Bowman Breakfast set for Oct. 2 at KSU

Staff report


The fall 2013 Bowman Breakfast will take place at Kent State University in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Oct. 2.

Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast begins at 7, and the program will follow at 8. The featured speaker is Marcello Fantoni, Ph.D., associate provost for global education at Kent State. Fantoni will speak on the topic “The International City of Kent.”

The cost to attend is $10 per person at the door, payable by cash or check. No invoicing is available for this event, and payment at the door is required.

Reservations can be completed online or by contacting Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or no later than Thursday. No-shows will be billed. If you find you cannot attend, please contact Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or to cancel your reservation by Thursday.

Fantoni received his doctorate in history and civilization in 1991 from the European University Institute. In 1994, he was a visiting scholar at Brown University, and in 1998-99 he was a fellow of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

From 1995-2004, he served as director of the Georgetown University program in Florence and professor of European history at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

In 2002, he received his tenure as full professor in early modern history, and he taught at the Catholic University in Milan and at the University of Teramo, Italy. At the University of Teramo, he was chairman of the Department of Communication from 2006-10 and vice-president for international relations from 2008-10.

In 2005, he was appointed director of the Kent State program in Florence, Italy, and in 2009 was named the university’s Europe manager, overseeing Kent State’s campuses in Florence and Geneva, Switzerland. He was named associate provost for global education at Kent State in 2012.

Since 2004, Fantoni has served as director of Centro studi Europa delle Corti, and he has served on the board of Centre de Recherche du Chateau de Versailles since 2007. He is president of Court Studies Forum, an organization he founded in 2007.

Fantoni was editor of the journal Italian History and Culture from 1998 to 2004. His publications include La corte del Granduca (1994); The Anglo-Americans and Florence (2000); Il potere dello spazio (2002); The Art Market in Italy (15th-17th centuries) (2004); Catholicism as Decadence (2007); Fes et Florence en quete d’absolu (2008); The Politics of Space: European Courts (2009); I gesti del potere (2011); The Court in Europe (2012) and Late Medieval and Early Modern Ritual: Studies in Italian Urban Culture (2013).

Kent State is committed to making its programs and activities accessible to individ-uals with disabilities. If you or a family member will need an interpreter or any other accessibility accommodation to participate in this event, contact the university’s accessibility liaison, Jacqueline Gee, by phone at 330-672-8667, by video phone at 330-931-4441 or via email at

The Bowman Breakfast, a tradition since 1963, is sponsored by Kent State and the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.

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