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  • 1. Fulbright-Italy Newsletter Linking Minds Across Cultures I have thought of everything I can think of, and the one thingWelcome Messages 2 that gives me some hope is the ethos that underlies the Honorary President educational exchange program... It is possible - not very President probable, but possible - that people can find in themselves, Executive Director through intercultural education, the ways and means of living together in peace.Scholarship News 5 Fulbright-Finmeccanica SENATOR J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT 60th Anniversary Grants (1905-1995) Casten Family Foundation Fulbright-BEST Fulbright-Santoro 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Italy.Partnerships with Universities 6 The Fulbright Program: Ministry of Education, University, and Research - Was introduced through a bill in the United States Congress in 1945 by Senator J. William Fulbright and was established in 1946Events by the U.S. Congress to "enable the Government of the United 8 Brain Drain or Brain Gain States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the Events Calendar United States and the people of other countries". - Is worldwide; it operates in 155 countries with approximately 286,500 "Fulbrighters", who have participated in the Program since its inception.Grantees News 10 - Was established in Italy in 1948 and it is now a binational program since 1975 Carlo Baggi jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Matthew Pavone Affairs which, together, set priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs. Christina Bisulca - It offers unique opportunities for study, research and teaching to both Italians Dorothy Klimis-Zacas and Americans through open, merit-based competition as well as access to a vast Lorella Cedroni community of Fulbrighters worldwide. Cinthia Campi - Has awarded over 7,000 grants to Italians and U.S. citizens who have contributed to the cultural, artistic and political relations between the two countries.Fulbright Story Series 13 Fulbright-Italys first 40 This commemorative year has been marked by: years - The establishment of two special grants (one in Contemporary Arts for Italians and one in Entrepreneurship for U.S. nationals);Photonews 14 - New partnership agreements with Universities in Italy and in the U.S.; - The organization by partner institutions of various events throughout Italy andGrantees 2008-09 15 at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C.; Italian - The establishment of a new special Fulbright-Finmeccanica scholarship for a American Master degree in Science and Technology;The Fulbright Program - The continuation of the Fulbright-Carlo Maria Santoro scholarship in 20 International Relations; at a Glance - The continuation of the Fulbright-BEST scholarship; - A new program of English Teaching Assistants.Thanks to our Partners 22 Furthermore, for its contribution to culture and the arts, the Fulbright CommissionContact Us 24 was awarded a prize in the framework of the Mnemosyne Prize from the Art Gallery ‘Il Tempo Ritrovato’ in Rome.
  • 2. As honorary co-President of the U.S. - Italy Fulbright Commission, I am pleased touse this inaugural edition of the Commissions electronic newsletter to extend awarm greeting to all Fulbrighters and friends of Fulbright.Few Fulbright grantees around the world have distinguished themselves more thanthe seven thousand Italians and Americans who have participated in this bilateralexchange over the last six decades. Italy boasts among its Fulbright grantees twoNobel laureates, prime ministers, foreign ministers, ambassadors, senators andparliamentarians, CEOs, and renowned scientists and cultural figures. The list ofAmericans awarded Fulbright grants in Italy is no less remarkable: it includes NobelPrize-winning scientists and economists, university presidents and outstandingscholars, eminent jurists, distinguished journalists, and - in keeping with Italy’sincomparable cultural heritage - a dazzling roster of composers, conductors,musicians, novelists, poets, sculptors, and other artists. Ambassador Ronald P. SpogliMy own involvement with U.S. - Italy exchange programs dates back to my first visitto Italy forty years ago, as a student in Stanford Universitys program in Florence. Ihave been a strong supporter of exchange programs ever since, serving on theBoard of Foreign Scholarships, which administers the Fulbright program worldwide,from 2002 to 2005. Since taking up my duties as U.S. Ambassador to Italy inSeptember 2005, I have put promoting and expanding the Fulbright Program in Italynear the top of my agenda, to ensure that Fulbrights future will be just as brilliant asits past. And in this 60th anniversary year of the Italian-American Fulbright Program,the Fulbright Commission too is taking innovative steps to see that Fulbright remainsthe premier Italian-American exchange program well into the 21st century.The Programs priority fields of study are evolving to reflect the current objectives ofboth the United States and Italy. An example is the Fulbright-BEST (BusinessExchange and Student Training) Program, inaugurated in 2007 with the goal ofpromoting entrepreneurial culture in Italy, and financed entirely by contributionsfrom businesses and regional and local governments. This increasing reliance onpartnerships with the private sector - an essential development if the program is tocontinue to grow - is yet another example of how Fulbright is adapting to thechallenges of the present day.My congratulations to Fulbright for introducing this electronic newsletter, whichshould make it easier for all of you in the Fulbright community to stay in touch. I amconfident that the Fulbright program in Italy will be able to count on your support inthe years to come.Ambassador Ronald P. SpogliUnited States Ambassador to ItalyRome, Italy President Bush met with the Fulbright- BEST grantees on 12 June 2008 during his visit to Rome
  • 3. It is a great pleasure to introduce the first issue of the U.S.-Italy FulbrightCommission Newsletter. I welcome this initiative as I hope that it will increasecommunications among all Fulbrighters and friends of the Fulbright Program onboth sides of the Atlantic. In this era of globalization, I am more and more convincedof the need to continue to deepen the cultural relations between Italy and the UnitedStates and to continue to strengthen the ties between the two nations. The FulbrightProgram is the instrument of cultural diplomacy which has enabled very fruitfulexchanges over the last sixty years. It avails itself of the support of both the U.S.and the Italian Governments. Its bi-national character makes it unique worldwideand a model for other cultural and educational exchange programs.I thank all Fulbrighters and partner institutions which are helping us to celebrate the Min. Plenipotentiary60th anniversary, thereby keeping alive the spirit of the educational exchanges as Gherardo La Francescaconceived by Senator Fulbright: to foster leadership, learning and empathy betweencultures.We have taken the opportunity of the 60th anniversary to reflect on the priorities ofthe Fulbright Program in a medium term perspective so as to better respond tobroader societal goals. Building on past achievements, we plan to have a greaterfocus on contemporary issues in Italy, as part of the EU, in all fields including artsand plan to promote contemporary Italian culture in the U.S. We continue toconsider of key importance the priority areas outlined in the scientific agreementbetween Italy and the United States and also the promotion of interdisciplinaryapproaches based on the contributions to the sciences from the humanities and thesocial sciences. Finally, we would like to contribute to develop those disciplines –and practices - related to the valorization and commercialization of research aimedat promoting technological transfer.I hope that readers will write to us and let us know how the Fulbright Program, withits goal of cultural and educational exchanges, can better respond to the needs ofstudents, professors, researchers and the diplomatic and business community atlarge.Minister Plenipotentiary Gherardo La FrancescaGeneral Directorate for Cultural Promotion and CooperationMinistry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Italy
  • 4. Why a newsletter? So much has happened at the Commission recently that wewanted to share our news and activities with all our Fulbright friends. We also wantto strengthen communications among the Fulbright community in Italy and in theUnited States: alumni, prospective applicants, partner academic and researchinstitutions, friends, artists, donors and our two governments. The 60th anniversaryof the Fulbright Program has given us a wonderful opportunity to re-establishcontacts with the wide array of Fulbright stakeholders throughout Italy and to reuniteus under the Fulbright ethos as expressed by Senator Fulbright: “The FulbrightProgram aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little morecompassion into world affairs, and thereby to increase the chance that nations willlearn at last to live in peace and friendship."Improved communication through the website, new brochures and this newsletter, is Executive Directorhelping the Fulbright Program to continue its mission and to bring to the fore new Dr. Maria Grazia Quietiareas of interest: exchanges in food culture and food product marketing with a newfellowship (Casten Family Foundation fellowship at the University of GastronomicSciences), a new prestigious fellowship in Science and Technology (Fulbright-Finmeccanica), a focus on contemporary arts promoted by Min. La Francesca, a newarea and pilot program in entrepreneurship promoted by Ambassador Spogli(Fulbright-BEST) and supported by numerous donors.Our aim is to build upon the Fulbright network. There are many ways you can beinvolved: you can lend your expertise for the grantees’ selection process and forassisting us in building the cultural and symbolic resources to promote the Program;you can contribute with funds to establish new fellowships or with works of art if youare an artist; you can assist younger Fulbrighters when going to study to the U.S. andupon their return to Italy; you can initiate, promote and participate in events aimed atstrengthening the network of the Fulbright community. If you have not done soalready, please do write to us, let us know where you are, what you are doing andhow you would like to assist in making the Fulbright Program as vibrant and asrelevant today as it was 60 years ago.I thank all of you who are already in contact with us and are assisting the Commissionin its work; I also thank the partners without whom the Commission could notfunction effectively: our Board of Directors, Min. La Francesca and officials from theMinistry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Spogli and the staff of the U.S. Embassy,colleagues in the Educational and Cultural Bureau of the U.S. Department of State,the International Institute of Education, the Council of International Exchange ofScholars and last, but not least, the Commission’s staff and volunteers whoenthusiastically accompany us in our endeavors.Enjoy reading our newsletter and, as always, we look forward to hearing from you!Maria Grazia Quieti, Ph.D.Executive DirectorThe U.S. – Italy Fulbright Commission
  • 5. Finmeccanica, the main Italian industrial Guarguaglini, president ofgroup in aerospace, defense and Finmeccanica, said “What better way tosecurity, has teamed up with the celebrate such recurrence than to giveFulbright Commission to establish a young Italians a new and importantprestigious study grant for Italians for opportunity to study in the U.S.?" Hethree academic years starting in 2009- also added "The Fulbright-Finmeccanica10. The Fulbright-Finmeccanica study grant can be seen as both a smallscholarship is in scientific and bridge between academic curricula andtechnological disciplines and amounts the necessities of the high-techto $80,000. This year marks the 60th environment, and as a stimulus forAnniversary of both The U.S.-Italy others to contribute to the re-launch ofFulbright Commission and the Fulbright Program in Italy.”Finmeccanica. Dr. FrancescoTo commemorate this special for an American professor to lecture andanniversary the Commission has research for four months at the Liberaestablished two special grants, both Università Internazionale degli Studicarrying the celebrative title of Sociali (LUISS) and the Università della“Fulbright 60th Anniversary Grant”. Calabria in the areas of Business andOne is for Italians for a period of Management during the academic yearresearch (6-9 months) in Contemporary 2009-10.Arts during the academic year 2008-09.The grant has been awarded toFrancesco Antonioni who will carry outresearch at Cornell University on“Cultural identities in contemporarymusic: mutual influences betweenItalian and American composers in thepast twenty years”. The other grant isWith the generous support of the Casten food consumption, not only in Italy, butFamily Foundation and co-funding by also in the rest of Europe.the University of Gastronomic Sciences The program builds on past Fulbrighta new grant will be offered to U.S. efforts to promote the study of food andFulbright students. For three years, food culture. Carlo Baggi, a graduate ofstarting in the academic year 2009-2010, the University of Gastronomic Sciencesa U.S. grantee will be enrolled at the and a member of the Slow FoodUniversity of Gastronomic Sciences’ Movement, taught eco-gastronomy at(www.unisg.it/eng) “Master program in the Culinary Institute at ChattahoocheeFood Culture: Communicating Quality Technical College in Marietta, GeorgiaProducts.” The main goal of this English- under the Scholar-in Residencelanguage Master Program is to provide program. The Fulbright Seniorstudents with knowledge about quality Specialist, Dr. Dorothy Klimis-Zacas hasfood products, as well as the taught Clinical Nutrition at thecommunication and promotion of such University of Milan. Find out moreproducts based on a thorough under Grantees News.anthropological and historical study of
  • 6. After last year’s first successful edition, program has been initiated bythe Fulbright-BEST (Business Exchange Ambassador Ronald P. Spogli andand Student Training) Program to foster supported by many donors (Americanentrepreneurship and economic Airlines, American Chamber ofdevelopment in Italy continues in 2008- Commerce, Assolombarda, Comune di09. Starting in September 9 Italian Milano, Confindustria Modena,fellows will take part in a six-month Deutsche Bank, ENI, Farmindustria,academic program at Santa Clara Fondazione IBM Italia, IBM, Lottomatica,University in California where they will Poste Italiane, Telecom Italia andattend courses in Business Management Vodafone). The Tuscany Region hasand Entrepreneurship. They will also sponsored five candidates from thehave internships with firms in Silicon region to attend a similar programValley and participate in activities of the (Tuscany-BEST).Silicon Valley Start-Up Association. TheThe Amici del Professore Carlo Maria five more years. This $30,000Santoro have recently reconfirmed their scholarship will allow highly-qualifiedcontribution to the Italian Fulbright Italian students to attend MasterProgram by renewing their support to Programs in International Relations inthe Fulbright-Santoro scholarship for prestigious American universities. Professor Carlo Maria SantoroFor the academic year 2009-10 - University of Northwestern - University of Notre DameThe Fulbright Commission has - University of Pittsburghestablished collaborative agreementswith several universities in Italy and the LectureshipsU.S. for Fulbright Scholars in different - The Universities of Bologna, Cataniacategories: and Roma Tre will hold Lectureships in American Studies.Distinguished ChairsThe Program brings high-level - The University of Trento will finance The FulbrightAmerican professors to teach and three Junior Lectureships in Commissionresearch in Italy. Agreements have been Mathematics and Engineering (including encouragesrenewed for six Distinguished Chairs physics, information technology, universities to invitewith the following universities: telecommunications and biology). U.S. Scholars for- Università del Piemonte Orientale, - The Scuola Superiore Santa Chiara will seminars or otherEuropean-American Relations finance a Lectureship in the activities Methodology of Scientific Research- Politecnico di Torino, EnvironmentalPolicies - LUISS and University of Calabria are- Università di Siena, Economics contributing to the special 60th- Università di Trento, Law anniversary Lectureship in- Università di Trieste, Linguistics Entrepreneurship (see Scholarship- Università della Tuscia, Agricultural News).and Resource Economics Graduate StudentsThe same Program is available for - The University of Gastronomic SciencesItalian professors who introduce an with the Casten Family Foundation andItalian perspective in U.S. curricula at the Fulbright Commission will finance athe following universities: scholarship for an American graduate- University of Chicago student to attend a Master Program in- University of Georgetown Food Culture.
  • 7. For the Academic Year 2010-13 scholars from the U.S.: four graduate students will study and carry outThree New U.S. Distinguished Chairs research at the Politecnico and aFollowing the competition launched by Fulbright Senior Lecturer will teach athe Fulbright Commission in December course on Policies and Tools for2007 to all Italian Universities, three new Environmental Sustainability.Fulbright Distinguished Chairs havebeen established for the academic years2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13. The newFulbright Distinguished Chairs will behosted by the Politecnico di Torino(Hydraulic Engineering), the Universitàdi Trento (Comparative law, history oflaw, Law Economic Analysis) and the - The University of Trento will continueUniversità di Napoli “Parthenope” to finance three Junior Research-(Environmental Sciences and Lectureships in the fields ofSustainable Development). Mathematics and Engineering.Four Italian Distinguished ChairsThe Distinguished Chair Program inItalian Studies for Italian Professors willcontinue at the Universities of Chicago,Notre Dame, Northwestern andPittsburgh for 2009 - 2012. - The University of Salerno will finance a Lectureship in American Cultural Studies.Other agreementsA collaborative agreement wasformulated between the Politecnico of - The University of Gastronomic SciencesTorino and the Fulbright Commission. with the Casten Family Foundation andThe Politecnico will finance a number of the Fulbright Commission will continueFulbright scholarships for the academic to finance a Master Program scholarshipyear 2010-11. Among these, there are for an American graduate student inscholarships for Fulbright students and Food Culture.The 2007-2008 English Teaching roles as cultural ambassadors, teachingAssistants (ETA) pilot project in Italy Italian students about U.S. history,reached roughly 3,000 Italian and language and culture. An agreementimmigrant students, as well as about 60 has been signed with the Ministry ofItalian teachers through 14 Fulbright Education, University and Researchyoung graduates. Their role has been (MIUR) for the continuation of the First Lady Laura Bush with a group ofhighly praised by principals, tutors, and Program in 2008-2009 with seven ETA English Teaching Assistants on 13 Juneco-teachers at every school involved. working at secondary high schools in 2008, during her visit to RomeThe ETAs have fully embraced their Rome and Southern Italy.
  • 8. A round-table conference on the issue of numerous other exchange programs“Brain Drain or Brain Gain? The case of that have been generated world-wide.Italy and the US” was held on 10 April2008 at the American Studies Center in Dr. Quieti reported on the phenomenonRome. The audience had the chance to of Brain Drain or Brain Gain aswitness the contribution of leading perceived by the 500 Italian Fulbrightersfigures from the Italian scientific contacted through an electronic survey.community and academia. Among them The Fulbright experience was equatedwere notable Fulbrighters, such as Min. as a definite “brain gain”, in terms of Prof. Carlo Rubbia withGiuliano Amato, Nobel Prize Prof. Carlo advancement of knowledge, personal Min. Giuliano AmatoRubbia and Dr. Alessandro Ovi. The development and becoming involved inspeaker list also included Rector academic and business networks. OverGiovanni Puglisi from the IULM 90% of the Italian Fulbrighters are still inUniversity of Milan, Min. Gherardo La contact with their host university andFrancesca, President of The U.S.-Italy other institutions in the United States.Fulbright Commission and Dr. Maria They evidence the increased mobilityGrazia Quieti, Executive Director of the which is part and parcel of research andFulbright Commission. business. Many of the Fulbrighters are actively working on how to facilitate theProf. Amato and Prof. Rubbia talked talent circulation back to Italy, e.g. theabout their own experience as MITaly, association of Italians at MIT,Fulbrighters in the 1950s at Columbia the recently created ISSNAF (Italian The six panelists speaking at the conference. From left to right: RectorUniversity and equated research with Scientists and Scholars in North Giovanni Puglisi, Min. Gherardo Lamobility. Prof. Rubbia recalled his America Foundation), the RENA (Rete Francesca, Prof. Carlo Rubbia, Min.difficulties in joining the Italian per l’eccellenza nationale – network for Giuliano Amato, Dr. Maria Graziaacademic environment, after having national excellence) and the think tank Quieti, and Dr. Alessandro Ovibeen a professor at Harvard. "The Italian Vision.university environment is still not fullyable to capture the talents of those who Dr. Quieti concluded by sharing thehave acquired post-graduate policy measures on the brain circulationqualifications abroad, despite the law on as recommended by the Fulbrightthe ‘rientro dei cervelli’", he said. scholar and philosopher Remo Bodei, namely ensuring that brains continue toProf. Puglisi highlighted the powerful circulate – rather than aiming at havinginnovation brought about by the them back in Italy on a permanent basisFulbright Program after World War II by – by establishing joint research projectsfostering exchanges of students and and exchanges of expertise betweenscholars between the United States and Italian institutions and institutionsother countries in the world. This is the abroad.policy of ‘internazionalization’ whichtoday is being pursued by alluniversities in Italy and to which, Min.La Francesca stated, the Ministry ofForeign Affairs gives high priority. Dr.Ovi, a former Fulbrighter at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT), also discussed the need for theFulbright Program to adapt to changingcircumstances and the challenge tomaintain its uniqueness vis-à-vis the
  • 9. FEBRUARY 6 Round-table: “Super Tuesday – Risultati, commenti e prospettive future”. Centro Studi Americani, RomaMARCH 4, 11 Seminar: “Person in the Nominal and Verbal Domain. Evidence from two varieties of English”. Università di Venezia April 10th 2008: The speakers of theAPRIL "Super Tuesday election results" event 2 Conference and film: “Avventure Transatlatiche”. Università di Catania 10 Round-table: “Brain Drain or Brain Gain”. Centro Studi Americani, Roma 14 Conference: “The future of restorative justice in Italy” Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza 17 Conference: “Le Scienze Politiche, Modelli Contemporanei”. Università di Perugia 22 Seminar: “The ‘New’ Woman and Modern American Culture in the 1920s”. Università di Genova 22 Seminar: “The United States and Italy, 1940 to 1950: The Politics and Diplomacy of Stabilization” Un. Suor Orsola Benincasa, Napoli 23 Debate: “Le elezioni presidenziali americane del 2008: Temi e candidati”. Università di Palermo 29 Conference: “L’uomo e l’ambiente – Il significato e la gestione delle aree protette in Italia e negli Stati Uniti d’America: Il caso del fiume Po”. Politecnico di TorinoMAY 9 Conference: “La centralità della persona tra esigenze cliniche e Prof. Lynn Dumenil (Fulbright Senior assistenziali in oncologia pediatrica”. LUMSA, Taranto Lecturer 2007-2008) speaking at the 19-23 American Literature, History, and Culture Seminar: “Back to the University of Genova on "The New Future: The 60’s and our own time”. Associazione Italiana Studi Nord Woman and Modern American Culture in the 1920s" Americani (AISNA), Centro Studi Americani, RomaJUNE 10 Conference: “Ricercare con cura: Italy-USA in the Fulbright tradition”. Università di Trento 16-21 Conference: “4th European Center for River Restoration (ECRR) International Conference on River Restoration”. Venezia 20 Round-table: "Italian-US cooperation on international security challenges". National Italian American Foundation, RomaSEPTEMBER 18 Conference and buffet dinner: Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Program and of Finmeccanica (sponsor of the Fulbright- Finmeccanica scholarship), Italian Embassy, Washington 24 Fulbright Lecture: "Why and How to Invest in the U.S." by Dr. Guarguaglini. Finmeccanica, RomaOCTOBER 16 Conference: "Tra Storia e Cronaca: I media e le elezioni presidenziali Americane". Università del Piemonte Orientale, Torino TBD Conference: "Comparison of 1968 and present Presidential elections in the United States”. AISNA, Università di TriesteDECEMBER 3 Conference: "Scienze Umane e Scienze/Tecnologia nel Secondo Millennio". Università di SalernoPlease visit our website www.fulbright.it for an updated calendar of events
  • 10. Being my first teaching experience, the larger food retailer like Whole Foods.Fulbright Scholar in Residence program Following the same philosophy, thehas been extremely positive, college is now involved in the importantconsidering that it represented a major task of implementing sustainabilitychange in my personal and professional approaches in all its major activities,life. In fact, after travelling from recycling of paper and plastic, tointernationally for many years for sourcing local, organic and seasonal Carlo Baggi with his students frombusiness, in 2005 I decided to follow my foods for the curriculum menus, Chattahoochee Technical College,innate passion for food and culture, composting food waste, growing a roof- Georgiaearning a Master’s Degree in Food top garden and using eco-friendlyCulture and Communication at the Slow kitchenware and cleaning detergents.Food-founded University of Apart from the teaching activities, theGastronomic Sciences in Italy. Thanks to experience proved to be personally andthe Fulbright grant, I had the professionally enriching, as a result ofopportunity to spread this passion to the links established with the localboth students and colleagues of the community, as well as withCulinary Arts program at Chattahoochee organizations such as Georgia Organics,Technical College. the Georgia Restaurant Association,The main objective of the course I Slow Food USA and Slow Food Atlanta.developed was to bring to the students I am convinced that the Fulbrightof a cooking school an understanding of experience will add a plus to myfood history and anthropology, culinary résumé; in addition, I had the chance totraditions and techniques, and directly acknowledge the fundamentalenvironmental and social issues related role that information and educationto sustainable food production, as well have in fostering cultural growth.as the impact that our food choices have At the same time, being able to relatein a globalized world. Since arriving in with both students and AmericanGeorgia, I also had the chance to talk colleagues has significantly helped inabout sustainability with the American understanding why it is essential toCulinary Federation, organic agriculture stimulate critical thinking and thewith local farmers, and traditional food- exchange of different opinions to makeways with both local shopkeepers and education a continuous learning process.My name is Matthew Pavone, and I academics, field work with farmers suchstudy agricultural finance. I am a as Walter, and basic statistical modelinggraduate of the Elliot and Columbian on interest rates and output.Schools at George Washington In my time so far, I have found theUniversity (dual-B.A. May 2004) and the Fulbright experience largely fulfilling inGraduate School of Arts and Sciences spite of the living constraints that often Matthew Pavoneprograms of Economics and accompany life in the South. If ever IInternational Political Economy and drew upon my resourcefulness in theDevelopment at Fordham University past, I have surely done so now more(May 2007). than ever, finding contacts in less thanAs part of my research on the economic conspicuous places and pushing theserelationship between banks and farmers leads to their full potential as I navigatein the Mezzogiorno, I subdivide my a niche field of research seldom studiedactivities into three groups: structured by academics.interviews with professionals and
  • 11. The red dyes most commonly (UV-Vis-NIR FORS) for theirencountered historically as artists identification. In this technique, fibermaterials are related compounds and optics are used to transmit and collectare found throughout the world. These reflected light (from the ultraviolet to thedyes can be derived from insects, such near infrared) from the surface of aas cochineal (South and Central painting. Hence, the technique requiresAmerica), kermes (Eastern Europe) and no samples, which is optimal in thelac dye (South East Asia and India), or analysis of artworks. The spectracan be extracted from plants (madder, obtained gives molecular informationEurope and Asia). Characterisation of based on the pattern of absorption ofred dyes is of great historical interest, light, and these spectra are sometimesand is used to determine historic characteristic and can be used topainting materials and methods, and it identify the pigments and dyes. In thisreflects trade between Asian, Europe, study, mock up paintings were preparedand the New World. The information to mimic historic tempera paintinggained though such analysis can also be techniques, and were analyzed with UV-used for authentication of the work or to Vis-NIR FORS. It was found that usinglocating areas of restoration. this technique the spectra areTypically, identification of the origin of characteristic enough that the dye canthe dye requires that a sample is be classified without destructiveremoved from the artwork. During my sampling. This work was recentlyFulbright, I worked with Marcello Picollo presented at Art2008, an internationalat the Istituto di Fisica Applicata - "Nello conference on non-destructiveCarrara", Consiglio Nazionale delle investigations and microanalysis forRicerche (IFAC –CNR), to assess the use artworks, and was held in Jerusalem,of a non-invasive technique, UV-Vis-NIR Israel.fiber optics reflectance spectroscopyDorothy Klimis-Zacas, Ph.D., professor U.S. and Europe. She has presentedof Clinical Nutrition, University of seminars to the faculty and staff of theMaine, Orono, Maine is a Fulbright College of Agriculture at the UniversitySenior Specialist to the University of of Milan on “Novel Approaches toMilan, Italy, Department of Food Study the Effects of Wild Blueberries onScience, Technology and Microbiology Cardiovascular Physiology and(DiSTAM) for 6 weeks from May 15 till Metabolism” her current area ofJune 30, 2008. She is working with research study. She plans to travel toProfessor Marisa Porrini and her team, the University of Gastronomic Sciencecomposed of associate professors in Colorno, to present an invitedSalvatore Ciappellano and Paolo seminar on “Functional Foods: FromSimonetti and researcher Patrizia Riso. Basic Science to Marketing and HealthShe has been active in teaching Claims”.graduate students at DiSTAM in theareas of her expertise on lipids andcardiovascular disease and developing agraduate course on grant-writing forextramural funding. She is also involvedin presenting lectures for undergraduatestudents of Nutrition and Dietetics onthe areas of dietary standards in the
  • 12. Over 100 Fulbright scholars from 50 explained the legal system in the US)different countries were chosen to was organized as well cultural activities,participate in the 2008 Fulbright Visiting and the Farewell dinner at BoulderScholar Conference on The Rule of Dinner Theatre with the famous playLaw: A View from the American West in “Little Shop of Horrors”.Denver, Colorado from April 2-5 2008. This Conference was a greatThe conference was organized by the opportunity for us, from a human and aCouncil of International Exchange of scientific point of view.Scholar, the Institute of InternationalEducation and the Institute of Dr. Lorella Cedroni wishes to draw theInternational Education Rocky Mountain attention of the Fulbright communityRegional Center. towards the European Union DocumentThe theme of the Conference was Collection at the University of Pittsburgh.specifically on the Law system in U.S.,with interventions of judges and The University Library System of thelawyers (Hon. Thimothy Tymkovich, JD University of Pittsburgh is depository ofon: Judicial Independence and the Rule the complete collection of the Europeanof Law; and Hon. Troy Eid, U.S. Union. The European Union Center ofAttorney, District of Colorado, on: The Excellence (EUCE) and the EuropeanRule of Law with a Focus on Native Study Center (ESC) at Pitt were the mostAmericans). important promoters of this special andThe “rule of law” can be conceived of unique acquisition. This collectionbeyond its contingent features and includes over 16,000,000 pages, most ofcontext. As a normative concept, the them are in English, but significantcapacity of the rule of law might extend percentage of the publications are initself over legal domains. The speakers French; many of older documents haveanalyzed many current definitions of the never been cataloged in any placerule of law giving consideration to accessible to the public and now theyrelevant and helpful characteristics such are online. The main collection includesas “certainty” and “accountability”. official publications: legislativeAfter the conference a visit to the documents, annual and periodic reports,Contemporary Art Museum and to the internal reports, monographs andFederal Court (where we were brochures, microfiche collection ofaddressed by a few judges who several series and research files.A Fulbright grant, spent by Professor appropriate activities.Cinthia Campi at Northeastern Exchanges are envisioned for VisitingUniversity in Boston, has provided a Professors, Scholars and Students.spin-off for scholarly and academic Currently, the Institutions are planninginteraction between the hosting to exchange some qualified students forInstitution and her home Institution, the the purpose of pursuing an approvedUniversity of Rome “Tor Vergata”. course of instruction. Other forms ofThe two Universities have signed a cooperation may include:general agreement, to explore areas of a) Collaborative and cooperativecooperation between them through the research programs in the field of mutualpromotion of exchange opportunities interest;for faculty, students and professional b) Dual degree and cooperativestaff desiring to participate in academic academic and experiential programs inprograms, research and other the fields of mutual interest;
  • 13. c) Collaborative and cooperative study Institutions in general or to theirabroad programs in fields of mutual members.interest; The agreement, signed in concomitanced) Bilateral visits and access to research with the 60°anniversary of the Fulbrightfacilities of both institutions; Program in Italy, will promote Senatore) Joint sponsorship of international J. William Fulbright’s goal: to increaseseminars and colloquia; mutual understanding between thef) Facilitating, assisting and developing people of the United States and peopleother academic/research activities that of other countries.may be of joint interest to the twoAs this year marks the 60th year of the the academic and personalFulbright Program we thought it would qualifications as well as having abe interesting to look back at where the passable knowledge of the language ofProgram came from and how it came to their prospective host country.be what it is today. Mrs Cipriana Scelba Americans with a humanitieswas the first Italian Executive Director background seemed to always assumeuntil 1988. Having personally lived the that their knowledge of Latin would helpbirth and growth of the Program there in their contacts with the "natives," here.couldn’t be no better person to act as a Alas, they were almost always provedstoryteller for the rest of us. Mrs Scelba wrong, except in the case of one Fellow Senator Fulbright with Mrs Cipriana Scelbahas kindly written two short narratives who met a sympathetic andon the first forty years of the Program, knowledgeable priest. Another Fellow,both can be found on the Commission’s however, overheard an Italian use thewebsite. Below is an excerpt on the first word permesso in a crowded bus, astwenty years. passengers pushed their way to the door. So, he thought he would achieveAs a veteran of the Fulbright Program in the same effect by using a LatinItaly (I began to work with the equivalent, "Auriga, te voco, permisso."Commission at its inception, in 1948), I He evoked a lot of curiosity on the partam delighted to think back to the time of the crowd, but no success at all withwhen the Program was developed, now the bus driver.that we are celebrating its 60th As for the Italians, the first-yearAnniversary. departures for the United States wereThe first twenty years (1949-68) were beyond hectic, since the fellowshipsmarked by both the "Discovery of were awarded late, and allAmerica" by the Italians and the first in- arrangements had to be made bydepth acquaintance of Americans with telegraph. Each Fellow was obliged tothe land and culture of Italy. By be packed and ready while waiting for"Discovery of America", I mean that the official notice. The Italian FellowsItalians were only familiar with the had an even greater language handicapAmerica they saw through the films that than the Americans because they werethe G.I.s brought with them in 1944, at expected to fit into a much more rigidthe end of the Second World War. As to academic system, a system that dictatedthe Americans, they might have known regular class attendance and lecturesabout Italys artistic and cultural past if that were conducted in English only.they had a college education; otherwise, In spite of these problems, when Ionly its folkloristic aspects may have peruse the list of the early Fulbrightbeen gleaned from some magazine or Fellows, I now see many names thatmovie. belong to extremely successful scholarsIt was not easy to find candidates for in their respective disciplines.these fellowships who would have both Those early Fulbright Fellowships
  • 14. contributed a great deal not only to In short, the early Fulbright Programspecific careers but also to a broadened provided a multiplier effect to the world-spectrum of both Italian and American wide Academy, an effect that some ofuniversity curricula. Besides, the us had perhaps envisioned but notFulbright Program was also responsible necessarily expected.for initiating and then expanding a Cipriana Scelbawhole network of university-to-university relations. Giulia Lamiani (Graduate Student 2005-2006) working with her Supervisor, Elaine Meyer Aitana de la Jara (Graduate Student 2007-08) from the Childrens Hospital in Boston, MA sketching a corpse in Pompei Debra Cheverino (2004-06 Graduate Orientation, June 23, 2008 at The American Student) directing a musical performance University of Rome. Italian Fulbright Grantees at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Fulbright Commission Staff 2008-2009 Italian Foreign Language Teaching Sarah Dolembo (Graduate Student 2007- Assistants 08) designing costumes at Tirelli Costumi
  • 15. Name & Title Project Home University Host UniversityDistinguished ChairsAntonelli, Roberto Università di Roma “La Sapienza” University of ChicagoEuropean Literature: Francesco Petrarchs CanzoniereLicini, Stefania Università di Bergamo University of PittsburghItalian Modern History: Economy and Society in the 19th and 20th CenturiesSimoncini, Andrea Università di Firenze University of Notre DameComparative European Legal Tradition and Constitutional Transformations: Italy, the European Union and the USSterlacchini, Alessandro Politecnico delle Marche Georgetown UniversityEuropean Growth in the Knowledge EconomyCieri Via, Claudia Università di Roma "La Sapienza" Northwestern UniversityFrom War to War. The Classical Triumph and its Survival and the mythology of creation/creativity in Art and LiteratureResearch ScholarAlfano, Marco Università della Calabria University of IllinoisA cohesive zone model to simulate adhesive/cohesive failure: an integrated experimental/computational approachCarella, Antonio Università di Napoli “Federico II” Northwestern UniversityConjugated Polymers, Organic Photovoltaics and TransistorsCristiano, Mario Roderick Università del Molise Carnegie Mellon UniversityLow bandgap conjugated polymers for applications in Organic ElectronicsDeidda, Roberto Università di Cagliari Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyInnovative approaches for ordinary and extreme rainfall regime characterizationDi Bartolomeo, Antonio Università di Salerno Georgetown UniversityCarbon nanotubes networks as temperature and gas sensorsGaneri, Margherita Università della Calabria State University of New YorkTin hearts, springs and Calabrian turtles: images of Italy in the work of Helen BaroliniIandoli, Luca Università di Napoli “Federico II” Massachusetts Institute of TechnologySupporting collective intelligence and on-line collaborative deliberation through large-scale argumentationMaggini, Simona Università di Milano University of North CarolinaDevelopment and fine tuning of novel catalytic frameworks to insert in MOF networks from homogeneous toheterogeneous catalysisPacella, Massimo Università del Salento University of MichiganWavelets-based models and methods for quality monitoringSavazzi, Silvia Università di Verona University of IllinoisThe nature of the representation of space in healthy subjects and neglect patientsTaraborrelli, Angela Università di Roma “La Sapienza” Princeton UniversityContemporary CosmopolitanismTarozzi, Massimiliano Università di Trento University of California, LATraining and supporting effective teachers in multicultural schoolsValcarenghi, Luca Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Stanford UniversityTraffic engineering in REconfigurable integrAted optical-wireless neTworks (TREAT)Vignani, Rita Università di Siena Purdue UniversityThe role of cytoskeletal interacting proteins in agrobacterium-mediated plant genetic transformation60th Anniversary GrantAntonioni, Francesco Conservatorio Musicale “Fausto Torrefranca”Cornell UniversityCultural identities in contemporary music: mutual influences between Italian and American composers in the pasttwenty yearsVisiting Student ResearcherDi Girolamo, Amalia Università di Roma “Tor Vergata" University of ChicagoHousehold portfolios choices in a behavioral financial frameworkMantini, Giulia Università di Roma “Tor Vergata” Georgia Institute of TechnologyDevelopment of wireless nanotransducer for in-vivo medical applications
  • 16. Name & Title Project Home University Host UniversityPozzi, Chiara Politecnico di Torino Los Alamos National LaboratoryDeformation mechanisms of Face Centered Cubic (FCC) metals when exposed to small charges explosionsGraduate StudiesAchilli, Luigi Università di Milano “Bicocca” New School UniversityPh.D. in AnthropologyBaldini, Andrea Università di Siena Temple UniversityPh.D. in Philosophy of MusicBeltrami, Damiano Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne The City University of New YorkMaster in JournalismBenvenuti, Michela Università di Bologna John Hopkins UniversityMaster in International RelationsBorrello, Alessandra Università di Napoli “Federico II” University of California - DavisMaster in EconomicsCampi, Luigi Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Columbia UniversityMaster in Film-Cinema StudiesCostanzo, Sabrina Università Cattolica Harvard UniversityMaster in LawDesiato, Caterina Università di Milano University of HawaiiPh.D. in CommunicationsFrener, Philipp Leopold-Franzens University, Austria University of ChicagoMaster in International RelationsMancinelli, Fabrizio Conservatorio di Musica “Alfredo Casella” University of Southern CaliforniaGraduate Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and TelevisionPietrucci, Pamela Università dell’Aquila University of WashingtonPh.D. in CommunicationsPraino, Rodrigo Università di Napoli “L’Orientale" University of ConnecticutPh.D. in Political ScienceRamella, Daniele Università di Pavia Boston UniversityPh.D. in ChemistrySquitieri, Mauro Università Bocconi Fordham UniversityMaster in LawVisentin, Matteo Politecnico di Milano Boston UniversityMaster in PsychologyZanella, Michele Università di Firenze Pratt InstituteMaster in ArchitectureFulbright-BEST (Business Exchange Student Training) at Santa Clara University, CaliforniaRuiu, Luca Università di SassariAgricultural EntomologyPiacenti, Michela Università di FirenzeChemistryIafelice, Bruno Università di BolognaBiotechnologiesMosci, Sofia Università di GenovaPhysicsLombardi, Paolo Università di PaviaInformation Technology / Computer ScienceCattaneo, Francesco European School of Advanced Studies, PaviaInformation and Communication Technologies / TelecommunicationsGiovenzana, Chiara Università di FerraraBiotechnologiesTosi, Daniele Politecnico di TorinoElectrical EngineeringMarcon, Riccardo Università di PadovaInformation Technology / Computer Science
  • 17. Name & Title Project Home University Host UniversityForeign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA)De Prosperis, Federica Università di Roma “La Sapienza” Wheaton CollegeFarisco, Maria Università di Napoli “L’Orientale” Ramapo College of New JerseyFerrari, Anna Università di Pavia Bard CollegeNavarra, Ilaria Università di Salerno St. Bonaventure UniversitySummer SeminarsGatullo, Francesca Università di Bologna Institute for Training & Development Uni. of Massachusetts - AmherstIntorcia, Elena Università del Sannio University of Illinois - ChicagoFulbright - SchumanPullano, Teresa Institut dEtudes Politiques, Paris Columbia UniversityRicci, Vanessa Université Libre de Bruxelles Columbia UniversityRosato, Angelantonio LUISS University of PittsburghTomassini, Stefano Università di Venezia The New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsName & Title Project Home University Host UniversityDistinguished ChairsBaber, Walter California State University Politecnico di TorinoEnvironmental Policy and LawBardhan, Pranab University of California, Berkeley Università di SienaGlobalization and Political Economy of DevelopmentCaswell, Julie University of Massachusetts, Amherst Università della TusciaThe Economics of Food Quality: Private and Public Decision MakingFrank, Robert John Hopkins University Università di TriesteMathematical Tools for Theoretical LinguisticsHead, John University of Kansas Università di TrentoA Triangle of International and Comparative Law - Teaching, Learning, WritingKatz, James Rutgers University Università del Piemonte OrientaleTwentieth-Century History of CommunicationsSenior Specialists (A.Y. 2007-2008)Adams, Michael University of Wisconsin - Madison Università di ParmaNatural Resources Management and PolicyForte, Armelinda St. Johns University Istituto di Scienze MotorieSport ManagementLiebow, Edward Battelle Centers for Public Health Università di TrentoSustainable Development Research and EvaluationKlimis Zacas, Dorothy University of Maine Università di MilanoAgriculture/Human NutritionNagurney, Anne University of Massachusetts - Amherst Università di CataniaComplex Networks and Vulnerability AnalysisUmbreit, Mark University of Minnesota Università di PiacenzaRestorative JusticeVitiello, Michael Pacific McGeorge School of Law Università di ParmaConstitutional Law and TheorySenior LecturersBloom, Alexander Wheaton College Università di Roma TreRevising Postwar America: Commonality and Consensus Amid Happy Days and Movement Days
  • 18. Name & Title Project Home University Host UniversityMadden, Etta Missouri State University Università di CataniaUtopian Visions and Mobility in American Literature and CulturePressler, Larry St. Johns University Università di BolognaU.S. History / International RelationsRom, Curt University of Arkansas Università di PadovaSustainable and Organic Production Systems: Local Farms to World MarketsSenior Research ScholarAllen, Barbara Virginia Polytechnic University Università di TrentoMaking Environmental Knowledge in an Italian Chemical Region: A Comparative PerspectiveBurke, Russell Hofstra University Museo Civico di Zoologia, RomeEcology and evolution of an invasive species: how have the lizards changed since they left home?Gibson, Mary John Jay College of Criminal Justice Università di BolognaThe Prisons of Rome: Punishment, Citizenship, and Italian UnificationJunior Research ScholarMorning, Ann New York University Università di MilanoImmigration and Construction of Difference in ItalyGraduate StudiesAndersen, Kathryn Princeton University Università di Scienze GastronomicheThe Development of D.O.P. Cheeses in ItalyChelz, Chloe The New School Politecnico di MilanoIlluminating Italy: Pietro Chiesa and Early 20th-Century Lighting DesignColeman, James Kiel Yale University Università di FirenzeOrphic Poetry and the Intellectual Life of Lorenzo de Medicis CircleEuker, Megan Elizabeth Art Institute of Chicago Chianciano Archaelogical ExcavationsPreseving the Roman Bath: Bathing Rituals in Natural SpringsHolt, Emily Marie University of Michigan Archaelogic Museum "Villanovaforru"Excavating the Middle Bronze Age on Siddi Plateau, Central SardiniaHoward, Charles Nicholas Williams College Università di BolognaThe Civic Architecture of Aldo RossiHuy, Matthew Peter California State University, Long Beach Florence Dance Cultural CenterContemporary Dance in Italy: Uncovering a Historically Artistic CultureJasper, Kathryn Lee University of California, Berkeley Università di Urbino "Carlo Bo"Peter Damian, Hermits, and the Communication of Reform: Fonte Avellana in the 11th CenturyJones, Zoe Maria Duke University Museo di Arte Moderna, TrentoA Transnational Bohemia: The Futurist Art of Gino SeveriniNadalo, Stephanie Leigh Northwestern University Università di PisaNegotiating Pluralism in Seventeenth-Century LivornoPawloski, Joseph Paul Hofstra University Institute of Molecular Biology &Mathematical Modeling of the Cellular Ran Pathway PathologyRaff, Katherine Anne University of Michigan - Ann Arbor American Academy in RomeSocial Class and Visual Experience in the Apartments and Houses of Roman OstiaRislow, Madeline Ann University of Kansas Università di GenovaDynamic Doorways: The Function of Overdoor Sculpture in Renaissance GenovaRoda, Timothy Daniel University of Washington Uni. of Washington Rome CenterExploring my Heritage and Interpreting it Through ArtRoza, Katherine Anne Amherst College Università di SienaLiteracy and Language Development of Deaf ChildrenScholl, John Thomas University of California, Santa Barbara Archiepiscopal Archives of TurinReligious Life in Fourteenth Century PiedmontSherriffs, Margaret Flora University of California, Davis Università di TorinoEffects of Feminizing Bacteria on an Italian Leafhopper PestSilver, Lauren Fae St. Johns University Unviersità di Roma TreArt on the Move: Working Toward a Model for the Protection of Cultural Property
  • 19. Name & Title Project Home University Host UniversityTazzara, Corey Samuel Stanford University European University Institute in"Great Disorder": Economic Culture in Medici Tuscany FlorenceStoltzfus, Andreas Michael McGill University Music Conservatory in NovaraLuciano Berios Virtuosity: Techniques in Sequenza X Extended to New Trumpet RepertoireClassics Seminar at the American Academy in Rome and the Vergilian Society in CumaeCasey, Timothy P. Westford Academy, MADe Boo, Edward L. Classical High School, RIFotsch, Jennifer M. Brookfield East High School, WIHeard, Brent L. Cranbrook-Kingwood School, MILarson, Jennifer Mount Saint Mary Academy, NJMarrin, Minet A.B. St. Pauls School, NHMcMillan, Devondra The Lawrenceville School, NJMoseley, Margaret Chapel Hill Middle School, NEEnglish Teaching Assistants (ETA)Aiello, Jacqueline Beatrice Queens College NapoliBrumbach, Christina Marie Dickinson College RomaCalfe, Marissa Leigh Dickinson College SalernoFazzano, Adriana Amherst College CataniaKatz, Samara Rachele At-large, California LecceMegli, Cassandra Deanne University of Arizona PalermoSargent, Anne Miller Cornell University Matera
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