ITAL190-000: Freshmen Seminar: Italian


August 24, 2016 - December 6, 2016
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11:30am - 12:45pm
Candler Library 124
Muratore, Simona
Appropriate for First Year students.

Yearly. Seminar designed to engage freshmen in aspects of inquiry and research into areas of Italian culture through mutual exploration of subject matter. Primary mode of classroom discourse is dialogue and group projects.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information: 

At the Italian Table: Sustainable Food and Culture of Italy. 

Content:  This course will examine ways in which food shapes contemporary Italian society and its cultural practices. We will focus on the art of cuisine through the analysis of texts, films and cultural events to explore its role in Italian culture. Going to food markets, cooking, eating with family and friends and talking about food shapes our understanding of Italian society and can be considered a crucial aspect of what being "Italian" means. We will also examine the concepts of sustainability in relation to food production and the history and principles of the “Slow Food Movement”, which was founded in 1989 in Italy to counteract fast food” and to promote local and organic food traditions. Students will be engaged both in group, and individual projects, assignments and excursions. 

Texts:  Alberto Capatti and Massimo Montanari. Italian Cuisine (ISBN 978-0-231-12232-0 / Columbia University Press

Michael Pollan. In Defense of Food.  (978-0-14-311496-3/ Penguin Books/ 2008

Carlo Petrini. Slow Food Nation: Why our food should be Good, Clean and Fair. 978-0847841301 Rizzoli Ex Libris

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