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  • Dick WissolikDr. Richard D. Wissolik

    Professor of English
    Director of the Center for Northern Appalachian Studies
     

    Placid Hall, Room 414
    724-805-2316 (on campus ext. 2316)
    richard.wissolik@email.stvincent.edu  


    Dr. Wissolik has taught courses in Myth, African Studies, Satire, Epic, Medieval Studies, Short Fiction, Poetry, and Shakespeare. He continues to teach Faces of Battle: War and Peace in Literature and the Arts, a course he created with the late Professor Roy E. Mills. In 1968, his first year at Saint Vincent, Dr. Wissolik founded the Saint Vincent Community Camerata, producing and performing in many of its concerts. He also produced a number of stage shows, including Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, and he sang the roles of Balthasar and Habakuk in the medieval music drama Play of Daniel. He is a co-founder, director, and general editor of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies. Since 1991, SVC students from variety of majors have worked with the Center gathering and assisting in the publication of oral histories of veterans, teachers, coal miners, and persons from several ethnic communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Before coming to Saint Vincent, Dr.Wissolik directed programs for Catholic Relief Services in East Africa where he developed self-help school lunch programs, nutrition programs, oversaw shipments of US Title III commodities and other goods through the Port of Mombasa for distribution in Kenya, Uganda, and parts of Central Africa.

     

    Education

    Ph.D., Duquesne University, 1988
    M.A., Duquesne University, 1976
    M.A., Duquesne University, 1964

    Courses Taught

    African Studies
    Faces of Battle: War and Peace in History, Literature, and Arts

     

     Publications and Presentations 

    They Say There Was a War: The Personal Accounts of American Veterans in World War Two. General Editor. Publications of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, 2004.

    Ice Cream Joe: The Valley Dairy Story and America=s Love Affair With Ice Cream. General Editor. Publications of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, 2004.


    A Place in the Sky: A History of the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, 1919-2001. General Editor. Publications of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, 2001

    Waiting for Jacob: A Civil War Story. General Editor. Edwin P. Hogan, author. Publications of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, 2000.

    The Long Road. General Editor with David Wilmes, Gary E. J. Smith, and Barbara Wissolik. Oral histories. United States Army Expeditionary Forces in Europe, World War II. Invasion of Norman¬dy, Battle of the Bulge. Publications of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies. Joe and Henny Heisel Series, 1997.

    Men of the 704: A Spoken and Pictorial History of the 704th Tank Destroyer Battalion in World War II. With David Wilmes and Richard R. ADoc@ Buchanan. Publications of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, 1997.

    Mission Number Three: Missing in Action. The history of Charles Fisher, USAAF. 1997.

    Listen to Our Words. General Editor with Barbara Wissolik. Oral Histories, genealogies, Temple histories. In cooperation with the Westmoreland Jewish Community Council. Includes an article contributed by Ida Selevan, Hebrew Union, "Ike Kahanowitz of Greensburg: Bibliophile of the Boondocks." Publica¬tions of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, 1997.

    The Flag is Passing By. General Editor with David Wilmes, Gary E. J. Smith, and Barbara Wissolik. Oral histories. 459th Bomber Group, 316th Squadron. Publications of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies. Joseph and Henny Heisel Series. 1995.

    Out of the Kitchen: Women in the Armed Services and on the Home Front. General editor with Frances Murphy-Zauhar. Oral Histories. Publications of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies. Joe and Henny Heisel Series. 1994.

    A Mile in Their Shoes: The Oral Histories of Pennsylvania VeteransCVietnam Conflict. General Editor. Oral Histories. Publications of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies. Joe and Henny Heisel Series. 1994.

    As Soldiers Will: The Oral Histories of Pennsylvania Veterans C Korean Conflict. General Editor. Oral Histories. Publications of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies. Joe and Henny Heisel Series. 1994.

    The Jewish Community of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania C A Collection of Oral Histories. General Editor. Oral Histories. Publications of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies. 1993.

    "Germanic Epic Poetry: Widsith, Waldere, and the Fight at Finnsburg." Critical article (4000 words) for the Old and Middle English Literature/Dictionary of Literary Biography. By invitation of the editors. January 1993.

    Bob Dylan: A Critical Dictionary and Interpretative Guide of the Works. Eadmer Press, (Fall), 1992 (with Scott McGrath, Tony Colaianne, Will Stubbs, Peter Montgomery). Electronic edition, 1996. Second edition, revised and expanded, 1997.

    Bob Dylan: American Poet and SingerCAn Annotated Bibliography and Study Guide of Sources and Background Materials, 1961B1991. With a Supplemental Checklist of Studies on the 1960s and the Folk Revival. Eadmer Press, 1992.

    The Bayeux Tapestry: A Critical Annotated Bibliography with Cross References and Summary Outlines of Scholarship, 1729B1988. Greensburg: Eadmer Press, 1989. Second edition, 1992. Electronic edition, 1996.

    The Monk Eadmer as Historian of the Norman Succession: Korner and Freeman Examined.@ American Benedictine Review. (March 1979), 32B42.

    The Saxon Statement: Code in the Bayeux Tapestry.@ Annuale Mediævale. 19 (September 1979), 69B97.

    Duke William's Messengers: An Insoluble, Reverse-Order Scene of the Bayeux Tapestry.@ Medium Ævum. L (1982), 102B107.

    The Bayeux Tapestry and Its English Connections.@ Mediævalists at Work Series. California State University at Long Beach: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1980. [Videotape: produced from original artwork and on site slides].

    Producer: (Album, cover design, notes), Camerata: A Program of Medieval and Renaissance Music, long-playing Record, Grubb Associates, Greensburg, 1973, Joseph Bronder, O.S.B., Music Director.

    Author (By Invitation): AExcept Thou Bless Me: A Journal of East Africa,@ Saint Vincent Magazine, 1969.

    For Medium Ævum: (University College, Oxford, English Language and Literature:) J. Bard McNulty's The Narrative Art of the Bayeux Tapestry Master, 1990. Critical Review.

    For Medium Ævum: (University College, Oxford, English Language and Literature:) Shirley Ann Brown's The Bayeux Tapestry: History and Bibliography, 1990. Critical Review.

    For CHOICE, American Library Association: Beowulf: A Verse Translation, by Frederick Rebsamen, Icon, 1992. Review.

    For CHOICE, American Library Association: The Old English Elegies: A Critical Edition and Genre Study, by Anne L. Klinck, McGill-Queens, 1992. Review.

    For CHOICE, American Library Association: Beowulf, Twayne Series, 1990. Review.

    For CHOICE, American Library Association: Reconstructing the Rhythm of Beowulf, University of Missouri Press, 1990. Review.

    For CHOICE, American Library Association: Anglo-Saxon Myth and Migration, University of Okla¬homa, 1989. Review.