Past Speakers

2020 Speaker Series


Carla Gambescia
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Venice: The Most Improbable of Cities” (Part I)
(Zoom Meeting)*

Carla Gambescia
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Venice: The Most Improbable of Cities” (Part II)
(Zoom Meeting)*

The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers
Thursday, December 17, 2020
(Zoom Meeting)*

*This month’s programs arranged by Ron Fenolio.


Peter Sherwood
Thursday, November 12, 2020
The Fiat Cinquecento
(Zoom Meeting)*

Susanna Lombardi
Sicily: So Many Cultures in One!
(Zoom Meeting)*

Jessica Poulin & Georgia Gibbs
Thursday, November 19, 2020
“The Big Reveal:
(Zoom Meeting)*

Thursday, November 26, 2020
No meeting in deference to Thanksgiving.

*This month’s programs arranged by Peter Sherwood.


Alex Kugushev
October 1, 2020 *Virtual
The Oldest Cave

Jim Lodato
October 8, 2020 *Virtual

Jennifer Pasquini Callahan
October 15, 2020 *Virtual
Tax-Wise Charitable Planning Techniques

Dick Gale
October 22, 2020 *Virtual
“The Magnificent Cars from Italy and How They Changed my Life”

“Come as you are!”
October 29, 2020 *Virtual

* This month’s programs arranged by Marc Pasquini and Alex Kugushev.


Kip Cranna and Jean Kellogg
September 17, 2020 *Virtual
How the San Francisco Opera and Merola are Coping with COVID-19

Ron Fenolio
September 24, 2020 *Virtual
The Entrepreneurial Jacuzzi Family

* This month’s programs arranged by Ron Fenolio.

JULY  2020

Ken Sproul
July 9, 2020 *Virtual
Key Dates & Events of the American Revolution

Vincent Lee
July 16, 2020 *Virtual
An Explorer and Archeologist Discusses the Anasazi Civilization in America

Susanna Lombardi
July 23, 2020 *Virtual
Unique Artistic Gems of Northern Italy: Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont

Moderated by David T. Giannini
July 30, 2020 *Virtual
OPEN SESSION: How Has the Coronavirus Affected You?

* This month’s programs arranged by David T. Giannini and Chuck Stagliano.

JUNE  2020

Margaret Winslow
June 4, 2020 *Virtual
The Cusp of Dreadfulness:
Fifteen Seasons in Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia

Elizabeth Rynecki
June 11, 2020 *Virtual
Chasing Portraits:
A Great-Granddaughter’s Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy

Ricordi di Padri e Nonni
June 18, 2020 *Virtual
Moderated by Alex Rynecki

June 25, 2020 *Virtual
(Members only)

* This month’s programs arranged by Alex Rynecki.

MAY  2020

Ricordi di Mamme e Nonne
May 7, 2020 *Virtual
Moderated by Ron Fenolio

SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2020

Chuck Stagliano
May 14, 2020 *Virtual
A Brief but Fascinating History of Long-Distance Running: (And some wild experiences along the way!)

Ron Fenolio
May 21, 2020 *Virtual
Images of an Age: San Francisco

Jim Boitano
May 28 2020 *Virtual
Sergio Leone, the Spaghetti Western, and Making Clint Eastwood a Star

* This month’s programs arranged by Ron Fenolio.

APRIL  2020

April 9, 2020 *Virtual
Virtual Board Meeting

David Cobb
April 16, 2020 *Virtual
Open Session: Introducing Zoom

April 23, 2020 *Virtual
“Law Enforcement in the 21st Century: Some History and Many Challenges”
Leo Pierini, President, California Law Enforcement Columbia Association

Lisa Pieraccini, PhD, UC Berkeley, CA
April 30, 2020 *Virtual
“The Rediscovery of the Etruscans: A Retrospective”

* This month’s programs arranged by Catherine Accardi.

MARCH  2020

Mike Prior
ursday, March 5, 2020
The Realm of the Lion of Judah: A Visit to Ethiopia

Mickey Ganitch
Thursday, March 12, 2020
A Pearl Harbor Hero—and that was just the beginning!

Alex Kugushev
Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Oldest Cave – Magnificent Art of our Stone-Age Forbears

Ron Hamburger
Thursday, March 26, 2020
The Leaning Tower of San Francisco

*This month’s programs arranged by Eph Hirsch.

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Jim Boitano
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Giovan Crisostimo Martino (John Martin): Custer’s Last Bugler

Marie Daldorff
Thursday, February 13, 2020
The Scholarship Program of the Italian Heritage Foundation (IAHF) and Possible Collaboration with Il Cenacolo

Keyvan Tabari
Thursday, February 20, 2020
The Story Behind Krakow’s Umbrageous Attitude

Kathleen Ann Gonzalez
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Behind the Mirror in Venetian Glass Making

*This month’s programs arranged by David Cobb.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020
No luncheon in deference to New Year’s Day.

Lorenzo Scarpone
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Slow Food

Davide Fiore
Thursday, January 16, 2020
A Little Fellow: A Documentary about A.P. Giannini

Janet Crane
Thursday, January 23, 2020
NEXT Village

Valentina Imbeni
Thursday, January 30, 2020
The Reggio Emilia Educational Model
*This month’s programs arranged by Pietro Bonanno.

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