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UW Rome center live-broadcasting lecture by key European leader

Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to view a live broadcast from the UW Rome Center on February 13.

The broadcast will feature a lecture by Dr. Franco Frattini, President of the Italian Society for International Organizations; Former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security. Dr. Frattini will explore the current trend towards European integration through his lecture: “European Union Integration: Toward the Unites States of Europe?”.

The broadcast will take place at 9am PST in 115 William H. Gates Hall on Thursday, February 13. Professor Jeffrey Riedinger, UW Vice Provost for Global Affairs, will welcome Dr. Frattini and attendees on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The event is hosted by UW Office of Global Affairs, UW School of Law, the Jackson School of International Studies, the European Union Center of Excellence of Seattle, the Center for Western European Studies and UW French & Italian Studies.

A light breakfast will be served at the event. Please RSVP to


Vice Provost to visit UW Rome Center

The Vice Provost for Global Affairs will meet with faculty and staff at the UW Rome Center during his visit to the city from November 16 – 22.  The meetings will familiarize the Vice Provost with the facility and its operations. Together with Rome Center faculty and staff, Vice Provost Riedinger seeks to put the center on a more sustainable and dynamic footing.

The Office of Global Affairs is exploring opportunities to expand programming for UW students at the Rome Center, including study, research, and service learning, and also to position it as a host for scholarly conferences and a base of operations for faculty conducting research in Italy. “We’re looking at what more we can do to make the Rome Center a true platform for teaching, research, and student engagement,” says Vice Provost Riedinger.

Meeting of public universities features Vice Provost

Vice Provost Riedinger attended the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) from November 10 – 12. A member of APLU’s Commission on International Initiatives Executive Committee, he served as a discussion panelist and engaged with university leaders from across the country around issues related to international education.

The panel discussion, titled The Future of International and Foreign Language Education: What More Can Government and Universities Do Together?, explored opportunities for partnership between the US Department of Education and public universities to support world language and international education.  The panelists also discussed the need for universities to equip graduates for success in the global economy.  Maureen McLaughlin, the US Department of Education’s Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education and Director of International Affairs, as well as leaders from the University of Arizona and The Ohio State University also participated as panelists.

Vice Provost Riedinger also attended a working dinner convened by APLU President Peter McPherson to brainstorm strategies for increasing US student participation in study abroad in the absence of increased federal funding for scholarships.


Rome Center offers unique research opportunity

Theresa at the Ara Pacis Museum

During her sophomore year study abroad, Theresa Maloney fell in love – with Rome, art history, and the UW Rome Center itself.  When she returned to Seattle, she immediately began preparing to apply for the Rome Center Intern position.  The internship allows one exceptional undergraduate to live at the Rome Center for a year, conduct in-depth research, and gain professional experience in student affairs, facilities management, and administrative work.

Theresa prepared for the competitive internship position by taking additional Italian language courses, delving deeper into her art history studies, and seeking out faculty mentors who could help her design research proposals. “It’s important to find [faculty] who will support you in your research,” she advises, “you need to be serious and work with advisers and professors to develop a feasible project.” Her hard work paid off, and she was selected as the Rome Center Intern.

Theresa visits Piazza Navona with fellow UW students
Theresa visits Piazza Navona with fellow UW students

While in Rome, Theresa engaged in two research projects.  The first examined the appearance of women in Renaissance portraiture.  In particular, she focused on a painting by Lorenzo Lotto and wrote a paper outlining increasingly dynamic roles of women during the course of the Renaissance.  Her second research project focused on Rome’s Baroque Fountain of the Moor, in which she explored the choices made by Bernini to connect the fountain with aesthetic traditions and political histories of the city while establishing unity within the newly redeveloped public space of Piazza Navona.

Theresa at the Rome Center's Thanksgiving dinner
Theresa at the Rome Center’s Thanksgiving dinner – she baked the pies!

When not engaged in academic work, Theresa was busy with a variety of duties at the Rome Center.  The intern serves as the administrative point person for students and faculty at the Rome Center.  “I didn’t realize that it took so much paperwork to get students to Rome!” she says.  The intern position also “can be lonely”, Theresa explains, “because you’re in between – not a student and not a faculty member.”  However, professors at the Rome Center made her feel right at home, supporting her research activities and including her in class excursions.  She also worked to connect with the local community, taking yoga classes in Italian and joining a gym.

Now back in Seattle, Theresa plans to explore a career path in the field of international education.  “Before my time as the Rome Center intern, I saw [study abroad] from the student side,” she says.  “Now, I can also see things from the faculty and administrative perspective.  I gained so much from the internship – independence, language skills…  I approach things in a new way.”