2021 marks the 700th anniversary of Dante's death. March 25 of this year happens to be the first official "Dantedì", a celebration of the poet that is tied to the date on which Dante-character began his fictional journey in the “Commedia”.
To celebrate “Dantedì” and to anticipate the 700th necroversary, the Italian Program is putting on a marathon reading of the entire Divine Comedy. We will start at 8 a.m., March 25 and finish around 1 a.m., March 26. The reading will be outdoors on the Mall on the campus of the University of Dallas. In addition to the continuous reading of all 100 cantos by UD students, faculty, and staff, the day will include:
*8 a.m: Introductory remarks by Anthony Nussmeier (University of Dallas)
*10 a.m. - 3 p.m: A display of editions of the Commedia curated by the Cowan-Blakely Library (in the library “Fishbowl”)
*3:30 p.m: “Pop-up” performance of sacred music, Te deum laudamus (Eric Lewis and the Schola)
*1 a.m: Concluding remarks by Valeria Forte (University of Dallas)
*a performance of Dante-related music by UD students
***refreshments served throughout the day
Event sponsored by Modern Languages, English, Music, the Cowan-Blakley Library, and the Office of the Provost.
Thursday, March 25 at 8:00am to 1:00am
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