Kelly Degnan, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires in Trento to Inaugurate New University Course

Chargé d'Affaires Kelly Degnan

Kelly Degnan, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires in Trento to Inaugurate New University Course: “History of the United States”

February 28, 2017

From the creation of the American power to the war on terror, through two world wars”: a new course on U.S. history was launched today at the School of International Studies at the University of Trento.  Kelly Degnan, Chargé d’Affaires of the American Embassy in Rome was the guest of honor.  She was accompanied by U.S. Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Gloria Berbena. The new experimental course (2016-2017 academic year) debuted today as part of the master’s degree in European and International Studies.  In addition to the other distinguished guests, American history expert Daniele Fiorentino of the Department of Political Science, University Roma Tre and Umberto Tulli the School of International Studies of the University of Trento were present at the debut of the course.  Vice Rector for Research Giorgio Vallortigara and Deputy Director of the School of International Studies Paolo Foradori made introductory remarks to the public.

University students have already expressed great interest in the course “The United States in the World, 1898-2012.”  The course is an initiative of the Office for Public Affairs of the U.S. Embassy to Italy and of the Italian Association of North-American Studies (AISNA), with the participation of the Center for American Studies (CSA) in Rome, Italy’s leading institution in the field.  The teaching contract for the new course is financed by funds set aside by the U.S. Government to promote the study of American history in Italy.  A committee, made up of professors from various Italian universities and promoters, has selected some universities – including Trento – to launch the new courses, which will examine themes related to American culture, society and politics.