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“Dante’s Other Works” 2015: A Celebration of the 750th Anniversary of Dante’s Birth

In 2015, the 750th anniversary of Dante’s birth, and the 20th anniversary of the founding of the William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies, the William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies and Italian Studies at Notre Dame will host a celebration of the poet’s so-called “minor works” with a lecture series and a publication.

The series will take place on eight Thursdays throughout 2015, beginning in January and ending in November. Twelve prominent scholars from the US, Italy and the UK have been invited to deliver lectures in the series. Each lecture will address one of the “other works” by presenting the principal interpretive trends and issues relating to the text and focusing on some of its aspects of particular interest. In conjunction with the lecture series, Notre Dame University Press will publish a “companion to Dante’s other works.”

All lectures in Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries.

29 January 2015 at 4:30pm

Vita nova: Zygmunt G. Barański (Cambridge-Notre Dame)

26 March 2015 at 4:30pm

Epistles: Claire Honess (Leeds)

9 April 2015 at 4:30pm

Rime: Manuele Gragnolati (Oxford)

16 April 2015 at 4:00pm

Convivio: Simon Gilson (Warwick)

De vulgari eloquentia: Steven Botterill (Berkeley)

10 September 2015 at 4:30pm

Monarchia: Paola Nasti (Reading)

17 September 2015 at 4:30pm

Theology and the other works: Vittorio Montemaggi (Notre Dame)

Philosophy and the other works: Luca Bianchi (Piemonte Orientale)

8 October 2015 at 4:30pm

Questio de aqua et terra: Theodore J. Cachey, Jr. (Notre Dame)

Authenticity and the other works: Albert R. Ascoli (Berkeley)

12 November 2015 at 4:30pm

Eclogues: Jonathan Combs-Schilling (Ohio State)

Fiore and Detto d’Amore: Christopher Kleinhenz (Wisconsin-Madison)

Past Events

The University of Notre Dame is host each year to a number of lectures, seminars, and conferences featuring some of the most distinguished Italianists working in the field today.

In 2013-14, Italian Studies at Notre Dame sponsored or co-sponsored lectures by Lucia Re, Joseph Luzzi, Anna Pegoretti, Francesco Braschi, Simon Gilson, Paola Moretti, David Forgacs, Massimo Lollini, Christian Moevs, Margaret Meserve, Guy Raffa, Federico Gallo, James Kriesel, Franziska Meier, David Lummus, Brian Reynolds, Karla Mallette, John Welle, Justin Steinberg, Theodore Cachey, James Cotton, Martino Rabaioli and Xiaoyi Zhang. Italian Studies at Notre Dame also organized and co-sponsored two conferences at Notre Dame's new Global Gateway in Rome: "Dante's Intellectual Formation" in March, and the Rome Seminar 2014 in June, with the Cushwa Center for American Catholicism. ISND's collaboration with Cambridge continued throughout the year with the workshop series, Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy, and the annual event, Dante Now! A Celebration of the Divine Comedy in Performance, took place in October.

In 2012-13, Italian Studies at Notre Dame hosted speakers, including Martin McLaughlin, George Corbett, Anne Leone, Amanda Weppler, Marina Calloni, Christian Moevs, Luca Marcozzi, Albert R. Ascoli, Bernd Goehring, Denis Robichaud, Paola Moretti, Alison Cornish, Paolo Cherchi, Steven Semes, Wayne Storey, Demetrio S. Yocum and Simone Marchesi. The inaugural Dante Now! A Celebration of the Divine Comedy in Performance took place in November, and Notre Dame participated in the first year of workshops in the series for Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy.

In 2011-12, ISND hosted lectures by Robert Gordon, Lina Insana, Charles Leavitt, Sara Troiani, Pierpaolo Polzonetti, Giuliano Milani, Beatrice Priest, Emily Gandolfi, Francesco Ciabattoni, and Theodore Cachey. The Primo Levi Collection was launched with an exhibition and opening at the Hesburgh Library, and a Conference on “Italian Identities: Dialects, Minorities, Literatures” took place in March.

In the 2010-11 academic year, Italian Studies at Notre Dame hosted more than a dozen events with leading Italianists including Zygmunt Baranski, Piero Boitani, Marina Calloni, Alison Cornish, Roberto Dainotto, Claire Honess, Robin Kirkpatrick, and David Lummus.

In 2010, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Rome study program, the School of Architecture hosted a two-day conference with speakers including Ingrid Rowland, Samir Younés, Ted Cachey, Joseph Buttigieg, Randy Coleman, Robin Rhodes and Sabine MacCormack, among others.

In 2009, the trans-disciplinary Why Italy? symposium brought together distinguished scholars from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in order to showcase the importance and prominence of Italian Studies at Notre Dame and within the humanities at large.

Previous events have included a conference on Dante and the Contemplative Tradition in 2007, a lecture series on Dante and Petrarch in 2004, and the International Dante Seminar in 2003.

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