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Everything but the Coffee: Learning About the World from Starbucks

a remote learning experience discussing how democracy is threatened and how educators protect democracy
January 30, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm EST



Starbucks is everywhere.  It is on busy street corners and intersections.  It is in the mall, the airport, and supermarket.  It is St. Louis and St. Cloud, Paris and Singapore.  At one point, there was even a Starbucks in the Forbidden City in China.  In the early 2000s, historian and writer Bryant Simon visited more than 400 Starbucks around the world to try to figure out what the company and it’s outlets told us about us, about what we care about and desire, what we want and what we think we need.  

In his book, Everything But the Coffee, Simon connects our deepest desires to be good, smart, ethical consumers with our equally strong yearning to consume in authentic and highly individual ways. Our coffee, Simon shows, is us, and we are our coffee.  This webinar will look at Starbucks and the landscapes of coffee drinking in the United States and around the world.

Presenter: Bryant Simon, Professor of History, Temple University

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