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Students in a Uni-Com course thank professor emeritus Walter Temelini.Students in a Uni-Com course thank professor emeritus Walter Temelini (centre, in cap) for his presentation on his book “The Leamington Italian Community.”

Senior students benefit from 40 years spent on scholar’s project

Seniors in a class on visiting authors offered through the Uni-Com Retirement Learning Centre enjoyed a special presentation Nov. 12 by UWindsor professor emeritus Walter Temelini on his book The Leamington Italian Community: Ethnicity and Identity in Canada.

Dr. Temelini, retired from teaching in the Italian language and culture program, spent 40 years on the book, a 700-page historical account of the settling of Italians in the Leamington area and the many challenges they faced on their journey to the success and well-being they enjoy today.

Following his presentation, Temelini presented the group with a copy of his volume. In exchange, he will receive a copy of Skipping Stones, a collection of poems by students in the centre’s course “Poetry for All,” taught by Mary Ann Mulhern and Ian Henderson.

Besides Temelini, authors presenting to the Tuesday afternoon class in Alumni Hall included Herb Colling, Irene Moore Davis, John Hartig, and Guillaume Teasdale.