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Leonardo 500: Film, Panel, Q&As

  • 1 May 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S Beretania st, Honolulu, Hawaii


Tickets at https://honolulumuseum.org/events/films/17723-leonardo_cinquecento . Discounted rate of $10 to Friends of Italy members to purchase tickets over the phone or in person at the box office (you just need to mention that you are member of the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii).  

In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s passing, please join us for Leonardo Cinquecento--a DOCUMENTARY on Leonardo’s genius and implications of the famous Da Vinci codes on today’s scientific research. Directed by Francesco Invernizze, Italy, 2019, Italian with English subtitles.


Please stay after the film for a PANEL CONVERSATION with Drs. Reed Dasenbrock, Luciano Minerbi, Alan Parsa, MD, Daniela Rocco Minerbi, who will engage in Q&As about Leonardo's contributions to arts, architecture, medicine, and engineering.

Dr. Reed Dasenbrock, Professor of English
After serving as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UH Manoa from 2009 to 2016, Dr. Dasenbrock returned to the faculty where he teaches courses in Italian literature in translation as well as English, Philosophy, Honors and Higher Education Administration. This semester, his course on Italian lyric poetry included work by Michelangelo and Bronzino as well as Petrarch and a number of women poets. Next spring, he will again teach a course on Dante. A life long Italophile and frequent visitor to Italy, he is the author of Imitating the Italians (Johns Hopkins University Press), a book on the influence of a broad range of Italian writers on English literature from 1500 to the present.

Dr. Luciano Minerbi, Professor of Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Dr. Minerbi, professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Hawaii since 1969 specializes in land use, environment, cultural assessment, and sustainability, in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific Region. He consults for international, national, and local groups and organizations. He served on federal, state, and county boards and commissions in Hawaii.

Dr. Alan Parsa, MD, Endocrinologist
Dr. Parsa is double board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He serves as Medical Director of Pacific Diabetes and Endocrine Center and Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu Diabetes Program. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Parsa studied Marine Physics at University of San Diego and Medicine at St. Georges School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Seton Hall University (New Jersey), and fellowships at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Manhattan) and Cedars Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Dr. Parsa grew up on Oahu, lived in Italy, and speaks Italian fluently.

Dr. Daniela Rocco Minerbi, Architectural Designer
Dr. Rocco Minerbi pursued classic studies (Liceo Classico Berchet), earned a Fifth Year Piano Diploma (Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi), and obtained a Doctoral Degree in Architecture (Polytechnical University) in Milano, Italy. She taught Italian language and culture, painting in Italian, psychology, architecture, and peace studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and Kapiolani Community College. Dr. Minerbi is the co-author of the book “Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social, and Civilizational Change” (Galtung et al., 1997). As an artist, she has won prizes and awards, and had art exhibitions in both Italy and Hawaii.

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