Commemorating Dante in 2021

Dante Alighieri

In commemoration of the seven-hundredth anniversary of Dante's death in 2021, the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies and the Center for Italian Studies are organizing and sponsoring a number of special events.

Events hosted at Notre Dame and the Rome Global Gateway

Dante in America Lecture Series

In the Spring and Fall Semesters of 2021, there will be a series of lectures on the topic of Dante in America. The schedule of events is:

Session I, January 28: David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania) and Laura Walls (Notre Dame)
Session II, February 18: Kathleen Boyle (Notre Dame) and Kristina Olson (George Mason University)
Session III, March 18: Joshua Matthews (Dordt College) and Dennis Looney (University of Pittsburgh)
Session IV, September 2: Stephen Fredman (Notre Dame) and Henry Weinfield (Notre Dame)
Session V, October 7: Joseph Rosenberg (Notre Dame) and Kathleen Verduin (Hope College)
Session VI, November 11: Christian Dupont (Boston College) and Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin College)

Ravarino Lecture in Italian Studies and Notre Dame Dante Day

The Spring campus events will include an exhibit on the Dante holdings in Rare Books and Special Collections in Hesburgh Libraries. There will also be a special edition of the annual Ravarino lecture on Dante and religious culture in the United States, delivered by Peter S. Hawkins (Yale Divinity School) on April 8 and a Notre Dame Dante Day, on April 9, consisting of a lecture on the history of Dante at Notre Dame delivered by David Lummus (Notre Dame), and a series of roundtables with Notre Dame faculty on Dante across the curriculum.

Book Presentation Series on Dante at the Rome Global Gateway

This series of four seminars will highlight recently published books on Dante and will take place between November 2020 and May 2021. Authors and editors will include Zygmunt G. Barański, Theodore J. Cachey, Stefano Carrai, Giulio Ferroni, Luca Lombardo, Roberto Rea, and Justin Steinberg. The authors and editors of the books will be present at the four meetings hosted at the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway and streamed in collaboration with the Center for Italian Studies and the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and with Ca' Foscari Venezia University, which, together with the University of Toronto, hosts the research project VERTEXCULT (Vernacular Textual Cultures in Dante's Tuscany: Education and Literary Practices in Context, ca. 1250 - ca. 1321).

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Workshop on Themes, Traditions, and Cultures in Dante

On May 13-14, Notre Dame will host a two-day workshop on "Themes, Traditions, and Cultures in Dante / Temi, tradizioni e culture nelle opere di Dante" at the Rome Global Gateway. Invited speakers include: Simon Gilson (University of Oxford), Anna Pegoretti (University of Rome III), Paola Nasti (Northwestern University), Giuseppe Ledda (University of Bologna), Simone Marchesi (Princeton University), Luca Marcozzi (University of Rome III), Catherine Keen (University College London), Mira Mocan (University of Rome III), George Corbett (University of St. Andrews), Luca Bianchi (University of Milan), Henrike Lange (University of California, Berkeley), Silvia Maddalo (University of Tuscia), Gary Cestaro (Depaul University), and Antonio Montefusco (Ca' Foscari University of Venice).

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The Conway Lectures in Medieval Studies at the Medieval Institute

In September 2021, the Conway Lectures of Notre Dame's Medieval Institute will celebrate the Medieval Institute's 75th anniversary along with the Dante commemoration with three lectures on Dante from the perspectives of other disciplines. The speakers will be Simon Gilson (Oxford), Carol Lansing (UC, Santa Barbara), and Areli Marina (Kansas).

Events co-sponsored by the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies

"Voci sull'Inferno di Dante: Viaggio verso il settimo centenario" / "Voices on Dante's Inferno: A Journey towards the 700th Anniversary of the Poet’s Death"

Dante And Virgil Holkham Hall

To mark the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, the Institut für Italianistik of the University of Basel and the Center for Italian Studies with the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame have organized a critical reading of the Inferno under the direction of Professors Maria Antonietta Terzoli (Basel) and Zygmunt Barański (Notre Dame) and Dr. Vincenzo Vitale (Basel). The events will take place at the University of Basel in a series five meetings, each of two and a half days, that are scheduled for the Spring and Autumn between March 2019 and March 2021.Invited speakers will include Simone Albonico, Erminia Ardissino, Andrea Battistini, Francesco Bausi, Theodore Cachey, Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja, Stefano Carrai, Catherine Keen, Simon Gilson, Claire Honess, Giorgio Inglese, Franziska Meier, Paola Nasti, Anna Pegoretti, Lino Pertile, Donato Pirovano, Claudia Villa, Heather Webb, and Michelangelo Zaccarello.

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The Tradition of English Translations of Dante's Works

In collaboration with the Centre for Dante Studies at the University of Leeds, the Center for Italian Studies and Devers Family Program in Dante Studies are organizing a conference on the history of translating Dante into English, to be held in Leeds in October 2021. More details will be posted here as the date approaches.

Workshops on Dante's Antipurgatorio

The aim of this series of closed workshops on the first nine cantos of Dante's Purgatorio and associated themes is to begin to assess the functions, structures, and principal concerns of the "Ante-Purgatory," arguably the most original section of Dante's afterlife. Starting in January 2021, the workshops will meet via Zoom and will culminate in a meeting in May 2022 at the Rome Global Gateway. The schedule of events is:

Session I, January 22, 2021: Giuseppe Ledda (Bologna) on Purgatorio 1-2
Session II, February 12, 2021: George Corbett (St Andrews) on Purgatorio 3-4
Session III, March 5, 2021: Heather Webb (Cambridge) on Purgatorio 5-6
Session IV: September 2021: Caroline Dormor (Oxford) on Purgatorio 7-8
Session V: November 2021: Federica Pich (Leeds) on Purgatorio 9
Session VI: January 2022: James Kriesel (Villanova) on Marvels in the "Ante-Purgatory"
Session VII: February, 2022: Anna Pegoretti (Rome Tre) on Cognition and Persuasion in the "Ante-Purgatory"
Session VIII: May 13-14 2022: Theodore J. Cachey, Jr. on Mapping in the "Ante-Purgatory"