The Divine Proportions of Luca Pacioli with Author, W.A.W. (Adam) Parker

Today’s guest is W.A.W. (Adam) Parker, author of The Divine Proportions of Luca Pacioli

Hosted by Dr. Rosanne Welch

Luca Pacioli stood beside the great Leonardo da Vinci and gazed at The Last Supper. He saw immediately that something was terribly wrong.

An orphan from a small town in Italy, Pacioli came of age during the Renaissance seemingly destined for a life of struggle and obscurity. But Pacioli had the good fortune of meeting mentors who recognized his uncanny ability with numbers and introduced him to renowned artists and philosophers, royalty, and popes. At a time when many still used Roman numerals and colleges didn’t even teach mathematics, Pacioli was determined to share his passion and make it accessible and understandable. Apprentice to an artist, but a terrible artist himself, he became a master at calculating mathematical perspective in paintings. Tasked with teaching mathematics with no textbook, he wrote his own—followed by books on double-entry bookkeeping, chess, and the divine proportion. In this way, Luca Pacioli, “the father of accounting,” still has something to teach us—not just about mathematics—but about how we account for setbacks in our lives and how we determine what our legacy will be.

 
 
 

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Author W.A.W. (Adam) Parker

Robert Barbera Presents "Silver Bullet Critical Thinking" To The Students of Thomas Aquinas College

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In this special podcast, Robert Barbera, Found of the Mentoris Projects, presents his talk, “Silver Bullet Critical Thinking" To The Students of Thomas Aquinas College.

Recorded on-location.

Robert is also the author of Building Wealth: From shoeshine boy to real estate magnate for the Mentoris Project. book series.

 
 
 

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America's Forgotten Founding Father: A Novel Based on the Life of Filippo Mazzei with Author, Dr. Rosanne Welch

Today’s guest is Dr. Rosanne Welch, author of America's Forgotten Founding Father: A Novel Based on the Life of Filippo Mazzei

Our special guest host this episode is fellow Mentoris author, Dr. Peg Lamphier

His loyalty lasted a lifetime…

Surgeon, merchant, vintner, and writer Filippo Mazzei influenced American business, politics, and philosophy. Befriending Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Mazzei was a strong liaison for others in Europe. Mazzei was Jefferson’s inspiration for the most famous line in the Declaration of Independence: “All men are created equal.”

Clearly, Mazzei had a gift of language and often used his words to share his ideas about religious freedom. Mazzei encouraged other Italians still living overseas to join him in a country rich with opportunity and promise. Often, when returning from Italy, he booked passages on ships for people who desired to travel to America and employed them on his estate—just to ensure a better, more fruitful life for everyone. During those travels, Mazzei found himself at the center of many fights for freedom.

He was truly a friend to freedom around the world.


 
 
 

Author Dr. Rosanne Welch

Guest Host, Dr. Peg Lamphier,, and Author, Dr. Rosanne Welch

Guest Host, Dr. Peg Lamphier,, and Author, Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Grace Notes: A Novel Based on the Life of Henry Mancini with Author, Stacia Raymond

Today’s guest is Stacia Raymond, author of Grace Notes: A Novel Based on the Life of Henry Mancini

Celebrating a giant of American popular music...

With a legacy that resonates today in the work of contemporary film composers, the magnanimous Henry Mancini left an indelible mark on the culture. Over the course of a life cut short, Mancini helped liberate a concentration camp at the end of WWII, created some of the most iconic film and television themes ever written, and unseated the Beatles from the number one spot at the apex of rock and roll.

Resurrected through dialogue portraying pivotal scenes from his life, readers will get to know Mancini like never before—and come to appreciate this national treasure who fought for equality while bringing out the beauty of the world through his artistry.

 
 
 

Author Stacia Raymond

Host, Dr. Rosanne Welch,, and Author, Stacia Raymond

Host, Dr. Rosanne Welch,, and Author, Stacia Raymond

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Little By Little We Won: A Novel Based on the Life of Angela Bambace with Author, Peg Lamphier

Today’s guest is Peg Lamphier, author of Little By Little We Won: A Novel Based on the Life of Angela Bambace.

Women marched for equal pay, the President of the United States advocated an anti-immigration policy, and the income gap between the rich and poor continued to grow. And it was just the beginning of the 20th century.

As a girl growing up in Italian Harlem, Angela Bambace needed answers. How could it be acceptable for women not to earn equal pay for equal work? Why were immigrants relegated to the factory jobs no one else would take and working under such dangerous and inhumane conditions? And why were the businessmen at the top getting richer and richer while the poor who worked for them struggled to provide for their own families? How could any of this be okay?

But perhaps Angela’s most consequential question was If not me, then who?

Born to a father and married to a man who both believed a woman’s place was in the home, Angela Bambace defied her family and social expectations to lead a labor union—organizing women’s marches, strikes, and protests “to build a better world, a better place for everybody.” Today, Angela’s story might be more significant than ever as others continue her fight and call to action.

 
 
 

Author Peg Lamphier

Dr. Peg Lamphier, Author and Dr. Rosanne Welch, Host, recording this Mentoris Project Podcast

Dr. Peg Lamphier, Author and Dr. Rosanne Welch, Host, recording this Mentoris Project Podcast

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The Mentoris Project Book Launch Party At the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, California

The Mentoris Project Book Launch Party with an introduction from Ken LaZebnik, Former Editor of the Mentoris Project and readings from Mentoris books by Dr. Rosanne Welch and Kate Fuglei.

This video is off the launch party for the entire Mentoris Book Project, which includes over 30 books about famous Italians and Italian Americans. At the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood over a hundred family and friends gathered to celebrate this new publishing venture created by Robert Barbera under the umbrella of his Barbera Foundation. The evening was started with a welcome from the director of the Italian Cultural Institute, Valeria Rumori and her cultural attache, Leonilde Callocchia.

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Soldier, Diplomat, Archaeologist: A Novel Based on the Bold Life of Louis Palma di Cesnola with Author, Peg Lamphier

Today’s guest is Peg Lamphier, author of Soldier, Diplomat, Archaeologist: A Novel Based on the Bold Life of Louis Palma di Cesnola.

As the son of an Italian count, Cavalry Colonel Louis Palma di Cesnola had more military experience than most of the leading officers in the Civil War. Objecting to his general’s orders, di Cesnola led his men into battle, earning himself a Medal of Honor.

When di Cesnola was captured and thrown into the notorious Libby Prison, he was forced to examine his life decisions. Upon release, di Cesnola was torn between his desire to return to war or to his wife and daughter—a battle of his heart and his duty.  

Once the war ended, di Cesnola became America’s consul for archaeological excavators, and eventually became the first director of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. With every step of success, di Cesnola was forced to prove himself in a country that emphatically disapproved of immigrants. His plight forged a path of national acceptance of Italian-Americans throughout the entire country.

 
 
 

Author Peg Lamphier

Dr. Peg Lamphier, Author and Dr. Rosanne Welch, Host, recording this Mentoris Project Podcast

Dr. Peg Lamphier, Author and Dr. Rosanne Welch, Host, recording this Mentoris Project Podcast

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Who Is Your Mentor?

The Mentoris Project is a series of novels and biographies about the lives of great Italians and Italian-Americans, men and women who have changed history through their contributions as scientists, inventors, explorers, thinkers, and creators.

The Barbera Foundation sponsors this series in the hope that, like a mentor, each book will inspire the reader to discover how she or he can make a positive contribution to society: To finish any of these books saying, “I can do something great, too.”

Find your Mentor today on here at the Mentoris Project!

Marconi and His Muses with Author, Pamela Winfrey

Meet Pamela Winfrey, author of Marconi and His Muses: A Novel Based on the Life of Guglielmo Marconi. Brilliant inventor, electrical engineer, and wise entrepreneur, Guglielmo Marconi was best known for inventing long-distance radio transmissions and the telegraph system. But his success wasn’t solely a product of his curious mind. Marconi attributed his prosperity to the people in his life who encouraged him to achieve his goals. 

 
 
 

Author Pamela Winfrey

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A.P. Giannini: The People's Banker


Today’s guest Francesca Valente, author of A.P. Giannini: The People's Banker.

Envisioning a socio-economic utopia, A. P. Giannini was not a typical banking tycoon. With a socially enlightened heart, he made the American dream a reality, not just for himself, but for society as a whole.

Hosted by Dr. Rosanne Welch

 
 
 

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Author Francesca Valente


God's Messenger


Today’s guest is Nicole Gregory, author of God's Messenger: The Astounding Achievements of Mother Cabrini. Mother Cabrini was a Catholic nun who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and was the first naturalized citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1946.

Hosted by Dr. Rosanne Welch

 
 
 

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Author Nicole Gregory


Dr. Rosanne Welch, Host and Nicole Gregory, Author Recording This Podcast

Dr. Rosanne Welch, Host and Nicole Gregory, Author Recording This Podcast