Five leading academics have been honoured by Richmond and The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) by being invited to attend a Fellowship Symposium in June 2018 at the University’s Rome campus.

Each summer AIFS and Richmond awards up to five non-stipendiary Richmond summer visiting faculty Fellowships for existing university partners and AIFS affiliates. This year, the Fellowship will be hosted at Richmond’s Rome campus on Piazza Sant’ Andrea della Valle, a few steps away from the Pantheon.

The Fellowships are designed to enhance faculty research and improve collaboration between universities and academics, strengthen best practice in teaching as well as enhancing the relationship between the University and its partners.

The five summer Fellows will be joining some eminent Richmond academics to attend a one-day informal symposium on 15 June, including Dominic Alessio, Professor of History and Dean of International Programmes, who will be speaking about, From the Dutch East India Company to Daewoo: Empires and Corporations and Dr Martin D. Brown, Associate Professor of International History at Richmond, who will focus on James Bond as Cold Warrior: Researching and Teaching 007.

They will be joined by the Italian Adjunct Professors who will present in their area of specialization: Lorenzo Picchi (History), and Dr Laura Fenelli (History and Art History) from Richmond University in Florence; Andrew James Boyd (Interreligious Dialogue), Dr Erica D’Amico (History of Food) and Dr Erika Milburn (Classical Mythology) from Richmond University in Rome.

All five visiting Fellows will present their research on the following topics:

  • 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
  • Lynn Donahue: Creating a new global service-learning offering with a disciplinary focus on refugees
    • Lynn is Director of the Centre for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement and an Adjunct Instructor in Peace and Social Justice Studies at St. John Fisher College, NY
  • 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
  • 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
  • Damion Waymer: Defining Government Public Relations: An Analysis of the Public Relations Strategies of Caesar Augustus and the Roman Empire
    • Damion (PhD, Purdue University, 2006) is full professor and Department Chair of Liberal Studies at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

The summer fellowship takes place from Monday, 4 June to Saturday, 16 June.