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The week of October 15-19, 2018, the M.A. Food Studies students had a unique opportunity to attend the 45th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), an annual conference hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

Italy’s most iconic monuments have no end of surprises, as AUR students learned during summer excavations at the Colosseum and Imperial Fora.

A newly released TV documentary, The Rooftops of Rome, features the work of AUR Professor Dr. Catherine Cornet who interviewed the Italian jewelry designer of Game of Thrones, among other personalities.

On Saturday, October 6th, the inaugural Peace Studies cohort traveled to Ravenna with Professor and Program Director, Dr. Davor Dzalto, for an on-site class.

Anders Vistisen, a member of the European Parliament from Denmark, serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, ERC Coordinator on the Special Committee on Terrorism, and is a member of  the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee.

Dr. Naidu presented a discussion on the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 50 km outside of Johannesburg. This site, which is one of eight in South Africa, is the world’s richest hominin site and contains nearly 40% of the world’s fossils of this extinct life form.

The presentation was given as part of the M.A. Food, Environment, and Society course to an audience of not only M.A. in Food Studies students but also several other interested faculty.

Italian born Dr. Maria Galli Stampino, formerly with the University of Miami, has been named Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at The American University of Rome (AUR). 
Stampino, born in Gallarate, Lombardia, began her duties at AUR on August 27. She will oversee all aspects of the academic undergraduate experience at the university, the oldest American-degree granting institution in Rome.

Suspicions about the integration of Islam into European cultures have been steadily on the rise, and dramatically so since 9/11. One reason lies in the visibility of anti-Western Islamic discourses of salafi origin, which have monopolized the debate on the "true" Islam, not only among Muslims but also in the eyes of the general population across Europe; these discourses combined with Islamophobic discourses reinforce the so-called incompatibility between the West and Islam.

The Balkans, in particular the turbulent ex-Yugoslav territory, have been among the most important world regions in Noam Chomsky’s political reflections and activism for decades. His articles, public talks, and correspondence have provided a critical voice on political and social issues crucial not only to the region but the entire international community, including "humanitarian intervention," the relevance of international law in today’s politics, media manipulations, and economic crisis as a means of political control.

Update: August 30, 2018. This publication has now been translated and published in Belgrade, in Serbian.