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Noah Charney is a professor and an international best-selling author of fiction and non-fiction, specializing in the fields of art history and art crime. He is the founder and president of ARCA, the Association for Research into Crimes against Art, a non-profit research group ( Noah's work in the field of art crime has been praised in such forums as The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Sunday Times (UK), BBC Radio, National Public Radio, El Pais, Corriere della Sera, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. He is the author of numerous articles, including a regular column in the magazine ArtInfo called “The Secret History of Art.” He is the author of an international best-selling novel, The Art Thief (Atria/Simon & Schuster 2007), currently translated into seventeen languages. He is the editor of Art & Crime: Exploring the Dark Side of the Art World (Praeger 2009) and the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Art Crime, a biannual peer-reviewed journal on the subject. He is also the author of the Museum Time series, guides to museums in Spain (geoPlaneta 2010) and the critically-acclaimed Stealing the Mystic Lamb: the True History of the World’s Most Coveted Masterpiece (PublicAffairs 2010). Charney's newest book is The Thefts of the Mona Lisa: On Stealing the World’s Most Famous Painting (ARCA Publications 2011). Trained in art history at The Courtauld Institute, Cambridge University, and University of Ljubljana, Charney has taught for many years, for Yale and Brown University, and in Cambridge, Florence, Rome, and Ljubljana. He is now a professor of art history at the American University of Rome.

Paulo Soriani is famous for his jazz portraits and has published with ECM (Germany), CAM records, Label Bleu (France), Venus Records (Japan), VVJ, CNI, Warner (USA). During the past few years he has held seminars and courses about photography at the Art History Institute of the University of Rome and at the Rome branch of Iowa State University. He now teaches Photography at John Cabot University.

Paolo has exhibited his work at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, at the project Visual Arts of the International festival "Time in Jazz" and at the International Festival for Photography in Rome. In 2005 he produced "Cities & Island", a multimedia project with the American musician Ralph Towner. His 2007 project about the “Absence of borders, Essence of borders” testimonies his curiosity about the borders separating Italy from the Europe of the Schengen agreement. The project bec ame a book and a series of exhibits during 2007/2010. His recent exhibits: “Note Fotografiche”, Roma 2010, “Routers” (with JCU Studio Art Department’s teachers), “Jazz in the Eyes”, Orvieto until January 31st 2013. During last two years he become official photographer for Jazz label Jando Records/VVJ with many releases. Lately he secured art direction of visuals, websites and records for Italian musicians as Pilar, Area, Bollani, MP de Vito and Bungaro.

Sarah Nix completed her Ph.D. in Classical Languages and Literature at Brown University in 2004. She has taught at Brown University (Latin and Greek), Moses Brown School, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently she heads the Latin program at Miss Hall's School, and has been an instructor for the Brown University undergraduate summer program in Rome for the past four years. Her research interests include Augustan and Early Imperial Literature, Latin Epic, and Greek Tragedy. In addition to her work as a classicist, Sarah spent a summer excavating in the Roman Forum and in Tuscany with the American Academy in Rome's Summer Program in Archaeology. She has also lived and worked in Thailand, teaching English at Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg is Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies at Brown University. As of July 1, 2014, she will also be the Director of the Pembroke Center for the Teaching and Research on Women.

Professor Stewart-Steinberg grew up in Rome, an alumna of St. Stephen's School. After that, she earned her B.A. (Honors) at the University of Essex, UK, and then went on to earn her Ph.D at Yale University. She is the author of three books: Sublime Surrender: Male Masochism and the Crisis of Masculinity at the Fin-de-Siècle (Cornell University Press, 1998); The Pinocchio Effect: On Making Italians 1860-1920 (University of Chicago Press, 2007; winner of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize; translated into Italian and presented in the Italian Senate); and Impious Fidelity: Anna Freud, Psychoanalysis, Politics (Cornell University Press, 2012). Professor Stewart-Steinberg's teaching spans from freshman seminars to graduate supervision. She is regularly a Freshman and Sophomore Advisor, as well as a Randall Advisor.

Professor Nicola Denzey Lewis,  has been a Brown faculty member since 2007. An award-winning lecturer and teacher, Prof. Denzey Lewis has made the city of Rome her special area of expertise for the past twenty years. She is dedicated to introducing the city in all its complexity to students of all ages, but particularly enjoys using Rome as a vibrant learning environment to introduce pre-college students to the range of courses and concentrations available at the college level.