Environmental Studies

Exploring the Dolomites: Landscape, History, Ecology, and Literature in Northern Italy

During this 14-day journey, you will experience the best of the Dolomite Mountains of northeastern Italy, just south of the Alps. Enjoy conscious hiking, environmental and historical education, and documenting the experience through digital storytelling. The adventure of hut-to-hut hiking through tunnels created during WWI will acquaint students with the magnificent natural landscape, the contrast of the gentle curves of flowery meadows with the extraordinarily varied sculptural shapes of bare, pale-colored towering peaks.

Food, Justice, and Sustainability in Siena

This program will explore questions around the social justice of food equity in relationship to food production and the consumption chain along with enhancing your critical thinking skills on the subject of ethics in the food system in consideration of human, animal, and environmental well-being. A special focus of this program will allow you to explore the impact that humans have on the food system and vice versa from a social justice perspective and by comparing the European and American systems.

Food, Culture, and Sustainability in Italy

Experience Italian food and culture in the contexts of beautiful Siena and Tuscany. Italian cuisine has influenced food culture around the world and is viewed as a form of art by many. Participating in this program will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of complex food-related issues and develop new insights into the ways in which food mediates social, political, cultural, environmental, and economic processes. Study the renowned gastronomy while enjoying the picturesque surroundings.