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02 Nov 2022 11:04 AM | Michelle Jones (Administrator)

Amie Edwards, PhD Candidate in the School of Architecture at the University of Florida, has received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship award to continue her dissertation fieldwork in Kumasi, Ghana. She presented a related paper at the San Antonio VAF conference on the 19th-century Asante Palace, which focused on the Akan Twi language and cultural meaning. 


JoJo Galvan Mora published a piece about the Klas Restaurant in Cicero, IL, a recently demolished example of vernacular architecture that evolved over time from Czech to “Czech-Mex.”


William B. Rhoads and Leslie Melvin are co-authors of Elverhoj: The Arts and Crafts Colony at Milton-on-Hudson, published in 2022 by Black Dome Press and distributed by RIT Press. Elverhoj is an Arts and Crafts colony established on the picturesque west shore of the Hudson River in 1912 by Danish American artists and craftsmen led by Anders Andersen. Little known today, the colony achieved a national reputation before World War I. After the decline of workshop, the property was acquired by followers of the charismatic Black leader Father Divine, becoming one of his popular "heavens."


Laura Ruberto has just published an article in Material Culture Review/Revue de la culture matérielle on Italian POWs and creative work, a topic she has presented on at VAF conferences


Laura Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra co-edited a special issue on the topic of "Monuments, Memorials, and Italian Migrations" for the journal Italian American Review. (Winter 2022) 12.1. The contents include:

Disrupted and Unsettled: An Introduction to Monuments, Memorials, and Italian Migrations by Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra 

“Hero of Two Worlds”: The Equestrian Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Heather Sottong 

Places of Memory and Struggles for Identities: Ernesto Verrucci's 1938 Monument to Khedive Ismail in Alexandria, Egypt by Stefano Giannini 

“Mussolini's Column”: Fascist Memorials and the Politics of Italian American Identity in Chicago by Fraser Ottanelli 

Memorials and the Mine Disaster in Monongah, West Virginia: From Trauma to an Italian Global Memoryscape by Joan Saverino

More information is available here


Amber Wiley will join the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design as Presidential Associate Professor and the inaugural Matt and Erika Nord Director of the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites (CPCRS). She will teach principally in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.


Jane Wolff has been awarded the 2022 Margolese National Design for Living Prize, which “celebrates a Canadian designer whose work in the built environment improves the lives of people and their communities.” 


Wie (Windy) Zhao has several pieces of good news. Her book  Home Beyond the House: Transformation of Life, Place and Tradition in Rural China will be published by Routledge in November; she has received a two-year research grant (£135,328.8) from the Endangered Wooden Architecture Program hosted by Oxford Brookes University to study Interconnected Wooden Residential Structures in Remote Rural China, and she has been honored with the Emerging Legacy Award from the College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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