A Personal Welcome

Dear All,

As new President of The Leonardo da Vinci Society, I want to personally welcome you to a new chapter for our organization. It is with honor and enthusiasm that I take this role after four wonderful years on the Board helping our past president, Amelia Antonucci,  accomplish so many important programs.

As always happens, a change in leadership brings some excitement and news and I want to share with you my goals and dreams. 
First of all, I want to maintain our mission and our values to promote appreciation of the Italian contribution to art, literature, science, and culture. We continue to offer wonderful cultural programs and networking opportunities.

I want to increase membership and see our society become a vibrant vehicle for creating new relationships and alliances among our San Francisco Bay Area communities.
Last, but most important, I want to Be Present and Go Beyond! I want to focus on you, get to know you better and work with you in shaping the future for the next generations of Italo enthusiasts. 
I’m confident that this year we can all Be Present and Go Beyond. I will take the liberty to call you soon to chat about your expectations, interests and ideas.

Our fall programs are ready to go. Download our Fall Newsletter here and visit our website to register for our events.

I look forward to talking to you soon.

All my best,

Sabrina Longega Wilson, President
Leonardo da Vinci Society

2019 Leonardo Gala Dinner

Friday April 5 2019

The Leonardo da Vinci Society 2019 Gala was a magic evening. On the top of a great dinner enlighted by a renaissance music concert, we celebrated:

The award Ceremony for Premio Leonardo 500 

The exhibit of The Leonardo Da Vinci Society 70th Anniversary

Thank you all for your participation to the Leonardo 500 Gala. It was a great success thanks to your generosity and your presence. If you did not have a chance to look at our pictures taken by Enrica Cavalli, here is a link for you: https://adobe.ly/2G3fw9d Last but not least, here a couple of important moment of our past evening:The President’s SpeechOur Double Anniversary 


From the Invention of the Microprocessor to
the New Science of Consciousness 

Please take a look at the beautiful pictures taken by Enrica Cavalli 


The Leonardo Da Vinci Society invites you to 
the first American preview of the book
(Mondadori 2019) by Federico Faggin.
The event is moderated by Mauro Aprile Zanetti. 

Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30pm
Fugazi Hall, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd.  
 San Francisco

On this occasion the LdVS and ISSNAF will be honored to present the 2019 Honorary Leonardo 500 Award to Federico Faggin
for the invention of the MOS silicon gate technology, the world’s
first microprocessors, and the touch technology

Federico Faggin, inventor and entrepreneur, was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1941, and graduated in physics, summa cum laude , at the University of Padua in 1965. He has been living in the United States since 1968, and he is a naturalized US citizen since 1978. In 1970-1971, he was project leader and designer of the Intel 4004, the first microprocessor in the world.

He also led all the early Intel microprocessors (8008, 4040, and 8080) and designed the Intel 2102A fast static RAM memory, introducing the depletion load technology to Intel.
Most importantly, he was the project leader and the developer of the original MOS silicon gate technology at Fairchild Semiconductor in 1968, the technology that allowed the design and manufacturing of microprocessors, non-volatile memories (EPROM, etc.), DRAM memories and CCD image sensors—the essential elements for the digitization of information.

In 1974 he founded Zilog, Inc., giving life to the famous Z80 microprocessor and Z8 micro-controller, still in volume production today. In 1986 he co-founded Synaptics, the company that developed the first Touchpad and Touchscreen that have revolutionized the way we interface with mobile computers.

On October 19, 2010, he received the 2009 National Medal for Technology and Innovation from President Obama for the invention of the microprocessor.

In 2011 he founded the Federico & Elvia Faggin Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the scientific study of consciousness. The Foundation sponsors theoretical and experimental research at US universities and research institutes. It also helped establish a chair in the Physics of Information in 2015, at the University of Santa Cruz.

Mauro Aprile Zanetti is a San Francisco-based, multimedia brand strategist and published author. He is Chief Evangelist at Cloud4Wi.
The event is in English.

An event organized by The Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco in collaboration with Italian Communities Services, ISSNAF and the Leonardo da Vinci Society

Free Admission – RESERVE NOW


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Lawrence Ferlinghetti A Lifetime in Poetry

Lawrence Ferlinghetti 

A documentary by
Giada Diano and Elisa Polimeni

A roundtable discussion moderated by Paul Wilner, former editor, SF Chronicle Style section and SF Examiner Magazine, will follow this special screening of the 2019 documentary about Lawrence Ferlinghetti—founder of City Lights Bookstore and Publisher, author, artist, activist, leader in the Beat Generation, and San Francisco’s first Poet Laureate. His most recent novel, Little Boy, was published in 2019, on the eve of his 100th birthday.

Post-screening discussion featuring Jim McKee (composer and sound designer who has spent years recording Ferlinghetti reciting his poetry), Starr Sutherland (film producer, currently working on a documentary about City Lights Bookstore) and Mauro Aprile Zanetti (personal assistant, collaborator, and publicist for Ferlinghetti since 2015, and LDVS Marketing Chair). 

The three speakers have been collaborating closely in the last few years with Ferlinghetti on various projects and will speak about his life work and the continuing formation of his legacy on the arts and humanities globally.

Thursday, October 17th at 6:30pm

Museo Italo Americano
Fort Mason Bldg C  
 San Francisco

The 2019 Leonardo 500 Honorary Award will be offered to Ferlinghetti by the Leonardo da Vinci Society and the ISSNAF

An event organized by Leonardo da Vinci Society and
the Museo Italo Americano
under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy, San Francisco and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.


Free Admission – RESERVE NOW



A. P. Giannini The People’s Banker

A book presentation By Francesca Valente


Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30pm
Museo Italo Americano Fort Mason Bldg C 
 San Francisco

A story that all Italian and Italian Americans should know: Amadeo P. Giannini – a man who realized the American dream, not only for himself, but for an entire society.

Organized by LdVS and Museo Italo Americano

Leonardo and Music

Leonardo and Music 
Lecture by Prof. Kate von Orden
(Harvard University)

An event organized by The Leonardo da Vinci Society
in collaboration with The  Italian Cultural Institute

Monday, May 6 at 6:30pm
The Italian Cultural Institute 601
Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

This illustrated lecture examines the musical instruments designed by Leonardo and sets them in the context of his own music-making, the music of his contemporaries, and Neo-Platonic philosophies of music both earthly and divine.

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