Past Features

December 11, 2006 (Vol. 4, No. 7)

Lehman Professor Appointed to National Endowment for the Humanities Advisory Council

Manfredi Piccolomini
Manfredi Piccolomini
Professor Manfredi Piccolomini is one of eight new appointees to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) advisory council. He joins distinguished council members from institutions such as Johns Hopkins University and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, members of the council advise the NEH chairman and meet four times a year to review applications submitted for the endowment's numerous grant programs. Each member serves a staggered six-year term. Professor Piccolomini's appointment was confirmed by the Senate on August 3, 2006.

"As a seasoned educator and respected scholar, Professor Piccolomini will certainly play an important role in helping this organization continue its long-standing work of advancing and supporting the arts and humanities," says Dr. Marlene Gottlieb, Lehman's Dean of Arts and Humanities.

Professor Piccolomini, an expert on the European / Italian Renaissance, joined the Lehman faculty in 1983 and currently teaches a series of online courses on "Classics of the Western World" and "The Birth of the Renaissance in Florence." A professor of Italian in Lehman's Languages and Literatures Department, he is the author of numerous books and articles, including Changing Modes of Originality in Art (Hollowbrook, 1992) and The Brutus Revival: Parricide and Tyrannicide During the Renaissance (Southern Illinois University Press, 1991). He received his Laurea from the University of Florence and Ph.D. from Harvard University and has also been awarded grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and other prestigious agencies and organizations.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the NEH supports learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities. Grants from the endowment enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, new technologies, museum exhibitions and programs in libraries and other community places.