November 19th • 7:00-9:00pm
Before There Was Venice……….!
with Anita Sanseverino and Louis Leonini
Although the city of Venice is the most well-known part of the Veneto, there are islands, towns and cities that are far older,with a history all their own. In this presentation Louis and Anita will explore the histories of great cities such as Verona, Padova, Treviso, smaller but equally important cities to the development of the region such as Aquileia, and Adria.
Join Anita Sanseverino and Louis Leonini as they discuss the places close to Venice, such as Torcello, the place that is considered the birthplace of Venice itself, the island of Burano, a fishing village of brilliantly colored houses, painted so that the returning fishermen could see their houses through the fog.
During the presentation Anita will share her photographs of the various areas being discussed.
About the Speakers:
Anita Sanseverino: She is an award-winning photographer dedicated to the subject of Italy as well as a lecturer and scholar of Italian history and culture. Anita Sanseverino is a recipient of the Woman of Achievement in the Arts (NJ) and has exhibited her photographs at the 2009 Tuscia Arts Festival in Viterbo, Italy, the Columbus Citizens Foundation, and Queens College in New York. She has presented her photographs and lectures about the Presepio Napoletano, Carnevale di Venezia and the region of Puglia at the Italian American Museum, Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, Westchester Italian Cultural Center, the Garibaldi Meucci Museum, Ramapo College, Wagner College, and St. John’s University as well as at various Italian American organizations throughout the tri-state area.
Professor Leonini currently serves as the official historian for the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum and gives lectures on Italian history and culture while also teaching language classes there for adults. He regularly lectures at Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation on Staten Island. He has appeared on Italian television, radio, and American TV. He is available as a guest lecturer in the tri-state area, a job he has enjoyed doing for more than 20 years. Louis is a proud member of the Capodanno Lodge of the Order of sons of Italy in America. In 2016, he was honored by the New York State Commission for Social Justice for his contributions to Italian American heritage.