As events around the world renew the fight to save the environment, one threat to the ecosystem goes largely unnoticed: nitrogen pollution created by the global food system, said Visiting Professor Dr. Colin Sage, in a lecture sponsored by The American University of Rome and the Italian Geographical Society.
On April 3, 2018, former Museum Directors Richard Hodges (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and currently President of The American University of Rome) and Tom Campbell (New York Metropolitan Museum of Art) held a conversation about the challenges of running a museum in the age of technology & social media.
On April 9, 2018, AUR’s M.A. Program in Food Studies and Center for Food Studies, together with the Harvard Club of Italy, hosted a guest lecture by Harriet Friedmann entitled 'Metabolism of Global Cities: London, Manchester, Chicago: the history of imperial, industrial and agro-industrial cities that drew in "food" as they emerged and transformed landscapes far away.'
The farmer, Aurelio, an engineer, explained and showed to the students the crops, vegetables and animals that the farm produces, including the part that qualifies as organic. He emphasized the constraints under which his farm operates, being in a natural park of the Region.
On March 2, 2018, a group of M.A. Food Studies students took a field trip as part of the course on Food, Rurality and Local Development to visit Metafarm, located outside of Naples in Positano, on the slopes of the hills leading down to the beautiful Amalfi coast.
The Balkans, in particular the turbulent ex-Yugoslav territory, have been among the most important world regions in Noam Chomsky’s political reflections and activism for decades. His articles, public talks, and correspondence have provided a critical voice on political and social issues crucial not only to the region but the entire international community, including "humanitarian intervention," the relevance of international law in today’s politics, media manipulations, and economic crisis as a means of political control.
Professor Valentina Peveri (Food Studies program) has co-authored a new article alongside Dr. Kristie Drucza for Women's Studies International Forum.
Women's role in agriculture is widely reported to be essential; despite this, women's role in the wheat-sector is under-researched. Feminist standpoint theory is applied in analyzing 73 documents on women's role in agriculture from 1990 until 2016 to answer the following questions: How does the world look, and operate, for males and females in wheat growing households?
The Trump Administration’s latest budget proposals for 2019 call for $214 billion in cuts to federal food assistance programs over the next 10 years. While think tanks, citizens’ groups, academia, and the US Congress debate the issue, they may find some good advice in a new book: “The 1.5 Billion People Question: Food, Vouchers, or Cash Transfers?”