Lecture Me! Italian-Canadian Foodways: Redefining Italian Culinary Culture

Join fellow U of T alumni and members of the community for a lecture on the influence of Italian immigration on North American food and how food has shaped Italian cultural identity.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Mississauga Central Library

Noel Ryan Auditorium
301 Burnhamthorpe Road
Mississauga, ON (View map)

  • 6:45 p.m. Doors open
  • 7:00 p.m. Remarks and presentation
  • Q & A to follow


Indoor parking is available off of Duke of York Boulevard. Parking is free on weekdays after 6:00 p.m.

Presented by

Associate Professor Teresa Lobalsamo

Professor Teresa Lobalsamo
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Department of Language Studies
University of Toronto Mississauga

Participants will embark on a North American food tour as the talk explores the influence that Italian immigration has had on food, from recipes and traditions to eateries and industries, both locally and abroad. Fastening the link between consumption and identity, we will chart the ways in which food is replete with cultural meaning: what it represented when immigrated, and how it became (and remains) one of the most important contributions to Italian cultural identity.

Professor Lobalsamo is an associate professor, teaching stream and undergraduate program coordinator of Italian Studies in the Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Italian Studies in 2013. In addition to introductory Italian language courses, and in line with her research foci, Dr. Lobalsamo teaches an array of cinema, culture, and experiential learning courses, such as Mafia Movies, Italian Comedies, Cucina Italiana, Italian Theatre. Recent scholarly activities (articles and conference papers) centre on high impact practices in foreign language learning, cinema and pedagogy, teaching methodologies in large classes. Dr. Lobalsamo strives to create meaningful academic experiences outside of a traditional classroom setting: she supervises undergraduate grant‐funded research projects, organizes internship placements and undergraduate colloquia, and takes students on local and international co‐curricular trips (with the International Education Centre’s UTM Abroad). She serves on several campus‐wide committees and is also the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) Regional Representative for Canada. 

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Lecture Me! A Series

Professor Lobalsamo’s lecture is part of an ongoing multidisciplinary series that highlights the research from some of the University of Toronto Mississauga’s top faculty members, in a fun and approachable format. The monthly lectures take place at the Mississauga Central Library and are co-hosted by the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Office of the Dean, Experiential Education Unit and the Mississauga Library System.

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