Mary Jane Dempsey & John Izzo

Fellow Shoptalks

Mary Jane Dempsey & John Izzo

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Mary Jane Dempsey
Remember to Forget: Journeying toward a Dissertation

In this talk, Mary Jane Dempsey will introduce her dissertation project before focusing on the specific research she has conducted during this Fellowship year.

Mary Jane Dempsey is the Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies and a PhD candidate in the Department of Romance Languages at Cornell University.

John Izzo
Tiro’s Ghost: Atlantic Slavery, Race, and a Roman Freedman

John Izzo is writing a dissertation on Marcus Tullius Tiro, a Roman freedman who had formerly been enslaved to Cicero. For his shoptalk, he will be discussing Tiro’s afterlives in the contexts of slavery and race in a number of sources from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.

John Izzo is the Millicent Mercer Johnsen Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies and a PhD candidate in the Department of Classics at Columbia University.

The shoptalks will be held in English. They will not be streamed on Zoom.


Space in the Lecture Room is limited, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you plan to attend an event with a group of over six guests or students, please inform events [at] (events[at]aarome[dot]org) with at least 48 hours prior notice so that special arrangements can be made.

Guests will be asked to comply with Covid-19 safety protocols for events:

  • Access to the Academy requires the presentation of a valid photo ID and a Super Green Pass
  • FFP2 masks are required when indoors, and temperature will be checked before entry
  • Visitor contact information may be shared for contact tracing

Please contact events [at] (events[at]aarome[dot]org) with any questions.

Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm (16 x 14 x 6 in.) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Date & time
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
McKim, Mead & White Building
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy