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On an unexpectedly hot and sunny Saturday October 21, 2017, a mixed group of undergraduate and graduate students travelled down the spectacular Italian coast. Our destination was Sperlonga and Terracina with the aim of seeing the Villa of Tiberius and the Temple of Jupiter Anxur, two very well preserved archaeological sites. The Villa of Tiberius itself is sparsely excavated and possibly too small to be a real imperial villa, but the star attraction is the adjacent rock cut swimming pool. It originally contained groups of statues of various characters from the Odyssey by Homer which are reconstructed in the nearby museum. The Romans believed that all the tales related by Homer in the Odyssey took place along this coast and many of the modern place names derive from this.

On October 20, 2017, Nicholas Stanley-Price, a conservationist with a Dr. Phil. in Archeology from Oxford University guest lectured a Sustainable Cultural Heritage class on his role as a member of the advisory committee of the Non-Catholic (Protestant) Cemetery in Rome. His lecture focused on the practical aspects of maintaining a site that is both an active cemetery and also an important historical place housing the tombs of famous visitors to Rome such as Shelley and Keats. He illustrated some of the challenges this dual role entails for the management of the site.

Dr. Mahsvari Naidu, a senior lecturer in Anthropology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, gave a guest lecture at AUR on Robben Island tourism and the relationship that South Africans and foreigners have with its difficult heritage.

AUR students and faculty are invited to attend a conference on the boundaries of museum mediation taking place in Florence November 16-17, 2017.  The International symposium focuses both on the relationships between museums and audiences, and on the professional skills of museum mediators.

This course will lay out a framework for the interplay of food, health and sanitation, and child care as underlying determinant of nutrition. Using this framework the course will illustrate levers for change and the evidence on what works to improve nutrition, from both the standpoint of economic returns as well as human rights.

This course runs from January 8-19, 2018. Monday-Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm.
This course is part of the M.A. in Food Studies and is also open to anyone who would like to audit the class for a fee of 900 Euros.

Professor Davor Džalto is not only Director of the M.A. Peace Studies program and B.A. Arts History program at AUR but is also a world-renowned artist who has recently opened a new exhibition at the church Santa Maria della Pace in Rome. The exhibition features a number of new works by Professor Džalto and was officially opened by H.E. Msgr. Stanislav Hočevar, Archbishop and Metropolitan. 

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.