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Temple Rome 50th Anniversary Celebration

Global Temple Conference

Since 1966, Temple University Rome has welcomed students from across the U.S. to the Villa Caproni on the banks of the Tiber, just north of the Piazza del Popolo. In the Eternal City, layered with history, yet engaged in the flux of modern life, Temple Rome has evolved from a small art program into a truly interdisciplinary campus, one of the longest-standing and most respected American study abroad centers in the capital of Italy. At Temple Rome, students make the city of Rome their classroom, exploring ancient ruins and works of art, volunteering at local soup kitchens and Italian high schools, and experiencing deeper cultural immersion through internships and events with local residents.

The 50th anniversary of this amazing program is more than a milestone. It marks a significant step in Temple's global mission, to provide access to international education to a diverse student body with a variety of majors, and to prepare those students for the real world. As we look forward to the next 50 years, we are poised to offer more courses, internships and other opportunities for a more diverse range of students than ever before. 

Over the last 50 years, Temple Rome has provided a life-changing experience for more than 12,000 alumni and hundreds of faculty, staff and friends, and our family now extends across the globe. So many of you have shared your Temple Rome stories with us, and so many of you have made this experience possible for other students through your support.  

We welcome you to celebrate these transformations with us in the years to come, and to share the Temple Rome experience with someone you love! If you plan to stop by the Temple Rome Campus during your next visit to Rome, or would like to reach out to your Temple Rome family, please visit the Alumni page on the Temple Rome website.

In the meantime, stroll down memory lane with us... take a look at the Temple Rome 50th Anniversary event photos by clicking on the event photo links below.

***Download the Rome Postcard 2018 Special Edition: The 50th Anniversary Album***

2016-2017 Events


SEPTEMBER 2016                         

Festa di Roma, a Study Abroad Week event

Festa di RomaWednesday, September 14, 2016
Tyler School of Art, Main Campus
Celebrate student work created at Temple University Rome. This is an annual event and exhibition hosted by the Tyler School of Art to highlight artwork created by students while studying at Temple University Rome. This year’s Festa will feature the Postcard Project, miniature artwork from The Tiny Biennale and Rome Sketchbooks, as well as an exhibition of Rome MFA work. This exhibition takes place during Study Abroad Week at Temple University.

Temple Rome 50th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend Alumni Reception, Tyler Art Market and Boyer Mosaic Concert

Friday, September 23, 2016
Reception: 5pm-7:30pm; Tyler School of Art, Lower Level South
[concert begins at 7:30; Art Market, 12-8pm]
Join us for an exclusive reception to meet and mingle with other Temple Rome alumni and friends and kick-off the 50th anniversary celebration of the Temple Rome Campus. This reception takes place during the Art Market at Tyler (Atrium Foyer) and precedes the Boyer Mosaic Concert (Temple Performing Arts Center).  VIEW EVENT PHOTOS

Temple Rome 50th Anniversary Homecoming Game Tent

homecoming with President TheobaldSaturday, September 24, 2016
9am-12pm (football game starts at noon)
Lincoln Financial Field
Stop by the Temple Rome 50th homecoming game tent to say hello, share your Temple Rome story, meet our staff and current students, and test your knowledge of Italy and TUR at our wheel-o-fun to win some fun prizes. Registration not required. VIEW EVENT PHOTOS

OCTOBER 2016                              

Temple Rome 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion in Philadelphia

group shot from Rome 40th anniversary reunion in PhiladelphiaFriday, October 14, 2016
The Center for Architecture, Philadelphia, PA
Event cost: $50 ($30 for alumni under 30 years of age)
Join us for a buffet of Italian fare, special guests from Temple Rome, a chance to win your pass to the Rome Reunion week* next May, and more.
 *raffle tickets for special prizes will be sold at the event, including the grand prize: a pass to the Rome Reunion week, which includes registration to special events and hotel in Rome from May 15-20, 2017; airfare not included

View our event web page for more event details. This event was SOLD OUT! SEE THE ATTENDEE LIST.


Mostra dei Docenti di Temple University Rome / Exhibition of Temple University Rome Faculty (A Ciao Philadelphia event)     

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 through Friday, October 28, 2016
Free and open to the public 7:30am-8pm Monday through Friday; 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday
Opening reception, Wednesday, October 12, 4-6pm (VIEW EVENT PHOTOS)
Tyler School of Art, Atrium Foyer   
View works by visual arts and architecture faculty from Temple University’s study abroad program in Rome, Italy (Temple University, Rome Campus).

Learn more about the exhibit.



History of Temple Rome Exhibit, Global Temple Conference

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Howard Gittis Student Center, Room 200
Attend the conference to learn more about Temple’s international research and projects, and to learn how this history of Temple Rome has played an essential role in the formation of Global Temple. 
Learn more about the Global Temple Conference


MARCH 2017

Two Cities…Philadelphia to Roma and Back Again

March 2, 2017, 6-8 pm 
Architecture Gallery, Room 104, Architecture Building, Temple University 
Emeritus Professor John James Pron, AIA, will speak on the architecture of Rome, its importance to architects today, the experiences of Temple Rome architecture students and – especially – the city’s influences on his own artistic oeuvre.


“Yo, Piranesi!”

March 1 through March 12, 2017
Opening Reception: March 1, 6-8pm; Artists' Talks: March 4, 3-5pm
Gallery Hours: Wed 6-8pm, Sat & Sun 1-5pm
DVAA Gallery, 704 Catherine St., Philadelphia 19147
An exhibition of the work of eight artists/architects (6 of them, Temple Rome alumni) considering the impact of the famed 18th century veduta (views) of Rome etched by Giovanni Battista Piranesi on Philadelphia today. See www.davinciartalliance.org for details. 

Celebration of Roman Food and Foodways

March 20 through March 24, 2017
Celebrate the food traditions of Rome and Ancient Rome with us during this week of food tastings, guest lectures, film screenings and photography exhibits.

Learn more about this exciting week


APRIL 2017

Study in Rome The Smart Way: Making the Most of Your Temple Rome Experience
A Panel with Former and Current Italian Majors & TU Rome Alumni 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
821 Anderson Hall, Main Campus 
Do you plan to study abroad at Temple Rome and wish to make the most of your time there? Do you think your Study Abroad Experience should be an integral part of your career path? Thinking about graduate school and wondering how your TU Rome experience can help with your application? Join us for a conversation by former Italian majors who chose to study in Rome the smart way, and stay for Q&A over light refreshments! Registration not required. For more information about this event, email fgis@temple.edu.

MAY 2017

Temple University Rome 50th Anniversary Reunion and Celebration in Rome

May 15 through May 20, 2017
Rome, Italy
Revisit the magic of Temple Rome and share it with someone you love. The 50th anniversary celebration in Rome will include three days of events and activities, plus the option to add day and overnight excursions.