Mr. Stephen Spignesi

"Splendido! The Top 10 Italians of All Time!"
Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Marvin K. Peterson Library, upper level


Some of the names are well-known: DaVinci, Galileo, Michelangelo, Columbus. Some are lesser known: Mazzei, Fermi, Torricelli, Volta.

But every one of the Top 10 Italians played an enormous role in the advancement of mankind and the improvement of life on earth. Imagine life without the battery, or meteorology, or the scientific method. Imagine no America, and also imagine an America that had never declared for the first time “All men are created equal.”

These myriad scientific, political, historical, and cultural achievements by the Top 10 Italians changed the world.

In Splendido! The Top 10 Italians of All Time, Stephen Spignesi, English Department faculty member and author of almost 60 books, will talk about the Top 10 Italians, and also present a slideshow about them and their accomplishments. His talk will draw from his popular book, The Italian 100, and highlight the enormous achievements of the ten most significant Italians in world history.

The talk will consist of a lecture, slideshow, and Q&A session.

Biographical Information

Stephen Spignesi is a University of New Haven alumnus and Practitioner in Residence at the University of New Haven where he teaches English Composition and Literature, and special topic courses on Writing for Publication, Stephen King, the Titanic, and others.

He is the author of almost 60 books, including four of the acclaimed “For Dummies” series, his New York Times bestselling biography of John F. Kennedy Jr., JFK Jr., as well as books about the Beatles, Stephen King, American and world history, paranormal phenomena, Woody Allen, film, TV, and a wide range of historical and popular culture topics. His debut novel, Dialogues, was described as a “reinvention of the psychological thriller.” His latest books include The Titanic for Dummies and Grover Cleveland’s Rubber Jaw.

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