Professor Goes on “Slave Diet”

A hunger strike to end slavery? That is (sort of) what a professor at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX will be doing this fall. Kay Burrough is embarking on what she calls the Slave Diet in conjunction with a workshop she will be co-teaching on modern day slavery. Professor Burrough says she was inspired […]
August 6, 2010

A hunger strike to end slavery? That is (sort of) what a professor at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX will be doing this fall. Kay Burrough is embarking on what she calls the Slave Diet in conjunction with a workshop she will be co-teaching on modern day slavery.

Professor Burrough says she was inspired by a chapter in Kevin Bales‘ book “Disposable People” that described the typical diet of an enslaved Indian farm laborer. Her daily food intake will be restricted, for the most part, to a little bit of rice, wheat, lentils or beans.

You can read her introductory blog post that explains this diet in more detail here. She’ll be blogging about her entire experience—and we’ll be reading with great interest.

Burrough also encourages her followers to donate to Free the Slaves [Editor’s note: Thanks Professor Burrough!]Consortium for Street Children (for which she is the North American Ambassador), and to “look at the great work being done by the Pegasus Children’s Trust in South Africa.”

[Editor’s note part 2: the photo on the cover of Kevin Bale’s book above was taken by Sebastião Salgado.]

 

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