ICS “Social Meetings” are the cultural events taking place once a month, from September to June, except in December, February, and May, when we hold the “Special Events” Festa di Natale, Carnevale and Gala. “Upcoming Events” are events organized by other organizations, with whom we collaborate.
The 4th Sunday, April 23,2017 ICS Social Meeting will take place from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at the BCC-RSC 4805 Edgemoor Lane in downtown Bethesda.
- 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Board Elections
- 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Presentationby Prof. John McLucas,
- 3:30 pm, socializing and refreshments
To the Victor Go the Spolia: Reuse, Recycling, and Repurposing of Ancient Materials in Later Construction in Rome
Rome, the “Eternal City” – an ancient and ever renewing city – has been built and rebuilt over nearly 3000 years. When the Empire ended in the 5th century, the city suffered catastrophic population loss and degradation of its monumental infrastructure. This talk will highlight the thrifty and often artful reuse of surviving ancient architectonic elements in mediaeval, Renaissance, and modern structures in the city. This reuse was often driven by shifting ideological currents, theological or political, which saw the city as a locus of sacred and imperial memories.
John C. McLucas
John C. McLucas is Professor of Italian and Latin in the Department of Foreign Languages at Towson University. He received his BA in Latin Classics from Wesleyan in 1974, and his PhD in Italian Language and Literature from Yale in 1983. His scholarly work includes numerous conference papers and published articles on the Italian epic tradition, particularly Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, in journals including Italian Culture, The Italianist, and Stanford Italian Studies; his reviews have appeared in Forum Italicum and Speculum. His translations of sixteenth-century Latin documents about the first encounter between Europe and America were published by UCLA in the Repertorium Columbianum series in 2002. He is a frequent contributor to the Italian humanities journal Lyceum, with pieces on topics ranging from national identity to the Italian opera tradition. He edited a volume of Olifant, the journal of the Société Rencesvals; this volume appeared in 2003. He recently completed a translation of Tullia d’Aragona’s epic-romance, Il Meschino, altramente detto il Guerrino (1560), believed to be the first published in Italian by a woman. This translation, edited and annotated by Dr. Julia L. Hairston, is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press. Several of Dr. McLucas’ recent conference papers and articles have focused on various aspects of the Meschino. His most recent publication is an article on approaches to teaching Ariosto in the journal Italica.
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Save the dates for our Next Events:
Wednesday April 27, 7:00 – Via Umbria – Anna Lawton’s book presentation
Friday May 19th, 6:30 – Italian Embassy – Gala 2017