Summer Fellowships for Visiting Faculty

Richmond Summer Visiting Faculty Fellowship Programme

Each summer AIFS and Richmond the American International University will award up to 5 non-stipendiary Richmond Summer Visiting Faculty Fellowships for existing university Partners and AIFS Affiliates.  For summer 2018 the Fellowship will be hosted at Richmond’s Rome campus (on Piazza Sant’ Andrea della Valle, a few steps away from Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori and the Pantheon).

The fellowships will provide Visiting Fellows with room and board in centrally located accommodations nearby the university’s Rome campus from Monday, June 4th (check-in) until Saturday, June 16th (check out).[1] Rooming will consist of double /single rooms in shared apartments. Accommodations are equipped with beddings,  kitchen utensils and internet. A meal allowance to the value of 30€ per day will be provided for use in restaurants or to purchase food to cook in your own apartment.

Fellows are expected to take up their fellowship during Richmond’s summer 1 period (June 4-15) and are responsible for obtaining and financing their transport to Rome and within the city. The fellowships are designed to:

  • strengthen the relationship between the university and its partners
  • enhance faculty research and perhaps drive collaborative work in this area
  • strengthen best practice in teaching

Where possible Visiting Fellows may be asked to give a guest lecture in at least one summer class gratis and will be required to attend a one-day informal symposium (June 15) with other successful Visiting Fellows and Richmond faculty to discuss their research. Visiting Fellows are also asked to acknowledge The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and Richmond the American International University in London (RAIUL) in any publications which derive from the fellowship and to provide the university with a copy of said publication.

Applications for the fellowships are competitive and to be submitted by email to Professor Dom Alessio, the Dean of International Programmes (, by midnight on December 1 of the year prior to the award. The application should consist of a CV and a short 500-1000 word explanation of the proposed nature of the research project or desired pedagogical learning outcome, and explain why Rome is the best place for them to conduct their research. Candidates will be selected by a committee led by Richmond’s Associate Dean for Research in conjunction with the Dean of International Programmes (London), the Dean of Richmond (Rome) and AIFS.

Richmond Rome 2018 Fellows (June 4-15, 2018)

Peter Covino: “Dario Bellezza (1944-1996): Finalising his Selected Poems”

Peter is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, at the University of Rhode Island where he teaches courses in Poetry, Italian American Literature, and Ethnic Studies. He’s also one of the founding editors-directors of the literary press, Barrow Street Inc. While in Rome, he will be finalizing research toward the publication of a book-length translation of Selected Poems by the prizewinning and controversial Italian poet, novelist, and playwright Dario Bellezza (1944-1996). Bellezza won wide-acclaim, including the Viareggio Prize for Morte segreta (Secret Death) 1976, as well as the Montale Prize, for L’avversario (The Adversary) 1994, and the Gatti Prize for Invettive e licenze (Invective and License) 1971; 1992, reissued.  Since Bellezza was born in the working-class Monteverde section of Rome, and lived his entire adult life in Campo dei Fiori and Trastevere, this residency will be especially conducive to the continued development of the project’s intensive exploration of his literary milieu. Bellezza’s poetry seems to be striking a particular cultural nerve as it speaks frankly about sexuality, mortality, and issues of queer identity without pandering or being reductively political. Covino’s translations of Bellezza’s work have appeared in such publications as:  the New European Poets (Graywolf) anthology, whose Italian section he helped edit, Asymptote, Atlanta Review, Colorado Review, Interim (U of Las Vegas), 2Bridges Review (NYC College of Technology), and Witness part of the Black Mountain Institute for International Writing.

Lynn Donahue: “Creating a new global service-learning offering with a disciplinary focus on refugees”

Lynn is Director of the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement and an Adjunct Instructor in Peace and Social Justice Studies at St. John Fisher College, NY. Lynn will engage in four areas of research needed to create a new global service-learning offering with a disciplinary focus on refugees. This course will be an adaptation of the current global service-learning offering through Richmond, The American International University, in partnership with community agency Jaol Nafuma Refugee Center. Research topics include Fair Trade Learning Practices, Asset-Based Community Development, Italian Refugee/Migrant Crisis, and Global Pedagogy. Fair Trade Learning Practices (Hartman, 2015; Larsen, 2016) is a set of principles for community-driven and reciprocally beneficial partnerships that would form the foundation of the global SL offering in Rome. Asset-Based Community Development (Garoutte & McCarthy, 2014) is the identification of assets and needs through interviews and ethnographic participation. In 2017, over 85,000 migrants arrived in Rome and 15,000 since the beginning of June, a 19% increase from this point last year (Time Magazine, July 11, 2017). Research will focus on historical and current data on refugees and migrants in Rome and treatment of and services for migrant and refugee people to develop a contextual foundation for the course and SL projects. Additional related research topics would include privilege and oppression, global citizenship (AAC&U publication Models of Global Learning), and cultural competencies.  This research will provide the foundation for an AIFS service-learning course with recommended service-learning project options, course readings, assignments, and assessment.

Robert Irons: “Francesco Patrizi’s Critique of Aristotle’s Poetics”

Robert is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden Sydney, Virginia, where he teaches courses on Greek and Latin language, etymology, western culture, and classical literature in translation.  His pedagogical and research interests include classical philology, poetry, drama, and classical reception.  His project examines Patrizi’s critique of Aristotle’s Poetics.  The monumental influence that Aristotle’s Poetics has had on the history of literary criticism and theory cannot be overstated.  However, when the Greek text became available with the 1508 Aldine publishing of the treatise, very few European scholars outside of Italy took any notice at all.  The beginnings of the massive influence that the Poetics would eventually wield can be clearly traced to 16th century Italy.  In general, the majority of the scholars and commentators working on the Poetics at this time in Italy struggled to explicate its inherent obscurity or, alternatively, tried to assimilate Aristotelian concepts with largely accepted and better-known views expressed in Horace’s Ars Poetica.  Yet there was at least one dissenting voice among Cinquecento commentators who treated Aristotle with reverence and admiration: Francesco Patrizi, who, in his 1586 treatise Della poetica, details several Aristotelian definitions of mimesis and then systematically and convincingly refutes each.  This project seeks to clarify, scrutinize, and defend each of Patrizi’s arguments opposing Aristotle’s conceptions of tragedy and mimetic art.

Timothy J. Madigan: “Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923) and the Circulation of the Elites”

Timothy is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. While in Rome he will be examining Vilfredo Pareto, a polymath who wrote in such areas as economics, mathematics, philosophy, political theory, psychology, and sociology. An Italian aristocrat, he was initially an advocate of liberal reform and a strong proponent of free trade. In his masterpiece A Treatise of General Sociology (1916), he questioned his initial support for increasing democratic participation By exploring the economical, psychological, and sociological roots of human behavior, he came to the conclusion that all societies are ultimately ruled by a small group (an elite) and that it is inevitable that there will be an unequal distribution of power, prestige and honors. Pareto was critical of social reformers who thought that the masses could somehow be empowered and could overthrow existing power elites. Instead, he argued that any such revolution would necessarily lead to a new set of power elites in control—what he called “the Circulation of the Elites.” He will examine Pareto’s own works, especially that on his concept of “the Circulation of Elite” and explore its relevance as a possible explanatory tool for understanding present-day populist movements.

Damion Waymer:  “Tracing the Origins of Government Public Relations: The Case of the Roman Empire”

Damion is full professor and Department Chair of Liberal Studies at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. His program of research centers on organizational discourse, particularly regarding PR, PR education, government communication, issues management, corporate social responsibility (CSR), branding, and strategic communication.

[1] Every effort will be made to allow a Visiting Fellows’ partner to accompany him/her subject to space considerations. While accommodation will be free for the partner s/he will have to pay for their meals.

Second Summer Fellows symposium – June 16, 2017

Richmond Rome 2017 Symposium (June 16, 2017)



00186 ROMA

TEL. +39 06 6875 296

Room: Classroom Y

9:00-9:30am. Registration and coffee/tea/biscuits

9:30-9:50: Welcome

Professor John Annette, President of Richmond the American International University in London

Ailsa Brookes, Senior Vice President, American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS)

Rosanna Graziani, Dean of the Rome Campus, of Richmond the American International University in London

Professor Martin D. Brown, Associate Dean of Research, of Richmond the American International University in London

Session 1: Religion

9:50-10:10: Laura R. Olson (Professor of Political Science and affiliated faculty member in the Program in Religious Studies, Clemson University, USA): “Explaining Belonging: The Strength and Salience of Religious Identification in Comparative Context”

10:10-10:30: Dominic Alessio (Professor of History & Dean of International Programmes, Richmond the American International University in London, UK) and Lucas Villegas-Aristizábal (Associate Professor of Medieval History at Queen’s University – Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle, Canada/UK): “From the Hospitallers to ISIS: Non-State Religious Organisations and Empire”

10:30-10:40 Questions

10:40-11:00 Coffee and Tea

Session 2: Politics & Society

11:00-11:20: Sébastien Lazardeux (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Legal Studies, St. John Fisher College, USA): “The Sociology of the 5 Star Movement and the Switch from Movement to Party Strategy.” 

11:20-11:40: Martin D. Brown (Professor of History and Associate Dean of Research, Richmond the American International University in London, UK): “Executors or Creative Deal-Makers? The Role of the Diplomats in the Making of the Helsinki CSCE”

11:40-12:00: Nadine Braunstein, (Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences Department, California State University, Sacramento, USA): “Food and Nutrition Policy – Challenges and Solutions”

12:00-12:10 Questions

12:10-13:30 Lunch: Richmond University Rome Centre

Session 3: Cities

13:30-13:50: Erica D’Amico (Adjunct Professor of History, Richmond the American International University in London, UK/Italy): “”Different Approaches and Perspectives on the Origins of Venice

13:50-14:10: Erika Milburn (Adjunct Professor of Classics, Richmond the American International University in London, UK/Italy): “The ‘Phantom’ River Sebeto and Myth-Making in Early Modern Naples

14:10-14:30: Antonella Merletto (Adjunct Professor of the History of Art, Archaeology and History of Architecture, Richmond the American International University in London, UK/Italy): “Taking Care of Public Health in Greek and Roman Times: the Invention of the Public Toilet”

14:30-14:40 Questions

14:40-15:00 Tea/Coffee break

Session 4: The Arts

15:00-15:20: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew (Professor of Art (Photography) & the Director of the Center for the Humanities and the 2015-17 Silvia Chandley Professor of Non-Violence and Peace Studies, the University of Rhode Island, USA): “The Indians of Monte Cassino

15:20-15:40: Marjorie Och (Professor of Art History at the University of Mary Washington, USA): “A ‘Cult of Friendship’ in the Letters and Portraits of Vittoria Colonna (ca. 1490-1547)”

15:40-16:00: Deborah C. Mitchell (Professor of English & Film Studies and Chair, Division of Communications, Arts, Languages, and Literature, Westminster College, USA): “Il Bel Paese nella letteratura e nel cinema: una prospettiva italiana (The Beautiful Country in Literature and Cinema: Through Italian Eyes)”

16:00-16:10: Questions

16:10-16:30: Concluding Remarks: Professor Dominic Alessio, Dean of International Programmes

19:00 Dinner: Grappolo D’Oro, Piazza della Cancelleria 80, 00186 Roma – Ph. 06 6897 0

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First Annual Summer Fellows Symposium (Tuesday, June 21, 2016)

Richmond University, The American International University in London

First Annual Summer Fellows Symposium (Tuesday, June 21, 2016)

Lecture Hall, 17 Young Street: 10am – 4pm

10am: Welcome and Refreshments

Welcome from the President of Richmond University, The American International University in London: Professor John Annette

Welcome from the Senior Vice President of the American Institute for Foreign Study: Ailsa Brookes

Welcome from the Associate Dean of Research: Professor Martin Brown

10:30 – 12pm: Session 1 Popular Culture

10:30-10:50: Ann K. McClellan (Plymouth State University –English): “Sherlock Holmes in/and Popular Culture”

10:55-11:15: Jennifer Purcell (St Michael’s College – History): “Writing the Biography of BBC Radio Star Mabel Constanduros (1880-1957)”

11:20-11:50: Alex Seago (Richmond University, The American International University in London – Communications): “What Is This Pop? – English Pop Graphic Design 1956-1966”

11:50-12:00 Questions

12:00-12:15: Coffee/Tea Break

12:15-1:15: Session 2 Society

12:20-12:40: Ed Madden (University of South Carolina – Women’s & Gender Studies): “Colm Clifford: Homosexuality in Irish Culture”

12:45-13:05: Paul Rekret (Richmond University, The American International University in London – International Relations): “All Grown Up? Childhood From the First to the Second Summer of Love”

13:05-13:15: Questions

13:15-14:30: Lunch

Refreshments, sandwiches, wraps, crisps, fruit selection, fruit juice and sparkling water

14:30-16:00: Session 3 History and Politics

14:30-14:50: Lawrence McDonnell & Kathleen Hilliard (Iowa State University – History): “Slavery and Agriculture at Betty’s Hope Plantation, Antigua, 1650-1944”

14:55-15:15: Charles Bunce (Mount St Mary’s University – Film Studies):

“Science Fiction & Human Rights: The Storyteller’s Sword of Social Justice”

15:20-15:40: Wesley B. Renfro (St John Fisher College –Political Science) and Dominic Alessio (Richmond – History): “The Empire’s Not So New Clothes: Rethinking American Exceptionalism”

15:40-15:55: Questions

 16:00 Symposium Finishes

 18:00 Symposium Dinner

Cote Brasserie, 47 Kensington Court, London, W8 5DA

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