Dante Now! Commemorating the 700th Anniversary of Dante’s Death


Location: Throughout the Notre Dame Campus and Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum (View on map )

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Please join the Center for Italian Studies and Devers Program in Dante Studies on Friday, October 1 for its annual "Dante Now!" event, dedicated to a community recitation of Dante's Divine Comedy. Click here for more information on the event's history.

This year marks the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death which is being celebrated throughout the world with a rich array of commemorative events, including conferences, lectures, readings, exhibits, and concerts.

Pope Francis has also joined the celebrations with the release of an Apostolic Letter titled “Candor lucis aeternae” (Splendor of Light Eternal) in which, commenting on the depth and timelessness of Dante’s poem, he notes:

“At this particular moment in history ... the figure of Dante, prophet of hope and witness to the human desire for happiness, can still provide us with words and examples that encourage us on our journey.”


Community recitations

Throughout the campus, culminating in a recitation of Dante’s Prayer to the Virgin (Paradiso 31.1-21):

2:15PM - Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes


A Panel Discussion reflecting on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter on Dante will conclude the event.

Time: 3:00PM - 4:30PM

Location: Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art

Welcome by Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Co-moderators: Theodore Cachey, Director, Center for Italian Studies, and John Cavadini, Director, McGrath Institute for Church Life

Panelists: Therese Cory (Department of Philosophy); the Rev. Kevin Grove, C.S.C. (Department of Theology); Susannah Monta (Department of English); Vittorio Montemaggi (King’s College London, Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry); Cyril O’Regan (Department of Theology); Clemens Sedmak (Nanovic Institute for European Studies)

Sponsored by the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies and the Center for Italian Studies.