Dana Prescott

Projects and Activities

Research Projects

Progetto Frutaz / Frutaz Project

The Frutaz Project is a two-year research collaboration on printed maps of modern Rome, between the Rome Global Gateway, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and the Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e l'Immagine di Roma. The project will result in a catalog of all the printed maps of Rome created from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It will serve to update Amato Frutaz's extraordinary volumes, Le Piante di Roma, published in three volumes in 1962. The project will catalogue more than two hundred maps of modern Rome, many of which are not included in Frutaz's repertory. It will provide a new research tool that will be useful for scholars interested in the city from the time of the Renaissance to the contemporary city.

Irish Women Religious in the Anglophone World, 1840-1950

Irish Women Religious in the Anglophone World, 1840-1950 is a postdoctoral project co-hosted at the Rome Global Gateway by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen.  With Prof. Kathleen Sprows Cummings (Cushwa), Prof Michael Brown (RIISS), and Dr. Colin Barr (Aberdeen), postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Rose Luminiello is developing grant applications to support the creation of a digital resource for the study of the history of Catholic women religious in Ireland, Australia, Canada, and the United States.  The project aims to make global research on Irish women religious more easily accessible to scholars, as well as to provide new perspectives on the role, experiences, and networks of women religious in developing migrant societies and nascent national identities through, for example, education, healthcare, and social care.

Archivio Brasini

The Rome Global Gateway and the Archivio Armando Brasini agreed in a six months' collaboration for the Progetto di valorizzazione dell'Archivio dell'architetto Armando Brasini (1879-1965), the collaboration will be focused on the " Progetto di restauro della Carte Brasini / Brasini's Papers Conservation Project". The goal of the Project is to safeguard and enhance selected items in the Archivio Armando Brasini, including original architectural drawings, documents, and original photographs.  

Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology

With the kind collaboration of the American Academy in Rome and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV), the American Academy in Rome offers, every two years, its Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology. In 2018, the curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. David T. Gura taught the course and supervised manuscript research. This two-week intensive course introduce participants to various aspects of Latin Paleography and Western Codicology, offering a balance of theoretical and practical applications.

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RGG Research in Progress

This seminar series is an informal forum for the presentation and discussion of work in progress by faculty, visiting fellows, and graduate students associated with the Rome Global Gateway. It aims at fostering local discussion of various research projects and interests. Past meetings featured Henrike Lange, Luca Lombardo, Denis Robichaud, Selena Anders and Matteo  Binasco.

Book Presentations

The Rome Global Gateway organizes and hosts book launches of renowned authors from a variety of fields. Most recently, works by John T. McGreevy, Jane Tylus, Ingrid Rowland, Matteo Binasco, Barry McCrea and Dana Prescott were featured.

OVI Videoconference Seminars 2020

The Rome Global Gateway participates via teleconference in the fifth series of seminars sponsored by the Center for Italian Studies at Notre Dame in partnership with the CNR Institute Opera del Vocabolario Italiano, on various topics regarding early Italian literature, philology, and lexicography.


Spring 2020 seminars are on Linguistic Developments and Literary Traditions in 13th and 14th Century Italy. (OVI 2020 Seminar Schedule)


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Re-reading Dante's Vita Nova

"Re-reading Dante’s Vita nova" is a collaborative research project involving researchers from University College London, the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, the University of Leeds, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Oxford, the University of Reading, and the University of Warwick.

A series of events held over two years, each focusing on a different section of the Vita nova, its contexts and its implications, will produce a vibrant and varied new reading of this text. Lectures are live streamed and discussions are facilitated via teleconference.