UW Showcase lectures highlight the best of UW-Madison and show the Wisconsin Idea in action. Enjoy this unique opportunity to learn about the hot topics being discussed on campus and tap into one of the UW’s most important resources: its faculty and staff.
Lectures in Madison
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Lectures are free and open to the public. They are held at 7:00 p.m. at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, 333 W. Main St. in Madison. Free parking is available in the ramp across the street from the building’s main entrance.
April 3, 2014 | “Dante, Florence, Italy: Then and Now” | More Topic Info — Christopher Kleinhenz, UW Professor Emeritus, French and Italian
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April 3 | “Dante, Florence, Italy: Then and Now” Nearly seven hundred years later, Dante's masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, continues to be the focus of academic discussions and research and exerts its hold on the popular imagination in films, novels and computer games that draw inspiration from it. During this UW Showcase presentation, examine the historical, socio-political, literary and artistic contexts in which Dante lived and wrote. Plus, seek out answers to a number of questions, including: Who was Dante Alighieri and why did he write the Comedy? Why should his poem have had such great and enduring success? How and why are Dante and the Comedy still relevant in the modern world?
Christopher Kleinhenz is the Carol Mason Kirk Professor Emeritus of Italian at UW-Madison, where he taught courses on medieval Italian literature, manuscript studies and the interrelationship of art and literature in Italy. He also served as Director of the Medieval Studies Program for many years and as Director of the L&S Honors Program. Among his numerous publications are The Early Italian Sonnet (1986) and Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia (2004). He served as President of the American Association of Teachers of Italian, the American Boccaccio Association and the Medieval Association of the Midwest, and as Editor of Dante Studies. A Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, he has received the Fiorino d’oro from the Società Dantesca Italiana, the CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies, the AATI Distinguished Service Award and the ADFL Award for Distinguished Service in the Profession.