Monday, May 23, 2011

Two-week September program in Italy

Dear Planning Students,
Attached is information on a great 2 week class in Italy before school starts this Fall, taught by a friend of mine at PSU.  Although it is a geography listing, it will count as an elective in planning, with credits from PSU transferred here. Dr. Works has extensive international experience, and I am sure will be an excellent class. I hope you will consider, and that some EWU students will apply. You can ask me for more information, or contact Dr. Martha Works. Notice the June 1 deadline.
Dick Winchell

Spaces available for the short-term study abroad program Tuscany:
Sustainability in City and Country, September 7-21, 2011, sponsored
by Portland State University's Geography Department and PSU's
Education Abroad Office.

Please note: PSU is on the quarter system

We'd love to have a few more students for this geography program:

Earn 4 upper-division or graduate level credits (GEOG 465/565). Topics
include Italian hill towns as models of sustainable urban form,
relationships between city and country, and the Slow Food and Slow
Cities movements.

After starting the program with two days in Siena, we will spend two
days north of Siena at Badia di Moscheta, a cultural landscape park in
the Appenines north of Florence. At Moscheta we will learn about
ongoing projects to restore historic landscapes here and in other
parts of Tuscany, and take part in mapping portions of the park to
contribute to long term planning.

During this year's program we will also spend two days in Chianti
looking at projects to restore terraces for olive and grape
production.  Restoration of terraces in the Chianti area aims to
mitigate problems of soil erosion and restore historic landscape

The final week of the program is based at Spannocchia, a rural estate
that is a working organic farm and forest and part of the Alto Merse
nature reserve. On day trips, we will visit nearby hill towns such as
Volterra, San Gimignano, and Massa Marittima; small villages such as
Sovicille and Chiusdino; and the 13th century Abbey of San Galgano. At
Spannocchia students will explore sustainable agriculture and
forestry, agritourism, and the cultural landscapes of the estate and
its surroundings in self-defined individual projects.

Enrollment is limited to 14 students
Apply by June 1, 2011

For more information and the application form visit:

For the sample syllabus and reading list from 2010 visit: or contact Martha Works, Geography Department,

Martha A. Works
Department of Geography
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503.725.3165
Fax: 503.725.3166

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