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2021 Speaker Series

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

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 Derenzi. 17