December 2014

Fellow Shoptalks

Abinadi Meza - Silence Goes Faster Backwards, the Difference Is Spreading

  • Monday, 1 December 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Abinadi Meza, Gilmore D. Clarke/Michael Rapuano Rome Prize in Visual Arts and Assistant    Professor in the School of Art at the University of Houston, will give his shoptalk entitled Silence Goes Faster Backwards, the Difference Is Spreading.

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Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Man and Nature (1864) : The Extraordinary Legacy of George Perkins Marsh

  • Tuesday, 2 December 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Villa Aurelia
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Photo credit: Jon Gilbert Fox

The first United States Ambassador to the unified Kingdom of Italy, George Perkins Marsh (1801, Woodstock, Vermont-1882, Vallombrosa, Tuscany) is also considered by many to be America’s first environmentalist and among the early pioneers of the concept of sustainability. He is also championed the conservation of wilderness areas as national parks. Capping off an extraordinary diplomatic career, he was the longest-serving chief of mission in United States history, serving as envoy to Italy for 21 years until his death. He is buried in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome.

In 1864, Marsh published Man and Nature; Or Physical Geography as Modified by Human Action. Marking the 150th anniversary of Marsh’s reflections on ecology, including prescient predictions about the results of deforestation, this conference organized by the American Academy in Rome and the Centro per un Futuro Sostenibile (chaired by Francesco Rutelli) explores various aspects of his international career and his contributions to culture, politics and science.  Underlining Marsh’s prophetic intuitions about land stewardship, speakers will focus, in particular, on innovative responses to the potentially devastating effects of contemporary climate charge in Italy and beyond.

Speakers include Francesco Rutelli, Nicholas de Monchaux, Aldo Ravazzi Douvan, Alessandro Farruggia, Daniele Fiorentino, Elizabeth Kolbert, Enrico Rossi and current Rome Prize Fellows in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips.

Talks will be given in Italian and in English, with simultaneous translation available.

The event is co-sponsored by the American Academy in Rome and the Centro per un Futuro Sostenibile


The Metro Confronts the Past - New Work at San Giovanni

  • Wednesday, 3 December 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

This half-day conference presents the results of new work in the area of San Giovanni. New geophysical examinations beneath the basilica have revealed important information about the pre-Christian neighborhood, while excavations for the new Metro C have unearthed the longue-durée history of the neighborhood - up to and confronting the present.

Speakers include among others Rossella Rea and Paolo Liverani (see program).

Presentations will be given in Italian.

The event is organized in collaboration with the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma and the British School at Rome.

Fellow Shoptalks

Carin Goldberg - Ordinary Dignity

  • Tuesday, 9 December 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Carin Goldberg, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize Fellow in Design, Principal at Carin Goldberg Design in New York and Adjunct Professor at School of Visual Arts, will give her shoptalk entitled Ordinary Dignity.


From the Ground Up: The Making of the Norton–Van Buren Archaeological Study Collection

  • Wednesday, 10 December 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
AAR Gallery

From the Ground Up: The Making of the Norton–Van Buren Archaeological Study Collection is an exhibition organized by students from the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies and the Fondazione IES Abroad Rome Center under the supervision of the collection's curator, Valentina Follo.

The archaeological collection encompasses several significant donations made early in the previous century to provide Academy Fellows with tangible study material from the ancient world. The exhibition focuses on the collection's early history by highlighting selected contributions from its principal donors. The purpose of the show is twofold: university students from outside the Academy have gained not only access to an important and engaging source of learning materials, but also a valuable museum experience. Furthering the Academy's outreach efforts, the exhibition has reinstated the collection's original function as a teaching tool for a wide variety of students.

The exhibition will be open on 13 and 14 December from 4pm to 7pm.