Lecture Series: Dante, Mercy, and the Beauty of the Human Person


Location: Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

6:00pm: Beginning Midway: Reading Dante in the Midst of Life
Professor Matthew Treherne, Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and and Societies, University of Leeds; Co-director, Leeds Center for Dante Studies

7:15pm: Hastening to Heal: Purgatorial Prayer and the Order of Grace
Professor Leonard DeLorenzo, Department of Theology; Director, Notre Dame Vision, University of Notre Dame

There is an academic course and a reading group running alongside the lecture series. Please visit Institute for Church Life to see the details.

Comprising five evenings with two lectures featured back-to-back each time, this series convenes on February 11, February 24, March 16, March 29, and April 7. The series is designed to accompany the audience as they make their way through reading Dante’s Divine Comedy during Lent and into Easter. Coinciding with the Year of Mercy, this series also responds to what Pope Francis said about Dante and his poem in relation to the 750th anniversary of the poet’s birth: “[The Divine Comedy] is an invitation to rediscover the lost or obscured meaning of our human path and to hope to see again the glowing horizon on which the dignity of the human person shines in its fullness.”

Sponsored in part by: The Institute for Church Life; The Notre Dame Character Project; the Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives; and by a grant from the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame