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DANTE 700: a series of events celebrating Dante Alighieri on the 700th anniversary of his death

  • 27 May 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Online



DANTE 700 is a series of online events, presented by The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul, celebrating Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) on the 700th anniversary of his death. 



Everyone is encouraged to register for all the three events. However, each event will be independent
and will be accessible even without attending the others.

- IN ENGLISH -

Online Events - Registration required
Free or with suggested donation to support our programming


An Introduction to Dante Alighieri
Thursday, March 25th, 6:00-7:00 PM

Join Pieranna Garavaso, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, for the first appointment of DANTE 700. During this introductory talk, you will learn about Dante Alighieri’s life and literary production, Dante’s political life during the war between the papacy and the empire as well as  the origins of the Italian language: from Latin to the volgare.

Click here to register for this event. Once in the new window, click on the Register button in the upper left blue box.


La Divina Commedia
Thursday, April 29th, 6:00-7:00 PM

The second appointment of DANTE 700 will focus on Dante Alighieri's La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy), one of the greatest works of world literature begun c. 1308 and completed in 1320. Pieranna Garavaso, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, will discuss its structure, rhyme, philosophical and theological underpinnings, the use of similes and allegories, the political revenges and the monsters. 

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La Divina Commedia, Book Club
Thursday, May 27th, 6:00-7:00 PM

For the third appointment of DANTE 700, we will discuss some of the most famous passages of La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) such as the opening of the poem with the allegory of the three beasts; Paolo and Francesca da Rimini (Canto V); Ulysses (Canto XXVI).

The registration confirmation email will include the link to download the passages.

The passages will be in Italian with English translation. Come with questions.

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Pieranna Garavaso is native Italian and came to the US to earn a PhD in Philosophy (at the U of Nebraska Lincoln). She taught Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Morris for 34 years. She was awarded the UMN Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award (2003), the Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Undergraduate Teaching Award (2004) and the UMN Morris Faculty Research Award (2017). Her areas of research include History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Mathematics, and Feminist Philosophies.  She has published articles in Italian and English and authored, co-authored or edited several books; the last collection she has edited is the Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism (2018).  As Emerita/retired she plans to devote more time to reading and discussing Italian literature.

Graphics by Zoe Cinel.

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