The American University of Rome is elated to announce that Alice Waters has been confirmed as the Honorary Degree Recipient for the Graduating Class of 2015. Alice was chosen for her pioneering dedication to creating, implementing and promoting local and sustainable food options in what has been referred to as a healthy, organic food revolution.
“Local, affordable, nutritious food should be a right for everyone and not just a privilege for a few.”
– Alice Waters in an open letter to President Obama
Alice Waters, chef, author, food activist and owner of Chez Panisse, has been a champion of local, sustainable agriculture for over four decades. She is the founder of The Edible Schoolyard Project, an innovative model for public education that integrates the growing and cooking of food into the core academic curriculum. The centerpiece of the mission is to promote a free, nutritious and sustainable school lunch for all students, K – 12, and to bring children into a new relationship to food.
Alice’s vision for edible education began 20 years ago with The Edible Schoolyard at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, which today draws visitors from around the world. The online Edible Schoolyard Network (edibleschoolyard.org) gathers and shares lessons and best practices from school gardens, kitchens, and edible education programs worldwide. To date, there are more than 4,000 Edible Schoolyard Network member programs in 54 countries.
Alice is also Vice President of Slow Food International, and is the author of fourteen books including New York Times bestsellers The Art of Simple Food I & II, 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering, and The Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea. Ms. Waters will receive her degree during the upcoming Commencement Ceremony scheduled for May 22nd, 2015.