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 this session, Joshua Matthews, Associate Professor of English at Dordt University, will give a lecture on Dante in the American Civil War era and Dennis Looney, Director of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages at MLA, will speak on Dante and Italian-American culture.
More details will be provided as the date approaches.