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Splendido! The Top 10 Italians of All Time

Release Date:
9/20/2013 9:00 PM

Stephen Spignesi, features Stephen Spignesi


The Friends of the UNH Library will host a presentation by Stephen Spignesi, English Department faculty member on the “Top 10 Italians” including a slideshow about the accomplishments of each. 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. A Q&A session will follow. This event is free.


Stephen Spignesi is a University of New Haven alumnus and Practitioner in Residence at UNH. He teaches English Composition and Literature, plus 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, and a New York Times bestselling biography of John F. Kennedy 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.


Thursday, October 17, 2 p.m.


Marvin K. Peterson Library, upper level


Some of the names are well-known (Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo, Columbus) and others less so (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, meteorology, or the scientific method. Imagine no America, or 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.

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