Online Course:
Sinners and Saints in Dante’s Divine Comedy

Tuesday Nights at 07:00 PM beginning July 26, 2022 – Pacific Time (US and Canada)

“Sinners and Saints in Dante’s Divine Comedy

Join us for an exploration of literature’s greatest poem, Dante’s Divine Comedy. Initial lessons will introduce readers to the beauty of the epic poem, as well as to the fractious history of Dante’s Italy and his at-times contentious relationship with the institutional Church. Subsequent lessons will explore select canti from the three canticles (books) of the poem: InfernoPurgatory, and Paradise. Students will consider the role of the saints in Dante’s epic – including, among others, St. Lucy, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Dominic, St. Bernard, and St. Francis of Assisi – as well as their counterparts, the sinners residing in Hell, the obverse of all that is saintly.

Dr. Anthony Nussmeier
Associate Professor of Italian

Anthony Nussmeier is Associate Professor of Italian and Director of Italian at the University of Dallas, where he teaches courses ranging from beginning Italian language to senior seminars. His research centers on Dante, medieval Italian literature, manuscript studies, and Italian poetry.

Dr. Nussmeier is Contributing Editor (Dante Studies) for The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies and Co-Editor and Book-Review Editor (Medieval, English-Language) of Annali d’Italianistica. He is the author of some dozen essays on Dante, and has long sought to promote the study of Dante to the wider public. His promotion of Dante in the community has included events such as day-long, public marathon readings of the entire Commedia, as well as radio interviews, television appearances on EWTN, and video-episodes on Dante for initiatives such as the University of Dallas Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture series. He is also an advisory board member and participant in the project 100 Days of Dante.

The 6-week Online Course will be Tuesday Nights at 07:00 PM beginning July 26 to August 30, 2022 – Pacific Time (US and Canada)

July 26, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PT (Pacific Time / California Time)
August 2, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PT
August 9, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PT
August 16, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PT
August 23, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PT
August 30, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PT

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Dante’s Divine Comedy Course
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“Sinners and Saints in Dante’s Divine Comedy

Join us for an exploration of literature’s greatest poem, Dante’s Divine Comedy. Initial lessons will introduce readers to the beauty of the epic poem, as well as to the fractious history of Dante’s Italy and his at-times contentious relationship with the institutional Church. Subsequent lessons will explore select canti from the three canticles (books) of the poem: InfernoPurgatory, and Paradise. Students will consider the role of the saints in Dante’s epic – including, among others, St. Lucy, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Dominic, St. Bernard, and St. Francis of Assisi – as well as their counterparts, the sinners residing in Hell, the obverse of all that is saintly.