YSU Welcomes Visiting Professor in Italian Language, Literature

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University has named its first endowed visiting professor: Alyssa Falcone. During the 2019-2020 school year, she will teach upper level Italian literature and Italian-American studies courses, as well as conduct research in the academic field.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Falcone to YSU and to have her share with us, our students and our community her distinguished knowledge of Italy, its people and its amazing history,” said John Sarkissian, chairman of the department of world languages and cultures at YSU.

The visiting professorship is funded by a $1 million gift from the estate of Helga and David Ives, the latter of whom served as a faculty member teaching the humanities, Latin, Greek, world literature, English, Italian, ancient history and western civilization for 31 years. He retired in 1984.

Falcone, who holds a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, most recently taught at the University of Alabama. Her research interests include Italian Renaissance humanism, gender and sexuality in the Italian Renaissance and counter-reformation Italy and Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century work, “The Decameron.”

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