Seminar Dates & Times

Thursdays     |     11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EST

September 17
October 1, 15, 29
December 3, 10


Grand Tour of Italy:

Defining Moments and Cultural Watersheds

Moderated by Professor Joseph Luzzi

After Italy’s belated unification in 1861, the patriot Massimo D’Azeglio famously said: “We have made Italy—now we must make Italians.” The creation of Italian national identity was actually a centuries-long project that included some of the most impactful works of art, music, literature, and film in Western history. In this new course, we will focus on six of these “defining moments” and “cultural watersheds” that have helped make the word Italy synonymous with breathtaking creative expression.

Audio/video will be used.

Session 1 Dante’s Creation of the “Italian” Language
Session 2 The Race to Design Florence’s Duomo
Session 3 Michelangelo, Giorgio Vasari, and the Invention of “Art History”
Session 4 The Leopard, North vs. South, and the Birth of the Italian Nation
Session 5 Italian Cinematic Neorealism and the “Remaking” of Italy
Session 6 The Emergence of the New “Multicultural” Italy

Seminar Cost: $450 (tax-deductible portion $225)