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Classics professor elected to board of American Academy

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

LAWRENCE – University of Kansas professor of classics Anthony Corbeill has been elected to the board of trustees of the American Academy in Rome, a leading center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.

Corbeill is the first KU faculty member to sit on the board. He will serve a three-year term as trustee.

The academy is known for the Rome Prize, which is awarded annually to 30 people who are selected through a national competition. The prize allows recipients to spend several months on the Rome campus of the academy to concentrate on their creative or scholarly projects.

Corbeill, whose research focuses on Latin literature and Roman cultural history, was selected for a Rome Prize fellowship in 1994. Fellows are chosen by juries of experts in the fields of ancient, medieval, Renaissance and early modern studies; modern Italian studies; architecture, landscape architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation; literature; musical composition; and visual arts. Other recipients include architect Michael Graves and author Junot Diaz.

“The Academy provides to scholars, artists, writers and composers the opportunity to live and work together in the incomparable historical surroundings of Rome. I consider it an honor to be able to serve as a trustee to such a grand and hallowed institution," Corbeill said.

Corbeill received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and his master's and doctorate in Classical Languages from the University of California at Berkeley (1990). He has held fellowships at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich, Germany (a comprehensive dictionary of the Latin language), the Institute for Research in the Humanities (Madison), and All Souls College (Oxford). He has also served as editor of the Academy's academic journal, Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome.

Founded in 1894, originally as the first graduate school of architecture for the United States, the American Academy in Rome emerged in its present form — a hybrid center for the arts and humanities — by 1912. The board of trustees meets annually both in Rome at the academy’s 11-acre campus and at its New York offices.

The Department of Classics is part of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which encourages learning without boundaries in its more than 50 departments, programs and centers. Through innovative research and teaching, the College emphasizes interdisciplinary education, global awareness and experiential learning. The College is KU's broadest, most diverse academic unit.