EUR Walking Tour—Delve into Rationalist Architecture
Mussolini’s Third Rome
Janet has lived between Rome and U.S.A. while working on her dissertation for Columbia University on photography in Italy under Fascism. Before that, she worked as an editor for an arts publication in Chicago. She is a painter and has taught drawing and painting in art schools and art departments in the Boston area. Her specialization in Modern Italy addresses the effects on Italians of living with history while defining themselves as modern so she has become familiar with Rome's many pasts and their expression through art and architecture. She is now based in Rome where, among other things, she sings in a Gospel Choir.
Laurie has lived and worked in Rome since 2006, when she moved here with her family from Cambridge, Massachusetts. An anthropologist and art historian with a BA from Vassar College and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Laurie worked as a curator at museums in Santa Fe and Boston and served as a Fulbright consultant to museums in Southeast Asia before moving to Italy. She teaches courses in Museum Studies and Art under Fascism for Temple University in Rome and other study abroad programs. Laurie has collaborated with the Special Superintendence for Archaeology of the Ministry of Fine Arts in Italy, and is a Research Associate at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. As she takes students and travelers to museums, archaeological sites, villas, palaces and churches throughout Italy, Laurie consistently experiences the joy of discovering something new at every place she visits.
Simona is a Roman archaeologist specialized in the Late Imperial and Middle Ages periods. She graduated in Archaeology and Ancient History from the Sapienza University of Rome and subsequently obtained her higher degree in Restoration and Heritage preservation. Currently she works as field director on excavations and restorations for the Superintendency of Rome and Latium (Ministry of Cultural Heritage). She is also deeply involved in an international project (CNR) the scope of which is the application of high technology to artefact conservation and ancient structure preservation. Last but not least, Simona also enjoys combining food and archaeology, a passion that grew during her dissertation, in which she studied the majolicas of the Colosseum and the foods that they contained, and how eating habits evolved over time.
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