Gianna Banducci and I just visited St. Mary's College in Moraga to speak to a class about Slow Food. The class was a food and politics class taught by Dr. Patrizia Longo, chair of the Politics Department. Dr. Longo is a long time supporter of Slow Food. She is from Venice, Italy, and is currently working on a project involving interviews with Slow Food leaders, having recently completed an interview with Carlo Petrini. I am interested in hearing more about this work.
Our aim in speaking to the class was to introduce them to the idea of starting up a Slow Food on Campus chapter. Dr. Longo has agreed to be the faculty sponsor of a campus chapter at St. Mary's.
St. Mary's College is committed to a sustainable campus. They operate a one acre organic garden which supplies produce to the student cafes. In November 2009, the president of the college announced the formation of a sustainability committee on campus.He stated: "This committee is charged with providing useful information to the President, Cabinet and campus community to inform decision-making that meets the environmental, social and economic needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
This seems like a natural partnership for Slow Food Delta Diablo. We invited all the students to our night at Pizza Antica March 23rd. For those of you who are involved with St. Mary's College we encourage you to pursue with us the goal of creating a Slow Food campus chapter.