Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature, is listed as a distinguished citizen of his hometown of Tocco Casauria (Abruzzo), Italy. Dating back to the year 872, the town has been rebuilt on more than one occasion due to earthquakes, and currently has about 3,000 inhabitants. Sticca joins other distinguished natives of the town in receiving the honor, including Gennaro Manna, the writer and poet that Sticca has written extensively about. He has also been awarded honorary citizenship by the city of Ocre, one of the oldest in Abruzzo, in recognition of what he has done for the region of Abruzzo as a scholar, teacher and internationally distinguished person.
March 30, 2016
March 23, 2016
Matthew J. Hollis, PhD candidate in history, has been selected as one of only 17 Mount Vernon Research Fellows at The Washington Library for 2016-17. The fully-funded research fellowship at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington will allow Hollis to work on his dissertation,“The Politicization of Supplies in the American Revolution.” He will receive on-site housing, and while in residence, will become part of the Mount Vernon community, taking part in day-to-day activities at the estate and library.
February 26, 2016
Mark Lenzenweger, distinguished professor of psychology, co-authored with two other colleagues (John F. Clarkin and Kevin Meehan) an article that has been selected as the winner of the 2015 CPA Canadian Psychology (CP) Best Article Award. Canadian Psychology is an APA Journal and is the Canadian equivalent of the American Psychologist. The article details are as follows: Clarkin, J.F., Meehan, K.B., & Lenzenweger, M.F. (2015). Emerging approaches to the conceptualization and treatment of personality disorder. Canadian Psychology, 56, 155-167.
February 26, 2016
Judy Tasillo, secretary in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, was recently honored with a STAR Award, which recognizes, affirms and supports examples of outstanding quality service by an faculty or staff member within the University community. Tasillo is noted for being a “model of service with a smile” who sets a positive tone for everyone and creates a pleasant work environment for students, faculty and staff. Nominators write that she “has a remarkable calming effect; with her help and expertise, all problems or tasks, whether they be big or small, get resolved.” For being recognized with a STAR (Service, Tradition, Awards, Recognition) Award, Tasillo received a letter from President Harvey Stenger, a STAR coffee mug, a check for $50 and a gold STAR pin. For additional information on the STAR Award and how to nominate someone, go online.
January 26, 2016
In commemoration of the 26th anniversary of the death of Gennaro Manna (1922-1990), one of Italy’s leading novelists and poets, Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature, was interviewed by the literary critic Simone Gambacorta. The interview was published on Thursday, Jan. 7, in the Cultura section of the newspaper La Città of Teramo (Abruzzo), Italy. A widely acclaimed post-war poet and novelist who committed suicide in Rome on April 11, 1990, Manna was the author of eight novels. In 1979, he wrote his famous essay Tramonto Della civiltà Contadina, which received the Premio Nuovo Mezzogiorno.
Sticca is considered the leading authority on Manna, and has written three books on his work: Arte e esistenza in Gennaro Manna (1993), Manna tra vita e narrative (1998) and a book on his poetry, Lo poesia di Gennaro Manna: il Verbo del Sacro e dell’Assurdo (2009). Sticca’s interest in Manna is both affective – he, like Manna, was born in the town of Tocco Casauria (Abruzzo, Italy) – and aesthetic.
For his work on Manna, Sticca received the Onore alla Carriera award from the Hon. Publio Fiori, vice president of Italy’s House, on May 27, 2004. The Cultural Councillorship of the Province of Rome, in the Altemps Place, also awarded Sticca the prestigious Premio Fiore di Roccia, first prize for his critical work on Manna in December, 1968. In a moving ceremony, Sticca received the award directly from Anna Manna, the writer’s oldest child. In his essay, Gambacorta refers to Sticca as “il Massimo esperto” of Manna.
Sticca is presently writing a book on Manna and Cesare Pavese (1908-1950). Pavese was Manna’s favorite writer, and also committed suicide on Aug. 27, 1950. The title of Sticca’s book is Cesare Pavese e Gennaro Manna: la Tragica Ricerca del Mistero Metafisico.
January 21, 2016
A news item about the interview of Professor Emeritus Martin Bidney by Grace Cavalieri in the Library of Congress, with discussion and recitations from three of Bidney’s recent books of poetry, which conduct dialogues with the Qur’an, Goethe, and Persian bard Hafiz can be found online.