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This year’s Cultural Heritage Lecture Series kicked off on October 4th with a lecture from Christopher Prescott, Director of The Norwegian Institute in Rome, addressing one of the most pressing heritage topics in Europe – how to integrate new immigrant communities into national narratives. Since Norway achieved full independence in 1905 it has based its cultural identity on its ancient Norse and Viking background and has developed a heritage structure that showcases the rich archaeological and literary heritage from these periods. This traditional view has changed very little, notwithstanding the dynamic demographic changes in recent years which have resulted in a substantial immigrant population in cities like Oslo. The issue becomes ever more important as within the year 2030 over 50% of the urban population will be first or second generation immigrants.

In October 2017, an international conference focusing on the reception of Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, Urbino 1483 – Rome 1520) and the history of collections drew together scholars of

The M.A. program in Arts Management at AUR is pleased to have confirmed a contributing partnership with the Culture Action Europe annual conference entitled “Beyond the Obvious: Belonging & Becoming” taking place at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome November 15-17, 2017. Thanks to this collaboration, our MA in Arts Management students will have the opportunity to attend the Beyond the Obvious (BtO) conference that creates a space to rethink culture, to explore its borders and edges and aims to move beyond those conventional assumptions, beliefs and practices that impede the contribution of culture to social and economic regeneration at a local, national and European level.

In Fall 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to intern for the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) as part of the requirements for the Sustainable Cultural Heritage MA.

September 21 is observed annually as the International Day of Peace. This year’s theme, the UN informs us, is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

Simone Quilici, a landscape architect with a Ph.D. in urban, spatial and environmental planning from the University of Florence, who works as a cultural heritage officer for the Lazio region of Italy, spent a morning with the students in the Contemporary Issues in Cultural Heritage course illuminating a variety of career options that exist within the field.

Dr. Shuji Hisano, Professor of International Political Economy of Agriculture from the Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan, visited the AUR Graduate School on September 17, 2017 to talk about the politics of biotechnology. He discussed how to understand and critically analyze agricultural biotechnologies from a political economy perspective.

The American University of Rome offers its congratulations to Professor Valentina Peveri, Adjunct Faculty in the Master of Food Studies, for winning, in a worldwide  competition,  one of the eight prestigious fellowships granted each year  by the  Wenner G

Newly arrived graduate students embarking upon their M.A. programs this Fall 2017 enjoyed a walking tour with Prof. Pier Matteo Barone that began with a brief introduction of Ancient Rome while looking out over Circus Maximus and the Palatine Hill backdrop.

Rula Jebreal at The American University of RomeThank you for that gracious introduction and for this extraordinary honor.