January 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Food in Sicily Maymester Info Session, Jan. 21

Cannolo siciliano, typical sicilian sweet that is waffle pastry filled with ricotta-cream.

Cannolo siciliano, typical Sicilian sweet that is waffle pastry filled with ricotta-cream.

The Food Studies curricular theme begins the spring semester with informational sessions on two opportunities to study food and culture, one in Sicily and one in Washington, D.C.

  • Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in Ellis 103. Learn more about the Food in Sicily Maymester experience abroad.
  • Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. in Baker 231. Hear how you can be part of the Food Justice Service Learning spring break program in Washington, D.C.

Food in Sicily Maymester

Like ice cream, cheesecake, and chocolate? What about marzipan, cannoli, and sumptuous pasta? Then, come experience the cultural and historic food ways of Sicily, the Mediterranean’s largest island with the Maymester in Italy program in May 2015.

Food studies logo“We’ll travel Sicily’s eastern ‘Greek’ and western ‘Roman’ coasts to learn about and taste this unique island’s rich history of food traditions,” says Dr. Theresa Moran.

“We’ll also explore Sicily’s growing sustainable food movement and visit the vibrant cities of Palermo and Catania. Along with sampling gelato and cannoli, there will be time for the beach and for the baroque masterpieces of Ragusa and Noto, UNESCO World Heritage sites. And we’ll learn how Sicilian communities are reclaiming agricultural lands, once held under the Mafia’s control, to strengthen cultural identity and promote economic development in areas long accustomed to poverty.”

“Through olive, almond, and citrus groves, and in vineyards and wheat fields, we will examine the historical and contemporary reach of Sicilian agriculture. During our 18 days on the island, we will delve deep into how food serves to transmit cultural identity and how something so simple as delicious meal can be catalyst for civic and economic growth,” Moran adds.

The Maymester in Italy called “Food in Sicily” runs May 10 through 27 in Summer 2015.

Students choose one course from each group for a total of two courses (6 credits):

  • Group 1: ENG 3080 J or ENG 3850
  • Group 2: LING 2750, LING 4990, LING 3880, or LING 5880

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