Tulane Professor Wins Prestigious Rome Prize

May 11, 2005

Michael Strecker
Phone: (504) 865-5210

Thomas Luongo, an associate professor of history at Tulane University, is one of only 15 scholars in the country to be awarded a 2005-06 Rome Prize. Winners of the prestigious honor are provided funding to live and study at the American Academy in Rome, one of the world's leading centers for independent study and research in the arts and humanities.

Luongo will begin an 11-month residency at the academy in September, researching 14th- and 15th-century Italian religious literature and concepts of saintly authority. The American Academy in Rome, located on Janiculum, Rome's highest hill, was established in 1894 and chartered as a private institution by Congress in 1905. Its central purpose is operating the residency program.

The Rome Prize is awarded annually to 15 emerging artists working in architecture, landscape architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, literature, musical composition or visual arts. The prize is also awarded to 15 scholars working in ancient, medieval, Renaissance and early modern or modern Italian studies. The Academy also sponsors exhibitions, concerts, lectures and conferences.

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