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Film Screening and Discussion Examines Stories of Migrant Life in Italy

A Fellows’ Project Fund event on July 5 was dedicated to organizations that advocate for social and racial justice for migrants in Italy.

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CBS Sunday Morning Visits the Academy

CBS Sunday Morning distilled the Academy’s essence, history, and present-day life in a five-minute television segment that aired on July 10.

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In Memoriam: Jay Hopler, 2011 Fellow

The American Academy in Rome celebrates the life of the late poet Jay Hopler (2011 Fellow).

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AAR Announces Expansion of Global Affiliates Program

A grant from the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative will support a residency for scholars from underserved regions in the greater Mediterranean basin.

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AAR Celebrated the 2022 McKim Medal Gala on June 8

The American Academy in Rome honored curator Cecilia Alemani and the filmmaker and producer Matteo Garrone at the sixteenth McKim Medal Gala at the Villa Aurelia in Rome on June 8.

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2022 Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Alumni of AAR are well represented among the 2022 American Academy of Arts and Letters award winners.

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Memoirs Volume 66 Published

AAR has just published volume 66 of its flagship journal, the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome.

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Finding the Black Experience in Italy

Rhonda Collier, the Inaugural Tuskegee University Affiliated Fellow, conducts research from the American Academy in Rome.

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In Memoriam: Professor Giovanni Uggeri

AAR is saddened to learn of the death of Giovanni Uggeri (1965 Affiliated Fellow), an internationally renowned archeologist and scholar in the field of ancient topography. With his passing, we have lost a treasured user of our Library.

AAR Announces Visionary Gift of Nearly $5 Million from the Tsao Family Foundation

A visionary set of gifts by the Tsao Family Foundation will support scholars working on the historical intersection of China and Italy in arts and ideas, artists from China, as well as faculty or doctoral students from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Inaugural Fondazione Sicilia Affiliated Fellows Are Announced

Congratulations to the inaugural Fondazione Sicilia Affiliated Fellows: artist duo Antonella Genuardi and Leonardo Ruta and scholar Gaia Nuccio. 

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A Planned Gift

A recent bequest intention from the Grose Family Fund will support Fellows who identify as LGBTQI+ or whose artistic or scholarly projects in Rome explore LGBTQI+ themes.

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From the Archives: Anna McCann

Meet Anna McCann, the first American woman underwater archaeologist.

Announcing the 2022–23 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows

The American Academy in Rome has announced the winners of the 2022–23 Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships.

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Aliza Wong Appointed 25th Director of the American Academy in Rome

AAR is pleased to announce that Aliza Wong, a professor of history and interim dean of the Honors College at Texas Tech University, has been appointed to be the Academy’s 25th Director.

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AAR Launches on the Free Bloomberg Connects App

Explore the American Academy in Rome at your fingertips on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app.

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Statement from AAR President and CEO Mark Robbins on Ukraine

“The American Academy in Rome is dedicated to the open exchange of ideas as an essential part of a civil society. We condemn the invasion of Ukraine and stand in solidarity with people around the world whose liberty is at risk.”

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Academy Conference Examined Violence in Modern Politics across America and Europe

By probing the similarities of these movements, an AAR conference on “Political Violence” deepened our understanding of historical events and gave us the context to understand current challenges facing democracy.

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The Legacy of Missionary Collections Is Explored at Fellow-Organized Workshop

The thorny ethical issues behind missionary collections, including the question of how to—or how not to—display Indigenous objects, were the topic of a public workshop organized by Beatrice Falcucci and Gloria Bell that took place at AAR on February 1.

From the Archives: Classical Summer School

First held in 1923, the Classical Summer School was designed to give American high school Latin teachers direct experience with places in Italy associated with antiquity and return with a renewed enthusiasm for and greater understanding of their subjects.

Openness

The work displayed over the years chronicles a slower openness to the full sweep of artistic inspiration Rome has to offer, as well as to a wider range of artists from the United States.

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AAR and NYPL Announce Collaboration to Support Global Scholarship in the Humanities

The American Academy in Rome and The New York Public Library announced a new collaboration to advance scholarship in the arts and humanities and to partner on virtual and in-person programming events.

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New Exhibition at the Archaeological Museum in Orbetello Showcases Images from AAR’s Archive

The exhibition, called The Landscape of Cosa, tells its story using photographs from two important collections in the Academy’s Photographic Archive.

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AAR to Honor Mary Schmidt Campbell, John Guare, and Julie Mehretu at the New York Gala on October 26

On October 26, AAR will present the 2021 New York Gala honoring three individuals—scholar and administrator Mary Schmidt Campbell, writer John Guare, and artist Julie Mehretu—who advance the arts and humanities and exemplify outstanding achievements in the disciplines in which Rome Prize Fellowships, Italian Fellowships, and invited Residences are conferred.

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American Academy in Rome Leadership – Fall 2021

As interim Director, Elizabeth Rodini will head a team of talented scholars, with Marla Stone joining as the new Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor and Lindsay Harris as interim Andrew Heiskell Arts Director.

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Announcing the AAR Residents for 2021–22

Among the group of thirteen AAR Residents for the upcoming 2021–22 academic year will be the poet Natasha Trethewey, the art historian Dario Gamboni, and the filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

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AAR Publishes New Issue in Memoirs Series

AAR and the University of Michigan Press have just released volume 65 of the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome.

Scholar Margaret Laird Selected as Editor of the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome

Margaret L. Laird, an independent scholar whose research focuses on Roman art and archaeology of the imperial period and a 2000 Rome Prize Fellow, has been appointed to a three-year term as editor of the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome.

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Announcing the 2021–22 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows

This year, the gift of “time and space to think and work” was awarded to thirty-five American and five Italian artists and scholars, who will each receive a stipend, workspace, and room and board at the Academy’s eleven-acre campus in Rome, starting in September 2021.

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The Keys to the Castle: An Interview with Tomaso De Luca

Leslie Cozzi (2018 Fellow) interviews the artist Tomaso De Luca (2017 Italian Fellow), whose work can be seen in Rome at the Quadriennale d’arte and the MAXXI Bvlgari Prize 2020.