Past Speakers

2019 Speaker Series

January  2019

Thursday, January  3, 2019
No meeting in deference to New Year’s.

Marialice Kern
January  10, 2019
The New Exercise Regime: Active Virtual Reality Games and Health

Meredith Eliassen
January  17, 2019
The Frank V. de Bellis Collection: A Cultural Bridge between California and Italy for 55 Years

David Anderson, PhD
January  24, 2019The Pervasive Italian Influence on Early Education in San Francisco and Beyond

Jill Anthes
January  31, 2019
Future State 2035: San Francisco State University Campus Master Plan
*This month’s programs arranged by Don Zingale.

February  2019

Jim Holden, Author
February 7, 2019
“It Happened in Marin”

Gwendolyn & Michael Osborn
February  14, 2019
Valentine’s Day Special: Tasting the Wines of Piedmont

Gerry Opie, Cenacolista
February  21, 2019
Ghiberti’s “Gates of Paradise”: The Famous Florentine Doors Gracing our Very Own Grace Cathedral

William Adams
February  28, 2019
Italy’s Incredible Contribution to Urban Design: A Few Principles
*This month’s programs arranged by John Benson.

March  2019

Chris Hallett
March 7, 2019
“The Roman City of Aphrodisias:
the Marble Sculpture from the Council House”

Rear Admiral John W. Bitoff, U.S. Navy (Retired)
March  14, 2019
“Admiral Nimitz and His Bay Area Connections”

Maggie Muir
March  21, 2019
“Running Political Campaigns in San Francisco: A Contact Sport”

Lisa C. Pieraccini
March  28, 2019
“An Egyptian Tomb, an Etruscan Inscription
and the Funerary Monument of an American Civil War Officer”
*This month’s programs arranged by Ephraim Hirsch.

April  2019

Jimmie Schein, Schein & Schein
April 4, 2019
“San Francisco—by the Maps!”

Luciano Repetto, Graffeo Coffee Roasting Company
April  11, 2019
“Coffee, anyone?”

Ken Sproul
April 18, 2019
“The 113th Anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire”

Woody LaBounty
April  25, 2019
“The Western Neighborhoods Project”
*This month’s programs arranged by Kenneth Sproul.

May  2019

May 2, 2019
Emeritus Luncheon

James Norwood Pratt, Author
May  9, 2019
“Tea, anyone?”

Dianne Hales, Author
May 16, 2019
“Falling in Love with Italy”

Kathleen Ann Gonzales
May  23, 2019
“Confessions of a ‘Venice Addict’”

David Cobb, Vice President, Il Cenacolo
May  30, 2019
“A Dark Night at Guadalcanal”
*This month’s programs arranged by Alex Rynecki.

June  2019

Philip Gioia, former Cenacolista
June 6, 2019
“D-Day Through German Eyes:

Experiences of ‘Landsers’ on the Westwall” 

Maria Noyes, Author
June  13, 2019
“Sicily: A Heart’s Journey

Norman MacCleod, OBE
June 20, 2019
“The Roman and British Empires:
the Greatest the World Has Ever Known”

June  27, 2019
Il Cenacolo Annual Membership General Meeting
*This month’s programs arranged by Stewart Hume.

July  2019

July 4, 2019
No meeting in deference to the July 4 holiday.

Camilla Calhoun, Author
July 11, 2019
“The White Moth: The Story of Three Generations at a Tuscan Villa”

Mark Cotta Vaz, Co-Author
July 18, 2019
“Pan Am at War”

Carl Nolte
July  25, 2019
“How the New Tech Boom is Good for Old San Francisco”

*This month’s programs arranged by Bill Dito.

September  2019

Summer Hiatus
Thursdays, September 5 & 11, 2019

Kip Cranna, Dramaturg Emeritus of the San Francisco Opera
September 19, 2019
“Anecdotes, History, & the Inside Scoop
of the 2019-2020 San Francisco Opera Season”

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Il Cenacolo’s 65th Annual Sal Reina Opera Outing !
“You won’t want to miss it!”

John P Boatwright, House Head, War Memorial Opera House
September  26, 2019
“Life on the Crew Behind the San Francisco Opera”

*This month’s programs arranged by Eugene Lanzone.

October  2019

Gina Marie Guglielmoni
October 3, 2019
“Meet Queen Isabella 2019”

Pietro Bonanno, Cenacolista
October  10, 2019
“The Next 100 Years of ICS”

Fr. Charles Puthota, Pastor of St. Veronica Paris
October  17, 2019
“My Italian Sabbatical”

Carla Gambescia, Author
October 24, 2019
“Trivia Challenge Italian-Style”

Anthony and Sonia Alioto
October 31, 2019
“Locating Your Family Land in Italy”

*This month’s programs arranged by Ron Derenzi.

November  2019

Don Taylor, EdD
November 7, 2019
“From Neglect to Honor: A Restoration Story”

Don Zingale, PhD
November 14, 2019
“Not all those who wander are lost.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Olivia Albiero, PhD
November  21, 2019
“Promoting Italian Language and Culture across Generations of Learners: The Italian Program at San Francisco State University”

November 28, 2019
No luncheon in deference to Thanksgiving.
*This month’s programs arranged by Don Zingale.

December  2019

Peter Sherwood
December 5, 2019
“Camilleri, Montalbano & Vigata:  A Special Trio”

December 12, 2019
No luncheon in deference to the Christmas Gala.

Chuck Stagliano, Man of the Year
Sunday, December 15, 2019

St. Francis Yacht Club, 5:30 pm)

The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers
December 19, 2019
Guests invited!

December 26, 2019
No luncheon in deference to Christmas.
*This month’s programs arranged by Peter Sherwood.