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The Legacy of Ancient Italy: The Etruscan and Early Roman City

Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers

Postmark Deadline: March 1, 2012

“The Legacy of Ancient Italy: The Etruscan and Early Roman City” is a three-week college and university teachers institute for twenty-four participants to study Etruscan and early Roman culture. The institute, supported by the Community College Humanities Association and co-directed by Gregory Warden (Southern Methodist University) and Carole Lester (Richland College), begins in Orvieto, Italy, with trips to Tarquinia, Cortona, Siena, Chiusi, Florence, Bologna, Volterra, and Rome. The institute focuses on four themes: archaeology and urban identity in early Italy; Etruscan and Roman urbanization; economy, trade, and cultural formation in the early Mediterranean; and the conquest of the Etruscans by the Romans. Participants visit excavated Etruscan sites, museum holdings, and archives, and investigate issues of cultural identity, belief systems, spatial hierarchy, and political and economic dominance and decline.   The co-directors are joined by curators, archaeologists, and historians who also guide the site visits: Claudio Bizzarri (archaeology, University of Arizona), Luca Fedeli (Archaeological Superintendence of Tuscany), Andrea Gáldy (art history, Florence University of the Arts), Mario Lozzo (art history, National Archaeological Museum of Florence), Stephan Steingraeber (Etruscology, University of Rome), Michael Thomas (art history, University of Texas, Austin), and Anthony Tuck (classics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst).  Site visits have been planned for the Faina Museum, the National Archeological Museum of Orvieto, the Belvedere Temple, Campo della Fiera, Crocifisso del Tufo, and the Tarquinia Museum and Necropolis. 


Dates: June 5-25 (3 weeks)
Grantee Institutions: Community College Humanities Association
Location: Rome and other sites in Italy

About NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers

Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in Summer Seminars and Institutes. Each NEH Summer Seminar includes sixteen participants working in collaboration with one or two leading scholars. Participants have access to a major research collection, with time reserved to pursue individual projects.

Amount of Award

NEH Summer Scholars are awarded fixed stipends to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses. Stipend amounts are based on the length of the NEH Summer Seminar or Institute: $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks), $3,300 (4 weeks), $3,900 (5 weeks), or $4,500 (6 weeks).


NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the project.

You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks workshops) and you may attend only one.

Please note:

Adjunct faculty, community college faculty and first-time participants are encouraged to apply.

Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are reserved for current full-time graduate students in the humanities.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.