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Epsilon Kappa, St. John's Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, The National Hispanic Honor Society, Celebrates its 50th Anniversary on Campus In a Series of Events

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

St. John’s Spanish Honor Society will celebrate its 50 years on campus through a series of events, culminating in its Induction Ceremony, on April 23. Created on April 17, 1964, Epsilon Kappa has brought to the University some of the most famous literary figures from both Spain and Latin America. It has also created a bilingual literary journal, Entre Rascacielos, now in its 23 volume, which has served as a stepping board to promote creative writing in Spanish on and off campus. Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian, moderator of St. John’s Chapter and Vice President for the Northeast of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society, is the Director of the Graduate Program in Spanish. She is known for her televised interviews with Hispanic writers as well as her live programs with students.

The following are the events planned for this spring to celebrate the 50th anniversary:

  1. Epsilon Kappa, St. Johns University Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, celebrates its Fiftieth Anniversary in collaboration with Americas Society, April 2, at 7 pm. (Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065)

    The historic event will feature opening remarks by Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian, of St. John’s University, comments and readings by Epsilon Kappa members, and special invited guests.
  2. Rosa Antonelli, the renowned Argentine pianist, will perfom at the piano works from her new CD of Latin sounds by Albany Records REMEMBRANZA. Critics have called her: “The Woman of magic fingers…” The recital will be followed by the presentation of her new book: PIANO: The Spirit of Technique and Interpretation. For Teachers and Students.

    St. John’s University, April 4, at 7:00 pm. (Queens Campus, Marillac Auditorium, 8000 Utopia Pkwy, Queens, NY 11439)
  3. Book presentation of La leyenda de la isla sin voz, the latest novel by Vanessa Montfort, the well-known Spanish writer, in an interview with Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian. The story takes place in Blackwell's Island, today known as Roosevelt Island. The novel, just published in Spain, is being translated into English. April 14, at 6:00pm at St. John’s University, Queens Campus, Global Language and Culture Center (GLCC), St. John Hall, Rooms 104 - 106
  4. Induction Ceremony and dinner, along with the presentation of the 23 volume of Entre Rascacielos, the journal of creative writing published by Epsilon Kappa. It will be followed by poetry reading by students, alumni and guest poets.


Media inquiries can be directed to Elizabeth Reilly, Director Media Relations at St. John's, by calling 718-990-5789, or by calling Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian 718-990-5209, Vivian Vescovacci 718-990-6314 and/ or visiting