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News briefs: Notre Dame professor to discuss ‘The Divine Comedy’ with students

November 13
05:21 2012

By Laurean Love
Staff Writer

The epic poetry of Dante will be the topic of today’s seminar beginning at 5 p.m. in the Reading Room at Alexander Residence Hall. The Honors College will host Dr. Christian Moevs, Notre Dame Italian professor and an authority on Dante’s “The Divine Comedy.”

“Dante’s Comedy is not only a blueprint of the afterlife: it is a blueprint of the art of living happily,” Dr. Michael Foley, associate professor in the Great Texts program in the Honors College, said.

“Students will benefit from how Dr. Moevs reveals one of the key themes to unlocking the comedy’s secret to happiness: love.” The lecture is free and open to faculty, staff and students. Moevs’ “The Metaphysics of Dante’s Comedy” won the Modern Language Association’s Marraro Prize for Italian Studies and the American Association for Italian Studies Prize for best book of 2005.

“Dante’s Divine Comedy is one of the most important works of Western literature, said Dr. Phillip Donnelly, associate professor of literature in the Honors College.

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