Italy and WWI: marching from Colonialism into Fascism

The Leonardo da Vinci Society

cordially invites you to

Italy and WWI: marching from Colonialism into Fascism

An illustrated lecture by Prof. Douglas Kenning


Thursday, April 23, 2015
Museo Italo Americano
Fort Mason Building C, San Francisco

Free for members of The Leonardo da Vinci Society
& Humanities West
Suggested donation for non-members: $10

King Vittorio Emmanuel II
King Vittorio Emmanuel II

As a new century dawned, a new nation on the world stage, Italy, mired in corruption and political infighting, sought elusive national unity and international respect in dreams of a new Roman Empire. Eagerly, she joined the scramble of European nations for colonial territories and the high stakes game of big power diplomacy.


wwii-3Professor Kenning was raised in Virginia and received his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has lived and taught at universities in Tunisia, Japan and Italy. He also has been a professional biologist, actor, army officer, Manhattan taxi driver, academic administrator, and writer of books, articles, and stage plays. He lives half the year in Petaluma, giving lecture series on subjects related to the histories and cultures of the Mediterranean, and half the year in Siracusa, Sicily, where he runs a small non-profit tour business.

This event is in conjunction with Humanities West program
“The Great War: Cultural Reverberations Across Europe”
May 1-2, 2015″

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