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TCNJ Italy

This program has reached its capacity and we are no longer accepting applications for the 2012 course.  Applicants who would like their names added to the wait list may submit an application to the Center for Global Engagement at their earliest convenience.  We will run this program again in Maymester 2013, and students wishing to secure a spot in the 2013 program may submit an application today to the CGE.

TCNJ Maymester in Italy – May 12 – June 2, 2012

WGS 223/HIST 396 Gendered History of Food:  La Cucina Della Nonna (1 unit, Liberal Learning Elective in Social Change in Historical Perspective; Gender)

Program Director: Dr. Ann Marie Nicolosi, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies/History

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)


Application Forms Available Here

In La Cucina Della Nonna (grandmother’s kitchen) class we will study the origins and assimilation of Italian cuisine in American history and culture.  Readings will focus on the migratory experience of Italian Americans in the late 19th century and 20th century and the impact of that immigration on American society and culture, especially American cuisine.   We will explore the relationship between food, culture and gender with special attention to the ways in which Italian American women have been the conduits of Italian culture and cuisine in their roles as mothers and grandmothers. In our readings we will also explore the prominent role of food, masculinity and Italian Americans in popular culture such as The Godfather etc.  With Italy as our classroom, we will explore the roots of Italian-American cuisine and culture!

The travel portion of this course will allow you to experience the “push” factor of the migratory process in the “push/pull” historical theory of migration by focusing on the southern Italian and Sicilian regions responsible for the majority of Italian migration to the United States in this era.  It will also enable you to understand the ways in which food is transformed, as well as migrants, in the process of acculturation, and for this historical period, the process of “Americanization.”


Rome: Colisseum, Forum, Palatine, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Evening Walking Tour
Rome Cooking Class with Market Visit
Vatican City: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica
Volterra: Olive Oil Mill
Chianti Region: Winery Visit
Florence: City Tour, galleria dell’Accademia, Uffizi Gallery
Florence Cooking Class with Market Visit
Sorrento: Cheese Factory Visit, Limoncello Factory Visit
Capri: Optional Excursion ($48 extra)
Naples: Pizza Workshop
Calabria (Badolato): Olive Oil Farm, Optional Cooking Class ($220 extra)
Soverato: Market
Taormina: Teatro Greco, Villa Communale, Parco Archeologico
Taormina Cooking Class with Market Visit
Palermo: Walking Tour, Food Markets
Agrigento: Valley of Temples

Program Cost:
In-State:  $5,553.64 
Out-of-State: $6,940.56

Program Cost Includes: Tuition, Administrative Fee, Accommodations,  All Breakfasts and Some Additional Meals, Land/Sea Transportation, Entrances, Cooking Classes and Workshops, Factory and Winery Visits, Insurance.
Program Cost Does Not Include: Airfare, optional excursion to Capri ($48), optional cooking class in Calabria ($220), some meals, Personal Expenses
Payment Schedule (Cash or Check Payable to TCNJ):
$150 upon application (December 1, 2011)
$500 upon acceptance (December 20, 2011)
$1,000 on January 21, 2012
$1,000 on February 21, 2012
$1,040 on March 1, 2012
1/2 tuition on March 30, 2012 (may pay on PAWS with credit card)
1/2 tuition on April 21, 2012 (may pay on PAWS with credit card)
Info Sessions for this program: Wed 10/19, 3pm; Fri 10/28, 2pm; Tue 11/8, 3pm – all info sessions in Social Science Bldg Room 226