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About this year:
We threw open our doors in Fall 2014, with a lively new website and a range of public events and video (live-streaming and a deep archive of past events).
The Academy welcomed a new class of Fellows who are studying Sierra Leone; Machiavelli; Big Data; nanotechnology; autism; Arendt; Le Corbusier; and a broad array of other topics.
We hosted students from the new summer course of archaeological fieldwork at Hadrian's Villa; a reading of Leopardi's poetry with Jonathan Galassi and our San Paolo Visiting Professor, Giorgio Ficara; a haunting photo show by Maria Antonietta Mameli; and exciting performances of music by Luciano Berio and world premieres by composers of today.
Audiences poured in for provocative conversations with Prof. Richard Falk; and with young orchestra players who are Israeli, Palestinian, and Egyptian; and with artists and authors Jules Feiffer, Art Spiegelman, and Alex Melamid.
Highlights from the first part of 2014 were an international neuroscience conference on the Default Mode Network and its role in aesthetics; a workshop investigating antiquarianism in the Renaissance, with our Senior Fellow, Anthony Grafton; another exploring the Guggenheim’s Futurism show; and a Holocaust Remembrance event focusing on "Gender and Anti-Semitism: Women’s Rights Then and Now." We also hosted award-winning biographer Edmund White speaking on the life of Lorenzo Da Ponte; thought-provoking films by human-rights activist Aryan Kaganof of South Africa; and concerts of contemporary Italian music.
Please join us, online or in person, to explore what we offer in 2015. And please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Italian Academy: even a small donation shows that you care about the culture and learning that we present—for free—to our wide community.
Warm wishes for a joyful new year!
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Who supports the Academy?
The original funding for the Academy came from an endowment established at Columbia in 1991 by the Republic of Italy; since then, a variety of foundations, corporations, and private donors have provided other endowments and gifts.
Institutional donors include:
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Monte Dei Paschi Di Siena
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro S.P.A.
Compagnia di San Paolo
The Alexander Bodini Foundation
The Aaron Copland Fund for Music
The Freeman Trust