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Dante: Between Dread and Hope – A Conversation with Lorna Goodison

Dante: Between Dread and Hope - A Conversation with Lorna Goodison

The Dante Society of America and the New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies welcome internationally acclaimed poet Lorna Goodison, former poet laureate of Jamaica (2017-2020), who will speak about her longstanding poetic engagement with Dante and his Divine Comedy. In addition to many allusions to Dante’s works in her poetry, Goodison has translated several cantos of the Divine Comedy into Jamaican patois, relocating the scenes to contemporary Jamaica. Engaging Goodison in conversation will be Professor Dennis Looney, author of “Freedom Readers: The African American Reception of Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy.”

The event will be held as the final plenary session of the New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and it will be live-streamed on the New College’s YouTube channel. Attendance at the event is free, but registration is required.

This program was funded in part through a Florida Humanities Greater Good: Humanities in Academia Grant in partnership with Florida State University.

Events Details:

Date/time: March 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Presented By:

Lorna Goodison, poet and former poet laureate of Jamaica (2017-2020); Dr. Dennis Looney, Director of Programs and Director of Association of Departments of Foreign Languages, Modern Language Association (Retired), Formerly Professor of French and Italian, University of Pittsburgh

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Combination of in-person and virtual/online

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Event Venue:

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida
5313 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243
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