Monday, April 9, 2012

Farewell to our Italian Colleague

Bianca Bartalena, a student from the University of Pisa, Italy has been studying with us for the past several months as a visiting scholar.

Bianca received her Bachelor Degree in Law from the University of Pisa, summa cum laude, with a focus on the history of the law and commercial law.  She is in the Masters Degree program in International Law at the University of Pisa, and is focusing on E.U. law, International economic law and agro‐food law.

Bianca was with us to further research on her thesis, Food and Democracy: Citizen Participation in Food Law.  She studied the U.S. local food movement, direct farm marketing initiatives, and food policy councils.  In addition, she attended a number of our classes and special events, and we facilitated a trip to Des Moines to meet with Professor Neil Hamilton and others at the Drake Agricultural Law Center.

Last week, Bianca returned to Italy.  She said good by to us by bringing a delicious Italian pasta dish to class.  We already miss her enthusiasm for learning everything about the American food system. She was a delightful guest, and we look forward to continuing our relationship.  Best wishes, Bianca!

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