The Classical Studies Program (CLST) at Columbia is pleased to host an initiative by Francesco de Angelis (Art History and Archaeology) and Marco Maiuro (History): a Columbia Global Class at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli near Rome, Italy. Hadrian’s Villa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Though referred to as a “villa,” the site is a large-scale terrain. Its buildings and expansive gardens are inspired by Greek, Roman and Egyptian art and architecture. Scholars and visitors have been fascinated by Hadrian’s Villa since its rediscovery in the Renaissance. It continues to be s a unique resource for teaching and for novel research. The first Global Class at Hadrian’s Villa, scheduled for June 2014, is open to graduate and undergraduate students from Columbia University as well as Colleges and Universities worldwide. Applications will be administered through Columbia University’s Office of Global Programs. Further information about the course can be found here.
Since 2012, CLST students have participated in the activities of the Advanced Program in Ancient History and Art (APAHA). In 2012, APAHA started its work with excavations at Villa San Marco in Stabiae near Pompeii. Research travels in 2013 to villas in Rome and Latium served as additional preparation for APAHA’s newest project at Hadrian’s Villa. APAHA will continue to pursue a range of activities, including summer classes for Columbia University’s Global Programs, excavations and research in several regions of Italy, as well as faculty-led travels that allow dissertation students to take part in the conception of new research projects.