September 05, 2013
Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian, Ph.D., Director of the Graduate
Program in Spanish and Professor in the Department of Languages and
Literatures, has been awarded the Order of Merit (Condecoración al
Mérito) by the Casa de la Cultura Benjamín Carrión, located in
Quito, Ecuador. The award was presented on August 6th
at a special recognition for her literacy contribution to
At this year’s Award Ceremony, Dr. Gazarian
delivered the keynote address on the Life and Work of Jorge Carrera
Andrade, one of Ecuador’s most prominent literary figures, at the
auditorium that bears his name.
The event, was co-sponsored by the National
Library of Ecuador, Eugenio Espejo. The celebration, honoring the
founding of the Casa de la Cultura, 69 years ago, began with Dr.
Gazarian’s recollections of her meeting with Andrade while he
served as diplomat in France.
Dr. Gazarian, author of 14 books and numerous
articles, is the founder and co-editor of Entre
Rascacielos, a literary journal created in the fall of 2001 by
the St. John’s Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi. The Chapter was selected
for a Merit Award, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary on St.
John’s Queens campus. On that occasion, a special issue of the
journal (22nd volume) will be presented.
The recipient of
many prestigious awards, Dr. Gazarian has received the following
honors: the Order of Don Quixote; the “St. Vincent de
Paul Teacher-Scholar of Excellence Award;”the
Order of Alfonso X, el Sabio, one of the highest recognitions
granted by the King of Spain; “the Order of Merit ‘Gabriela
Mistral,” named after the Chilean poet, a decoration awarded
by the Chilean Government to literary figures, artists and
scholars; a Certificate of Special Recognition from the United
States Congress as well as a Certificate of Congressional
Recognition from the Government of Ecuador.
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John’s, by calling (718) 990-5789, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.