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Queen's University

Department of History

Professors win prestigious Harvard fellowships

Wednesday February 25, 2009

Two Queen's humanities professors have each won one-year fellowships to study at Villa Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy - the first time in the centre's history that a married couple has received fellowships in the same year.

Tony D'Elia, an associate professor in the Department of History and Una D'Elia, an assistant professor in the Department of Art, are among just 15 fellows chosen annually to conduct advanced research on any aspect of the Italian Renaissance.

From August 2009 to the summer of 2010, the couple has study space and use of the Biblioteca and Fototeca Berenson, major resources for research on the late Middle Ages and Renaissance in Italy. But most importantly, they will get to meet and share ideas with scholars from several countries working in related fields, including history, art history, literature, classics and music.

Tony D'Elia's research focuses on humanism and how classical learning in the Renaissance affected people's lives, and Una D'Elia's focuses on the relationships and tensions between art and literature in the Renaissance.

For the full story, see the Feb. 23 Gazette.

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