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DANTE 700 | Eventi 2021

Date:

01/01/2021


DANTE 700 | Eventi 2021

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With a year-long calendar of events, Italy marks the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s passing.

Dante, known as the father of the Italian language, was born in Florence in 1265 and died in Ravenna in 1321.

His epic poem, The Divine Comedy, is considered an iconic masterpiece of medieval literature that has inspired poets and writers worldwide through the centuries.

Below, you will find a preview of events that will be held throughout the year honouring Dante, through expert conversations, cinema, music, art and performance.

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Thursday, February 25 | 1:30PM EST

Book Presentation

Dante
Editor: Laterza, 2020

By

Alessandro Barbero
Professor of Medieval History | Università del Piemonte Orientale

In conversation with

Michael Subialka
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian | UC Davis

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In his ground-breaking book Dante, Alessandro Barbero examines the life, times and world of the medieval creator of the masterpiece The Divine Comedy. Barbero follows Dante through his adolescence as the son of a usurer who dreams of belonging to the world of nobles and men of letters; through the dark corridors of politics, where his ideals are shattered in the face of the petty rivalries and rampant corruption and through his wandering in exile, where he discovers the incredible diversity of fourteenth-century Italy—from its commercial metropolises to the insular world of its smaller courts. The book also looks at the sorrows and silences that make it difficult to reconstruct entire periods of Dante’s life, presenting a variety of different hypotheses, allowing readers to form their own ideas in the way a detective story might invite them to unravel the thread of events and come to a conclusion on their own.

Presented under the patronage of the Embassy of Italy in the United States, by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in San Francisco in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Washington, DC.

 

Thursday, February 25 | 3:00PM EST

Webinar

Dante Without Footnotes: Personal Reflections on The Divine Comedy

Joseph Luzzi
Professor | Comparative Literature, Italian Studies
Bard College

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What makes Dante’s Divine Comedy so essential to our lives today, even though it was written seven centuries ago? What can Dante’s “dark wood,” the space of crisis Dante describes in Inferno, teach us about our own pandemic world? In this presentation, Joseph Luzzi, Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College and the author of In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love, will explore the fascinating realm of Dante’s epic poem in all its cultural and historical richness, as he considers Dante’s relation to his beloved hometown of Florence, his lacerating experience of exile, and his lifelong devotion to his muse Beatrice, among many other issues. Above all, Professor Luzzi will show how and why readers throughout the world can access Dante “without footnotes” and discover the ways his timeless wisdom and insights can enhance our everyday lives.

Presented by the University of Calgary Italian Studies Program in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

 

Wednesday, March 3 | 4:00PM EST

Webinar

The Metamorphoses of Dante's Ulysses

Lino Pertile
Carl A. Pescosolido Research Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
Harvard University

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Dante’s Ulysses personifies the fundamental moral issue of the use and abuse of human intelligence: What can we do with our intelligence? How far may we go with it? Are we allowed to pursue any intellectual quest regardless of its consequences? Should we resist the temptation to let our intelligence run freely without any moral restraint? In the Divine Comedy, Ulysses becomes a tragic hero. His example, more relevant today than ever, occurs and re-occurs as both a stimulus to search endlessly and a warning not to trespass the limit beyond which human intelligence brings its own downfall.

Presented by the Embassy of Italy and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Washington DC in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Toronto.

 

Wednesday, March 3 | 8:00PM EST

Book Presentation

The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic. From Dante to Tasso

By

Andrea Moudarres
Professor
Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies
UCLA

In conversation with

Gerry Milligan
Professor / Director of College Honors Programs
CUNY College of Staten Island

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Professor Moudarres' book follows the same narrative of internal strife, exploring enmity within the self, the state, and the world through the prism of prominent works of the Italian literary canon: Dante’s Commedia, Luigi Pulci’s Morgante, Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, and Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata. The book’s central argument is that early modern Italian literature conceived of all forms of hostility—even those conventionally considered external, such as the conflicts between Christian and Islamic forces in the Middle Ages and Renaissance—as predominantly internal. In other words, these poems’ often critical engagement with the political dynamics of their time shows enmity arising ultimately from within political or religious entities.

Organized by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC.

 

Thursday, March 11 to Saturday, December 31

Webinar / Book Presentation

Francesca da Rimini in the Arts

Ferruccio Farina
Director
International Study Center Francesca da Rimini

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Ferruccio Farina will present his book Francesca Da Rimini History of a Myth. Literature, Visual Arts and Music between the 14th and the 21st centuries (Maggioli Editore, 2019). Through literary and artistic materials never analyzed until now, the volume traces the history of Francesca’s myth which has fascinated and influenced Western culture’s poetry, theatre, cinema, paintings, sculptures and music of more than a thousand artists from every continent, making her famous as an emblem of freedom and virtue.

This pre-recorded video presentation will premiere on the YouTube channel of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles on March 11. It will be presented in English.

Presented by the Centro Internazionale di Studi Francesca da Rimini, the UCLA Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC.

 

Thursday, March 25 (SERIES DATES TO BE CONFIRMED)

DANTEDÌ
Multilingual Reading Series

Toronto Salutes Dante

Dante's Inferno as you've never heard it.

Dante, known as the father of the Italian language, was born in Florence in 1265 and died in Ravenna in 1321.
His epic poem, The Divine Comedy, is considered an iconic masterpiece of medieval literature that has inspired poets and writers worldwide through the centuries.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto kicks off its collaboration with the network of fellow Institutes in the USA with “Toronto Salutes Dante”, as part of the DANTE 700 series of events marking the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s passing.

Presented in collaboration with the University of Toronto Department of Italian Studies and the E. Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, “Toronto Salutes Dante” will present, over the next months, a series of readings of Dante’s “Inferno” in thirty-three languages, including various Italian regional dialects and the indigenous language of the Anishinaabe nation, Anishinabemowin.

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Sponsored by the University of Toronto Department of Italian Studies and E. Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto and presented in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.

 

 Thursday, April 8 

Montage on Dante
Part of the Special Focus Series: Dante on Film

Webinar

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Presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles, Cineteca Bologna and Filming Italy Los Angeles in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC.

 

Wednesday, April 21

Botticelli: Drawings for the Divine Comedy

Dagmar Korbacher
Berlin State Museums | Kupferstichkabinett

Furio Rinaldi
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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Presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura San Francisco in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Washington DC.

 

Wednesday, April 21 | Time to be confirmed

Webinar

Biography and Self-telling in Dante

Elisa Brilli
Associate Professor
Department of Italian Studies | Centre for Medieval Studies
University of Toronto

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Writing a biography of Dante is a challenge many faced. While the archives are mostly silent, his work contains many personal passages that can be easily mistaken for an autobiography. Traditional approaches evaluate these various fragments, exclude those considered less reliable, combine the remaining in a “likely” series of events. The book Vite nuove. Biografia e autobiografia di Dante, co-written with G. Milani, attempts a different approach. In this talk, I will illustrate such endeavour, its specificities, some of our main findings, and explore the question not of how to use Dante’s statements to reconstruct his life but of how much biographical research on Dante and, more in general, our vision of literary authors, owes to his self-telling.

Presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, & Washington D.C.

 

April 27 / 28 (DATES / TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED)

Film Screening
Part of the Special Focus Series: Dante on Film

Dante's Inferno
2007

Animated Feature
Director | Sean Meredith

Adapted from the book "Dante's Inferno" by Sandow Birk

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Combining Victorian toy-theatre and the style of the graphic novel into a comic-horror movie of apocalyptic proportions made with paper cut-outs. Dante's Hell gets reinterpreted with exquisitely hand-drawn paper puppets and brought to life using purely hand-made special effects.  Starring Dermot Mulroney and James Cromwell.

Presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC.

 

Tuesday, May 4

Beatrice between the Divina Commedia and Vita nova

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Presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Washington DC in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Toronto.  

 

Wednesday, May 12

Dante Out of the Book: From Afro-American Writers to Theater in US Jails

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Presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Washington DC in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

Information

Date: Da Friday, January 01, 2021 a Friday, December 31, 2021

Organized by : Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation | Istituto Italiano di Cultura Canada & USA

Entrance : Free


Location:

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