Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies

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The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS) is an overseas study center located in Rome, Italy for undergraduate students in fields related to Classical Studies. It was first established in 1965 by ten American colleges and universities; by 2007 the number of member institutions had grown to 113.[1] It is sometimes called the Centro, the Italian word for center.


Each member institution furnishes a "faculty representative" to the Centro; from these, five are elected to sit on a governing board called the Managing Committee, currently under elected chair Professor Michael Maas of Rice University. Initially administered by Stanford University, the Centro is now run by Duke University.[2] The Managing Committee hires a Professor-in Charge (PIC) for each year, and three subordinate faculty, who are responsible for instruction and drawn from American colleges and universities.

The Centro offers competitive admission to North American undergraduate students to study the Ancient City, Greek or Latin literature, Italian language, or (Renaissance and Baroque) Art History. A group of 36 undergraduate students are competitively selected as Centristi each semester. Students at individual member universities should contact their faculty representative for further information (a recommendation from the faculty representative is required with every application).

The Centro has received financial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Corning Incorporated Foundation, the Danforth Foundation, the Old Dominion Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, its consortium of colleges and universities, former students, and friends. One of its founders was the American Classicist Brooks Otis, in whose memory the center's library [3] is named.


Normally there are four faculty members at ICCS Rome: a senior 'Professor in Charge' (PIC), two junior professors (often an associate professor and an assistant professor), and a graduate student assistant. The professor in charge is chosen by the Managing Committee and the remaining faculty are hired competitively at the annual meetings of the American Institute of Archaeology/American Philological Association in January. Faculty duties vary in accordance with the organizational plans of the PIC, but the course load is nominally two courses per semester except for the graduate assistant, who teaches a 1-1 load with additional resident supervisorial duties. The professors live in ICCS-rented apartments in the neighborhood, while the graduate assistant lives on the premises of the ICCS.


Year Name Institution
1967-1968 William Anderson UCLA
1968-1969 Charles Theophilus Murphy Oberlin College
1969-1970 Edward Togo Salmon McMaster University
1970-1971 Edward Togo Salmon McMaster University
1971-1972 Charles P. Segal Brown University
1972-1973 John Van Sickle Brown University
1973-1974 Paul MacKendrick University of Wisconsin
1974 Fall Charles L. Babcock† [4] Ohio State University
1975 Spring Alexander McKay McMaster University
1975-1976 J. Arthur Hanson Princeton University
1976 fall John E. Stambaugh[5] Williams College
1977 spring Jane Cody University of Southern California
1977-1978 Katherine A. Geffcken Wellesley College
1978-1979 Harry B. Evans Fordham University
1979-1980 Mary Sturgeon The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1980-1981 Gerhard M. Koeppel[6] The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1981-1982 Jean D'Amato University of Southern California
1982-1983 Eric Nielsen Bowdoin College
1983-1984 Leon Fitts Dickinson College
1984-1985 Herbert W. Benario Emory University
1985-1986 Paul B. Harvey, Jr. Penn State University
1986-1987 John E. Fischer Wabash College
1987-1988 Ann Ellis Hanson Yale University
1988-1989 Stephen L. Dyson Wesleyan University
1989-1990 Gerhard M. Koeppel The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1990-1991 James Russell University of British Columbia
1991-1992 Russell Darby Scott Bryn Mawr College
1992-1993 Mary T. Boatwright Duke University
1993-1994 James C. Anderson jr. The University of Georgia
1994-1995 James Franklin Indiana University, Bloomington
1995-1996 Stephen L. Dyson University at Buffalo - SUNY
1996-1997 Thomas A.J. McGinn Vanderbilt University
1997 Fall James Franklin Indiana University, Bloomington
1998 Spring Gerhard M. Koeppel University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1998-1999 Helen Nagy University of Puget Sound
1999-2000 James Russell University of British Columbia
2000-2001 Harry B. Evans Fordham University
2001-2002 Bernard Frischer UCLA
2002-2003 Christopher Parslow Wesleyan University
2003-2004 Michele R. Salzman University of California, Riverside
2004-2005 Mary Sturgeon University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2005-2006 Michael Maas Rice University
2006-2007 Doug Domingo-Foraste California State University, Long Beach
2007-2008 Walter Englert Reed College
2008-2009 Nigel Pollard Swansea University
2009-2010 Peter Burian Duke University
2010-2011 R. Scott Smith University of New Hampshire
2011-2012 Gregory Bucher Creighton University
2012-2013 Daniel W. Berman Temple University
2013-2014 Peter Burian Duke University


Indubitably, the heart of Centro coursework is the Ancient City course.[7] Worth two credits and demanding an exceptional amount of time, this course teaches the history of Rome with a focus on its topography, ancient and modern; in short, this course is Roman history as it could be taught only in Rome. Although they are supplemented by a weekly lecture, field trips provide the core of the class, with two to three six-to-ten-hour excursions per week. Each student also must give two on-site presentations, which help further emphasize the physicality of the field.

In addition to the ancient city course students must take two additional courses (some choose to take a third). One class must be in either the Greek or the Latin language. Currently Centro provides two electives, Elementary Italian or Renaissance and Baroque Italian art history; however, Francesco Sgariglia, the program's current director, is developing ideas for new classes that would give Centristi more exposure to contemporary Italian culture, such as 'Italian Cooking.'

Art History is taught by Paul Tegmeyer, a faculty member of John Cabot University. The class consists of a weekly lecture Wednesday afternoons and a field trip Friday mornings, normally to a museum or church.

Life at the Centro[edit]

All students live in a small four-story building that previously served as a convent, located at Via Alessandro Algardi 19, in the Monteverde Vecchio section of Rome, having moved here from Via Ulisse Seni 2. Breakfast, dinner, and most lunches are eaten together on all weekdays; the bedrooms are small; the long and frequent field trips for the Ancient City course mean that class time is heavily weighted.

Suzanne Deal Booth Scholar-in-Residence[edit]

In 2012 a program of resident scholars was announced,[8] funded by Suzanne Deal Booth. In November 2012 Richard Talbert of the University of North Carolina served as the inaugural scholar-in-residence.[9]

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