Governance of the AcademyThe President of Columbia University serves as President of the Academy; the post of Honorary President is held by the President of the Republic of Italy. The Chairman of the Board is the Provost of Columbia University. The Director is the Head of the Academy. The Board of Guarantors, comprised of 12 distinguished representatives of Italian and American cultural, academic and business life, is selected by Columbia University and by the Government of Italy; it advises the Director on the management of the Academy.
Honorary President of the Academy
Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy
President of the Academy
Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University
Chairman of the Board of Guarantors
John H. Coatsworth, Provost of Columbia University
Director of the Academy
David Freedberg, Professor of Art History at Columbia University
Board of GuarantorsGuarantors of the Italian Academy should be contacted through their home institutions only, not via the Academy. (Please click on names for an extended biography.)
Appointed by Columbia University
Mark Anderson, Professor of German, Columbia University
Jonathan Cole, Provost and Dean of Faculties Emeritus, John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University, Columbia University
Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University
Katharina Pistor, Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law, Columbia University
Recent publications include "Governing Financial Interdependence: Lessons from the Vienna Initiative" (Journal of Globalization and Development, 2011); "Global Network Finance" (Journal of Comparative Economics, 2009); and with Curtis Milhaupt, "Law and Capitalism: What Corporate Crises Reveal about Legal Systems and Economic Development Around the World" (Chicago University Press 2008).
David Rosand, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History, Columbia University
His scholarship has focused on the Italian Renaissance and on the art of Venice in particular and on the history and criticism of the graphic arts. His publications in the field include Titian and the Venetian Woodcut (1976--co-authored with Michelangelo Muraro), Titian (1978), Painting in Cinquecento Venice: Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto (1982; rev. ed. 1997), The Meaning of the Mark: Leonardo and Titian (1988), Myths of Venice: The Figuration of a State (2001), and Drawing Acts: Studies in Graphic Expression and Representation (2002). In the area of American painting, another of his fields of interest, he has published Robert Motherwell on Paper: Drawings, Prints, Collages (1997) and The Invention of Painting in America (2004). His latest book, a monograph on the art of Paolo Veronese, is scheduled for publication next year.
He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and the Ateneo Veneto in Venice, and has served for many years on the board of the Renaissance Society of America, which has honored him with the Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award (2007). He is project director for Save Venice, Inc., an organization dedicated to the conservation of the art and monuments of the city on the lagoon.
His teaching and his scholarship at Columbia have been recognized by the conferring of several awards: the Alexander Hamilton Medal of the Association of the Alumni of Columbia College (1994); the Great Teacher Award of the Society of Columbia Graduates (1997); the Award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum, Heyman Center for the Humanities (2000), the Robert S. Liebert Award for Applied Psychoanalysis, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (2008); the John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, Columbia College Alumni Association (2010).
Otto Naumann, President, Otto Naumann, Ltd.
Otto Naumann is an alumnus of SUNY New Paltz, Columbia, and Yale University, where he received his Ph.D. in art history in 1979. Even before that he established his name as a major scholar of Dutch art, and he is the author of over 20 art-historical publications, including his definitive 1981 monograph on Frans van Mieris. He has also held positions at a number of universities, including a professorship at the University of Delaware.
His present gallery, now housing as many Italian Old Master paintings as Dutch and French, is found in what is known as the Fine Arts Building, just a few steps away from the Metropolitan Museum on East 80th Street.
Appointed by the Republic of Italy
Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador of Italy to the United States
Alessandro Falež , Presidente, Hotel Invest Italiana; Presidente, Health Care Italia; Amministratore, S.I.C.A.R.
Andrea Mevorach, Fondatore, FEM - Finance Estate Millennium, Re-Evolution Real Estate
He served as Managing Director in a family textile group with over 2,200 employees worldwide, and sold the firm in 1999. He has also worked in the nautical business (yacht production, refitting and nautical activities) and in the optical business (frames and sunglasses).
After years of activity in real estate projects, in 2007 he created an independent real estate fund which is growing at double-digit rates despite the international economic situation. It focuses on high-tech buildings such as special archives for public institutions, high-security police and army posts, and jails. He also designed a project known as "New Town," promoted by the Italian Prime Minister.
Giovanni Puglisi, Rettore Libera Universita di Lingue e Comunicazione (IULM) e Presidente della Commissione Italiana Nazionale UNESCO
Other Professional Experiences: He is President of: the Bank of Sicily Foundation the IULM University Foundation the ISIDA (Institute for the Higher Education of Managers, Palermo) the International Mondello Award for Literature the Società Siciliana per la Storia Patria (Sicilian Society for the History of Italy and its Origins). He is Vice-President of: the National Commission for the Promotion of Italian Culture at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the CittàItalia Foundation the Biondo-Stabile Theatre of Palermo. He is member of the UNESCO-ROSTE Steering Committee in Venice. He is member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee at the Institute of the Italian Encyclopaedia G. Treccani. He is an honorary member of Società Geografica Italiana (The Italian Geographical Society). Former Councillor for Culture at Palermo municipality. He is member of the Rotary Club (Roma Sud) and he was awarded with the Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Since 1972 he has been member of the Italian Journalists Association.
Research fields: Aesthetics and Philosophy, Cultural and Comparative Studies, Cultural Policies, Cultural Heritage Organization and Promotion, Art Trends.
His numerous publications include:
* Strutturalismo, Roma 1970 II ed. 1976
* Poetica e Retorica del Mondo Antico, Napoli 1976
* Intervista a Charles Poletti, in Gli anni difficili dell'autonomia, Palermo-Siracura 1993
* Un nuovo interlocutore nei rapporti tra Filosofia e Poesia: l'Estetica computazionale di Hofstadter, in Filosofia '95, edited by Gianni Vattimo, Gius. Laterza & Figli, 1996
* Le immagini del pensiero, in Poesia e filosofia, Franco Angeli, Milano 2000
* I Modi della Moda, Editore Sellerio, Palermo 2001
* Le città di carta, with Paolo Proietti, Editore Sellerio, Palermo 2002
* Una nuova immagine dell'Italia all'estero nel secondo dopoguerra: il "made in Italy". Le "multinazionali della cultura", in L'Italia fuori d'Italia - Tradizione e presenza della lingua e della cultura italiana nel mondo, Salerno Editrice, Roma 2003
* Tomasi di Lampedusa, La letteratura e gli altri, in L'Anello Che Non Tiene Journal of Modern Italian Literature, Spring-Fall 2001-2002
* ntroduction to I"Viaggio sentimentale di Yorick lungo la Francia e l'Italia" Edizioni Università IULM, 2004
* He is Director of the series Le parole e le cose, edited by Sellerio (Palermo), of the series Hermes (on Inter-Cultural and Comparative Studies), edited by Armando Armando, Rome of the series Bel Paese edited by the Polygraphic National Institute and of the Collana degli Anniversari edited by Edizioni Università IULM.
Umberto Vattani , President of Venice International University
Riccardo Viale, Director, Italian Cultural Institute, New York, NY
Riccardo Viale is Full Professor ofMethodology of Social Sciencesat the Faculty of Sociology of theUniversity of Milano-Bicocca; from 2002 until 2009 he was also Professor of Cognitive Economics and of Research and Innovation Policy atthe Scuola Superiore della PubblicaAmministrazione of Roma (SSPA) wherehe was also Scientific Director of the Master on "Decisional Processes in the Public Administration" and Scientific Director of the 2nd Master on "Science,Technology, and Innovation". From 1987 to 1999 he was professor of Logicand Epistemology at the Università Bocconi of Milano (DES). In 2011 he is professor at the School of Governmentof Luiss University of Rome. Scientific Director of LaSCo (Laboratory of Cognitive and Complexity Sciences) of the Rosselli Foundation of Turin; Founder and member ofthe Steering Committee of AISC-Associazione Italiana di Scienze Cognitive (Italian Association for Cognitive Sciences); Scientific Director of Istituto di Metodologia della Scienza e della Tecnologia of Turin; Editor in chief of Mind & Society – Cognitive Studies in Economics and Social Sciences (Springer Verlag); Member of the Editorial Board of International Studies of Philosophy of Science; Member of the Editorial Board of Sci policy – The Journal of Science and Health Policy; Consulting Editor of the journal EPISTEME; Member ofthe Editorial Board of Sistemi Intelligenti; Founder and General Secretary ofthe "International Herbert A. Simon Society". Founder and member of the Executive Committee of "Triple Helix Association". Member and Visiting Scholar in various foreign universities: Oxford; Aix en Provence; Rice, Houston; Fribourg; Universidade Federal of Rio de Janeiro; University of California, Santa Barbara; Universidade Federal of Niteroi, Brazil. In 2009 he was Senior Visiting Fellow and Research Scholar at the Columbia University of New York.
Previous Institutional appointments:
In 1988 Riccardo Viale was a Founder member of the Rosselli Foundation of which he was also the Director until 2002; From 1990 to 2000 he was director of Lascomes (Laboratorio sulle scienze cognitive e sociale ) of Università Bocconi of Milano. He was Director of LIRA (Laboratory onInnovation, Research and Enterprise) of the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milano-Bicocca; In 1990 he was Scientific Adviser of the Minister for Scientific and Technological Research; from 1992 until 2002 he was Representative of the Italian Government in the Technical Committee in Social Sciences of COST (Cooperation in the field of Scienceand Technology) of the European Commission; in 1993 Coordinator of the Committee on Research and Innovation of the Prime Minister; in 1995 Representative of the Italian Government in the Programme Committee of TSER (Targeted Socio-Economic Research) of the IVth Framework Programme of the European Commission; National representative in the Programme Committee "Structuring the European Research Area - Science and Society" of the VIth Framework Programme of R&D of the European Commission; member of the International Advisory Panel of the New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE) ERANET project; from 1997 until 2001 he was Co-chairman of the Scientific Network of ESF (European Science Foundation) called "Human Reasoning and Decision Making"; in the years 2001 and 2002 he was Commissioner of I.S.P.R.I. (Institute of Socio-economic Studies on Innovation and Research Policies) of the C.N.R. (National Research Council) of Roma; from 2001 until 2006 he was a member of the Technical Secretariat of the Italian Minister of University and Research. Founder, and from 2001 to 2010 CEO and General Director of the "Fondazione COTEC-Italia for Technological Innovation" of Roma, chaired by the President of the Italian Republic and member of the Executive Committee of the Fundación COTEC-España.
Current Institutional Positions Riccardo Viale is the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs); President of the Rosselli Foundation of Turin; Founder member and member of the Board of Directors of the "Foundation for Italian Art and Culture" (FIAC) of New York; Editor of the book series Economia, mente, cervello (Economics, mind, and brain) publishedby Editrice Il Sole 24 Ore; Columnist of "Il Sole 24Ore".
Qais al-Awqati, Robert F. Loeb Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University
Enrico Arbarello, Ordinario di Geometria, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Roma
Richard Axel, Nobel Laureate and University Professor, Columbia University
Teodolinda Barolini, Da Ponte Professor of Italian, Columbia University
Lina Bolzoni, Ordinario di Letteratura Italiana, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Maria Luisa Catoni, Professor in Ancient Art History and Archaeology, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca
Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, Columbia University
Paolo Galluzzi, Direttore dell’Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Firenze
Carlo Ginzburg, Ordinario di storia delle culture europee, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University
Denis Hollier, Professor of French at New York University
Eric Kandel, Nobel Laureate and University Professor, Columbia University
Francesco Pellizzi, Editor of Res and Research Associate in Middle American Ethnology at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University
Edmund S. Phelps, Nobel Laureate and McVickar Professor of Political Economy, Columbia University
Renzo Piano, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Genoa and Paris
Giacomo Rizzolatti, Direttore del Dipartimento di Neuroscienze ed ordinario di Fisiologia, Università di Parma
Salvatore Settis, Direttore della Scuola Normale Superiore ed ordinario di Storia dell’arte, Pisa
Horst L. Störmer, Nobel Laureate and I. I. Rabi Professor of Physics, Columbia University
Nadia Urbinati, Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies, Columbia University
Marina Warner, CBE, Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theater Studies, University of Essex
Daniele Bodini, Ambassador to the United Nations for the Republic of San Marino
Ambassador Bodini was named as the first Honorary Fellow in 2013, after he served for a decade as a distinguished Guarantor on the Board, appointed by the President of Columbia University. His support of the Italian Academy extended to the generous granting of fellowships.