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A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Jimmy Roselli ~ Hofstra’s Italian-American Experience Lecture Series Returns

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (March 18, 2013) … The Hofstra Cultural Center continues its Italian American Experience Lecture Series this spring 2013 with three lectures that pay homage to the tradition of Italian American singers.

All lectures take place at 7 p.m. at the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus.

Tuesday, April 2: To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the passing of Frank Sinatra, Mark Rotella, author of Amore: The Story of Italian American Song, reflects on the legacy of one of America’s most famous performers.

Tuesday, April 23: David Evanier, author of All The Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett, will speak about the singer’s career and amazing longevity.

Tuesday, April 30: David Evanier returns with music promoter Lenny Triola for a presentation on Jimmy Roselli. Evanier is also the author of Making Wiseguys Weep: The Jimmy Roselli Story.

For nearly 20 years, the Italian American Experience Lecture Series has brought Italian and Italian American culture to Hofstra University and the local community. The series director is Dr. Stanislao G. Pugliese, professor of history, Hofstra Cultural Center fellow, and Hofstra’s Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies.

Admission is free to these lectures. For more information contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

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