In 1963 John Freccero (B.A., English, M.A., French, Ph.D., Romance Studies – all from Johns Hopkins) was appointed Associate Professor in the Romance Studies Department. He was promoted to full professor in 1966. Regarded by many as the “intellectual heir” of Charles S. Singleton, Freccero was a leading expert on Dante and medieval theology. He also served as curator of Cornell’s Dante and Petrarch Collections, in which capacity he initiated a new policy of loaning rare books to other American universities for their library exhibitions. On May 10, 1965, on the occasion of the Cornell Centennial Celebrations—which coincided with the 700th anniversary of Dante’s birth (1265) — Freccero delivered a lecture in Willard Straight Hall for Cornell Trustees and others entitled “Dante’s River of Death: Inferno, II, 108.” In the spring of 1966, he taught a seminar on “Confessional Writings and the Origins of the Novel”. In 1969, Freccero left Cornell for Yale together with two other distinguished professors, historians David Brion Davis and Donald Kagan – a major blow to Cornell, dubbed the “Yale Raid” in the Cornell Daily Sun (12 February 1969).