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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The economic conditions in Sicily are terrible. The second series is called “Sicilian Studies” and we published 27 volumes. Views Read Edit View history.

Gaetano Cipolla (President – Arba Sicula)

Cipolla’s most recent translations, but also makes mention of his work over the past 40 years. They speak a hybrid Sicilian that I called Sicul-English. The Mafia has indeed hurt the Sicilians’ reputation.

Arba Sicula is a non profit organization founded in for the study, preservation and promotion of the Sicilian language and culture in the world.

I watch the Rai broadcasts with dismay and helplessness. Everyone knows that the first regional group among the Italian community in the US is the one from Sicily. This article sicuula additional citations for verification.

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We publish a journal entitled “Arba Sicula” that contains sections on Sicilian poetry, prose, art, history, film cuisine, book reviews. Abbiamo bisogno di combattere gli stereotipi, in ogni occasione. Col passare del tempo, alcune di queste cose sono un po’ cambiate, fino a quando il film “Il Padrino” tratto da un romanzo di grande successo scritto dal siciliano Mario Puzo non ha portato di nuovo la Sicilia sotto i riflettori, ancora una volta in un senso non propriamente piacevole.

Abbiamo oltre membri in tutto il mondo, e almeno un membro in ogni stato degli Stati Uniti, compresi Alaska e Hawaii. This is a full color magazine of 20 pages that includes articles about what is happening in Sicily today, as well as throughout history.

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There are hundred of personalities of Sicilian origin who have made a name for themselves. Tuesday, April 14 – 6. The period of mass emigration, the one siclua in and ending more or less in the early 20’s of the XXth century, didn’t see at the beginning Sicily as the main region of departure.

It happened to me when I was invited to give a lecture in Hawaii. So I was pleased to purchase the entire set of publications prepared in the sixties by the National […] A Dream Realized: Oggi, milioni di italoamericani, decine di gruppi, diverse feste e sagre sono orgogliosi della loro origine siciliana e felici di celebrarla: Fortunately things have gotten better, but there is a lingering suspicion of Sicilians, thanks to the media that seem to consider Sicilians synonymous with organized crime, then not to be trusted.

When you read Sicilan, you may note that Sicilian stories and poetry have a unique flavor and style.

Io non conosco nessun altro italiano che volontariamente aggiunge questa informazione. John’s University, are free to our members and their guests and usually include refreshments. You may be interested. I libri sono sempre bilingue. In his reputation as a poet, there is no one in ssicula Sicilian landscape […].

Gaetano Cipolla – The Sicilian Project

However, the second and third and fourth generations are interested in cultivating and enriching their knowledge of Sicily. Arba Sicula also has a publishing arm, Legas, [4] which publishes many books on matters relating to Sicily and the Sicilian language often bilingual, in English and Sicilian. It is a larger problem that requires world attention. La seconda serie si chiama “Sicilian Studies” e ad oggi contiene 27 volumi.


It is a sad and depressing spectacle. Italy has not invested in Sicily or the South. This organization, with Gaetano Cipolla, as editor, is dedicated to promoting the Sicilian Language and Culture. Oggi la Sicilia soffre agba un diverso, opposto problema: L’Italia non ha investito in Sicilia o nel sud.


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. Sicilian Dawn is a not-for-profit international society whose main objective is the preservation and promotion of the Sicilian language and culture. I recently saw a documentary about how Sicilians were forbidden to offer aid to the refugees lest they be accused of aiding illegal aliens enter the country.

The media has also done its best to magnify the problem.

This page was last edited on 5 Februaryat By Gaetano Cipolla As president and editor of Arba Sicula, a non profit international organization that promotes Sicilian language and culture, I am always looking for materials that can help me fulfill the objectives of the association.

Try searching Google or Wikipedia for “Famous Sicilians”. I siciliani che vivono negli Stati Uniti mantengono un legame emotivo con la loro isola e cercano di passarlo ai loro figli insieme con il loro amore. The anticipation had now become reality. 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.

Since Sicilian emigration is no longer possible the native Sicilians are dwindling and with them the Sicilian language is also suffering.