Crossing the Line Lecture: Beyond the Divide: Cultural Identity and Integration in Rome

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The talk aims at addressing the historical and contemporary roles of Rome as host to immigrant and religious communities. Timely and apposite to our ever changing world, the lectures raise such issues as acculturation and the challenges posed by racism, xenophobia and denominational chauvinism against the unique backdrop of Rome - the center of Christianity, Fascism's former capital, and the current gateway to Europe.

Professor Daniele Fiorentino obtained his Ph.D in American Studies at the Università La Sapienza in Rome and also obtained a second Ph.D in American History at the University of Kansas. Twice appointed as Fulbright scholar, he is associate professor of American history at the University Roma Tre, coordinator for the Erasmus program, president of the political science department’s library committee, and coordinator of the “International Studies” degree program taught in English.

Professor Andrea Branchi holds a PhD in History of Moral Philosophy (University of Bologna) and an MA in Early Modern European History (Columbia University, New York). He teaches Early Modern European history and moral philosophy, both at the American University in Rome and at Saint Mary’s College for their Rome Program.

Global Institute Lecture Series

The Global Institute Lecture Series is an initiative of the Open Campus program that invites students to engage with a global topic from the perspective of their host country. CIEE opens its doors to local experts, visiting faculty and members of the community, to facilitate an evening of debate and idea exchange. The GI Lecture Series provides a forum for a diverse range of academic engagement, from lectures to film screenings, workshops and panel discussions, with the goal of bringing students closer to the local community. 

A new topic is chosen every semester and students across all Global Institutes will engage with this common theme from varying angles. Therefore, a great emphasis is placed on fostering intercultural awareness and learning. Students have the invaluable opportunity to liaise with members of the local community, experience new perspectives, and contribute to the academic landscape of their host country.