Dante Now! A Divine Comedy Flashmob


Location: Across Campus

Please join Italian Studies at Notre Dame for an afternoon of recitations of excerpts from Dante’s Commedia performed around campus, followed by a lecture by Christian Moevs, associate professor of Italian at Notre Dame, and others in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art.

2-3 PM: Simultaneous public readings from Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise (across campus)

3 PM: Choral reading of “Saint Bernard in Paradise praying to the Virgin” (the Grotto)

3:30 PM: “What’s Wrong With This Picture? How to Read Dante’s Hell,” an illustrated public talk by Christian Moevs and guests (Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum)

4:45pm: Reception (Snite Museum Atrium, Courtyard)

Co-sponsored by the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies, Italian Studies at Notre Dame, and the Ravarino Family Endowment for Excellence in Italian Studies.

If you are interested in performing, please contact Anne Leone at to RSVP for one of the reader workshops on Wednesday, October 8 or Thursday, October 9, in the Hospitality Room, South Dining Hall.

Locations of simultaneous performances (2-3 PM) on Friday, October 10:

  • Beneath “Touchdown Jesus,” by the Father Hesburgh and Father Ned Joyce Sculpture
  • Clarke Memorial Fountain (“Stonehenge”)
  • Stairs of the Main Building
  • The Rock
  • Stairs of Bond Hall, School of Architecture
  • Sesquicentennial Common (between the Law School, the Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering, and DeBartolo Hall)
  • At the Knute Rockne statue, North Tunnel of the Stadium
  • Shaheen Mestrovic Memorial (west side of O’Shaughnessy Hall)
  • Hammes Bookstore, by the Mary and Elizabeth sculpture (“The Visitation”)