2022 Speakers and Topics

2022 Speaker Series


Dr. Vincent Fausone
Thursday, January 6, 2022
History of China’s Italian Postmaster General

Bianca Griundi, curator, Museo Italo Americano
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Cerri, The Art of Two Generations

Viola Buitoni
Thursday, January 20, 2020
Italy by Ingredient

Christine M. Tarver DNP, RN, CNS, MNEA-BC
Thursday, January 28, 2021
COVID-19 Pandemic: Where We Have Been, What We Have Learned, Where We Are Going


Natalie Galli
Thursday, February 3, 2022
The Girl Who Said ‘No’. A Search in Sicily

Carla Gambescia
Thursday, February 10, 2022
Il Palio di Siena: Pride Passion and Pandemonium

Michael Prior
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Miguel Covarrubias–famed artist and cultural anthropologist

Lawrence BaldassaroThursday, February 24, 2022
Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer,
Lawrence Baldassaro

MARCH 2022

Ron Fenolio
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Invitation to the Wines of Italy

David T. Giannini
Thursday, March 10, 2022
The Story of Albina & Giuseppe

Donna DiGiuseppe
Thursday, March 17, 2022
The Abruzzo—in the Heart of Italy

Audrey & David Fielding
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Salento by 5: Friendship, Food, Music and Travel Within the Heel of Italy’s Boot

Lisa and Denise Sciandra
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Leo Politi, An Italian Artist in California

APRIL 2022

Wendy Van Wyck Good
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Sisters in Art
Biography of Margaret, Esther, & Helen Bruton

Peter Devine
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Spires that Inspire
A History of the Church of St. Ignatius

Joseph BaldelliThursday, April 21, 2022
Minerals from the Island of Elba
Part 2, revisited from 2021

Carla GambesciaThursday, April 28, 2022
Visions of Dante/i>

MAY 2022

Andy Canepa
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Anno Domini 1929: The Founding of Il Cenacolo

Steve Genzoli
Thursday, May 12, 2022
How Chocolate is Made and Marketed, Ghirardelli-Style

Gail Reitano
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Italian Love Cake

Andrea Rocco
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Genova’s Many Faces: Past and Present of an Elusive City

JUNE 2022

Mauro Faleri
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Learning Language and Culture in Italy

Lawrence V. Basso, MD
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Leonardo da Vinci

Admiral John Bitoff
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Rear Admiral Raymond Spruance: “The Quiet Warrior”
Technical Issues

James Boitano, PhD
Thursday, June 30, 2022
How Petrarch and Boccaccio Radiated Italian Civilization throughout Medieval Europe

JULY 2022

Vyria Paselk Haverhals
Thursday, July 7, 2022
New Strategies for Community Outreach after Covid

Pietro Jonathan Bonanno
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Italy’s Green Tech & Investment Renaissance

Elena Frigenti
Thursday, July 28, 2022
The “Third Way”: Why Being an Italian-American is So Special

August 2022

On Vacation

September 2022

Kip Cranna
Thursday, September 15, 2022
The San Francisco Opera’s 100th Season: Celebrating Italian Roots

Kathleen Ann González
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth

Ron Fenolio
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Fifth Thursday Wine Tasting: The Wines of Sardinia

October 2022

Frank Bruno, President and Co-Founder of Friends of Isole Delle Femmine, and historians and executive board members Alex Grillo and Vincent Ferrante
Thursday, October 7, 2022
Of Fisherman and Baseball: The Isola delle Femmine Sicilian Community of Northern California

Angelo Coniglio
Thursday, October 13, 2022
The Sicilians of Buffalo: A Personal Retrospective of the 20th Century

Diana Giovinazzo
Thursday, October 20, 2022
The Story of One Queen and a Revolutionary

Carlo Treviso
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Enter the World of Medieval Sicily

November 2022

Leonardo de Lisi
Thursday, November 3, 2022
A Brief History of Bel Canto

Clara Bargellini, Ph.D.
Thursday, November 10, 2022
From Italy to Mexico in 1927–writings of poet Carlos Pellicer

Len Bargellini
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Antonio Meucci: the Real Inventor of the Telephone

December 2022

Ron Derenzi
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Una Storia Segreta (The Secret Story)

Bianca Friundi, Museo Italo Americano
Thursday, December 9, 2022
Current Exhibit: ContemporArte