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Alessandra BaroniAlessandra Baroni
Curator of the Museum and Barolini Collection
Fraternita dei Laici of Arezzo, Italy

After obtaining her doctoral degree in Medieval and Modern Art at the University of Florence, Alessandra Baroni continued her specialization in Old Master drawings and prints, obtaining her PhD in art history at the University of Utrecht. She is a native of Arezzo.

She has been teaching at the Facoltà di Lettere in Arezzo for over ten years. In 2008-2009 she was a senior Andrew W. Mellon fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Upon her return, Alessandra became curator of the Arezzo municipal art collections at the Fraternità dei Laici-Bartolini Collection of prints and drawings.

Noted among her numerous publications is her monographic work on Jan Van Der Straet, Johannes Stradanus published in Rome and her upcoming publication on the Medicean volumes of prints in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Alessandra Baroni is currently involved in the organization of the 500th anniversary exhibition on Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) that will open in September 2011.

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Gregory ContiGregory Conti
University of Perugia

Gregory Conti graduated from Yale Law School in 1980 after obtaining a B.A. and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and Yale, respectively. He has lived in Perugia since 1985 where he teaches English at the University of Perugia and translates contemporary Italian literature. His published translations include works by Rosetta Loy, Mario Rigoni Stern, and Vitaliano Brancati. He is also a frequent contributor to the on-line translation journal, Words Without Borders and the Rutgers literary journal Raritan, where he is also an advisory editor.

He is currently working on translations of Christian Marazzi’s Capital and Language for M.I.T. Press and Corpo, a zany collection of ruminations by the Venetian writer, Tiziano Scarpa.

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Donna LoganDonna Logan 
Program director

Donna Logan, completed her undergraduate degree in New York before continuing her graduate work in Florence, Italy. A thirty-year resident of Italy, she has lived and worked in Arezzo since 1993. She is an English language lecturer at the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia in Arezzo and director on location of the Italian Studies in Tuscany program since 1996. Over the last thirteen years her wide-ranging contacts with the local student population, governmental and non-governmental organizations and associations have enriched University of Rochester student experiences in Italy.

Donna Logan has a personal commitment to helping each participant in the Arezzo Program have a unique and enriching study-abroad experience in Italy.

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Renato PerucchioRenato Perucchio
University of Rochester
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Hopeman 415 
Phone: (585) 275-4069
Fax: (585) 256-2509

Renato Perucchio is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester. He holds a Doctoral degree in Aeronautical Engineering (Structural) from the University of Pisa, Italy, and a Ph. D. in Civil Engineering (Structural) from Cornell University. He has been on the Rochester faculty since 1984. In 1995 he received the Teacher of the Year Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research and teaching interests are in computational solid and structural mechanics and in the development of engineering practices in Classical Antiquity. Currently Prof. Perucchio and his students are engaged in two interdisciplinary projects in (a) biomechanics: computational modeling developmental processes in the embryonic heart, and (b) structural and solid mechanics: computational modeling of the mechanics of monumental concrete domes and vaults from Roman Imperial architecture. He has participated in the Arezzo program since its inception in 1994, teaching units related to engineering and technology in the Roman and Medieval World. Since 2003 he directs a special University of Rochester summer program abroad on Roman Structures that takes places in Arezzo and Rome.

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Federico SiniscalcoFederico Siniscalco
University degli Studi di Siena
Dipartimento di Letterature Moderne e
Scienze dei Linguaggi
Viale Cittadini 33
52100 Arezzo
Phone: (39) 0575 926437
Fax: (39) 0575 926410

Federico Siniscalco, born in Naples, teaches American Studies at the University of Siena in Arezzo, Italy. In his work on American culture, and on intercultural communication, he uses documentary film both as a source of information—by researching and studying significant non-fiction films—and as a tool through which to represent various aspects of the USA and its people.

Siniscalco is the founder and director of DavID (Digital audio visual Intercultural Documentation) This research laboratory, created within the University of Siena in 2004, is dedicated to the production, subtitling and archiving of documentary films. Among the works subtitled into Italian and archived by DavID are the Maysles brother’s Salesman, Gimme Shelter, and Grey Gardens, Pennebaker’s Dont Look Back, Bob Drew’s Primary, Adventure’s on the New Frontier, and Crisis, and Les Blank’s Innocents Abroad.

Since 2001 Siniscalco has been on the scientific committee of the Festival dei Popoli (International Documentary Film Festival in Florence, Italy), where he also taught classes on the history of Documentary film. For the Festival Siniscalco coordinated two special events which saw the participation of Albert Maysles (in 2001) and D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (in 2004).

In 2006 Siniscalco organized a tribute to American Direct Cinema for Engagé Documentary Film Festival in Cortona, Italy. Within this event was a round table on Observational documentary in the digital age, which saw the participation, among others, of documentary filmmakers Ricky Leacock and Bob Drew. Siniscalco has directed and co-directed non-fictional films which deal with such themes as the critical reception of Antonio Gramsci, American Direct Cinema, Italian Americans, and American students in Italy. Currently he is working on a documentary on two Italian African American brothers coming to terms with their mixed cultural heritage.

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Donatella Stocchi-PerucchioDonatella Stocchi-Perucchio 
University of Rochester
405 Lattimore Hall
Telephone: (585) 275-5723

Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio is Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Rochester. She holds a Doctorate in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Florence, Italy, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in Italian from Cornell University. She teaches Italian literature, language, history, and culture. Her major areas of interest are Dante Studies and modern Italian culture. She published nationally and internationally on Dante, Cavalcanti, Pirandello, and Leopardi. Her current research focuses on Dante’s political thinking and the theory of government of the Emperor Frederick II. She is also working on a multimedia Companion to Dante’s Divine Comedy. Since 1993, Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio has been the academic director of the University of Rochester Program in Italian Studies in Arezzo, Italy, that she herself founded.

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Paolo VittiPaolo Vitti 
Telephone: +39 3478907453

Paolo Vitti is a specialist in Ancient Architecture and Restoration of Monuments. He holds a Doctoral degree in Architecture and in Specialization on Monument Restoration, both from the University of Rome, Italy. He has been Tutor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rome “Sapienza” since 2001. He is preparing his dissertation for the PHD on History of Roman Construction at the Aristotele University of Thesaloniki (Greece). His research and professional experience are in ancient architecture, construction history and restoration of Cultural Heritage. He has been working in Greece for research programmes for the Italian Archaeological School in Athens, since 2001 for the following projects: Hephestia archaeological site (island of Limnos), Thouria (Peloponnese), Krios Valley (Peloponnese), Itanos (Crete). In Italy he has been working on research programmes and restoration of many archaeological sites in Southern Italy, including Paestum and Sybaris. He has published articles on the architecture of the Alexandria Lighthouse, on the Paestum city walls and other Roman Monuments. Between 1995 and 2001 he has been working on the restorations of the Domus Tiberiana (Palatine hill-Rome) and Colosseum. He is currently working on cultural heritage in Cyprus and on the restoration of two major gothic churches in Nicosia (Cyprus).

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