“Dante in Our World: 750 Years Later” Lecture Series Begins October 27


Leading Dante scholars from around the U.S. to visit Villanova this academic year

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University’s Department of Romance Languages and Literature will introduce a conference series focusing on the medieval poet Dante Alighieri, famed for The Inferno, on the 750th anniversary of his birth. The series of lectures aims to rediscover Dante in light of the present and to examine our world through his work. “Dante in Our World. 750 Years Later” runs through March 2015.

Invited distinguished scholars from around the country will touch upon such themes as the relationship between Dante and St. Augustine, Dante’s presence in Italian and American cinema, the relevance of Dante in shaping an idea of Europe and the link between Columbus’ diaries and the New World Project.

The following is the series schedule:

  • October 27, 2014 (4 pm.; Driscoll Auditorium)
    “Dante and Augustine? Three Case Studies”
    Simone Marchesi, PhD (Princeton University)

  • November 17, 2014 (4 pm.; Falvey Memorial Library)
    “Dante and the Birth of Cinema”
    John Welle, PhD (University of Notre Dame)

  • January 22, 2015 (4 pm.; Villanova Cinema)
    “Dante’s Europe”
    Giuseppe Mazzotta, PhD (Yale University)

  • March 16, 2015 (4 pm; Falvey Memorial Library)
    “Dante and the New World Project”
    Mary Watt, PhD (University of Florida)

The series will inaugurate the Villanova Italian Symposium, a laboratory of open dialogue on broad issues related to Italian culture, and as a way to bridge Italian studies not only with other disciplines at Villanova, but also with other programs in the greater Philadelphia area.

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Jennifer Schu

Director of Communications, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


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