Food, Diet, and Culture (FSN 309/509)
Explore food systems in the heart of Italy
May 25-June 5, 2020
A Chapman University travel course led by Dr. Prakash and Dr. Pacchioni: The Umbra Institute Center for Food & Sustainability Studies in the lovely hill town of Perugia will serve as our host to explore Italy’s farm-to-fork food system. We will visit farms, markets, and wineries, go fishing with local fishermen and truffle hunting in the Apennine Mountains to explore sustainability and impact of global pressures on their food systems. Visits to balsamic vinegar production in Modena, Parmesan cheese and prosciutto production in Parma will allow us to explore ancient foods made in modern facilities. Join Professors Anuradha Prakash and Federico Pacchioni from May 25- June 5, 2020, to study food in Italy. This summer course is approved for Chapman credit and can fulfill requirements in your major, minor, or general education. Next summer take advantage of the Umbra Institute’s beautiful location in historic Perugia, Italy. The beautiful city and other destinations you’ll visit around central Italy will become your classroom. See this updated course syllabus; there is also a draft itinerary here .
Live like an Italian: Learn to appreciate the Italian lifestyle. Umbra provides students with shared apartments within a 5- to 15-minute walk of the Institute, allowing for innumerable opportunities to enjoy mid-day siestas, eat a panino on the fountain steps, and walk the city center like a native. Apartments are furnished with full kitchens so that you can try to duplicate your favorite new Italian dish. WiFi is provided both within the Institute and in each student apartment.
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Here you can see the main square in Perugia. The beautiful fountain and the entrance of Umbra Institute.
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