Presidential Chair will Hold 5-Week Seminar in Rome Summer 2010

By Elizabeth Romero Student Intern CHASS College Computing
August 31, 2009

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has just announced that $29 million in grant awards will be given to 184 high quality humanities projects. "New funding supports a wide variety of projects nationwide, including professional development opportunities for educators at all levels, advancement of humanities disciplines through the use of technology, and collaboration between U.S. and U.K scholars related to the development of digital humanities projects" states the NEH website.

"The NEH grants announced today will bring the humanities to homes, communities, and classrooms across the United States," said NEH Chairman Jim Leach. "From documentaries that will air on public television stations, or exhibits and programming at local libraries and museums, to the continuing education of our nation's teachers and development of digital tools for use by scholars and citizens alike, these creative projects will help Americans better understand the ability of the humanities to enrich our lives."

Michele R. Salzman's (Professor of History, University of California Presidential Chair and the Director of Tri-Campus Classics Program) project has been selected to be one of the 184 programs that will receive funding.

Salzman will be directing a Summer Seminar at the American Academy in Rome from June 28-July 30, 2010.

The seminar, The "Falls of Rome": The Transformations of Rome in late Antiquity has been awarded $143,796 for a five-week seminar for sixteen college and university professors to study the reactions to crisis in the Rome from the late third to seventh centuries. This is also the topic of Salzman's current research, and of a new book.

Salzman's research focuses on the religious and social history of Late Antiquity. She is author of On Roman Time: The Codex-Calendar of 354 and the Rhythms of Urban Life in Late Antiquity (UC Press, 1990), as well as several articles on Roman history and religion. Her second book, The Making of a Christian Aristocracy (Harvard University Press, 2002) examined the social and religious issues that explained the conversion of the Roman aristocracy from paganism to Christianity in the Roman Empire in the West in the years after Constantine.

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