Historian Appointed to the American Academy in Rome Board of Trustees

Michele Renee Salzman is the first UC scholar to serve as an AAR trustee and will represent the academy’s School of Classical Studies

Michele Renee Salzman

Michele Renee Salzman

RIVERSIDE, California — Michele Renee Salzman, professor of history at the University of California, Riverside, has been appointed to serve on the American Academy in Rome’s (AAR) Board of Trustees. Her nomination was approved at the November meeting of the board.

Salzman is the first University of California scholar to serve on the board.

“The American Academy of Rome is the leading cultural institution in Rome,” Salzman  said. “I care deeply about this institution. It is one of the few institutions where you have meaningful cross-disciplinary actions that produce a real fermentation of the humanities and arts. It is a place that works to connect the humanities to the contemporary world. To support this mission as a representative of the Advisory Council is thrilling.”

The academy, which was established by Congress in 1894 and is privately funded, is the oldest American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.

Salzman was elected chair of the Advisory Council of the AAR’s Society of Classical Studies in 2013, and was a Lucy Shoe Meritt Scholar-in-Residence in 2008 and is a 1987 Rome Prize Fellow. In 2010, she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to be project director of an AAR Summer Seminar on “The ‘Falls’ of Rome: The Transformations of Rome in Late Antiquity.”

A scholar of religious and social history of Late Antiquity, has written and edited numerous publications, among them “Pagans and Christians in Late Antique Rome: Conflict, Competition, and Coexistence in the Fourth Century” (co-edited with Marianne Saghy and Rita Lizzi Testa; Cambridge University Press, 2016), “The Letters of Symmachus. Book 1” (introduction, text and commentary by Salzman, translation with Michael Roberts; Society of Biblical Literature, 2011, 2015 revised, and Brill Press, 2011), “The Making of a Christian Aristocracy: Religious and Social Change in the Western Roman Empire (Harvard University Press, 2002), and “On Roman Time: The Codex – Calendar of 354 and the Rhythms of Urban Life in Late Antiquity” (University of California Press, 1990).

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