Before dinner in the AAR Cortile, Wednesday 30 June
Today—the first of July—formally starts the term of the new Director of the American Academy in Rome, Christopher Celenza (FAAR’94), as well as the new Andrew Heiskell Arts Director Karl Kirchwey (FAAR’95). Each arrives at the AAR early next week. In the short interval, it seems worth reflecting on the busy last month of Carmela Vircillo Franklin (FAAR’85, RAAR’02), who directed the Academy from 2005-2010; of her husband, R. William Franklin, Associate Director for External Affairs during that same period; and of Martin Brody, Heiskell Arts Director (January 2008—June 2010).
For June, events at the Academy included a high-level public dialogue on improvisation, a visit by Fellows to the magnificent villa that housed the AAR for twelve of its first years, a reading by noted writer Jamaica Kincaid, a presentation on exploring the subterranean Eternal City, and an international conference on Sigmund Freud and Rome. Plus this short month saw the opening of four separate summer programs at the Academy, an end of year reception for the Friends of the Academy in Italy, and farewells to the departing leadership by the staff of the AAR.