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In Memoriam: Giuseppe Carlo Di Scipio

Giuseppe Carlo Di Scipio, 66, died on June 15, 2013. Di Scipio was a stalwart and dedicated member of the doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center. Born in Abruzzo, Italy, Di Scipio came to the United States in 1963 with a passion for literature. He attended Hunter College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, and then pursued a doctorate in comparative literature at the Graduate Center.

His career included teaching at NYU, Fordham University, and Hunter College; he served as chairperson of Hunter’s Department of Romance Languages until 2011. As a distinguished scholar of Dante Alighieri, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance, Di Scipio was a professor in the comparative literature and French programs at the Graduate Center, where he directed dissertations and sat on doctoral student committees. He authored many articles, essays, book chapters, reviews, and two books—The Symbolic Rose in Dante’s “Paradiso” and The Presence of Pauline Thought in the Works of Dante. He also edited several books and lectured internationally. Beyond academia, he enjoyed sports, gardening, cooking, stargazing, cycling, and spending time with his family.  

“All those who knew him will miss his great knowledge, warm personality, and stimulating presence,” said Julia Przybos, executive officer of the Ph.D. Program in French.

Submitted on: JUL 3, 2013

Category: Comparative Literature, French, General GC News