The American Academy’s Casa Rustica (in the present Bass Garden) occupies the precise site where, on Thursday 14 April 1611, Galileo made his first demonstration to a learned audience in Rome of his new invention, named on this occasion as the “telescope”. To mark the 400th anniversary of this historic achievement, the Academy staged a Conversation on science and faith moderated by Director Christopher S. Celenza (7 April 2011), an exhibition of astronomical instruments from the collection of the Specola Vaticana (7-15 April), and a multimedia "Galileo Cabaret" on the significant date (Thursday 14 April 2011). Finmeccanica generously provided financial support for all of these events. Vittorio Ferrara produced this highlights video.

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