Dante in America @ Notre Dame

In the Spring and Fall Semesters of 2021, there will be a series of lectures on the topic of Dante in America. In the Spring, there will also be a special edition of the annual Ravarino lecture. The Fall events will include an exhibit on the Dante holdings in Rare Books and Special Collections in Hesburgh Libraries. Click the links below for more details on each session of lectures and to find out how to register.

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Fall 2021

The Fall lectures are being planned in a hybrid online and in-person format. Please register here.

September 2, Session IV

Henry Weinfield (University of Notre Dame), "Dante and T. S. Eliot: Desire and Form"
Stephen Fredman (University of Notre Dame), "Between Dante and Whitman: Robert Duncan's 'Dante Études'"

October 7, Session V

Joseph Rosenberg (University of Notre Dame), “Dante, Jazz, and American Modernism”
Kathleen Verduin (Hope College), "'Was Then Your Image Like the Image I See Now?' Dante's Face in America"

November 11, Session VI

Christian Y. Dupont (Boston College), "Recollecting Dante Collecting"
Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin College), “The Lantern of the World Rises to Mortals by Varied Paths: Paul Laffoley (1935-2015) and Dante”


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Spring 2021

January 29, Session I

David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania), "'But Dante's Hell is Heaven': American Dantes"
Laura Dassow Walls (University of Notre Dame), "'A Star Unlike': Dante and the American Transcendentalists"

February 19, Session II

Kristina Olson (George Mason University), "In Good Faith: Translations and Iconographies of Dante from Longfellow and Doré to Birk and Sanders"
Kathleen Boyle (University of Notre Dame), "'All the Verities Mundane and Spiritual': Dantean Intertextuality in Pietro di Donato's Christ in Concrete"

March 19, Session III

Joshua Matthews (Dordt University), "Why America's Poets Turned to Dante During the Civil War"
Dennis Looney (University of Pittsburgh), "Dante and Social Justice"

April 9, Ravarino Lecture in Italian Studies

Peter S. Hawkins (Yale University), "'Nel mezzo del cammin': Finding a 'Spiritual' Dante in American Religious Culture"