American-Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences

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The Seal of the American Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Berkeley, California, USA

The American Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences (ARA)[1][2][3][4] is a scholarly organization dedicated to the analysis, study and dissemination of Romanian contributions and accomplishments. To enhance these efforts, ARA combines Western and Romanian intellectual traditions, encourages communications and serves as a point d'appui in the Western World for Romanian academics and intellectuals. ARA is duly incorporated in the State of California as a non-profit tax-exempt organization. It is organized in conformity with the pertinent laws and regulations of the state of California and the United States of America. ARA conducts and supports multidisciplinary studies in exact sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, and also supports the arts, linguistics, literature, political studies and sociology. As an institution its main goal is to foster cultural exchanges between the American and Romanian cultures.[5] ARA was founded in California in 1975 by a group of American-Romanians, and in 2014 has 119 elected members, 81 corresponding members, and 59 honorary members.

ARA organizes annual congresses,[6][7] and publishes ARA Congress Proceedings,[8] books and the ARA Newsletter for its membership.[9]

The Romanian branch of ARA[10] has its center in Timişoara, Romania, that is closely coordinated with the US main organization.

Areas of interest[edit]

ARA is supporting specific research activities in the following areas:

1. Anthropology 2. Applied Mathematics 3. Biology 4. Chemistry 5. Economy 6. Education 7. Engineering 8. Environment 9. History 10. Law 11. Linguistics 12. Literature 13. Medical Informatics 14. Medicine 15. Political Science 16. Philosophy 17. Physics 18. Theology

Educational activities[edit]

ARA organizes educational courses at various times in specific areas such as, for example: Mathematics, Fluid Mechanics, Economics, Romanian and American History, Comparative History of Religions, Romanian Folklore and American Literature correlates, Aesthetics, Folk Dancing, Folklore Quilting and Paintings.

The engineering and computing courses organized in collaboration with the Romanian Branch of ARA in Timişoara are especially popular, and attracted large audiences of both students and faculty.[11]

ARA President[edit]

Prof. Ruxandra VIDU - USA: 2013–Present


1. Dr. Mgr. Octavian BÂRLEA - Germany, ARA President: 1975-1978

2. Prof. Nicolae TIMIRAȘ - USA, ARA President: 1978-1982

3. Prof. Maria MANOLIU-MANEA - USA, ARA President: 1982-1995

4. Prof. Constantin CORDUNEANU - USA, ARA President: 1995-1998

5. Prof. Ion PARASCHIVOIU - Canada, ARA President: 1998-2013

Honorary Members[edit]

The list of ARA Honorary Members includes: Nobel Laureate George Palade (CA,USA), King Michael I of Romania, former Governor Michael Dukakis (CA,USA), Prof. Mircea Eliade (IL,USA), former Ambassador David Britton Funderbruk (USA) in Romania, Ambassador John R. Davis (USA), Eugène Ionesco (France),[12][13][14] Prof. Dr. Emil Constantinescu (Third President of free Romania from 1996 to 2000), Prof. Nicolaie Georgescu (Chancellor of Alma Mater University in Sibiu, Romania), former Romanian Ambassador—Acad. Virgil Constantinescu, Prof.Alain Bezançon (France), Prof. Michel Meslin (France), Professor Emil Turdeanu(Sorbonne, France), Prof. Raghu S. Ragunathan (UK), Prof. Jacques Bouchard (decorated with the Order of Canada), Prof. Nicolas Mateesco-Matte, Academician,[citation needed] Prof. Jean D.A. Bozet (Belgium), Prof. Willy P.J. Legros (Belgium), Prof. Teodoro Oniga (Brazil), Romanian Academicians Augustin Buzura[citation needed], Eugen Simion,[citation needed] Gabriel Țepelea[citation needed], and Education Minister, Acad. Mircea Malița (also former Romanian Ambassador in USA and Switzerland)[citation needed], Acad. Prof. Grigore Belostecinic[citation needed] (Republic of Moldova), Acad. Prof. Andrei Andrieș,[citation needed] (Republic of Moldova), Reverend Gheorghe Calciu-Dumitreasa (USA),Prof. Ladis K. Kristof (CA, USA), Prof. Adrian Bejan (USA), Prof. Paul Ricœur (USA), Acad.Prof. Radu Roșca (France), Lieutenant-General Prof. Teodor Frunzeti (Romania), Prof. Claudiu Matasa (USA), together with 10 other members of a total of 42 Honorary members worldwide.

Emeriti ARA Members[edit]

There are 12 US Emeriti members of ARA: Prof. Raymonde A. Bulger, Prof. Mircea Sabău, Dr. Carmen Sabău, Prof. Ladis K. Kristof, Prof. Thomas Amherst Perry, Romanian Acad. Dinu C. Giurescu, Prof. Lory Wallfish, Prof. Radu Florescu, Prof. Aurel Ciufecu, Prof. Paola S. Țimiraș, Dr. Dan Grindea and Dr. Jon Cepoi. There are also 4 other Emeriti ARA members from Canada, Germany and Spain: Prof. Angela Comnene (Canada), Dr. Radu Enescu (Spain), Dr. Nicolas Catanoy (Germany) and Dr. Pavel Chihaia (Germany).

Latest the most recent ARA Congresses[edit]

41st Congress 2017, July 19–22, 2017, University of Craiova, Romania, Chairman: Prof. Dr. Eng. Ruxandra Botez

40th Congress 2016, July 28 - August 31, 2016, Montreal, Canada, Chairman: Dr. Ala Mindicanu

39th Congress 2015, July 28 - August 31, 2015, National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Frascati, Roma, Chairman: Dr. Catalina Curceanu

38th Congress 2014, July 23–27, 2014, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, Chairman: Dr. Adrian Stoica

37th Congress 2013, June 4–9, 2016, Universitatea de Studii Politice si Economice Europene "Constantin Stere" Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, HONORARY PRESIDENTS: Prof. Dr. Ing. Ion Paraschivoiu, ARA President, and Prof. Dr. Gheorghe Avornic, Rector of USPEE. Chairman - Vice-chancellor Vlaicu Vlad,, Photos from the 37th Congress 2013

36th Congress 2012, May 29 - June 3, 2012, Libera Università Mediterranea Jean Monnet, Bari, Italy, Honorary Chairman - Prof. Emanuele DEGENNARO, Rector of LUM Jean Monnet, Chairman - Dr. Domenico MORRONE

35th Congress 2011, Polytechnic University of Timişoara, Timişoara, Romania, July 6–10,(Honorary Chairman - Prof. Dr. Eng. Nicolae Robu, Rector of University "Polytehnica" of Timișoara, Chairwoman - Prof Dr. ing Ioana Ionel)[15][16]

34th Congress 2010, "Carol I" National Defense University, Bucharest, Romania, May 18–23, (Honorary Chairman - Lt. General Prof. Dr. Teodor Frunzeti, Rector of "Carol I" National Defence University, Chairman - Professor Dr. Marius Hanganu)[17]

33rd Congress 2009, Sibiu Alma Mater University, Sibiu, Romania, June 2–07,(Honorary Chairman - Prof. Dr. Nicolaie Georgescu, Rector of SAMU, Chairman - Prof. Dr. Mircea Cosma)

32nd Congress 2008, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, July 22–26, (Honorary Chairman - Dr. Zorica Pantic Chairman - Assistant. Prof. Dr. Ilie Tălpășanu)

31st Congress 2007, Transilvania University, Braşov, Romania, July 31 - August 5,(Honorary Chairman - Prof. Dr. Ion Visa, Chairman - Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Doval)

30th Congress 2006, Academy of Economic Studies, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova, July 5–10, (Honorary Chairman - Prof. Dr. Hab. Grigore Belostecinic, Chairman - Prof. Dr. Hab. Dumitru Todoroi).[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Home Page of ARA
  2. ^ Romanian Publication House presenting ARA
  3. ^ ARA in the news of Radio Romania International
  4. ^ Romanians Meet at University (of Rochester) to Discuss Their "Jewel"
  5. ^ Multicultural America: Countries and Their Culture: Romanian Americans, by Vladimir F. Wertsman
  6. ^ Announcement of 34th ARA Congress by Carol I National Defence University
  7. ^ Congress of the American Romanian Academy of Arts and Science, Paris, France, 1987
  8. ^ "American Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences". American Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  9. ^ ARA Newsletters
  10. ^ ARA Romanian Branch affiliated with the Polytechnics University in Romania
  11. ^ ARA Branch in Romania with the center at the University Politehnica of Timişoara
  12. ^ Eugène Ionesco
  13. ^ (in Romanian) Communique, The Royal Family website in 2007
  14. ^ (in Romanian) Patriarch Daniel and King Michael have become members of the Romanian Academy, Antena 3, 19 December 2007
  15. ^ Official Announcement of 35th ARA Congress for 2011
  16. ^ Announcement of 35th ARA Congress by the University Politehnica of Timișoara
  17. ^ The 34th ARA Congress in Romania: Scientific Research, Security, Connectivity and Sustainable Development, supported by the National Defense "University Charles I of Romania".
  18. ^ ARA 30th Congress Final Report Publication

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