Parla come Mangi 2
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About the Event
Food is essential to our survival & it is a constant in our lives. Therefore, through the history of food, we can explore the history & evolution of humankind.
From food’s perspective, we can discuss politics, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, economy, arts, technology & more.
This interactive four-lesson course deals with Italian history & culture, using the lens of food studies.
Italian cuisine is well renowned & appreciated worldwide. We all know how much Italians love talking about food & how they often express their patriotism through their local cuisine.
During the course, we will try to understand why this is the case while demystifying some common stereotypes and clichés.
SATURDAY, MAY 1, 8 & 15, 2021
from 10:00 am to noon (PST)
ON ZOOM - IN ITALIAN
Course fee: $75/3 ep. (10% discount for Dante Italian Language School students)
We recommend an Intermediate Italian level.
TO REGISTER & E-TRANSFER: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info: dantesocietybc.ca/short-courses
PROGRAM of the 4 meetings:
Saturday, Apr. 24 - Food and travel. Paolo Monelli & Mario Soldati recount their travels through Italy through the lens of local food specialties, contributing to creating a subgenre in the travel literature: the foodie travel, way before food blogs... CLOSED
Saturday, May 1 - A brief history of pizza. We will explore the history of pizza & how Italiansexported it around the world, contributing to transforming an Italian symbol into a global food.
Saturday, May 8 - Food and work. There is an aspect of the food chain that tends to be overlooked: who produces our food. We will talk about mondine, graduated farmers & also about the new Italians who are behind the production of some of the most famous Italian food products.
Saturday, May 15 - Local vs global. We will end our course by discussing the role of food in contemporary society. The discussion will span from social media to celebrity chefs, from the infinite doubts on which is the best diet to follow to the ideologies connected to food consumption, passing through movements like Slow Food, founded in defense of food.
Benedetta Diamanti, originally from the region Marche, currently lives in Montreal, where she works for a non-profit. For the last four years, she has also been teaching Italian with a focus on cultural subjects. She earned a Master’s in Italian Studies at the University of Bologna & a Master’s in Food Culture and Communication at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, in Pollenzo, Italy. In her free time, you can find her reading a book, cooking, biking around the city, or writing an episode for her podcast Sentieri di libri, where she talks about books.