Celebrations for the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri's death land in the United States

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After the Leonardesque celebrations of 2019 and those of Raphael in 2020, the Embassy of Italy in Washington with its network of consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes in the United States will commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri with a rich program of over 60 initiatives organized throughout the territory during the year. The celebrations will explore the thought and work of the Supreme Poet and its reception in literature, art, music and film - from Sandro Botticelli, Franz Liszt and American silent cinema to street art, Vinicio Capossela and African-American literature - highlighting its great relevance. 

"Dante and his poetic vision represent a heritage of humanity and are still today an invaluable source of inspiration and an essential tool for dialogue between countries and societies," said Ambassador Armando Varricchio. "Its decisive cultural, linguistic and artistic contribution to the formation of Italy and our national identity, as well as its contemporary nature, make Dante's celebrations in the U.S. particularly significant in the year that marks 160 years of diplomatic relations between Italy and the United States."

Throughout the year, the Embassy and the U.S. network will promote a cycle of virtual conferences by distinguished experts from major Italian and U.S. academic institutions. It will begin on February 3rd with the first appointment of the Dante scholar Teodolinda Barolini (Columbia University) on the concept of otherness in Dante and, in particular, on his "revolutionary" ideas on women, sexuality and non-Christians. It will continue, during the course of the year, with conferences by speakers of the caliber of Alessandro Barbero (historian), Lino Pertile (Harvard University), Marco Veglia (University of Bologna) and Dennis Looney (University of Pittsburgh).

On March 25, on the occasion of Dante's Day, the US network will organize a day of readings of Dante's passages by representatives of the cultural, academic, entertainment, business and Italian System. In Washington, the Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute will mark the anniversary with an event organized in collaboration with Georgetown University. The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco will participate in the initiative "Dante in the World", promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Center for Books and Literature. The Consulate General and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles will involve well-known personalities from the world of cinema in the festival "Filming Italy Los Angeles", while the Consulate in Detroit will launch a cycle of readings of Dante's works on the theme of love.

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