The Father of the Italian Language
Presented by Professor Louis Leonini
Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7:00pm
Dante Alighieri has provided guidance and nourishment to major poets throughout the ages. William Butler called Dante the “chief imagination for all of Christendom,” and T.S.Elliot elevated him to the same level as only one other poet in the modern world, William Shakespeare. Professor Leonini will explore the life and history of Dante Alighieri, explaining why the Florentine poet is called the “Father of the Italian Language” and why Dante’s Divine Comedy is considered the greatest literary masterpiece of the Italian language and how now more than 650 years later, it still continues to astonish generation of readers. A light reception is offered prior to the beginning of the presentation from 6:30pm to 7:00pm.
Must register in advance and prepay. Members $20, Non-Members $25.