Dante: Searcher and Discoverer

January 28, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

The seven hundredth anniversary of Dante's death (1321-2021) is a fresh opportunity for a dialogue on both his philosophical and theological reflection and his keen observation of humanity. The supreme poet (Sommo Poeta) is capable of touching men and women of every time, and—as Pope Francis observes—“through his immortal works still has much to say and offer to those who desire to travel the way to true knowledge, to the authentic discovery of self, of the world, of life’s profound and transcendent meaning.” His constant spiritual search for the meaning of existence makes Dante a poet able to triumph over time, to cross space, and to transcend religious boundaries, through a Catholic outlook at once distinctive and universal.

This conversation with three leading interpreters of Dante—Mary Jo Bang, Francesco Ciabattoni, and Vittorio Montemaggi—was an opportunity to walk the paths of Dante seven centuries after he did. Debora Tonelli, Georgetown’s representative in Rome, introduced the conversation; Paul Elie, author and senior fellow at the Berkley Center, moderated.

This event, part of the Questioni di Civiltà webinar series, was co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Representative Office in Rome; Georgetown Humanities Initiative; Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; and Club of Italy with La Civiltà Cattolica.

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