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Loyola Appoints Italian Scholar to Paul and Ann Rubino Endowed Professorship in Italian American Studies
Carla Simonini Will Build a Premier Italian American Studies Program within the University’s Largest School
CHICAGO, March 7, 2018—Leading Italian American studies scholar Carla Simonini, PhD, has been named the inaugural Paul and Ann Rubino Professor in Italian American Studies (IAS) in Loyola University Chicago’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), effective August 15, 2018. The endowed professorship was established to build a premier IAS program among only a handful of programs in the country. The program will be housed within CAS, and Simonini will join the faculty of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
Simonini has served as a member of Youngstown State University’s full-time faculty since 2010 and has presented and published numerous works and articles on Italian American identity, Italian American Literature, and Italian women writers.
“The Italian American Studies Program will join numerous other interdisciplinary programs in the college, which draw on a healthy mix of faculty and courses to afford students with a robust education in their field of interest,” said Father Tom Regan, S.J., dean of Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences. “The program is one of the best examples of the college’s collaboration with a longstanding constituency of the University—in this case, the city’s stellar Italian American community.”
This endowment would not be possible without the generous support of current and past senior University leadership and the tireless advocacy of Dominic Candeloro, PhD, history instructor. Gifts from the Rubino Family and a multitude of donors from the Italian American community, including the late Anthony Fornelli and the Columbian Club, brought this IAS program to fruition.
Simonini is eager to partner with the Chicago-area Italian American community, including members of Casa Italia and other community members. A formal installation ceremony is scheduled for early fall 2018.
About the College of Arts and Sciences
The largest of Loyola University Chicago’s 10 schools and colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) serves nearly 7,000 students. Since 1870, the CAS has advanced the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of rigorous academic study, firmly grounded in the liberal arts. The college prepares students for meaningful careers with top academic programs in the arts and sciences and a focus on each student’s development as a whole person. Located on Loyola’s two main Chicago campuses, the college provides undergraduate students with many opportunities to engage the world and to get a head start on their future careers through volunteer positions and internships. Learn more at LUC.edu/cas.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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