John Francis McCourt is the new rector of the University of Macerata

John Francis McCourt is the new rector of the University of Macerata

John Francis McCourt is the new rector of the University of Macerata

from Maurizio Verdanelli

Dubliners above Unimc from 1290, the city of Macerata for a few days. He’s Irish – of course – John Francis McCourt, 57, a distinguished scholar of James Joyce, was elected on Saints Peter and Paul’s Day at the University of the Marche Region. For the first time a foreigner in the ancient Studium maceratensis. In the 1500s, one would do well to think of Alberico Gentili from Maserata, San Guinesio, the only Italian who was ‘regius professor’ of civil law at Oxford for 21 years. Today we want to remember his famous phrase: “No more weapons, no more wars!’.

From Oxford we return to Maserata with Prof. McCourt is not an unexpected successor to Prof Adornato – in less than 4 months. First the rumours, then the ‘exit poll’ the day before, gradually gave him a comeback, then even overtook rival Francesca Spigarelli – given as a sure winner in the approved departure, according to virtual bookmakers, outgoing support. Rector. It was an election campaign in which he became a well-known figure in a short time, walking ‘Irish style’ in the streets with challenger shirt sleeves and going ‘door to door’ (one of the various faculties) in the Italian style. Squares and streets in the historic city center.

The English literature teacher’s feelings of ‘overtaking’ his colleague, a full professor of applied economics, were not calculated on the moon. From the first ballot, Mac Court broke the absolute majority threshold, set at 201, with 170 votes from teachers and 37 from ‘administrators’: Spigarelli’s ‘numbers’ of 116 and 42 respectively.

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For observers to decide the comparison in favor of the ‘Ulysses’ expert (President of the International James Joyce Foundation and the Joyce School of Trieste) it was the acceptance of educational science…

It is now important for McCourt to regain that internal unity which was the cornerstone of Francesco Adornato’s double election. The first comment goes in exactly that direction, openly praising the challenger defeat, but a significant collection of at least slightly higher additions among non-educators: researchers, administrators, and technologists. Finding the internal harmony expected of the new rector, who will take full power in November, will not be easy. In fact, Francesca Spigarelli herself said: very sorry for external interference, not acceptable, aggressive internal attitude.

In the photo: A vote for a new rector was held at Paolo Pantaleoni in Maserata

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