April 2017


Jessica Marglin - A Mediterranean Inheritance: Litigating Identity between Tunisia and Italy, 1873-1883

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Nissim Shamama, a Tunisian Jew, passed away in Livorno in 1873: he left an enormous estate and no direct heirs.  The result was a legal battle that dragged on for over a decade in Italian courts.  Lawyers, Tunisian officials, rabbis, and distant relatives from across the Mediterranean converged in Livorno, where they engaged in a fierce debate over nationality, identity, and sovereignty.  At the crossroads of Italian law, Tunisian law, Islamic law, Jewish law, and international law, the cause célèbre of Shamama’s inheritance tells a story about the Mediterranean on the cusp of a new world order.

Jessica Marglin is the National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies at the American Academy in Rome and Assistant Professsor of Religion in the School of Religion at the University of Southern California. 

The shoptalk will be held in English. You can watch this event livestreamed at

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.


Arthur & Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017 - 6:30pm
The Morgan Library & Museum
New York City

Teresita Fernandez
Visual Artist (2018 Resident, 1999 Affiliated Fellow)
Mark Robbins
AAR President (1997 Fellow)

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 6:30pm
Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue

This event is free to the public, however RSVPs are required:


You can watch this event live at:

For further information, please contact Shawn Miller at  212-751-7200 ext. 344 or

The 2016-17 season of Conversations/Conversazioni is sponsored by The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.