A Grand Tour of Italy: Art, Film, Music, Wine, and Literature…with Pizza! (NYC)

Saturday, May 05, 2018 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

On Saturday, May 5th in NYC, One Day University is presenting a unique, fascinating, and delicious event! The morning will start off with Bard Professor Joseph Luzzi, who will delve into the history of Art, Film, Music, Literature, and everything else Italy has to offer. This lecture will be followed by a leader in pizza knowledge, and creator of Scott's Pizza Tours in NYC, Scott Wiener. And of course, everyone will get pizza at the end!


9:30 am - 11:30 am
A Grand Tour Of Italy: Art, Film, Music and Literature

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

Why Do People Visit Italy?

“You may have the universe, if I may have Italy.“ – Giuseppe Verdi. Anyone who is familiar with Italy-its glorious architecture, epic history, exquisite fine arts, and majestic landscape understands Verdi’s passionate words above. For centuries, Italy has been an irresistible magnet for people from all corners of the world, attracting the most illustrious men and women of every age as well as visitors from every walk of life. Today, it remains a very special mecca — uplifting, fascinating, and enchanting all who travel there. But what is behind Italy’s remarkable appeal? What makes this country such an inexhaustible place of discovery, unforgettable to so many?


What Is Italy Most Know For?

Award-winning author, teacher, and Italian scholar Joseph Luzzi leads participants on a whirlwind tour of Italy’s “greatest cultural hits,” as we explore the fascinating world of Italian art, music, film, and literature. We will learn how Italy has been a “grand tour” travel destination for centuries as we discover the fine art of living Italian style, and Italy is most know for.

Learn more about our history by checking out other great videos at OneDayU, including ‘An Evening With Leonardo Da Vinci‘, The Psychology of Courage & Taking Action’ & ‘The Presidents Book Club’ all on-demand now.

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

Joseph Luzzi is a Literature and Italian Professor at Bard College, and was previously a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Scaglione Prize for his teaching. He is also the author of the audio course, “The Art of Reading.” Professor Luzzi previously taught at Yale University, where he was awarded a Yale College Teaching Prize.

11:50 am - 1:00 pm
Pizza: A 300 Year History of the World's Most Popular Food (includes pizza!)

Scott Wiener / NYU - Library of Congress

When pizza first arrived in America's industrial cities toward the end of the 19th century, it was ignored by all but those who brought it from Southern Italy. Within a few decades, pizza threatened to replace hamburgers and hot dogs as the country’s favorite food. This lecture will trace pizza's development, from its pre-American 16th century origin through a post-Prohibition boost and finally to widespread popularity following the Second World War. With each phase of history, newly available ingredients and technology changed the evolutionary path of what we now enjoy as the world's most ubiquitous dish. Renowned pizza historian Scott Wiener will tell the story of pizza's evolution by presenting archival documentation from over 300 years of pizza history. Myths will be debunked and legends will be explained through documentation and empirical evidence.

We'll also dig into the science behind various pizza styles. You'll learn how chemistry, biology, and physics hold the answers to crust texture, cheese pull, and sauce construction – and we'll walk through the physical processes that result in pizza variation via fermentation, gluten formation, and baking.

At the conclusion of the presentation, Scott Wiener (ie "Professor Pizza") will host a Q&A answering any questions. And yes, PIZZA WILL BE SERVED TO EVERYONE!

Scott Wiener / NYU - Library of Congress

Scott’s love for pizza began in suburban New Jersey, where weekly pizza runs created a subliminal dietary requirement. A simple love of pizza turned into obsession as he realized the history, science, and culture of pizza ran much deeper than previously thought. Weekly expeditions to historic pizzerias stirred up interest among family and friends, leading to an epic birthday party celebration that involved a school bus, a megaphone, and 26 friends. Six months later, Scott launched Scott’s Pizza Tours as a way of channeling his desire to teach the deeper story of pizza. Now, Scott is a full-time pizza enthusiast, sharing his love with inquisitive pizza lovers. Scott teaches pizza history at both New York University and the Library of Congress… and has earned the nickname “Professor Pizza”.