Past Speakers

2018 Speaker Series


Mike Cerre, TV Correspondent
October 4, 2018
From North Beach to the Hindu Kush: A Correspondent’s Journey

Robert McLaughlin, Author
October 11, 2018
The Capture of the U-505. A Legion of Heroes

Carla Gambescia, Author
October 18, 2018
La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A-Z”

Joe Casalaina
October 25, 2018
La Piccola Roma in Eritrea
*This month’s programs arranged by David Cobb.



Kip Cranna, Dramaturg & Cenacolista
September 20, 2018
Preview of the 2018-19 Season of the San Francisco Opera

Greg Henkel, SFO Managing Director: Artistic
September 27, 2018
Building an Opera Season
*This month’s programs arranged by Franz Cristiani.


JULY 2018

Mike Lipskin, Cenacolista​
July 12, 2018
Harlem Jazz Stride Piano

Chuck Stagliano, Cenacolista
July 19, 2018
Profile of a Commercial Flight; or How to Get from Here to There

Denise Perrier
July 26, 2018
My Life in Song
*This month’s programs arranged by Marv Pheffer.


JUNE 2018

June 6, 2018, 6 PM
SPECIAL EVENT: Dinner honoring Mayor Marco Bucci of Genoa

Jean Kellog
June 14, 2018
Merola’s “Stars of Tomorrow”

Alan Grosenheider & Toni Arellanes-Miller
June 21, 2018
UC Santa Barbara and its Italian Connections

June 28, 2018
*This month’s programs arranged by Stewart Hume.


MAY 2018

Mary Menniti
May 3, 2018
The Italian Garden

Laura Smith
May 10, 2018
The Shameful Treatment of Italians during WWII

Lee Bruno
May 17, 2018
Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem on the San Francisco Waterfront: Focus on Italian Fishermen

John Parente
May 24, 2018
Plans for the 150th San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade

Paolo Barlera, Director
May 31, 2018
Istituto Italiano di Cultura: Its Mission and History


APRIL 2018

Jim Boitano, PhD, Cenacolista
April 5, 2018
Anna Magnani: First Italian to Win an Academy Award

Anna Fiorina Hess, Author
April 12, 2018
Born in Internment

John Bitoff, USN, Retired
April 19, 2018
How Italy Shaped the Views of a Young American Admiral

David T. Giannini and Anna Maria Pierini, Cenacolisti
April 26, 2018Lucca, a Repository of Architectural Treasures
*This month’s programs arranged by Alex Kugushev.


MARCH 2018

Alycia Paletta, CPA
March 1, 2018
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Kateryna Korniyko
March 8, 2018
Ukraine’s Path to Freedom

Kathryn Ayres
March 15, 2018
The San Francisco Fair: Treasure Island in 1939 and 1940

Moderated by Alessandro Kugushev
March 22, 2018
Open Forum: The Recent Election in Italy

Don Falk
March 29, 2018
The Tenderloin Endures
*This month’s programs arranged by Richard De Bono.



Joe Carbone
February 1, 2018
An Italian Library in North Beach: What a Novel Idea!

Mark Rezente
February 8, 2018
Mark, a member of SFIAC, will talk about how the Grocery Outlet can get such amazing wines at such great prices.

Josh Jensen, Founder of Calera​
February 15, 2018
When many California winemakers felt that a good Pinot Noir could not be grown in California, Josh dreamed of proving them wrong. All he needed was limestone. Josh will share his insights of 42 years in the wine business.

Harry G. Schlitt
February 22, 2018
Odyssey of a Rock and Roll Priest Msgr.
*This month’s programs arranged by John Benson.



David Cobb, Cenacolista, and Ross Cobb
January 4, 2018
The Challenge of Producing a Nice Pinot Noir from the Edge of the Continent

Mike Greensill, Cenacolista
January 11, 2018
Laughter from the Hip: How Early Jazz Developed

Alex Kugushev, Cenacolista
January 18, 2018
The Meaning of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Kayvan Tabari, Cenacolista
January 25, 2018
Fez, Where the Middle Ages Still Live
* This month’s programs arranged by David Cobb.