Dante Now! A Divine Comedy Flashmob


Location: Various locations around campus

Dante Now!

A Celebration of Dante and the Divine Comedy in Performance

Please join Italian Studies at Notre Dame for an afternoon of recitations of excerpts from Dante’s Commedia performed around campus, followed by lectures by Christian Moevs (Department of Romance Languages, Notre Dame) and others in the Snite Museum’s Annenberg Auditorium, and a reception.

Co-sponsored by the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies, Italian Studies at Notre Dame, and the Ravarino Family Endowment for Excellence in Italian Studies.

You are invited to join in or just watch 

2-3 p.m.: Simultaneous public readings from Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise (all across campus)


• Beneath “Touchdown Jesus,” at the Frs. Hesburgh and Joyce Sculpture
• Clarke Memorial Fountain (“Stonehenge”)
• Stairs of the Main Building
• The Rock
• Stairs of Bond Hall, School of Architecture
• Sesquicentennial Common (between the Law School, Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering, and DeBartolo Hall)
• At the Knute Rockne statue, North Tunnel of the Stadium
• Shaheen Mestrovic Memorial (west side of O’Shaughnessy Hall)
• Hammes Bookstore, at the Mary and Elizabeth sculpture (“The Visitation”)

3 p.m.: Choral reading of Saint Bernard in Paradise praying to the Virgin (at the Grotto)

3:30 p.m.: “What’s Wrong With This Picture? How to Read Dante’s Hell,” an illustrated public talk by Christian Moevs and guests in the Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum

4:45 p.m.: Reception (Snite Museum Atrium, Courtyard)


If you are interested in performing, please contact Anne Leone at italstud@nd.edu to RSVP for one of the reader workshops: Wednesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 9, in the Hospitality Room, South Dining Hall