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Florence, Italy: Study food this summer in Italy
ENVS 437L: Ecogastronomy Intensive (Food Cultures of Italy) (10 credits)
Pre-departure session dates: June 14-15, 2015
Note: Course readings are completed (and students are examined) before the Italy portion; Course work is due in August
This food course begins with a culinary intensive in Bellingham, also available online, then moves to Florence, Italy, where students study Italian and food culture of Italy. Students also study at the prestigious University of Florence sensory taste sciences department.
Optional excursion: Switzerland
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This food course begins with a culinary intensive in Bellingham, also available online, then moves to Florence, Italy, where students study Italian and food cultures of Italy. Students also study at the prestigious University of Florence sensory taste sciences department.
Study in the renowned sensory taste science laboratory of Caterina Dinella and Erminio Monteleone of the University of Florence and Johannes Wirz (Natural Sciences section of the Goetheanum, Switzerland excursion) as well as with Western professor, Gigi Berardi.
Enrollment is limited to 20. Register now to reserve your place!
You can also receive graduate credits for this program. Additional credits are available through independent study. This program can be repeated for credit. Those without pre-requisites can enroll in the program; all you need to do is contact Gigi.
ENVS 437L: Ecogastronomy Intensive (10 credits)
Gigi Berardi Gigi Berardi, Huxley professor, received her B.A. in Biology from John Muir College, University of California San Diego and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resources, Policy, and Planning from Cornell University. She holds an M.A. in dance from UCLA.
Gigi has held four tenure-track positions and has taught at over a dozen colleges and universities – but she has saved the best for last: Western Washington University. Gigi’s research focus is on community vulnerabilities and food. In addition, she is an avid cook, gardener, student-of-languages, and fitness/dance enthusiast!
Gigi co-founded and served as interim director of the Resilience Institute at Huxley and currently serves as Resilient Farms Project co-director. Her current book projects are entitled Food! and A Cultivated Life.
Gigi Berardi, Ph.D.
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|What elements of the program did you find the most rewarding?|
A few elements of the program I found extremely beneficial above all else were the host family speaking only italian, the Italian Way reading before the trip and the language course. One of the experiences I will value the most was living with a family who did not speak english. This forces us, the students, to emerge in the culture and actually learn the language. learning to communicate through physical motions and each day having a new word, was challenging and exciting. The language that we did not learn in the language course, we learned at the house by hearing the host family speak it. Being surrounded by the language helped me learn accents and words.
A second element I appreciate was the knowledge gained from the reading, The Italian Way: food and social life by Douglas Harper and Patricia Faccioli. This book allowed for me to get a sence of what eating is like in Italy. It gave me a basic knowledge as to what I should expect becasue before the book, I had no idea. Although the meals and food I actually enjoyed while in Florence was different from the book at times, I always had something to compare my real life experience with. Reading this book allowed for me to constantly contrast and compare while I was eating. Noting these differences solidified my thoughts and criticisms on the way things actually are and the way one can percieve what they think is "normal" through a reading.
The third element I found enriching to the experience was the language lessons. Everyday I came out of the class with a new phrase and multiple verbs. Even though I heard Paolo and Gianna (my host family memebers) speak everyday, without the language course, I would have had no idea what they were saying. This lesson everyday was a necessary touch for the course. Without the language, one is in complete isolation of the culture.
|— Lindsey Gard, Summer 2014|
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