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


Location: Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

6:00pm: Uniting the Eyes: From Fixation toward Fascination in the Easter Tuesday Cantos
Father Chase Pepper, C.S.C., Campus Ministry and Department of Theology, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

7:15pm: Geographics of Stars, Metaphysics of Light: Theological Aesthetics and the Form of Human Life in Dante’sParadiso
Professor Jennifer Newsome Martin, Program of Liberal Studies and Theology, 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