ATHENS, Ohio (May 26, 2006) -- Kevin Uhalde, assistant professor of history, has received a Rome Prize fellowship from the American Academy of Rome. The academy yearly invites emerging scholars and artists to live and work at the American Academy of Rome's 12-building, 11-acre site atop the Janiculum hill in Rome, Italy, for a period of six months to two years.
"I was extremely excited to receive this award," Uhalde says. "Most of the work I do involves the early Christian church, its religious history and legal history. There's no place like Rome for this kind of work."
Founded in 1894 and chartered by an Act of Congress in 1905, the academy is the oldest American overseas center for independent study, advanced research and creative work in both the arts and the humanities. More than 1,650 people have received the Rome Prize in its 110-year history, including former poet laureate and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Brodsky and composer Aaron Copeland.
Uhalde recently published his first book, "Expectations of Justice in the Age of Augustine," with the University of Pennsylvania Press, which will come out in January 2007.
He has already begun his second book, "The Power of Forgiveness in the Early Christian Church," a topic that practically requires the kinds of libraries and local scholars that Rome and the American Academy can offer, according to Uhalde.
"Rome is an ideal place for early church archeology," Uhalde says. "Some of the earliest Church buildings from the period I'm studying are in Rome." His next book will focus on penance in the early church, from A.D. 200-650, when "rules for religious life were first being worked out in the Christian church."
This year 31 American Academy of Rome fellows were awarded in the fields of ancient studies, architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature, medieval studies, modern Italian studies, renaissance and early modern studies and the visual arts. Uhalde was one of five scholars of ancient studies selected this year.
Previous winners of the Rome Prize at Ohio University include Lynne Lancaster, archeologist and professor of classics and world religions, and Mark Halliday, poet and professor of creative writing, both winners in 2001.
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