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Longtime friend of the AUR Center for Food Studies Dr. Harriet Friedmann held a guest lecture entitled “Sustainable Diets: Contending and Entangled Pathways” on October 18, 2018. Dr.

The week of October 15-19, 2018, the M.A. Food Studies students had a unique opportunity to attend the 45th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), an annual conference hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

The presentation was given as part of the M.A. Food, Environment, and Society course to an audience of not only M.A. in Food Studies students but also several other interested faculty.

On May 4, 2018, students from the Master in Food Studies went on a field visit for the course in Sustainable Food Systems. TREBOTTI is a family-owned 30 hectares organic vineyard in the hills of Castiglione in Teverina (VT). 

Two AUR students from Syria were invited by Marco Gualtieri, Seeds & Chips Founder, to participate in the Summit and to take part in two prominent discussions. 

April 6th marks the anniversary of the 2009 earthquake that devastated the city of L'Aquila in Abruzzo and set off a series of seismic events that have since been affecting a large portion of Central Italy, particularly in the Apennine mountain area.

On May 7 and 8, a delegation from the American University of Rome visited Seeds&Chips: The Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan. Seeds&Chips is dedicated to showcasing national and international talent and cutting-edge solutions from around the world to the problems of the Food System.

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 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.