A Decade of Molti Piaceri

"Teaching this course and learning from students, producers and cultural experiences has impacted my life deeply. I will always be grateful for this opportunity to expose students to other worldviews and to get to know exceptional students at a deep level and to experience real transformative teaching and intercultural learning." Mike White

After 10 years and more than 250 students, Sustainable Food Systems of Italy and its creator, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs Mike White celebrated a decade of molti piaceri--a milestone--that represents constant dedication to learning about food sustainability and culture as well as fostering growth in intercultural competency.  Sustainable Food Systems of Italy was presented as a Learning Abroad Center Global Seminar proposal in 2006 by Mike White. In 2007, the program became an opportunity for UMTC students to learn about ethical and environmental considerations for food production and consumption in a country where food is culture and every single meal is more than a meal--it is a complete experience.

Since then, the program has grown and evolved to a point where students who want to learn about food sustainability in Italy mark their calendars and add alert reminders to apply for the next session.

Thanks to the support of the Learning Abroad Center, CFANS Alumni and Constituent Relations, and CFANS Office of International Programs, past and present student participants enjoyed gathering together with Professor White, where they were able to go back in time, and remember their study abroad experiences in Florence, Rome, and Sicily.

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Professor White champions international education and intercultural learning. “Teaching this Global Seminar has been one of the most rewarding and challenging things I have done. I am indebted to all of the students who have taken this course and to the Learning Abroad Center for enabling this dream to emerge into reality.  Teaching this course and learning from students, producers and cultural experiences has impacted my life deeply. I will always be grateful for this opportunity to expose students to other worldviews and to get to know exceptional students at a deep level and to experience real transformative teaching and intercultural learning.  I will carry the lessons, images and experiences through my life and hope that the students and those we encountered on our journey do as well. It has been and continues to be an honor and privilege to teach this course, engage students globally important issues and share learning that shapes our life stories.” White said.

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“Thank you for giving us some of the most priceless and unique opportunities of our life! I hold those memories dearly and think of them often and all that you taught us. The U is lucky to have you and so was I!” Marge Stein.

Saluti to 10 more years of study abroad, Saluti to the participants, and Saluti to Professor White, who said during his speech “Thank you for taking the risk to go to Italy with me, respect the humanity of what you eat, and remember that the reason I do it is for all of you.”