- ADMISSIONS & AID
- HEALTH, SAFETY & WELL-BEING
- MEDIA CENTER
Oct 1 – Oct 21
Critical Global Issue of Study
Climate & Environment
Development & Inequality
Get an in-depth look at how communities in the US South are responding to global challenges of food insecurity, environmental health, and social justice.
As the largest city in the Southeast and a center of both civil rights activism and Southern hospitality, Atlanta provides the ideal base to begin your study of US food systems. With access to the nation’s first land grant university, the University of Georgia in Athens, and excursions to agricultural heartlands in the southwest and coastal regions of Georgia, students will gain a comprehensive view of US agriculture. This includes learning both long-standing and innovative techniques in crop and livestock production, interrogating diverse conditions of labor, and collaborating on the practice of food justice with those working to cultivate progressive foodways. Students will study social and environmental spaces of the New South, using foodways as a tool for understanding political and economic histories of the US.
Study the history of plantation agriculture, and its transformation into today’s industrial agricultural complex. Start in Atlanta, the historic center of civil rights activism. Travel to Athens and tour a top-ranked school of agriculture to understand innovative farming techniques. Visit the agricultural heartlands of the US South—a region known cuisine and community. Meet sixth generation farmers in Bluffton, Georgia, practicing regenerative land management and explore a former plantation, once a part of the largest slaveholding estate in Georgia and now owned cooperatively by the nation’s first community land trust. Tour large-scale vegetable farms and cattle operations and discuss what it means to be an “American farm.”
Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.
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Agriculture and food production, distribution, management
Sustainability and climate change