JANUARY 28, 2008

Sciannameo guides students
By Mariluz Orbay-Cerrato, The Tartan, January 28, 2008

Carnegie Mellon has appointed Franco Sciannameo, College of Fine Arts Distinguished Scholar in Multidisciplinary Studies, the new director of its Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) and Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) interdisciplinary programs. He follows Patricia Maurides, who resigned after seven years as director.

Sciannameo, a cultural historian and film musicologist, was born in Italy; he studied at the Conservatorio di Musica and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

He holds advanced degrees in historical musicology and cultural studies from the University of Pittsburgh and is an active member of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for the Arts in Society.

An active participant in the artistic society, Sciannameo writes and lectures on contemporary music and the role of artists in the world, and their relation to politics, cinema, and the arts. He has worked closely with numerous distinguished composers including Paul Chihara, Ennio Morricone, Franco Donatoni, and Giacinto Scelsi.

Sciannameo wishes to help students learn to better appreciate and understand the concept of interdisciplinary study.

Sciannameo’s agenda includes hosting an annual New York City retreat dedicated to appreciating the city’s artistic and cultural treasures, in addition to creating a first-year seminar about research methodologies and another one for upperclassmen dedicated to exploring art, technology, and science.