Archaeologist, professor, documentary host, Darius Arya is just as comfortable in front of the proverbial black board as he is in front of the camera and in the trenches. He has appeared as guest lecturer, expert and host in numerous documentaries for Discovery, History and National Geographic channels, and has been cited in articles in CNN, Time, The Guardian and BBC. This summer he appeared inBarbarians Rising on the History Channel. Currently, amidst his international travel, most recently Japan and Athens (featured in the Guardian Travel on Instagram), Darius is the host of Under Italy on Rai5 (Italy's national culture channel), with episodes available online.
WORK: Since 2002, Darius is the executive director of the American Institute for Roman Culture, leading programs and projects, including a summer field school excavation. On April 21, 2015, he launched Ancient Rome Live, a blended learning online platform with videos and live streaming.
EDUCATION: A graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and Phillips Exeter Academy, Darius received his MA and PhD from University of Texas, Austin. He is a Fulbright Scholar and American Academy of Rome fellow FAAR’00. Darius lives in Rome. A more detailed bio can be found on LinkedIn. For more information regarding documentaries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently: Travel and Leisure FB live takeover (summer 2016), Guardian Travel photos featured (November 2016).
Ohio Classical League, October 7-8, 2016, Columbus, Ohio
May 5, 2015: Crowdfunding for cultural heritage (in Italian), ProDoc/ ICCROM sponsored conference, Rome, Italy
April 24, 2015, "Engineering ancient Rome: A city of tuff, concrete, and marbles, and how to preserve it," International Stone Conservation Course, hosted by Getty Conservation Institute and ICCROM, Rome, Italy
February 3, 2015, "Excavating Ostia Antica and preserving Italy's cultural heritage," at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
April 10, 2014, ROME Host, organizer
NOVEMBER 1, 2013 NEW YORK: Fordham University, New York. "The Monuments, Social Media, The Law and Cultural Heritage"
OCTOBER 11-12, 2013 ROME: Università degli Studi, Roma Tre. "International Conference on Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management"
SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 ROME: WorkingCapital Accelerator. "Shoot&Share, l'incontro di photosharing con esperti del settore."
American Women's Association of Rome AWAR, Rome, Italy. February 25, 2013 “Preserving cultural heritage in a digital world, effective outreach and action."
California State University, Sacramento, November 14, 2012 “Ancient Greek architectural and artisan tradition in a Roman reality”
California State University, Fresno, November 14, 2012 “Rome then and now; the Eternal City’s cultural heritage legacy in the 21st century”
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, May 2012 “Old Stones and New Media: Leveraging the Roles of Video and Social Media to Engage and Involve Students, Professionals, and the Public at Large in Cultural Heritage and Archaeology”
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. January 9, 2012 "Old Stones-New Media: Leveraging video and social media for cultural heritage sustainability."
Since 2011, founder and keynote speaker of the annual UNLISTED Conference series, monitoring a round-table discussion on cultural heritage, held in Rome. For more on the past conferences, visit WEDIGROME.