Philip Mazzei -The Bridge- Award
The Philip Mazzei – The Bridge Award will be celebrated on Saturday, September 26, 2008 from 4:30 to 7.30 pm at Giardino Famiglia Vanda Miletti Ferragamo in Bonito (Avellino province).
The Award, promoted by The American University of Rome, is a tribute to Philip Mazzei, an Italian surgeon, diplomat, historian and philosopher, ardent supporter of both religious and political freedom in America, who inspired Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, James Monroe and especially Thomas Jefferson’s writing of the Declaration of Independence by inspiring the phrase "all men are created equal."
The location of this year’s award, Venticano (AV), is a place in the Irpinia region, Valle del Calore, historic theatre of the bloody Samnitic battles for independence from Rome, led by Hannibal. This is where the remains of the Ponte Appiano, an old Roman bridge uniting West and East, still lay, symbolizing people’s harmony.