2021 Speaker Series

December 2021

Ken Sproul
Thursday, December 2, 2021
WWI and its Living Legacy

Dr. Melissa Moreno, President, Skyline College
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Teaching Civic-Mindedness in Community College

The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers
Thursday, December 16, 2021

*This month’s programs arranged by Ron Derenzi.

November 2021

Rear Admiral James Symonds
Thursday, November 4, 2021
My Career in the Carrier Navy

Michael I. Levy
Thursday, November 11, 2021
A Journey through the World of Entertainment

Mike Lipskin
Thursday, November 18, 2021
A Short History of Recorded Sound

*This month’s programs arranged by Barry Goodfield.

October 2021

Ron Weissman
Thursday, October 7, 2021
The Black Plague, the Birth of the Renaissance, and Us

Lisa Sciandra
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Becoming Sicilian: Finding Roots in the Cloud

Alex Kugushev
Thursday, October 21, 2021
My Mother, A Woman of the 20th Century

Susanne Lombardi
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Italian Futurism: An Artistic and Social Movement of the Early 20th Century

*This month’s programs arranged by Alex Kugushev.

September 2021

I Tre Amici
Thursday, September 16, 2021
First Ever Il Cenacolo Live/Zoom Simulcast

Charlie Walther
Thursday, September 23, 2021
New Technology in Marine Vessels

Maurizio Gigola
Thursday, September 30, 2021
The Great Italiophile

August 2021


July 2021

Pietro Bonanno
Thursday, July 8, 2021
The Italian-American Community and a Boy from Palermo

Kim Steele
Thursday, July 15, 2021
An American Photographer in Rome

Mona Bavar
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Made in Italy

Ale Gambini
Thursday, July 22, 2021
No Ketchup on Spaghetti

*This month’s programs arranged by Pietro Bonanno.

June 2021

Kei-on Chan
Thursday, June 3, 2021
A Tale of Two Companies: Salesforce and an Artificial Intelligence Startup

Siamek Zadeh

Thursday, June 10, 2021
From Analog to Digital in Business: How It Has Changed Our World

Keyvan Tabari
Thursday, June 17, 2021
On the Fringes of the Roman Empire

*This month’s programs arranged by Keyvan Tabari.

May 2021

Carl Nolte
Thursday, May 6, 2021
San Francisco: City on the Rocks

Steve Kreta
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Humanitarian Disaster Relief: A Maritime Perspective

George Barganier, PhD
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Liberation Ethics and the Production of Knowledge

Mark Jaime
Thursday, May 28, 2021
High Impact Practices and Co-Curricular Partnerships
for Student Success

*This month’s programs arranged by Don Zingale.


April 2021

Donna DiGiuseppe
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Lady in Ermine: The Story of a Woman Who Painted the Renaissance

Bianca Friundi & Mecca Billings
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Celebrating Art & History at Museo Italo Americano

Carla Gambescia
Thursday, April 25, 2021
Italy’s Third Golden Age

Joseph Baldelli
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Minerals from the Island of Elba

John I. Rigoli
Thursday, April 29, 2021
The Mystery of Julia Episcopa

*This month’s programs arranged by Joe Baldelli.

March 2021

Alex Kugushev
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Four Churches in Italy

Peter Sherwood
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Pete the Italophile

Bob Ryan
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Great Opera Houses of Italy

Michael Victor
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Pedaling through Italy in the Wake of Bartali and Coppi

*This month’s programs arranged by Alex Kugushev.

February 2021

Randy DeMartini
Thursday, February 4, 2021
The Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club

Cantarutti Lido
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Italian Film / Mosaic Faces in Marin

Ross Cobb
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Surviving the Challenges of Viticulture

Mario Alioto
Thursday, February 25, 2021
The Changing Landscape of Sports

*This month’s programs arranged by Lido Cantarutti.


Christine M. Tarver DNP, RN, CNS, NEA-BC
Thursday, January 7, 2021
COVID Pandemic: A Frontline Perspective

David A. Cobb, President
Thursday, January 14, 2021
The State of the Club

Sidney Lawrence
Thursday, January 21, 2021
The Ghirardellis: My Mother’s Family

Rosetta Costantino
Thursday, January 28, 2021
A Taste of Southern Italian Cooking

 *This month’s programs arranged by Ron Derenzir