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Office: Breiseth Hall

Room: 104

Phone: 5704084519

Email: paola.bianco@wilkes.edu

Dr. Paola Bianco

Professor

Foreign Languages

Biography

 
In 2013, Paola Bianco Sobejano, Ph.D., professor of foreign languages at Wilkes University, has published Conversando con literatura. Intended for advanced university Spanish language students, Conversando con literatura includes poetry, short stories and songs from a vast selection of Hispanic writers. The book is published by Panda Publications, a Wilkes-Barre, Pa.,-based publishing company founded and run by university professors.
 

In March 2002 Dr. Paola Bianco was appointed coordinator of the study abroad program. Since then, studying abroad has become a common option for Wilkes students, many of whom are studying in Spain, Japan, Australia, England and Peru.

“When you study abroad it is not just about learning a language; you can stay with your particular focus and major,” said Dr. Bianco. “Any area of study that is compatible to Wilkes University’s curriculum can be studied abroad. The credits will transfer, and you can still receive financial aid. “

Dr. Bianco has taught at Wilkes since 1996 and fluently speaks, reads and writes English, Spanish, Italian and French. Prior to joining Wilkes, Dr. Bianco served as an Intermediate Italian Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and she served as the Study Abroad Program Coordinator and Assistant Director at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence, Italy, while attaining her PhD. in Romance Languages.

Dr. Bianco believes that studying abroad is a tremendous learning experience. “You can only learn so much about different cultures through a book. To see the culture in person, to experience it, to learn about a country by studying there is invaluable,” said Dr. Bianco. “Studying abroad makes you stronger as a person, and helps you to learn about your strengths and weaknesses, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of our country.”

In Dr. Bianco's words...

“I enjoy the environment that is created between the faculty and the students the most at Wilkes.”

“ The student body is very motivated with an interest to learn. They are conscientious, responsible, and reliable. They always want to achieve more that what is asked of them, and they are really well rounded.”


LANGUAGES:
Fluency in speaking, reading and writing English, Spanish, Italian and French.


ACADEMIC  EXPERIENCE                          
Associate Professor. Intermediate, Advanced levels in Spanish.

Advanced Conversation, Culture and Civilization of Spain,      

Medical Spanish (Spanish for Health and Social Sciences), Golden  Age Poetry, Syntax and Advanced Grammar, Political Systems of Latin American countries, Latin American Civilization and Culture, Hispanic Short Stories, Feminist Perspectives of Latina Writers, Pedagogical Methods in Foreign Language Teaching, Critical Introduction to Spanish American Literature, Latino Issues Through Hispanic Films.

Created and Designed a new course Spanish 212; Non-Literary Translation.
Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA. 

Teaching Assistant in Elementary and Intermediate Italian
1991 to 1996
Intermediate Spanish, Fall 1995
Intermediate Italian Coordinator, 1992, 1993 and 1995
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.    
       
Study Abroad coordinator, Wilkes University
2002 to present
 
Lorenzo de' Medici Institute, Florence, Italy   
Study Abroad Program Coordinator and Assistant Director - 1994-1995

Fall 1995 - Spring 1996
Assist the Study Abroad office at UNC-Chapel Hill with recruitment of students and with orientation and counseling before departure.


CONFERENCES:
Annual Romance Languages and Literatures Conference at State    

PAPERS DELIVERED:                     
University of Binghamton. . Presented papers every year 2000-2008.
 

“Identidad femenina en ‘El árbol’ de María Luisa Bombal” in the 10th Annual Conference of The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, SUNY, Binghamton, March 5-6, 1999. 

“Componente scientifica nella poesia di Bonaviri”. South Atlantic Modern Languages Association. November 5-6, 1998. Atlanta, Georgia.

Dimensione socio-politica nella poesia di Bartolo Cattafi.” South Atlantic Modern Languages Association. November 13-15, 1997. Atlanta, Georgia.

“Alienación en la estructura y temática en `El árbol'. " Literature as Social Critique. University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. 22-24 February 1996.

"Carattere e comportamento della donna della brigata."
South Atlantic Modern Languages Association. 8-10 November 1996. Savannah, Georgia.
                                                    

ORGANIZER, CHAIR:
Chair, organizer of the Annual Romance Languages and Literatures
Conferences, 2000-2008.   

Chair of “Asian Reception of Italian Renaissance” - American Association of Italian Studies (AAIS) - April 19-22, 2001. Philadelphia, PA

Chair, organizer, abstract reviewer for “Latin American Modern and Post-Modern Appropriations of Time.” 12th Annual Conference of The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, SUNY, Binghamton, March 23-24, 2001.

Chair, organizer, abstract reviewer for “Gendered Identities of Chicana and Latina Women Artists.” 11th Annual Conference of The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, SUNY, Binghamton, March 10-11, 2000.

Chair for “Notions of Subjectivity in Spanish Narrative and Film.”

10th Annual Conference of The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, SUNY, Binghamton, March 5-6, 1999

Chair, organizer, abstract reviewer for American Association of Italian Studies at the SAMLA convention, 1998 and 1999. Contemporary Italian Literature.
 

INTERPRETER:
Spanish into English and English into Spanish interpreter for the Luzerne

TRANSLATOR:
County Courthouse.

Italian and Spanish to English and English into Spanish and Italian for firms, agencies, health centers. 1986 to present.



LECTURES:
Guest speaker. Spanish Honors Society.
Meyers High School, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. May 2005.

Guest speaker. “Italian Everyday Lifestyle."  Hazleton Public Library, Hazleton, PA, April 1999.

Guest speaker. “Latino Culture and Identity in Unites States.” WilkesUniversity, March, 1998.

Presentation: “Three Cultures in Latin America” for the Multicultural Awareness Week during the Hispanic Heritage Month. Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. September 1997.

Lecture: "Italian Diet and Eating Habits" for the Nutrition Dept. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. October 1995
 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES:
Wilkes University-Faculty Liaison for the “Advanced Placement Summer Institute” for Spanish, 2000, 2001 .

 

COMMITTEES:  
Member, Teaching Recognition & Effectiveness (TREC), 1997-99.

PDC Tenured professors committee for Humanities.

TEC. Teaching Education Committee.

Member of the Curriculum Committee for the School of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, 1997. 

Member, Search Committee for the Interim Dean. School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, Summer, 1997.

Assisted with the Middle States Accreditation on a sub-committee for teaching evaluation.  

                 

MEMBERSHIPS:                     
American Association of Italian Studies 1996 to present.

South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 1996-1999.

American Association of Teachers of Italian 1996 to present.

Modern Languages Association 1996-2000.

American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese 96-98.

       



EDUCATION:
                           

        Ph.D. Romance Languages: Spanish and Italian (4/98)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Major field of study: Twentieth Century Sicilian Poetry

Dissertation Title: "From Hermeticism to Social Realism:  Three Sicilian Poets."

 

M. A. in Romance Languages, Italian  Spring 1988

State University of New York, Binghamton, N.Y. - Graduated with honors.

 

B.A. in French, Spring 1983

Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA

Certificate of Advanced French courses  -  July 1999 

Inlingua Institute of French, Nice, France.

 

Italian cinematography courses  1994-1995

Lorenzo de' Medici Institute, Florence, Italy.

 

Advanced French courses.  Summer 1982

Université Laval, Quebec, Canada.

Publications


BOOKS:

  • Conversando con literaturaWilkes-Barre, Panda Publications, 2013.
     
  • Prisma: Análisis de textos en español. Wilkes-Barre, Panda Publications, 2008.
     
  • Introducción a la literatura española.  Mass: Focus Publishing, 2006.
     
  • Introducciónj a la literatura latinoamericana.  Mass: Focus Publishing, 2005.
     
  • García Lorca, Federico.  La casa de Bernarda Alba.  Paola Bianco and Antonio Sobejano, eds.  Mass: Focus Publishing, 2005.
     
  • Unamuno, Miguel.  San Manuel Bueno, mártir.  Paola Bianco and Antonio Sobejano, eds.  Mass: Focus Publishing, 2005.
  • Tra ermetismo e realismo.  Foggia: Bastogi, 1999.         



REFEREED JOURNALS:

  • “Marcos y metatextos en La nave de los locos”.  Hispanófila #141, 2004: (77-87).
     
  • “Dicotomomía narrativa en El árbol de María Luisa Bombal”.  Acta literaria # 27, 2002: (12-27).


ARTICLES:

  • Magazines, newspapers:    Interview with Italian Film director, Gianfranco Cabbiddu, In America Oggi, Verona New Jersey, October, 2008.   
  • Interview with Italian poet and critic, Eduardo Sanguineti. In America Oggi,Verona, New Jersey, September,  2006.

  • “Immigration: changes and attitudes.”  Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  October, 2005.
     
  • Inmigración:  Antes y ahora.” La voz Latina, Scranton, Pennsylvania.  August, 2005.
     
  • Interview with contemporary composer, Nuccio D’Angelo, “A colloquio con il compositore siciliano - Musica in tutta libertà.”  In America Oggi, Verona, NJ, September 2001.
     
  • Dimensione socio-politica nella poesia di Cattafi.” In Il Ponte Italo-Americano, Verona, New Jersey, Mayo-August, 2001: 23.
     
  • “An Oscar for ‘La vita é bella.’” In Il Ponte Italo-Americano , Verona, New Jersey, May-June, 1999: 2.
     
  • ‘Life is Beautiful,’ Benigni: 2 more winners from Italian cinema.” Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, April 1999: 5C.
  • “La poesia di Giuseppe Bonaviri” In Il Ponte Italo-Americano, Verona, New Jersey, November-December, 1997: 16.
     
  • “Cristoforo Colombo: le nostre  radici”. In Il Ponte Italo-Americano, Verona, New Jersey, November-December, 1996: 35.
     
  • Interview with contemporary writer Domenico Rea, "Incontro con Domenico Rea -- Rea e le due Napoli". In America Oggi, Verona, NJ, 1992: 32.
     
  • Cultural articles on Italy in La follia and Il ponte, Verona, New Jersey, 1992-1993.
     
  • Italian Cultural Column. Sunday Dispatch, Pittston, PA, 1989.

 

Awards

  • Awarded Sabbatical Spring semester 2005 to complete research and publish two volumes of Spanish literature books.
     
  • Faculty Development Award - Type 1 Award  to travel in Spain to conduct research for a book. (2004)
     
  • Faculty Development Award – Type 1 Award to travel in  Italy to conduct research for an Italian book and interviews.  (2002)
     
  • Who Is Who Among Teachers.  October 2000
     
  • FDC Award for Research  (1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002)
     
  • Dissertation Travel Award to Italy (1996) -University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
           
  • Scholarship sponsored by the Italian Government.
    “Workshop on "Methodology"
    Techniques to teach Italian to non natives.
    Università per Stranieri, Siena, Italy (1993).
     
  • American Italian Memorial Award
    SUNY, Binghamton, 1988


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