Past Events

May 7, 2024
Tuesday Talks

Samuel Gruber – How a casual lunchtime conversation at the Academy led to an unexpected career documenting and preserving historic synagogues, cemeteries, and other Jewish sites

Color photo of a jewish ark made of wood and gold

Samuel Gruber (1987 Fellow) will describe how an entirely new field of study and preservation work has developed since he began his work thirty-five years ago.

May 1, 2024
Tuesday Talks

Kurt Rohde & Christopher Stark – Ecocomposition

Color photo of a couple dozen people in small boats on an urban river

Composers Kurt Rohde and Christopher Stark will discuss their experience creating recent works that were performed at two EPA Superfund sites in Brooklyn, as well as how nature and ecology influence their work more generally.

April 23, 2024
Tuesday Talks

Edward Hirsch – The Heart of American Poetry

Edward Hirsch (2018 Resident) presents The Heart of American Poetry.

April 9, 2024
Tuesday Talks

Rebecca Ammerman – What Lies beneath the Temple of Athena at Paestum?

Color photograph of archaeologists working on a dig on a sunny day

Rebecca Ammerman (1991 Fellow) will discuss her work with the North Urban Paestum Project, which seeks to expand our understanding of a sanctuary that boasts the innovate archaic Temple of Athena as its centerpiece.

March 26, 2024
Tuesday Talks

Doug Argue – My Life in Paintings

Color reproduction of a painting of a burning book

New York artist Doug Argue (1997 Fellow) will discuss his ancestry, personal history, the history of his work, and the censorship of his paintings along with the banning of his book at the Weisman Art Museum.

March 12, 2024
New York


Drawing with many squiggly colorful lines

Salone is a performance event showcasing the work of renowned actors, artists, choreographers, composers, directors, musicians, poets, and writers who have each been awarded the Rome Prize.

February 13, 2024
New York

In Person with Laurie Olin – In Italy: Sketches and Drawings

Color photograph of an open book showing a double page spread of a watercolor of a large building in Arezzo

Please join the Society of Fellows for an evening at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York to celebrate the publication of Laurie Olin’s new book.

February 6, 2024
Tuesday Talks

Susan Yelavich – Design and Comedy: Laughter as Therapy and Critique

In this talk, Susan Yelavich (2005 Fellow) looks at design that uses tactics such as incongruity, absurdity, and exaggeration as means of therapy and critique.

January 30, 2024
Tuesday Talks

Justin Walsh – Boldly Going Where No Archaeologists Have Gone Before

This talk from Justin Walsh (2004 Fellow) will discuss the International Space Station Archaeological Project’s methods and perspectives, including the 2022 experiment performed on the ISS—the first archaeology to happen off planet Earth.

December 12, 2023
Tuesday Talks

Jamel Brinkley – Witness

Color photograph of a brown skinned man wearing a gray sweater; he sits on front of a concrete wall and smiles slightly at the camera

Jamel Brinkley, the 2023 Rome Prize Fellow in Literature, discusses his most recent book, Witness.