New College History Professor Carrie Benes Awarded Rome Prize

(June 12, 2008) – Carrie Beneš, Assistant Professor of History at New College of Florida, has been awarded the 2008-09 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome. Beneš, who specializes in Medieval and Renaissance history, will work on her project “SPQR Transformed: Post-Classical Fortunes of a Classical Acronym,” as she completes her residential fellowship in Rome, September 2008 – August 2009, with 30 other emerging artists and scholars from across the United States.
As part of the award, Beneš will receive a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board at the American Academy in Rome. She will examine firsthand the source of Western humanistic heritage through walks, tours, trips and talks with distinguished international visitors and other members of the Academy community.
Established in 1894 and chartered by an Act of Congress in 1905, the American Academy in Rome is a center that sustains independent artistic pursuits and humanistic studies. Each year, through a national competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to up to 30 emerging artists (specializing in architecture, landscape architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, literature, musical composition, or visual arts) and scholars (specializing in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern or Modern Italian studies). The Academy community also includes invited Residents and Affiliated Fellows.
For additional information, please contact Aimee Chouinard at (941) 487-4152 or email

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