Rome for Soldiers


Rome for Soldiers

Color photograph of a man in profile, dressed in khaki shirt and shorts, sitting in an urban outdoor location overlooking a Roman plaza and reading a guidebook of Rome

Gunner Smith, an Allied soldier, absorbed in reading Soldier’s Guide to Rome, compiled by Major Ernest T. DeWald of the Monuments and Fine Arts Sub-Commission, on the Pincio Terrazza Belvedere overlooking Piazza del Popolo, June 1944

A Zoom event to commemorate the liberation of Rome on June 4, 1944.

This event brings together several scholars (Corey Brennan, Carlotta Coccoli, and Frederick Whitling) and the voices of eyewitnesses (Ambasciatore Alessandro Cortese De Bosis and Principessa Elettra Marconi) to speak on the new image of Rome as produced for the Allied forces at the moment when the city was liberated. Micro and macro histories are woven together with illustrations of guidebooks produced at the time to create a new mapping of “Rome for Soldiers.”

Concept: Avinoam Shalem, Director of the American Academy in Rome.

Participants: Corey Brennan (1988 Fellow, 2020 Resident), Carlotta Coccoli, and Frederick Whitling.

Also featuring Ambasciatore Alessandro Cortese De Bosis and Principessa Elettra Marconi in prerecorded videos.

This event, to be presented on Zoom, is free and open to the public. The start time is 5:00pm Central European Time (11:00am Eastern Time).

Date & time
Friday, June 4, 2021
5:00 PM
AAR Zoom
Central European Time
Rome, Italy