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  • 1. O pe n i n g D o o r s t o Stu d ent American Institute for Roman Culture Ed uc at i o n i n R o me
  • 2. Who We Are The American Institute for Roman Culture is a 501c3 non profit organization that was founded in 2002 to promote and defend Rome's cultural heritage through teaching, archaeological excavation, and conservation. AIRC is provocative academics. Since 2003, more than 500 students have attended our semester and bespoke summer programs and excavation seasons. Along with our education programs, we conduct conservation projects with World Monuments Fund and Italian Superintendencies. We dialogue and are partnered with some of the most advanced academic research institutions to further the implementation of new technologies in the fields of archaeology and conservation, such as the Getty Conservation Institute, the Milken Institute and Cotsen Institute initiatives. AIRC exists in Rome as the only American organization dedicated to an open, accessible dialogue between Italy and the United States in order to preserve its past. Executive Director and co-founder Darius Arya has created a unique academic programming that has led to innovative first-hand, on-site learning experiences for bespoke programs in art history, classical studies, visual arts and general studies. As researcher and scholar, Dr. Arya is completing several studies on multidisciplinary topics, such as ancient Roman religion, topography of ancient Rome and ancient Roman technology. He has appeared as expert host in documentaries for the History, National Geographic and Discovery channels. Dr. Arya holds a B.A. degree in Classics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.A. in Latin and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin, and is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, American Academy in Rome “Lewis B. Cullman” Rome Prize, and a “University Fellowship” from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • 3. Why Choose the AIRC? The answer is simple. The AIRC is located in the very c e n t e r o f o n e o f h i s t o r y ’s m o s t i m p o r t a n t c i t i e s . And Rome is not just our setting, it is the key ingredient in our program as our goal is the on-going interaction b e t w e e n o u r s t u d e n t s , t h e c i t y a n d t h e c o m m u n i t y. Rome is our classroom with the majority of coursework and lessons learned in the field, while our office, lesson rooms and student housing are located in the city center within walking distance from major monuments, museums and galleries. We introduce students and scholars alike to the unseen side of Rome through special access projects and the people who oversee R o m e ’s c u l t u r a l h e r i t a g e . Most i m p o r t a n t l y, AIRC academic coordination is tailored to our students and affiliate institutions. Our teaching staff and guest lecturers are comprised of renowned academics and working professionals. And our network expands through the international academic c o m m u n i t y, a s w e l l t h e n o o k s a n d c r a n n i e s o f I t a l y.
  • 4. Semester Program in Rome The AIRC-Holy Cross semester program is a highly engaging experience into the ancient world and in the related fields of history, urban planning, architecture, engineering, art history, Italian language and religious studies. By exploring the layers of Rome's history from its inception to beyond imperial times, students gain a well-rounded appreciation of Rome's past and its enduring relevance. Much of the program is out of the traditional classroom experience and focused on study of normally inaccessible sites, field trip excursions around the city, nearby Italian regions like Campania and abroad such the Roman North African province (modern-day Tunisia), and archaeological excavation.
  • 5. Forma Urbis and Archaeology Forma Urbis is the semester program keystone and a double-credit course that introduces the student to all aspects of the ancient city: the natural, geological landscape and the Romans' continual efforts to preserve and reshape it.  We explore the 14 regions within the city walls and their transformation, from the archaic period until the end of antiquity. We then examine the activities from the Middle Ages through the Fascist era, and include special focus on the past 20 years of archaeological excavation. As we study the monuments and the people who created them, we include topical studies of archaeology, history, art history, religion and aspects of daily life. Beyond the city, we explore the environs of Rome, sites such as Ostia and Tivoli, and region of Campania (Pompeii, Naples, Cumae, etc.), and abroad to Tunisia, as an example of an imperial province whose own rich history (Punic, Roman, Vandal, Byzantine, Islam),   provides a parallel study of Rome's rise and fall. The culmination of the course is a week-long excavation practicum, learning methodology in the classroom, followed by first-hand excavation experience in an excavation site. Throughout the semester, students conduct personal explorations throughout the city, and make a series of presentations for the class, as well as write original papers.  Students may opt for one of four specialized tracks, to further pursue areas of personal and/or major interest: art history, classical studies, history and religious studies.
  • 6. Art History and Religious Studies The AIRC offers courses in Art History and Religious Studies, taking advantage of the historical and cultural resources of Rome and Italy. Field trips to museums, galleries and historic sites in and around Rome are complemented with class-related field studies in other cities in Italy as well as outside, such as Tunisia. The Institute offers a strong range of courses in art history and religious studies, subject to minimum enrollment. Courses can include Ancient Roman Art and Sculpture, Renaissance Rome, Baroque Rome, Early Christianity, and Art and Iconography of Ancient Roman Religions. These courses are designed for Art History and Religious Studies majors as well as first time scholars from all academic backgrounds.
  • 7. Cla s s ic al La n g u a g e s Imagine studying the Claudian inscription of the first century AD cippus (Roman city boundaries marker) in person. AIRC offers classical languages Greek and Latin for its semester program where study is both in classroom and on site at dedicatory monuments and epigraphic museums for first-hand review and discussion of classic texts. Classical language students are not required to have any prior knowledge of any ancient languages. Those that do have knowledge of Latin and/ or Greek and are required to take an ancient language, have the possibility of taking intermediate and advanced Latin and Greek courses.
  • 8. Italian Studies Fundamental to the semester program in Rome is coursework in Italian studies: language, past and contemporary culture, and history, so that students are not merely studying in Rome, they are fully experiencing Rome and Italy in every possible facet. The Italian studies courses emphasize verbal communication which then encourages students to learn Italian naturally, to combine theory with practice, and to increase their knowledge quickly and with confidence. The Italian studies courses are taught by native Italian speakers and experienced language instructors who have been specially trained in teaching Italian to foreign students. Along with classroom lessons, student will learn and develop language skills through real- life situations such as conversation workshops and market and site visits. Courses are taught in Italian and all students are required to take an Italian class.
  • 9. Facilities Our offices and classrooms are housed in a beautiful Renaissance palazzo in the city center. This now state-of- the-art building has been outfitted to accommodate students’ needs with student lab with PCs and MACs, library and wireless hotspots. Student housing is located in the Rome’s historic center. Each apartment is equipped ADSL (wifi) and fully furnished.
  • 10. Excavations Since 2003, the American Institute has organized excavations in awe-inspiring locations such as the Roman Forum (2003, 2004), Ostia Antica (2006-2010), Villa delle Vignacce/ Parco delle Acquedotti, Rome (2006-2010), and Ocriticum, Abruzzo (2008). The AIRC has continued to forge strong relationships with superintendencies across the country, as well as with US organizations like American Express Foundation. Of note is the Villa delle Vignacce excavation which, over its past four seasons, has received international recognition for its amazing finds as well as it its unparalleled field school.  Our field school program offers students a unique combination of on-site field work and specialized academic instruction by expert archaeologists and AIRC professors.  Participants live in the city center, and visit major Roman museums and open-air sites to augment and complement field studies and provide participants with a broader context of what life was like in ancient Rome.  The American Institute for Roman Culture maintains full responsibility for its digs, including funding of the project. Thanks to the 2006 success of the Villa delle Vignacce excavation, the AIRC was awarded a $150,000 grant from American Express Foundation for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.  The AIRC continues to seek support from private and public donors.
  • 11. Cult ur al H e ri t a g e Santa Maria Antiqua, WMF Villa dell Vignacce excavaton detail, Asclepius head, Vignacce 2008 Preserving the past for future generations is the heart of the Institute's mission. Study and documentation frame the current situation and status of a site or object, and are the starting for point for treatment and preservation. We have been involved the World Monuments Fund conservation project at Santa Maria Antiqua, a Pompeii-like site for its quality of early medieval frescoes. The Institute has also been involved in the conservation of its archaeological projects and in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano for a laser scan of excavated remains. We are embarking on larger, multi-disciplinary projects in Rome and Ostia Antica, and future projects in Tunisia and Sicily.
  • 12. Programs Offered The AIRC has designed a number of program options that can be easily customized to meet diverse program needs. Custom programs can either be built on existing AIRC programs, thus allowing use of Institute infrastructure, or can be built from scratch allowing ultimate flexibility for partner institutions.    Working with administrators to calculate the cost per student, we can assist program directors in finding the most cost-effective combination of services to meet their college’s or university’s specific program needs.  Through the joint efforts of Program Directors and AIRC programming staff, the Institute can adjust the length or dates of programs, develop custom courses, limit or expand planned extracurricular and course related activities, and arrange for faculty hires where need be until together we create a rich and exciting program that is also within students' budgets.  With your help, the AIRC would like to tailor a program to your university’s specific requirements, giving you more flexibility and versatility to provide your students with a truly rewarding international education experience. Tailor-made AIRC designs bespoke J-term, pre- session, Spring Break, summer- and semester- long programs.
  • 13. Univer s i t i e s R e p re s e n t ed Students from around the globe have studied with the AIRC in our semester, customized and summer excavation programs. We are proud to have the following schools represented: Semester Program Affiliate Institutions Arizona State University Biola University Bates College College of the Holy Cross (partner) Brandeis University Brown University Brown University College of the Holy Cross Brown University Summer Excavations Davidson College Davidson College Carthage College Villa delle Vignacce, Roman Trinity University Gustavus Aldophus College Clemson University Forum, Ostia Antica University of Southern California College of the Holy Cross Trinity University University of Texas, Austin University of Southern California College of William & Mary Columbia University University of Texas, Austin Connecticut College Gonzaga University Harvard University University of California, Santa Cruz Kennesaw State University University of Cincinnati Customized Programs Kenyon University University of Colorado Academy of Art University Lafayette University University Of Mary Washington Brown University MA from Montclair State University of Michigan Carthage College Macquarie University University of New England College of the Holy Cross Ohio Wesleyan UNC, Chapel Hill NEH Seminar 2005* Oxford University University of New Mexico Northeastern University** Portland State University University of New South Wales Reginald Foster’s Latin Academy Saint Olaf College University of Nottingham School of Visual Arts San Francisco State University University of Oregon St. Joseph’s University** School of Oriental and African Studies University of Rhode Island University of California, Sacramento Seaton Hall University University of San Diego University of Southern California** Skidmore College University of Southern California UTexas (Austin) Plan II Honors Program Stanford University University of Wisconsin Yale University Temple University Uppsala University University of California, Berkeley Washington University St. Louis *speaker at June 2010 seminar, **new in 2010 University of California, Los Angeles Yale University
  • 14. Wha t P e o p l e A re S a y i ng To Whom It May Concern: Student, College of the Holy The College of the Holy Cross has partnered with Cross, Spring Semester 08  the American Institute for Roman Culture (AIRC) since the Spring of 2007.  So far, Holy Cross has “I could see a lot of planning and working behind the scenes was partnered in three highly successful semester done to facilitate our visits to certain restricted areas (ex: Santa Maria programs and three equally successful summer Antiqua, various portions of Pompey’s Theater) and I am grateful for that work.  I really enjoyed the flexibility and adaptability of programs run by the AIRC.  Both the semester AIRC; it gave me a bit of the Italian flavor on the and the spring programs contain a Roman academic side of things.” topography/archaeology/history component and an Italian-language component.  Holy Cross has been extremely pleased with the challenging and hands-on rigor of the academic side of the programs and also with the AIRC's Student,University of Texas – efficient and responsive administration.  The Austin, Plan II 2008 College will be sending students to the AIRC again this spring and summer, and we are “Just from listening to the other students and from my own expecting to partner long-term with the AIRC.  opinions, this experience was unique and something that I will Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. remember forever. It could not have been as successful without the organization and planning of the   program coordinators.”  Professor Brittain Smith Director of Study Abroad College of the Holy Cross BSMITH@holycross.edu Contact the following individuals who serve as references for the Institute's work: Karl Galinsky, Professor of Classics, UT Austin galinsky@mail.utexas.edu Bernard Frischer, professor of classics, UVA bernard.d.frischer@gmail.com Susan Alcock, Professor of Classical Archaeology, Brown University Susan_Alcock@brown.edu
  • 15. Contact Darius A. Arya, Ph.D, Executive Director Lynda Albertson, Director of Programming USA (512) 772-1844 Italy (39) 06 95555 8659 www.saverome.org studyabroad@romanculture.org