November 2012


Zuppe Book Signing and Luncheon

  • Saturday, 3 November 2012 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

Please join the American Academy in Rome for a presentation and book signing of the Rome Sustainable Food Project's second cookbook: ZUPPE - Soups from the kitchen of the American Academy in Rome - with chef, restaurateur, activist and author Alice Waters, RSFP founding chef and author Mona Talbott, and photographer Annie Schlechter.

Suggested contribution fee to participate in the presentation and book signing is €10.00 (payable at the door).  Open to all.
Copies of ZUPPE will be available for purchase for €20.00. Cash only.

All proceeds go to supporting the Rome Sustainable Food Project's culinary internship program. Please RSVP by Thursday 25 October to

Friends of the American Academy in Italy are invited to attend a special fund raising Zuppe, chocolate and wine lunch reception immediately following the book presentation.  The cost of lunch is $50 USD  (limited seats available).

To become a Friend of the Academy in Italy click here.  
Please RSVP by Thursday 25 October to

We  would like to thank our  generous sponsors:

AMEDEI Chocolate - Tuscany
Pasta DELVERDE - Abruzzo
Cantina Fratelli PARDI  - Wine -  Montefalco (Umbria) 
Antico Forno ROSCIOLI - Bread - Roma  
Azienda Agricola FORNOVECCHINO - Grains - Viterbo 
Azienda Agricola ACQUARANDA - Sheep cheese - Trevignano Romano
Azienda Agricola Marco CAMILLI - Beans - Onano, Viterbo
Azienda Agricola di Giovanni BERNABEI - Vegetables - San Giovanni Incarico, Frosinone
CAFFE'HAITI - Organic coffee - Roma
MADI's Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Umbria

Pasta Delverde






Robert Pinsky and Laurence Hobgood: POEMJAZZ

  • Sunday, 4 November 2012 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Villa Aurelia

Former United States Poet Laureate and saxophonist Robert Pinsky is joined by jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood as Pinsky reads from his poems and translations with a musical accompaniment, presenting selections from the recent CD (on Circumstantial) entitled POEMJAZZ. Mr. Pinsky remarks, "POEMJAZZ treats a voice speaking poetry as having a role like that of a horn: speech with its own poetic melody and rhythm, interacting with what the music is doing." And the injunction at the end of his poem "Horn" might apply to either poet or musician: "Persist,/ You practiced addict, devotee, slave of Dante/...listen/ Bondsman of the tool-- you honker, toker, toiler."


Nutrition and Well-Being in the Roman World: The Evidence from Human Bones

  • Friday, 9 November 2012 - 9:30am to 7:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

How “well” were ancient Roman populations? Did Romans suffer from widespread malnutrition and its concomitant cycles of chronic illness? Or did Rome’s pan-Mediterranean “food-network,” improved transportation and agricultural techniques yield healthier, better-fed populations?

Human bones are an important source of information on what Romans ate and how well they were: stature may reflect nutritional patterns in youth; cavitiesand wear patterns in teeth can be markers of sugars and grains in the diet; and isotope analysis can indicate the source and quantities of proteins, like terrestrial meat or fish. New discoveries of mass graves in and around Rome – from the great graveyards unearthed in the suburbs, the graves of epidemic victims found in the catacombs at Ss. Peter and Marcellinus – and the re-evaluation of material from Herculaneum and Ostia have now made it possible to re-assess Roman diet and Roman well-ness with new evidence and new techniques.

This one-day conference considers the problem of Roman nutrition from the perspective of human skeletal evidence, focusing on skeletal collections from Rome and central Italy. Participants are asked not only to discuss their material as it relates to problems of human nutrition, but also to discuss the usefulness and pitfalls of using skeletal evidence for understanding human diet and well-ness.

Contact Information: Kim Bowes, Mellon Professor-in-Charge, American Academy in Rome.


Qual era lo stato di salute degli antichi Romani? I Romani hanno sofferto di malnutrizione diffusa e concomitanti cicli di malattie croniche? Oppure l'intera rete di distribuzione alimentare, il miglioramento dei trasporti e le tecniche agricole hanno reso la popolazione più sana e meglio nutrita?

Le ossa umane sono un’importante fonte di informazioni per raccogliere elementi sulla nutrizione dei Romani e sul loro stato di salute: l’altezza probabilmente rispecchia la modalità di nutrizione in giovinezza; la carie dentale può essere un indicatore della presenza di zucchero e grano nella dieta; l’analisi degli isotopi può indicare la fonte e la quantità delle proteine, come carne o pesce. Nuovi ritrovamenti di fosse comuni dentro e fuori la città di Roma – dai grandi cimiteri scoperti nei sobborghi, tombe di vittime di epidemie trovate nelle catacombe di SS Pietro e Marcellino- e la riconsiderazione di materiale da Ercolano e Ostia hanno ora reso possibile la rivalutazione della dieta romana e del benessere con una nuova testimonianza e nuove tecniche.

Questa giornata di studio esaminerà il problema della nutrizione sulla base della testimonianza dei resti degli scheletri, concentrandosi su recenti scoperte e analisi di collezioni di scheletri provenienti da Roma e dal centro Italia. I partecipanti saranno invitati non soltanto a parlare del loro materiale in relazione ai problemi di nutrizione ma anche per discutere l'utilità e le modalità più mirate di studio sull'analisi dei resti degli scheletri per studiare la dieta ed il benessere.

Per informazioni: Kim Bowes, Mellon Professor-in-Charge, American Academy in Rome.


Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library - New York

  • Wednesday, 14 November 2012 - 6:00pm
Knickerbocker Club 807 5th Avenue

Join us for the annual Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library lecture in New York featuring Columbia University’s Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian and Chair Department of Italian, Professor Teodolinda Barolini, RAAR'12. Professor Barolini argues that Dante's radical historicity may function as a prophylaxis against stereotyping and that in any case--whatever the cause--he possesses a non-stereotyping imagination. Immersing the Commedia in historical context allows us, with surprising frequency, to see the absence of a normative response on Dante's part. Using contemporary images in order to allow the audience to gauge a normative response, Barolini looks at Dante's treatment of both sexual and racial others in the Divine Comedy.


Seating is limited/ Reservations required
RSVP by 9 November 2012

For more information, please contact Jennifer Argueta at


Nuova Consonanza

  • Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 4:30pm to 11:00pm
Villa Aurelia

The Roman new music ensemble Nuova Consonanza returns to the American Academy in Rome for its 49th season, presenting “Festa d’Autunno 2012.” The seven-hour marathon entitled “CentoCage” is a celebration of the centenary of the birth of American composer John Cage. The festival will feature art installations and performances of music staged throughout the Villa Aurelia. In particular, Fellows of the American Academy in Rome will exhibit: an installation by Erik Adigard (Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize Fellow in Design), a video by Nicholas Blechman (Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize Fellow in Design), sculpture by Carl D'Alvia (Henry W. and Marian T. Mitchell Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts), a performance by Glendalys Medina (John Armstrong Chaloner/Jacob H. Lazarus-Metropolitan Museum of Art Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts), video and sculpture by Nari Ward (Chuck Close Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts), and performances of music by composers Anthony Cheung (Luciano Berio Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition) and Jesse Jones (Elliott Carter Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition).

For information on tickets, please consult or contact 06.3700323 or

Funded in part through a grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.


Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library - Rome

  • Monday, 19 November 2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Villa Aurelia

David McCullough is one of the United States' foremost historians and one of the most recognized writers of today. Setting him apart from other historians is his highly celebrated style which captures his readers and merges the boundaries between history and literature. According his own recognition, he was deeply influenced from his studying and reading of fiction. The issue of how to accurately represent events within a work of history or one’s personal experience within a work of fiction or poetry is central to all scholarly and artistic endeavors. In his address to the Friends of the Library, David McCullough will discuss his personal insights and experiences on the craft of writing and how writing history may resemble the art of writing fiction.

Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, David McCullough is a graduate of Yale University, where he studied English Literature. Since publishing his first work of history, The Johnstown Flood, in 1968, David McCullough has won numerous honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and two Francis Parkman Prizes from the American Society of Historians. He is the recipient of the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is one of the few citizens to have spoken before a joint session of Congress. He has been honored with as many as 31 honorary degrees, is a past president of the Society of American Historians, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Friends of the Library, founded in 1961 by library readers, helps build library collections with annual dues and special initiatives. In addition to providing important financial support for acquisitions, the FOL has helped to raise awareness of the Library through regular programs presenting the works of its readers.


2012 Cabaret

  • Thursday, 29 November 2012 - 6:00pm to 10:30pm
Angel Orensanz Foundation For Contemporary Art
New York City

Join us for an evening with American Academy in Rome Fellows, Residents, Affiliated Fellows, Trustees, and Friends as we bring the long tables of the Academy’s Rome cortile to New York for the 2012 Cabaret.  This gathering is an opportunity to connect with new and old friends and to support the Kieran-Timberlake Permissions Associate Endowment, listen to wonderful performances by Laurie Anderson, RAAR’06, and Don Byron, FAAR’10, and experience a delicious meal prepared by Mona Talbott, founding chef of the Rome Sustainable Food Project. Please purchase tickets by Monday 26 November (a limited number will be available at $50 each).

172 Norfolk Street
New York City

What is the Stephen J. Kieran, FAAR'81 & James Timberlake, FAAR'83 Permissions Associate?

Nearly five years ago, architects Stephen J. Kieran, FAAR'81, and James Timberlake, FAAR'83 — of the Philadelphia-based firm KieranTimberlake — contacted the Academy with an idea. The kernel of this vision stemmed from a box of sketches that they keep in their office. They realized that these drawings, all done during their time at the Academy, continued to inspire their work nearly a quarter of a century later. Like many members of the Academy community, their experience was enhanced by the access they gained to archives, sites, and monuments all made possible by the work of the permissions associate at the AAR.

Wine provided by Vino Fino, Benny at Grand Vin, Principe Pallavicini, and Mandrarossa

For information please contact Jennifer Argueta at 212-751-7200 ext. 350, or write to