Walks and talks galore for Trustees’ 2008 trip to Rome

It seems like practically everyone in the School of Classical Studies—and then some—found themselves performing on one site or another in Rome and vicinity from Tuesday 27 May through Friday 6 June. The occasion was the 2008 AAR Trustees’ Trip to Rome, which featured an ambitious program of walks, talks, exhibitions, plus (detailed in previous posts) open studio presentations, readings, and a concert.

One novel feature of the program was a series of “open stacks” gatherings in the AAR Library. There Fellows spoke about a book, manuscript, collection, or map of particular interest to their work in the Library’s collections. Particularly popular were the talks in the Barbara Goldsmith Rare Book Room (designed by Michael Graves FAAR’62)—not least for the room’s superior air conditioning.

Some of the high points of the week-and-a-half (on which see also the great write-up by Patrica Zohn in the 13 June 2008 Huffington Post):

The Last Pagans of Rome: Michele Renee Salzman (California Riverside), Lucy Shoe Meritt Scholar in Residence, with Alan Cameron (Columbia), Franca Ela Consolino (Aquila), and Arnaldo Marcone (Udine)

Markets of Trajan: John Ochsendorf (MIT), National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize Fellow

The Mystery of the Lost Temple of Trajan: Gianni Ponti, AAR Archaeology Liaison

Archaic Rome: John N.N. Hopkins (Texas at Austin), Frances Barker Tracy/Samuel H. Kress Foundation/Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship of the Archaeological Institution of American Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow

Highlights of the Villa Borghese Museum: Christina Ferando (Columbia), Marian and Andrew Heiskell Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow

Galileo and his Judges: Thomas Frederick Mayer (Augustana College), Millicent Mercer Johnsen Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow

Open Stacks Talks in the AAR Library: Jana Dambrogio (National Archives), Booth Family Rome Prize Fellow: Jackie Elliot (Colorado), National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize; Carmela Vircillo Franklin (Columbia), FAAR’85, RAAR’02, AAR Director; Eliza Glaze (Coastal Carolina University), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow; Rebecka Lindau, AAR Drue Heinz Librarian; Eleanor Rust (University of Southern California), Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow; Dylan Sailor (California at Berkeley), Andrew Heiskell Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow; Rachel Van Dusen (Buffalo), Jesse Benedict Carter/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow; Gregory Waldrop (California at Berkeley), Phyllis G. Gordan/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize fellow; and Marjorie Curry Woods (Texas at Austin), Paul Mellon Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow

Palestrina and Paliano: Trustee Emeritus Laurie D. Olin (University of Pennsylvania), FAAR’74, RAAR’90, Mercedes T. and Sid R. Bass Landscape Architect in Residence and Trustee C. Brian Rose (University of Pennsylvania), FAAR’92

Imperial Monuments in the Campus Martius: Thomas A.J. McGinn (Vanderbilt), FAAR’85, AAR Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge

Revisiting Roman Arena Sports and their Structures: Trustee T. Corey Brennan (Rutgers), President of the SOF; Robert R. Chenault (Michigan), Arthur Ross Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow; and Lisa Tziona Switkin, Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellow

Santa Maria del Priorato: Trustee John A. Pinto (Princeton), FAAR’75, RAAR’06

Biblioteca Hertziana: Rebecka Lindau, AAR Drue Heinz Librarian

Monks and Hermits at the Roots of Benedictine Monasticism: Erik Gustafson (NYU Institute of Fine Arts), Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow

Contemporary Art Galleries in Rome: Roberto Caracciolo, AAR Arts Liaison and Daniel Bozhkov, Chuck Close Rome Prize Fellow

Bosco Parrasio and Villa Medici Garden: Laurie D. Olin; John A. Pinto; and Daniel R. McReynolds (Princeton), Donald and Maria Cox Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow


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