University of Notre Dame

Center for Italian Studies


Devers Program in Dante Studies


The William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame supports rare book acquisitions in the John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection, as well as teaching and research about Dante across the Arts & Letters curriculum, in particular in the Medieval and Italian Studies areas, through the sponsorship of conferences, fellowships, lecture series, seminars, and visiting professorships. The Devers Program also funds an annual program of research and travel grants for faculty and students.

In 1995, William and Katherine Devers of Winnetka, Illinois, established an endowment to initiate and sustain the Devers Program in Dante Studies. The program director is Theodore J. Cachey, Jr., Albert J. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies and Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame. The associate director of the program is Louis E. Jordan, III, Head of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Notre Dame.

The William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature made its debut with the publication of Dante Now: Current Trends in Dante Studies, a collection of ten essays originating from a 1993 University of Notre Dame conference which focused on three intensely cultivated areas: poetics, "minor works", and reception. Subsequent volumes are published approximately once a year.  A complete list of current titles may be found on website of the University of Notre Dame Press.