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Italian Studies at Notre Dame is participating in two ongoing projects with the University of Cambridge: Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy and the Graduate Exchange Program.

 

Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy is a four-year long series of workshops and public lectures organized by the Department of Italian at Cambridge in collaboration with the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies. The lectures explore the “vertical” connections between cantos of the same number across all three canticles. Scholars and students at Cambridge, Leeds and Notre Dame participate in workshops on single cantos via teleconference before each lecture. This is the first time that this method of reading (a method that has been discussed by Dante scholars and executed very successfully in studies of single cantos) will be systematically employed to tackle the entire poem.

Lectures are filmed and broadcast on the website of the Cambridge Italian Department.

Workshops take place via teleconference at 11:30am (EST) in Room 121 of the Information Technology Center, Notre Dame. For more information on participating in workshops, please contact italstud@nd.edu.

 

PROGRAM

Thursday 29 October, 2015

Theodore Cachey (Notre Dame) - Lecture in Cambridge (broadcast at a later date)

Inferno XXVIII, Purgatorio XXVIII, Paradiso XXVIII

Workshop on Inferno XXVIII at 12:30pm in Room 121, Information Technology Center, Notre Dame

 

Thursday 12 November, 2015

John Took (University College London) - Lecture in Cambridge (broadcast at a later date)

Inferno XXIX, Purgatorio XXIX, Paradiso XXIX

Workshop on Purgatorio XXIX at 11:30am in Room 121, Information Technology Center, Notre Dame

 

Thursday 21 January, 2016

Piero Boitani (La Sapienza) - Lecture in Cambridge (broadcast at a later date)

Inferno XXX, Purgatorio XXX, Paradiso XXX

Workshop on Paradiso XXX at 11:30am in Room 121, Information Technology Center, Notre Dame

 

Thursday 4 February, 2016

Catherine Pickstock (Cambridge) - Lecture in Cambridge (broadcast at a later date)

Inferno XXXI, Purgatorio XXXI, Paradiso XXXI

Workshop on Inferno XXXI at 11:30am in Room 121, Information Technology Center, Notre Dame

 

Thursday 18 February, 2016

David Ford (Cambridge) - Lecture in Cambridge (broadcast at a later date)

Inferno XXXII, Purgatorio XXXII, Paradiso XXXII

Workshop on Purgatorio XXXII at 11:30am in Room 121, Information Technology Center, Notre Dame

 

The Graduate Exchange Program, initiated by Zygmunt Baranski who joined Notre Dame’s Faculty from Cambridge in 2011, provides the opportunity for graduate students in Italian to forge international ties with prominent scholars in their fields. Each year, one PhD student from Notre Dame and one from the University of Cambridge exchange places for a semester. The first exchange took place in Fall 2011 between Damiano Benvegnù (Notre Dame), who studies animal imagery in Primo Levi, and Beatrice Priest (Cambridge), who studies issues of fertility in Dante. In the Spring of 2013, Sara Troyani (Notre Dame) and Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja (Cambridge) participated in the exchange. In the Fall of 2014, Courtney Smotherman (Notre Dame) and Helena Phillips-Robins (Cambridge) participated in the exchange.

Articles on the program have been published in the newsletter for the College of Arts and Letters, and in the Observer.