Rome on the Cusp of the Modern Era: 1849–1870

In 1849, Rome was under siege. Giuseppe Garibaldi and his followers rallied to the defense of the newly proclaimed Roman Republic, while a French expeditionary force fought to restore the pope. As the battle raged, the American correspondent Margaret Fuller was present in Rome and chronicled the dramatic events in her letters and dispatches. Explore this turbulent year and the events that eventually led to Rome becoming the capital of unified Italy with two Pulitzer Prize- winning biographers, David Kertzer, Dupee University Professor of Social Science at Brown University and author of The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and The Pope and Mussolini, and Megan Marshall, Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College and author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life. The program will be introduced and moderated by the guest curator of the City of the Soul exhibition, John Pinto, Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of Art and Archaeology Emeritus at Princeton University.

The exhibition City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics will be open at 5:30 pm for program attendees.

Thursday, July 21, 6:30 pm
Tickets: 
$15; $10 for members; free for students with a valid ID.

David Kertzer. Photography by Peter Goldberg.
Megan Marshall. Photography by Gail Samuelson.

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail tickets@themorgan.org for information.