Past Projects

North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622-1939

The Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism is widely recognized as the leading center for the historical study of Roman Catholicism in the United States. The project carried out by the Cushwa Center at the Rome Global Gateway was entitled "North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622-1939". This project was developed under the supervision of Professor Kathleen Sprows Cumming, Cushwa director, and of Professor Luca Codignola, Senior Fellow at the Cushwa, with the cooperation of Dr. Matteo Binasco, postdoctoral fellow at the Cushwa. Its key aim was to study and assess any aspect of the Catholic communities originating from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, English- and French-speaking Canada, and the United States who established in the Eternal City from 1622 to 1939. More information on this project can be found at the Cushwa's website or by requesting information at

Sources on the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the Vatican Archives (Byzantine Studies and the Medieval Institute)

Through this program, advanced graduate students had the opportunity to participate in a research project based on Byzantine manuscripts from the Vatican archives and oriented toward the investigation of paleographical and codicological issues and problems of critical textual editing. Two graduate students assisted Professor Alexander Beihammer in his project and stayed at the RGG for six months.

Knowledge and Social Network Analysis (College of Engineering)

This research project involved the collaboration of the Data Science Group at the University of Notre Dame (ND-DSG) and two of faculty members in the Computer Science and Automation Department at the University of Roma Tre. The key application of the research was to identify how humans generate, curate and search for information in the pursuit of knowledge. To that end, the project developed tools and algorithms that collect, analyze and model large amounts of data.

In order to develop such project two Notre Dame PhD students under the supervision of Prof. Tim Weninger, came to Rome for seven total months during 2016.

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Cambridge Vertical Readings

Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy is a four-year long series of workshops and public lectures organized by the Department of Italian at Cambridge in collaboration with the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies. The lectures explore the “vertical” connections between cantos of the same number across all three canticles. Scholars and students at Cambridge, Leeds and Notre Dame participate in workshops on single cantos via teleconference before each lecture. Beginning in the fall 2014, the Rome Global Gateway has joined this conversation via teleconference with the participation of Professors Ted Cachey and Luca Marcozzi of the Università di Roma Tre and other scholars and researchers from Roma Tre and the University of Rome La Sapienza.

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