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Italian Government Honors BC's Rena Lamparska

prof. named 'dama in the ordine della stella della solidarieta Italiana'

Boston College
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CHESTNUT HILL, MA (May 2009) – Rena Lamparska, professor of Italian in the Romance Languages & Literatures Department at Boston College, was honored by the president of the Republic of Italy with conferral of the title of Dama in the Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana on Wednesday, May 6.

Dr. Liborio Stellino, Consul General of Italy in Boston, decorated Professor Lamparska at a ceremony at Connolly House hosted by Provost and Dean of Faculties Cutberto Garza.

The Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana (Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) was established in 1947 to recognize the achievements of those who had played a distinguished role in the reconstruction of Italy after World War II. It has since evolved to recognize those individuals outside of Italy who have contributed to the diffusion of knowledge of Italian culture.

Professor Lamparska's award resulted from her many years of promotion of Italian language and culture through her teaching and research.

She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University; a M.A. from The Catholic University of America and a LL.M. from the University of Wroclaw.

Her fields of research include modern Italian literature, with an emphasis on late 17th- and 18th-century literary theories, Gregorio Caloprese, Giacomo Leopardi, Luigi Pirandello and Italo Calvino.

She is co-editor of La scena del mondo. Studi sul teatro per Franco Fido; editor and contributor of Ars dramatica. Studi sulla poetica di Luigi Pirandello; co-editor and contributor of Studies for Dante: Essays in Honor of Dante Della Terza, among others.

Professor Lamparksa teaches both undergraduates and graduate students. Her courses have included: Modern Italian Short Stories; Modern Italian Drama; The Most Beautiful Pages of Italian Literature; Italian Theatre on Stage; and Foscolo and Leopardi.