource Center, and the UC San Diego LGBT Staff & Faculty Association invite you to hear from UC San Diego health care providers about their experiences serving our community and issues relating to disparities in LGBTQ health service.

Data shared in a 2015 position paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine*  identified some of the key challenges in LGBT healthcare policy and delivery:

  • LGBT people have lower overall access to care, and are less likely to be insured than their heterosexual counterparts.
  • Transgender people face additional challenges to accessing care including stigma and high cost of trans-specific care. As a result, 50% have injected hormones through illegal means.
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons are approximately 2.5 times more likely to have a mental health disorder than heterosexual men and women.

Please join our lunchtime presentation and discussion. Learn about a range of topics including San Diego County physicians’ attitudes toward LGBT patients, mental health disparities in the LGBT community, clinical support for transgender children, and providing culturally competent HIV care. Panelists will present for approximately 10 minutes each, and there will be a Q&A session to follow.

Our panelists include:

  • Gregory E. Koch, Psy.D., Psychologist at UCSD’s Muir College
  • Maja Marinkovic, MD, Co-Director of the Gender Management Clinic at Rady Children’s & Endocrinologist
  • Chris Matthews, MD, Director of Research Infrastructure, Owen Clinic and Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • Amy Sitapati, MD, Medical Director, La Jolla Internal Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Medicine

A light lunch will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Korey Brunetti (kgbrunetti@ucsd.edu) or Alanna Aiko Moore (aamoore@ucsd.edu) for further details.


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