Italian Innovators has grown out of my experience as a professor of Italian Studies in the United States. It starts from scholarship as a zeal for constant discovery and teaching as an empowering art of sharing. It is rooted in my peculiar position at the intersection of worlds, as an Italian in America, as a classical philologist dealing with modern design, as a cultural historian interacting with industry. It springs from the desire to constantly translate worlds, from the aspiration to effectively combine research and storytelling, and naturally from an inexhaustible passion for Italy, my country, which I appreciate now even more as not just a repository of past marvels, but rather as a lively piazza of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity.
In the show, I present Italy’s contributions to the modern world and explore their underlying model of success, which I trace in Italy’s deliberate hybridization of culture and industry, beauty and technology, and craft and production, as I also point out in my book The Art of Objects, The Birth of Italian Industrial Culture. Episodes are available on ITunes, Spotify, Spreaker, and YouTube, and are published on the 1st and 15th of each month. In the first episode of each month, I introduce the figure of an Italian innovator, in the fields of music, technology, design, or fashion, and in the second episode, I present, on YouTube, an intellectual who made innovative contributions to the arts, and, in the podcast, I interview key players and up-and-coming figures in a variety of fields related to Italy or Italian culture. Starting in September 2020 I will release video installments of an Italian Innovators course on this channel, to provide our chats with a broader historical and cultural context, so be sure to check that out, as well.
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