On November 29, 2019, Directors Luigi Lafasciano and Andrew Gipe-Lazarou participated in the international conference "I Colloquium Ancient Images from Greece in the New World” hosted by the Embassy of Brazil in Athens, Greece. They discussed the application of Deep History to sensory studies of Antiquity by presenting the pedagogical framework of The Diakron Institute’s ongoing educational projects, with a particular emphasis on its Cultural Exploration of the Cyclades (in 3 Parts). “The colloquium is one component of the project Touching the Past, directed by Maria Cecilia de Miranda N. Coelho (Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the Federal University of Minas Gerais) and Erica Angliker (archaeologist, scientific member of the excavations at Despotiko and Research Fellow at the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Studies at the University of London). [...] It intends to address many theoretical and practical questions, including the process of cooperation among scholars and/or archaeologists from Brazil and Greece, the manner in which the Hellenic past has been forged, and the Brazilian contribution to this process. Above all, it wishes to stimulate students and young professors to 'touch the past' in a collaborative dialogue between archaeology and related areas.”
On December 8th, 2018, Directors Luigi Lafasciano and Andrew Gipe-Lazarou participated in the international conference “Sensual Reflections: Re-thinking the Role of the Senses in the Greco-Roman World,” hosted by the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge. They discussed the application of Deep History to sensory studies of Antiquity by presenting the pedagogical framework of The Diakron Institute’s ongoing educational projects. “The study of the classical past is currently experiencing a spatial and sensory turn, affecting the work of classicists, classical archaeologists, ancient philosophers and historians alike. Despite the growing number of ideas and approaches developed by individual specialists, so far the attempts to develop an interdisciplinary conversation on the matter have been limited. The aim of this conference is therefore to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines and to create a lively and challenging setting for discussion of new methodological approaches to ancient senses.”
On May 9th, 2018, Executive Consultants Alfonso Domínguez and Lucía Salmerón presented The Diakron Institute’s “Cultural Exploration of the Cyclades” in a conference at the Roman Theatre of Málaga, Spain. They spoke about how multisensory experience can inform our understanding of Antiquity and discussed its pedagogical possibilities, with particular reference to the value of performance for active learning. The conference was organized by the cultural association ACUTEMA (Asociación Cultural de Teatro Griego y Romano de Málaga) and by the Sociedad Española de Estudios Clásicos, as part of the III Jornadas de Teatro Clásico.
Italian organic farming magazine NaturaSì features The Diakron Institute's Eco-Cultural Tour Program "Multisensory Immersion in Abruzzo National Park." The article introduces Project Director Nathan Ranc, explains how the project in Abruzzo was conceived and executed, and reveals the Institute's ambitions for the future of its eco-cultural tour program.
The Comptroller of Maryland determines that The Diakron Institute is exempt from State of Maryland income tax and will retain its exempt status as long as it remains exempt under provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.
The United States Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) determines that The Diakron Institute qualifies for exemption from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) (3), and further classifies it as a public charity. Donors can deduct contributions to the Institute from their federal income tax under IRC Section 170.
Italian broadcasting company TG Norba 24 features The Diakron Institute in its 12.30 Edition on September 1st, 2016. "Different cultures and passions coming together to produce different perspectives: this is The Diakron Institute, a research institute specialized in inter-cultural exchange, composed of 15 specialists in different disciplines, from different countries, who want to share their work with non-specialists through experience."
Local news outlet of Palo del Colle PALOLIVE.it recaps The Diakron Institute's presentation at Rigenera. "Luigi Lafasciano, young 27-year-old archaeologist and native of Palo, and Andrew Gipe, Greek-American, presented their first eco-cultural project yesterday at Rigenera, and explained its significance within the context of The Diakron Institute of which they are directors."
The Diakron Institute presented its Eco-Cultural Tour "Multisensory Immersion in Abruzzo National Park" at the Rigenera Urban Laboratory in Palo del Colle, at 8pm on August 31st, 2016. Directors Andrew Gipe and Luigi Lafasciano introduced the Institute and discussed the program of its latest interdisciplinary project. The public presentation was followed by a jam session by local Funk-Rock band Bloody Married.
The Diakron Institute opens online registration for its Eco-Cultural tour "Multisensory Immersion in Abruzzo National Park." The expedition offers blind and sighted participants an opportunity to experience the multi-sensory interplay of the natural world and human cultural heritage, in the Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise National Park, Italy. The tour is part of the Institute's "In Dialogue with the Wild" program which organizes accessible nature expeditions. Its mission is to investigate the relationship between the natural world and human activity; to consider the value of an appreciation for the "wild," and to explore socio-cultural phenomena which reconcile the human with the natural.
In recognition of the International Day Against Racism on March 21st, 2016, The Diakron Institute joined an international assembly of socially-conscious organizations and individuals, recognized for their active dedication to human rights advocacy, for an organized walk through Athens from the Greek Parliament to the Acropolis. This event was led by the Greek Forum of Migrants and was open to the public.
Deaf-blind activist and Diakron consultant Haben Girma has accepted an invitiation from the Greek Forum of Migrants, an immigration network based in Athens, Greece, to be the keynote speaker at the International Day of Refugees event on June 20th, 2016. She will discuss issues of migration and disability with local political leadership, and advocate the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Greek community. Diakron Director Andrew Gipe will accompany Haben as a translator and interpreter for the duration of her stay in Greece.
On November 18, 2015 in the historical center of Salerno, Italy, Luigi Lafasciano and Andrew Gipe sign The Diakron Institute's Articles of Incorporation. On January 4, 2016, the filing of these articles is accepted by the State of Maryland in the United States, and The Diakron Institute Inc. becomes a legal entity.
While traveling through Crete in July of 2014, Luigi Lafasciano and Andrew Gipe carefully reflect on their communication with goats. On the 5th day of their journey, after hiking the full 18 kilometers of the Samaria schism, they rest their weary legs at a tavern in Agia Roumeli. Along the southern cliffs of Lefka Ori, with bellies full of Cretan spice, a full-blue view of the Mediterranean Sea, and the perceptible proximity of the African continent, two mortal men conceive of a multi-cultural collaboration and the gods laugh. The acute chink of glasses followed by the searing penetration of local elixir gives ritual resolution to their proud determination and humble intentions, and the goats are none the wiser...