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Francesco Schettino, the captain of the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia, smiles during a meeting in Rome on July 10, 2014. / Vincenzo Livieri, AFP/Getty Images

ROME (AP) - A Rome university professor is facing a disciplinary hearing after inviting the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner to lecture students on emergency procedures.

The dean of Rome's Sapienza University, Luigi Frati, on Wednesday expressed anger at a professor's decision to invite Capt. Francesco Schettino to give a seminar, calling it an "inappropriate and unworthy choice." Italy's education minister called the news "disconcerting."

The Florence daily La Nazione reported that Schettino gave a two-hour lecture to criminal science masters candidates last month, including reference to panic management.

Schettino is being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship over the January 2012 capsize of the Concordia, in which 32 people died. Passengers have described a chaotic evacuation.



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