ON DEMAND • Italian Gestures


Everyone knows Italians speak with their hands.  However, many people think that they are just waving their hands and arms in the air while speaking. This is not true.  There are at least 250 gestures with very specific meanings, that Italians use when speaking about certain things. Eloquent in their movements, Italians can offer a wealth of information without saying a word!

Join Anita Sanseverino and Lou Leonini on January 19 in an informative and entertaining presentation to learn not only what these gestures mean, but also why, more than any other people, did they become so much a part of the Italian way of communicating.

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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.

Louis Leonini: Louis was the first of the Leonini children to go to college, receiving a B.A Degree from St. John’s University. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree at Fordham University, majoring in European history, with a specialty in Italian studies. Louis then completed his formal studies at New York University with 30 credits toward a PH.D. Professor Leonini began his teaching career by teaching history for the New York City Department of Education for 32 years. Upon retiring from the public school system, Louis taught Italian language at St. Joseph Hill Academy High School on Staten Island. Pursuing his love of the Italian language and culture, he went on to teach at Saint John’s University both at the Jamaica campus and on Staten Island.

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.

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Members Free Admission, Non-Member $10, Non-Member $15, Non-Member $20


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