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EV120: Slow Food in a Fast-Food Nation

This course fulfills the FYE requirement and one credit of Elementary Italian I.

If we want to understand people’s environmental values, we should watch what they eat. This FYE introduces students to multidisciplinary inquiry by thinking, speaking, and writing about food systems in Italy and the United States. In the language component of this course students will be introduced to written and spoken Italian through a variety of activities. Our goal will be to develop a basic oral/aural and written proficiency in order to communicate effectively and accurately. All language training will be developed in an authentic context - exposing students to various aspects of contemporary Italian life and food culture with native speakers. Food culture will be a fun (and tasty) way to learn about the Italian language. Studying food also represents a uniquely interdisciplinary way to learn about Italian and American history, politics, and ecology. Our analytical approach will be both historical and contemporary with a focus on present-day issues relating to ecology and sustainability. We will begin by tracing the evolution of agriculture in both the United States and Italy and end with the health problems related to diet that plague both nations today. Thus, this class will engage a broad range of materials, including history, documentary film, fiction, photography, advertisement, government legislation/regulation, architecture, and… food itself. Questa classe sarà ... interessante e deliziosa!