Vincenzo Piazza, 2013
- Associate Professor of Humanities, School of Humanities and Communication
- DSC employee since 2005
Degrees and schools where awarded: Doctor in Letters and Philosophy, University of Rome, “La Sapienza,” Italy. Specialized in High and Late Medieval Humanities and History, as well as Arab-Islamic Civilization.
Career/Professional honors: Presently chairing the Study Abroad Program (SAP)at DSC; led and participated in three tours of Europe with DSC students, from England to Italy, since 2010, and launched the SAP program together with other colleagues, Dr. Christopher Whitaker and John Brady. Presently, I am the historian for the Faculty Presidency and Senate (Love this position!).
Outside interests: I have a great passion for soccer, which I still practice, as well as organizing pick-up games on the DeLand Campus. Tennis player since age 7 (sports in general). Passionate collector of ancient artifacts (Greek and Roman decorative vessels). Traveling abroad, from Russia to Saudi Arabia.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I have always taught at universities. At times, thanks to my language capabilities, during my studies, I functioned as a part-time consultant for some Italian companies, traveling abroad and operating as a translator and interpreter.
What professional projects are you working on right now? Presently I am collaborating with Prof. Ruggero Marino (Rome, Italy), one of the leading authorities regarding the true history of Christopher Columbus. Professor Marino contacted me about six months ago and asked me to review two texts he has published on the subject, and to create a synopsis/presentation to American academia. I am in the process of completing it and shortly will publish it. The texts reveal information that is ground shaking, and will require the re-writing of our history texts regarding the most important event in the past 500-plus years; the scientific discovery of the Occident. Just a few highlights, and I have deeply evaluated the archival research of Prof. Marino (which is unprecedented): Columbus was not born into the Columbus family (DNA testing on the remains of his children prove it), but the highly ranked Cybo family; his father was none other than Gianbattista Cybo, that is, Pope Innocent VIII. Columbus had voyaged twice to the Occident prior to 1492 and reached Florida on his first exploit; he was a fantastic intellectual, fluent in six languages, a cartographer of the highest ranks, and a graduate of the University of Padova. The adventure was not sponsored by the Spanish royals, but by Pope Innocent VIII and the powerful Florentine families. He truly knew where he had landed in October of 1492! These are just a few revealing facts.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Undoubtedly, my students. DSC gave me the opportunity to know them and understand their characteristics and endeavors. Coming from large universities, with 400 people in front of me, was quite an impersonal experience.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? To complete my career as a senior professor at Daytona State College.
In life? Health, first and foremost; continue to play soccer until I’m past my third stage of elderly hood.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Perseverance, constancy and diligence; seek fortitude as well.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: My background. Although I have lived in Europe, Italy, for more than 34 years, I was born in Connecticut, and my accent is quite American as well.
Last book read: Herodotus: the History
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Social “persona,” love to be with people and cement friendships. Typical of a Leo, involved, passionate and generous-hearted; explosive as well, sometimes. Comedian, love satire and use it in all aspects of life.
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: Napoleon Bonaparte, Gaius Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Mahatma Gandhi.
“The Daytona State of Mind” to me: has become part of my family, a repository for my profession, my character and my objectives; a place where I find satisfaction and great friendship.