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IAP 217: Master Classes for the Masses: Danielle Oteri on Teaching Italian History for All

• 49 min

It’s sometimes the hidden stories that can tell us more about our history than we ever dreamed of. In this week’s episode, Danielle Oteri of Feast on History talks to us about her latest project, a series of classes focusing exclusively on Southern Italy by Context Learning. These 90-minute courses are designed to take learners on a journey through the territory once occupied by the former Kingdom of the Two Sicilies as they discover Southern Italy’s art, cuisine, culture, and history.  It’s a Masterclass for the Masses! We’re discussing not just Southern Italian history, but the idea that new history is being discovered every day in some of the most surprising places and ways. From the quest for historic records thought to be lost, to the long held “facts” of history being upended by modern science and a random circumstance, you’ll leave the conversation looking at history in a whole new light. And of course, we will find ourselves in a fascinating discussion of Italy’s forgotten foodways, including historic dishes and traditions that are no longer part of the Italian American diet, but that are still invaluable clues into our family histories, and how the monastic life brought us some of our favorite pastries, like sfogliatelle and babà. Join us as we “feast” on Southern Italian history with Danielle, and then visit Context Learning to sign up for one of her fascinating classes!

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