By Gaetano Cipolla Professor Emeritus, St John’s University President and Editor of Arba Sicula marks the th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Meli. ARBA SICULA is the official journal of the Sicilian- American organization by the same name whose principal objective is to preserve, study, and promote. We publish a journal entitled “Arba Sicula” that contains sections on Sicilian poetry, prose, art, history, film cuisine, book reviews. The journal is entirely bilingual.

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Arba Sicula, Author at Times of Sicily

The anticipation had now become reality. We also give grants to Sicilian writers to tell the story of Sicilians because too often our stories have been told by non-Sicilians. Sicilian is spoken in the towns, but the children are being taught Italian and Italian is the official language.

I maintain that the Mafia is an aberration, a departure from the norm by a small group of individuals who have soured things for all others. As a Sicilian that went away, even if not on a boat in such desperate conditions, what’s your feeling about this? In his reputation as a poet, there is no one in the Sicilian landscape […]. Sicilian dialogue is on the left page, English translation on the right page.

This organization, with Gaetano Cipolla, as editor, is dedicated to promoting the Sicilian Language and Culture. They speak a hybrid Sicilian that I called Sicul-English. Is there a story of someone not particularly known or famous, that is useful to tell the experience of the millions Sicilians that came to the US in search of a new life? Basically Sicilians try to create another Sicily wherever they go.



Gaetano Cipolla has been the president of Arba Sicula and editor of the journal and magazine for the last 18 years. As time passed, some of this changed, until the movie “The Godfather” from a very successful book written by the Sicilian Mario Puzo brought again Sicily at the center of the stage, once more not in a very pleasant meaning. It is a larger problem that requires world attention. An article in the New York Times which refers to both Prof. This page was last edited on 5 Februaryat Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Cipolla, what is Arba Sicula, and which are your activities?

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Il nostro sito web www. Sicilian Dawn is a not-for-profit international society whose main objective is the preservation and promotion of the Sicilian language and culture. All immigrants to America have had to face difficult times, but Sicilians were singled out for a much more brutal treatment, especially during the first years of their arrival.

Many of them populated a specific street of the original Little Italy in Manhattan: It is usually pages, sometime larger. I watch the Rai broadcasts with dismay and helplessness. We thank him very much for his generosity in answering our questions. Parmitano is now back on earth after successfully completing his excursion in space. What did you learn about the Sicilian people in the US? I have created two series of books for Legas.

All the different dominations did not change that. Last year on the anniversary of Italy I was asked by a magazine to answer the question of whether Sicily was better off now or before it became Italian.


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Mafia has obviously hurt very much the perception of Sicily and its citizens in the US. Guardo le trasmissioni Rai con sgomento e impotenza. Arba Sicula was founded also to present a truer image of Sicilians to the world. This year our 20th year we are holding two consecutive tours because of the great interest people have in going to Sicily. Il divario tra Nord e Sud non si sta riducendo, in alcuni casi si sta espandendo.

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A comprehensive and interactive Grammar of the Sicilian Language that can be used to teach Sicilian to students in a regular classroom or to use as a self-teaching tool. By Arba Sicula on May 27, News.

Former Montclair resident Linda Carman watched her father’s dream roll off the presses thi Each aicula would have an interesting story to tell, similar and yet unique, relating the struggle that they had to overcome to fight against the barriers abra discrimination, insult, violence and defamation to become an integral part of the society.

Sicilians honor their guests. So I was pleased to purchase the entire set of publications prepared in the sixties by the National […] A Dream Realized: John’s UniversityNew York for many years, [5] having recently retired.