Global Seminar May 2020: Get a true taste of Italy by studying its sustainable food systems and the ethical and environmental considerations for food production and consumption.
|Location||Taormina & Florence, Italy|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No language prerequisite|
There is a saying that “Sicily is not an island, Sicily is a continent.” Over thousands of years, ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean such as the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines have left their culinary and cultural marks on Sicily.
This is reflected in the diverse and expansive flavors of the island’s food heritage and culture. Sicily has produced some of the world’s best cheeses, meats, olive oil, grain products, and wines for hundreds of years.
As the capital city of the region of Tuscany, Florence is on the doorsteps of a land famous for its food culture. From olive oil producers, to vineyards, to specialty cheeses, Italy has produced some of the world's most prized foods and has done so sustainably for centuries. Italian food systems have evolved over hundreds, if not thousands of years, and Italian’s have a strong food culture that prizes high quality and sustainability.
Food systems and culture are inseparably intertwined, and this is no more apparent anywhere than in Italy. Examining the past and present Italian culture as it relates to food, as well as Italian attitudes and values, will challenge your American perspective and relationship with food.
In this Global Seminar, gain an understanding of how cultural food choices can have ethical, environmental, economic, and health consequences through the lens of the Italian food system. Through experience, reflective exercises, excursions, and course activities, gain new insights into different ways of thinking about sustainability and food systems.
Live in shared apartments with other program participants. A welcome meal, farewell meal, and some additional meals are included in the program fee. Prepare additional meals in the apartments or dine at local eateries.
Excursions assist in illuminating program coursework and take place in Sicily, Florence, and surrounding areas. Excursions may include tours of local food markets, a cooking class led by a local chef, excursions to an organic farm, biodynamic farm, and industrial farm, visits to local/regional food producers, and visits to local cultural sites such as the Duomo and Uffizi Gallery.
It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.
On-site support, orientation, information regarding cultural activities, and 24-hour emergency support is provided by ACCENT International Programs and BABILONIA – Center for Italian language and culture in Taormina, Sicily.
This program is led by Mike White, Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences. Professor White has led 12 Global Seminars to Italy since 2007.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||3000 level coursework|
One 3-credit course
Through site visits, guest lectures, excursions, and readings, gain a better understanding of ecological and ethical concerns related to sustainable food production. This course introduces you to the Italian food system and how it has evolved while maintaining its unique culture of rationality, high quality, and sustainability even in this modern age of globalization and homogenization.
You will attend a pre-departure orientation and complete pre-departure assignments.
During the Global Seminar, attend and participate in class activities. Complete readings and guided reflection papers throughout the course, and keep a journal reflecting on your cultural experience using a free-writing style. For the final group project, write a paper based on your research, excursions, and experiences during your three weeks in Italy, then present your work to your peers.
Receive credit for: CFAN 3516
Liberal Education Fulfillments: The Environment and Global Perspectives themes
Fulfills: Major electives for ASNC and FSN majors
|Term||Program Dates||Priority Application Deadline*||Final Application Deadline|
|May Session||May 16 – Jun 7, 2020||February 1, 2020||March 1, 2020|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
May 2020 Cost of Participation Forthcoming
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fees range from $5,500–$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||May Session 2020|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: Sustainable Food Systems of Sicily & Florence|
|Track Name||Sustainable Food Systems of Sicily & Florence|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toLindsey Lahr or call at 612.625.9370.