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