In connection with the 2021 Dante centenary, the Devers Program in Dante Studies and the Center for Italian Studies are organizing a year-long lecture series, which will be held on the Notre Dame campus throughout the 2021 calendar year. The aim of the series is to assess the ways in which Dante has impacted the literary and popular culture of the United States. The series is divided into six sessions. Each session will consist of two speakers who will speak for 30-45 minutes each. The series will address topics including translation, iconography, library collections, the Civil War era, African-American literary culture, American religious culture, American poetry and narrative, and Italian-American culture.
In the first session, David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, will give an introductory lecture on Dante in American culture and Laura Dassow Walls, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at Notre Dame, will speak on Dante and the American transcendentalists.
More details will be provided as the date approaches.