At the Villa Aurelia, a Welcome Event with the Friends of the Academy in Italy

October 4, 2010
AAR Friends pack the Sala Aurelia for 2010 Welcome Event. Photo: Diana Mellon
AAR President Adele Chatfield-Taylor FAAR’84 and Ambassador Reginald Bartholomew
AAR Advisor Cinzia Abbate (left) with former AAR Director Lester Little RAAR’96 and Lella Gandini
Anna Celenza (left) with Rose-Anne Bartholomew
AAR Director Christopher S. Celenza FAAR’94, Dana Rattazzi, Lupo Rattazzi, AAR President Adele Chatfield-Taylor FAAR’84
AAR Advisor Jeffrey Blanchard FAAR’79 (left), Dana English and Joan Geller
Valentina Moncada di Paternò, McKim Medal Gala Chair
Friends of the Academy in Italy founder and co-Chair Elizabeth Minchilli
AAR Director Christopher S. Celenza FAAR’94
Current Fellows Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller; artist Helidon Gjergji
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On Monday 27 September the Friends of the Academy in Italy gathered to welcome new AAR Director Christopher S. Celenza, FAAR’94 and the new class of Academy Fellows. Founded in 2007, the Friends was established to foster dialogue between the Academy community and residents in Rome and further afield in Italy. About 180 attended the reception, where Friends brought each other up to speed on their summer activities, renewed their memberships, and had the opportunity to meet the new crop of AAR Fellows, Affiliated Fellows, and Residents, as well as many from the Academy staff.

Speaking briefly at the event were Friends founder and (with Vincenzo Racana) co-chair Elizabeth Minchilli, McKim Medal Gala Chair Valentina Moncada di Paternò, and AAR President Adele Chatfield-Taylor, FAAR’84. Then AAR Director Christopher Celenza introduced himself and spoke on some aspects of his work on European intellectual history in the Renaissance, plus outlined upcoming events. This marks the fourth year that the Friends of the Academy has collaborated with the AAR in developing a varied schedule of programs of broad mutual interest. AAR External Affairs Assistant Tina Cancemi serves as liaison to the Friends group.