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In person > Dante, l'Italiano - A lecture by Dr. Virginia Jewiss



In person > Dante, l'Italiano - A lecture by Dr. Virginia Jewiss


As part of the 21st Annual Week of Italian Language in the World, we are pleased to present "Dante, l'Italiano", an in-person event organized by our friends at the Italian Cultural Society in Washington DC, taking place at the Chevy Chase Village Hall in Chevy Chase, MD. 

Often considered the "Father of the Italian Language", Dante wrote the Divine Comedy in the vernacular rather than Latin, bringing literary authority and prestige to Italian and shaping the direction this new language would take. He argued for the eloquence of the vernacular in his remarkable essay De Vulgari Eloquentia and for its efficacy in his Vita Nuova.

During this presentation, Prof. Virginia Jewiss, will highlight Dante’s extraordinary linguistic creativity and his enduring contributions to the beauty and power of Italian through key passages from these works.




During the presentation, in the adjacent room, Maestra Fiorenza Castelli will entertain children 4-12 yrs old in a themed workshop aiming to teach them the importance Dante played in Italian language and culture. Story time will include the reading of “Il viaggio di Dante – Un'avventura infernale” by Virginia Jewiss. At the end of the workshop, children will be able to meet the author!

A maximum of 60 adults and 12 children will be allowed in-person. Proof of vaccination is required for adult participants and masks are mandatory for everyone. Guests who are not able to join in person, can watch the event on the Facebook page of the Italian Cultural Society.


WHEN: October 23, 2021 at 4 PM ET
WHERE: Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Ave NW, Chevy Chase, MD 20815


In person - Registration Required - Limited Capacity



Space is limited to 60 participants for the adult session in-person, so please RSVP at your earliest convenience.

The lecture will also be streamed on the Facebook page of the Italian Cultural Society

All adult participants coming to the event in-person must wear a mask and have proof of vaccination.


This event is organized by the Italian Cultural Society of Washington DC





raffaProf. Virginia Jewiss received her PhD in Italian literature from Yale University and taught at Dartmouth College and Trinity College’s Rome campus before returning to Yale as Senior Lecturer in the Humanities and Director of the Yale Humanities program in Rome. She has translated the work of numerous Italian authors and film directors, including Luigi Pirandello’s short stories, Roberto Saviano’s Gomorrah, Melania Mazzucco’s Vita, and screenplays for Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, and Gabriele Salvatores. Her translation of Dante’s Vita nuova is forthcoming.




Data: Sab 23 Ott 2021

Orario: Dalle 16:00 alle 18:00

Organizzato da : Italian Cultural Society

In collaborazione con : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Washington

Ingresso : Libero