Past Events

March 5–7, 2024
Rome
Conference/Symposium

Reception across the Disciplines: Theory & Praxis, Past & Present, Form & Content

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Reception and tradition are two sides of the same coin: the way culture lives over time. In this conference, itself built around a four-day residency of scholars at the American Academy in Rome, we will explore different aspects of this activity.

March 4, 2024
Rome
Fellow Shoptalks

Elif Batuman & John Delury – Just a Historian and a Novelist Rethinking Empire, in Rome

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Fellow Shoptalks are a forum in which Rome Prize winners, Italian Fellows, and Affiliated Fellows present their work to each other and to the public. Shoptalks are occasionally streamed live on Zoom and posted to the Academy’s YouTube channel.

February 29, 2024
Rome
Conversations/Conversazioni

Erica Hunt & Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfau’ – The Sounding Reticence

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In celebration of Black History Month, Erica Hunt and Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfau’ will discuss the poetry of Fred Moten, and the ways it resonates with their practices and lives.

February 28, 2024
Rome
Fellow Shoptalks

Kate Soper & Fatma Bucak – Listen to me, don’t listen to me

Fellow Shoptalks are a forum in which Rome Prize winners, Italian Fellows, and Affiliated Fellows present their work to each other and to the public. Shoptalks are occasionally streamed live on Zoom and posted to the Academy’s YouTube channel.

February 26, 2024
Rome
Fellow Shoptalks

César A. Lopez & Nhung Tuyet Tran – “Borders,” Boundaries, and Bullshit in the Construction of Identities

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Fellow Shoptalks are a forum in which Rome Prize winners, Italian Fellows, and Affiliated Fellows present their work to each other and to the public. Shoptalks are occasionally streamed live on Zoom and posted to the Academy’s YouTube channel.

February 20, 2024
Rome
Lecture/Conversation

Jessica L. Harris – Across the Atlantic: African American Female Entertainers in 1960s and 1970s Italy

In celebration of Black History Month, Jessica L. Harris (2024 Fellow) will deliver a lecture/installation of her current research project, which examines the positionality of African American female entertainers in Italian cultural products in the second half of the twentieth century.

February 19, 2024
Rome
Conversations/Conversazioni

Joy Connolly & Alessandro Schiesaro – The Study of the Ancient World Today in the United States and Italy

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Two renowned scholars of ancient Rome, Joy Connolly and Alessandro Schiesaro, discuss how the study of ancient world is evolving in the US and Italy.

February 19, 2024
Rome
Fellow Shoptalks

Miranda E. Mote & Gabriella L. Johnson – Ecological Imaginations across Botanical and Aquatic Worlds

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Fellow Shoptalks are a forum in which Rome Prize winners, Italian Fellows, and Affiliated Fellows present their work to each other and to the public. Shoptalks are occasionally streamed live on Zoom and posted to the Academy’s YouTube channel.

February 13, 2024
Rome
Conversations/Conversazioni
Film Screening

Black Europeans from Renaissance to Present Day

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In celebration of Black History Month, the American Academy is screening Il Moro (2021) by Afro-Italian director, producer, and actor Daphne Di Cinto, followed by a conversation with Olivette Otele.

February 8, 2024
Rome
Conversations/Conversazioni
Environmental Humanities

Pairings: Progress and Tradition through Food and Wine

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At a critical time when climate change is producing indelible effects to our agricultural systems, immigration patterns, food security, and safety and security, the American Academy in Rome presents two conversations that center climate change as a humanitarian crisis.