Columbia University faculty have a new opportunity for exchange with the American Academy in Rome.
Recipients of the new Michael I. Sovern/Columbia University Affiliated Fellowship, to be chosen by the Office of the Provost, will be residents in Rome for four to six weeks, where they can attend concerts, conferences, exhibitions, lectures, readings and symposia organized by the Academy, as well as take trips and tours. They will have access to the Academy's photographic archive, antiquities collection, archeology lab, and vast library of over 130,000 volumes -- not to mention the extraordinary resource of Rome itself.
The new fellowship was established in honor of Michael I. Sovern as he steps down as chairman of the board of the Academy. Sovern graduated from Columbia College in 1953 and Columbia Law School in 1955, joining the faculty in 1957. He went on to serve as dean of the law school, provost and president of the University.
Faculty members will feel right at home in the Academy buildings thanks to the efforts of architect Charles Follen McKim (1847–1909), who drew up the design plans for Columbia's Morningside campus. A major exponent of the neoclassical style, McKim later helped to found the American Academy in Rome. While serving as the Academy's president, he oversaw the design of its main building in an Italian renaissance style -- in hopes of luring Columbia students and faculty to the source of the University's classical architecture.