February 2014

Fellow Shoptalks

Stephanie Ann Frampton - Why Virgil Doesn't Write

  • Tuesday, 4 February 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Stephanie Ann Frampton, Andrew Heiskell Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies, will give her shoptalk entitled Why Virgil Doesn't Write.

Home from Rome

Maira Kalman - Wandering Aimlessly Around Rome: With One Day Trip to Florence Where I Ate a Boiled Chicken and Came Right Back Home

  • Tuesday, 11 February 2014 - 6:00pm
Metropolitan Club
New York City

“My plan while spending three months at the Academy,  was to create about 1,000 drawings or paintings.  That seemed like a plausible amount.  The amount of drawings I ended up doing was 15, I think.  More than a dozen, for sure.  What happened during those three months?  What delicious sleepwalking was this? In my wanderings, I bumped into a lot of other people from the American Academy wandering about in a dream.” Maira Kalman, AFAAR’12

Maira Kalman is an author and illustrator of books for children (including What Pete Ate, Looking at Lincoln) and adults (including The Principles of Uncertainty and And the Pursuit of Happiness). She has created illustrated editions of Strunk and White's classic The Elements of Style, and Michael Pollan's FOOD RULES. She is a cover artist for The New Yorker and has created two illustrated on-line columns for The New York Times. She is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery and lives in NYC.

The Home from Rome series is made possible by the new New Initiatives for Don Fund, a gift of Maria R. Cox. 

Please note the Metropolitan Club’s required dress code is business attire. Jacket and tie are required for gentlemen. Jeans and sneakers are not permitted.


Baldassarre Peruzzi and the Figurative Arts

  • Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 3:30pm to 7:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Photo: (c) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The multi-talented Sienese artist Baldassarre Peruzzi (1481-1536) worked productively in Renaissance Rome as architect, stage-designer, military engineer, and painter. Scholarship on his accomplishments and legacy, however, is currently in a state of fragmentation, where case studies of single works in discreet media lead the research. While much new information has emerged over the last few decades concerning Peruzzi's buildings and architectural drawings, the pictorial activity that constituted the second core of his career has received far less attention. As a result, a broader view of Peruzzi's place among the artistic and cultural circles of his time still requires articulation. With a thematic focus on the figurative arts, this colloquium hopes to begin a scholarly dialogue across media divides that would lead to fresh avenues of inquiry.

The purpose of the colloquium is twofold: to reconsider Peruzzi's figurative oeuvre against questions of artistic practice in sixteenth-century Rome, and to bring together scholars from across the globe interested in revisiting Peruzzi's work. Questions and themes to be addressed include artistic exchange, the theoretical and practical impact of this artist's inventions, workshop practice, and critical reception of Peruzzi's works.

This two-day colloquium will be held in collaboration with the Biblioteca Hertziana in Rome. Papers will be given in English and in Italian.

Organizers: Anka Ziefer, Mari Yoko Hara


Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

  • Friday, 14 February 2014 - 9:00pm
  • Saturday, 15 February 2014 - 9:00pm
  • Sunday, 16 February 2014 - 11:00am
Villa Aurelia

The renowned Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will offer three concerts to the AAR community and the city of Rome as the culminating events of a week-long residency. This will be the Scharoun Ensemble's sixth annual visit and concert series at the American Academy. Featured will be music by David Lang, FAAR’91, Ludwig van Beethoven (the E flat-major Septet op. 20), Robert Schumann (Fantasiestucke op. 73), Ernst von Dohnanyi (the C-major Sextet op. 37) and Johannes Brahms (Variations on a Theme by Schumann op. 9, arranged by D. Glanert). Also featured will be work by Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition Eric Nathan (including Nathan’s Multitude, Solitude and a world premiere of his Octet) and Samuel Barber Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition Dan Visconti (including Visconti’s Ramshackle Songs and Young Sycamore). 

Concert I
Friday 14 February 2014
9pm, Villa Aurelia
Music by David Lang, Dan Visconti and Ludwig van Beethoven

Concert II
Saturday 15 February 2013
9pm, Villa Aurelia
Music by Eric Nathan, Robert Schumann/György Kurtág and Johannes Brahms

Concert III
Sunday 16 February 2014
11am, Villa Aurelia
Music by Robert Schumann, Dan Visconti, Eric Nathan and Ernst von Dohnanyi

Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. You are kindly requested to take your seat 15 minutes before the beginning of the performance.

This program is funded, in part, by grants from the Fromm Music Foundation and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.

Fellow Shoptalks

Mari Yoko Hara - Illusionism and Ekphrasis: Baldassarre Peruzzi's sala delle prospettive and the Notion of Invention in Renaissance Architecture

  • Tuesday, 18 February 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Mari Yoko Hara, Samuel H. Kress Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, will give her shoptalk entitled Illusionism and Ekphrasis: Baldassarre Peruzzi's sala delle prospettive and the Notion of Invention in Renaissance Architecture.


Tra tarda antichità e altomedioevo: nuovi elementi da scavi e restauri della Sovrintendenza Capitolina

  • Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 5:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

The event is part of the New Work in the Humanities Series 2013-14: New Work on Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

New work carried out by the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali on the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Circus Maximus, the Aurelian walls and various aqueducts has revealed new information about life in Rome during the 4th-8th centuries. Members of the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali will present new finds. Speakers will include Valeria Bartoloni, Laura Braccalenti, Marialetizia Buonfiglio, Elisabetta Carnabuci, Caterina Maria Coletti, Ersilia Maria Loreti, Stefania Pergola, Gian Luca Zanzi. Closing remarks by Riccardo Santangelo Valenzani.

The presentations will be held in Italian. The event is in collaboration with the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali.

Nuovi scavi e lavori di restauro condotti dalla Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali presso l'area del Mausoleo di Augusto, del Circo Massimo, sulle Mura Aureliane e in vari tratti di acquedotti del suburbio romano, hanno rivelato nuovi elementi sulla vita a Roma tra il IV e l'VIII secolo d.C. I relatori sono: Valeria Bartoloni, Laura Braccalenti, Marialetizia Buonfiglio, Elisabetta Carnabuci, Caterina Maria Coletti, Ersilia Maria Loreti, Stefania Pergola, Gian Luca Zanzi. Conclusioni di Riccardo Santangelo Valenzani.

In collaborazione con la Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali.


Dealing with Modern Economic Crises: Financial Lessons from Classical Antiquity

  • Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 6:00pm
Metropolitan Club
New York City

Classical Civilization is renowned for its intellectual innovations and cultural masterpieces, but less well-known for Athens' invention of the world's first commercial banks and its wisdom in dealing with financial crises and economic challenges, and for Rome's success in developing a European Common Market free of the political defects of the present trauma-beset Eurozone.  Dr. Edward E. Cohen Cohen will consider how Athens protected its banks' fiscal credibility while punishing financial wrong-doing. Athens also demonstrates how a skillful democracy can effectively collect taxes even when confronting a population determined to evade governmental imposts.  The history of the Roman Republic shows that a strong economic center and weak peripheral economies can be melded into a mutually-beneficial union.    
Dr. Edward E. Cohen is Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Energy, an NYSE-listed  company engaged in the production and processing of natural gas and oil throughout the United States. He has also served as Chairman of several banks and bank-holding companies.

Dr. Cohen is Professor of Classical Studies and Ancient History (Adj.) at the University of Pennsylvania.  Among his books are Athenian Economy and Society: A Banking Perspective,  Ancient Athenian Maritime Courts and The Athenian Nation.

He is presently Trustee Emeritus of both the American Academy in Rome and The American School of Classical Studies at Athens.  His son, Daniel Cohen, is a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome.


Fellow Shoptalks

Catie Newell - Involving Darkness

  • Thursday, 20 February 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Catie Newell, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture, will give her shoptalk entitled Involving Darkness.

Thomas Spencer Jerome Lecture Series

Aldo Schiavone - Ancient and Modern Equality

  • Monday, 24 February 2014 - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, 26 February 2014 - 6:00pm
  • Friday, 28 February 2014 - 11:00am
  • Monday, 3 March 2014 - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia and AAR Lecture Room

The Jerome Lectures are one of the most prestigious international lecture series for the presentation of new work on Roman history and culture and are presented at both the American Academy in Rome and the University of Michigan. In 2014, the 42nd year of the Lectures, eminent historian Aldo Schiavone of the Scuola Normale Superiore will discuss equality in the ancient and modern worlds.

The idea of equality is one of the constituent features of Western identity. Bound up within it in an almost inextricable fashion are the legacy of the classical world and modern thought, the ancient polis and industrial society. The aim of the lectures is to outline a genealogy of this character, beginning with two elements that made its birth possible: the invention of politics and democracy by the Greeks, and the invention of law by the Romans. These were the two paradigms that enabled the modern construction of equality through the great revolutions of the eighteenth century in America and France. And it is from them that we must begin if we wish to ask ourselves what the future of this decisive experience will be.


Aldo Schiavone is Professor of Roman law at the Scuola Normale Superiore. He has served as rettore of the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane in Florence, head of faculty in the school of jurisprudence at the Università di Firenze, and director of the Fondazione Istituto Gramsci. Professor Schiavone has been visiting faculty member at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and the Collège de France, and in the United States, has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Schiavone has published widely in the field of Roman law as well as on Roman history and Italian cultural history and criticism. He was the co-editor of the canonical Storia di Roma series, and the author of many monographs including Ius. L'invenzione del diritto in Occidente/The Invention of Law in the West, La storia spezzata. Roma antica e occidente moderno/The End of the Past: Ancient Rome and the Modern West and most recently, Spartacus.

Thomas Spencer Jerome (1864-1914) was an American lawyer and lover of Roman history who lived on Capri from 1899 until his death. In his will he endowed a series of lectures to be jointly administered by the University of Michigan and the American Academy in Rome, and delivered at both institutions. The revised lectures are typically published by the University of Michigan Press.


Monday, 24 February 2014
6pm, Villa Aurelia
Lecture I
L'invenzione greca della democrazia (in italiano)

Wednesday, 26 February 2014
6pm, AAR Lecture Room
Lecture II
The Roman Invention of Law (in English)

Introduction: Elio Lo Cascio, Università di Roma "La Sapienza"

Friday, 28 February 2014
11:00am, AAR Lecture Room
Seminar Discussion
Slavery in the First Book of Aristotle’s “Politics”/Schiavitú nel primo libro di “La Politica” de Aristotele
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Monday, 3 March 2014
6pm, AAR Lecture Room
Lecture III
Economy and Inequality (in English)

Introduction: Andrea Giardina, Scuola Normale Superiore

Wednesday, 5 March 2014
6pm, AAR Lecture Room
Lecture IV
Il mondo globale: nuovi problemi e vecchie risposte (in italiano)