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Salvatore Bancheri named to the “Ordine della Stella d’Italia” — one of Italy’s highest civic honours

Professor Salvatore Bancheri with Giuseppe Pastorelli, Consul-General of Italy in Toronto.

Salvatore Bancheri of the Department of Italian Studies has been made an honorary officer of the “Ordine della Stella d’Italia” (Order of the Star of Italy) — one of Italy’s highest civic honours.

Bancheri, who received the honour at a ceremony at Casa Loma yesterday, was recognized for his teaching and research in the fields of Italian language, literature and civilization, and for his outstanding contributions both within the University as chair of the Department of Italian Studies as well as for his promotion of Italian language and culture worldwide, and his commitment to the Italian Community at large.

I consider this honour mainly as an homage to the various academic roles I have held to promote the Italian language and culture here in Canada, the country that adopted me and gave me the opportunity to grow professionally. — Salvatore Bancheri

Professor Salvatore Bancheri (centre) with his family at the ceremony.

Bancheri’s research has primarily focused on textual criticism, religious theatre, Eighteenth-Century literature, Sicilian literature and second-language teaching and learning. He is a frequent contributor to academic journals and the author of many articles on second-language acquisition and media technology dedicated to the teaching of Italian. He is the co-founder of the theatrical company Maschere Duemondi as well as the former co-director of the Italian plays performed annually at the University of Toronto at Mississauga.

The Order of the Star of Italy was created in 2011 as a reform of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, established in 1947. The order is conferred by the President of the Italian Republic on the recommendation of the Italian minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation.

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