Contact: Gregory Ward, Western Washington University Extended Education, (360) 650-6409 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University is offering a trip to study food in Italy as part of the new Global Discovery community travel program; information sessions are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in the Northwest Room of the Bellingham Public Library’s Fairhaven branch.
Professor of Environmental Studies and Global Discovery leader Gigi Berardi will share her experiences and food background at the information session, including growing up in an Italian home and how that inspired her culinary passions. Berardi’s research in food culture and her belief in the importance of minerals, sun and Mediterranean fats in the diet strongly inspire her method of teaching about food.
Participants will travel from Aug. 31 to Sept. 14. The trip focuses on Italy’s fascinating contemporary food culture and combines hands-on Italian cooking classes with basic Italian language lessons. Based in Florence, the trip includes visits to notable museums as well as excursions to nearby towns, like Siena and San Gimigniano.
Global Discovery trips are non-credit and offer an opportunity for people to travel with Western faculty and immerse themselves in another culture.
Other Global Discovery programs include a trip to Tanzania led by Western’s Tim Scharks. The trip focuses around Mt. Kilimanjaro; the group will discover the mountain’s ecology and geology while learning more about the region’s culture and history.