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webinar > Dante Out of the Book: From African American-Writers to Theater in US Jail (IIC San Francisco)



webinar > Dante Out of the Book: From African American-Writers to Theater in US Jail (IIC San Francisco)

As part of our series of events commemorating the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, we are pleased to announce “Dante Out of the Book: From African American-Writers to Theater in US Jail”, a program organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco, in collaboration with the network of Italian Cultural Institutes of North America and under the patronage of the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC.


Moderated by Valerio Cappozzo, this webinar will discuss the inspiration that Dante Alighieri has given to modern readers to address their social condition and express their desire for equality and freedom. Dennis Looney, Ron Jenkins and Nicole Pagano will consider African-American writers’ responses to The Divine Comedy in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the various theatrical interpretations of Dante’s poem workshopped and presented in the American prison system. 

WHERE: Zoom Webinar
WHEN: May 12, 2021 - 9 PM ET (6 PM PT)
ORGANIZER: Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco


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Webinar -  Registration Required


capozzoValerio Cappozzo is Associate Professor and Director of the Italian Program at the University of Mississippi. With a specialization in literary criticism and material philology, he works primarily on the manuscript transmission of manuals for the interpretation of dreams during the Middle Ages, with particular reference to Dante and early Italian literature. His monograph, Dizionario dei sogni nel Medioevo. Il Somniale Danielis in manoscritti letterari has been published in 2018 by Leo S. Olschki in Florence. 


jenkinsRon Jenkins has facilitated theater workshops inspired by Dante in prisons in Italy, Indonesia, and the United States. His most recent book is Resurrezione dei Santi: Tragicommedia Sacra a Venafro (Bulzoni: Rome 2019). His writing on prison issues was supported by a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. Jenkins is professor of Theater at Wesleyan University and a frequent visiting Professor of Literature and Religion at the Yale Divinity School’s Institute of Sacred Music. 


looneyDennis Looney, since 2014, has served as director of the Office of Programs and director of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages at the Modern Language Association. His publications include Compromising the Classics: Romance Epic Narrative in the Italian Renaissance (1996), and Freedom Readers: The African American Reception of Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy (2011), which received the American Association of Italian Studies Book Prize in 2011. More recently, he edited and translated Ludovico Ariosto’s Latin Poetry (2018). 


paganoNicole Pagano has led classes on the Divine Comedy in various adult settings, including the San Francisco County Jail, Incarnation Monastery, and the School for Applied Theology. A native of the Washington, DC area, she was a valedictorian at Georgetown University and earned a master’s degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Art and Religion. There she designed her coursework to focus exclusively on Dante’s works and the philosophy and theology of his time. Ms. Pagano lives and works in Berkeley, CA, where she currently serves as Chief of Staff to Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter at the University of California.



Data: Mer 12 Mag 2021

Orario: Alle 21:00

Organizzato da : IIC San Francisco

Ingresso : Libero