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In 1583 five Jesuit brothers set out with the intention of founding a new church and mission in India. Their dream was almost immediately, and brutally, terminated by local opposition. When their massacre was announced in Rome it was treated as martyrdom. Francesco Benci, professor of rhetoric at the Collegium Romanum, immediately set about celebrating their deaths in a new type of epic, distinct from, yet dependent upon, the classical tradition: Quinque martyres e Societate Iesu in India.

This is the first critical edition and translation of this important text. The commentary highlights both the classical sources and the historical and religious context of the mission. The introduction outlines Benci’s career and stresses his role as the founder of this vibrant new genre.

Dr. Catherine Ramsey-Portolano, associate professor and program director of Italian Studies at AUR, has published a new book, Performing Bodies: Female Illness in Italian Literature and Cinema (1860-1920).

This publication explores how female illness was portrayed in Italian literature and early cinema and makes the case that being sick had its advantages - sometimes even offering the female protagonist a way to become the master not only of her body but also of her story and destiny.

Ramsey-Portolano, who is American, joined the full-time faculty at AUR in 2008. This is her third book and continues her doctorate research in Italian literature, gender studies and cinema.

The Spring 2018 IR field trip was designed to provide the students with the opportunity to explore the ongoing debate over separatism of a Spanish region, i.e. Catalonia. The field trip enabled students to meet politicians, scholars and policy-makers with different political, economic and social perspectives. Another important aspect of the field trip was the direct experience of the city. The class could really get a sense of how Catalan society is responding to the latest political developments.
By combining all the different ideas, visions, opinions and experiences students gained a nuanced understanding of the debate on whether should Catalonia become an independent state or not.  

Professor Davor Džalto was recently interviewed by 'Blic', the biggest daily newspaper in the South-Eastern Europe. Below is an excerpt from that interview and a link to the original article.

Eileen Francesconi, a 2016 AUR graduate in Business Administration, returned to campus on March 7 to talk about her experiences at Bocconi University in Milan.

For a recent class in Roman Technology, Archaeology & Classics students went underground to examine the infrastructure of the Aqueduct Traiana, dating from 109 AD, and the Baths of Caracalla from 216 AD.

AUR Art History students explored the ancient ruins of Paestum on a recent sunny February day as part of the course Sacred Space: Religious Architecture of Rome, led by Professor Davor Dzalto.

The Trump Administration’s latest budget proposals for 2019 call for $214 billion in cuts to federal food assistance programs over the next 10 years. While think tanks, citizens’ groups, academia, and the US Congress debate the issue, they may find some good advice in a new book: “The 1.5 Billion People Question: Food, Vouchers, or Cash Transfers?”