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Free Lecture on Dante’s Human Realm on Mon., Feb. 4

As part of the library’s Insight Seminar programming, UO Professor Gina Psaki will offer a free public lecture entitled “Purgatorio, Dante’s Human Realm,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 4, in Knight Library’s Browsing Room.

The free lecture will offer an overview of topics covered in an Insight Seminar that begins Saturday, February 9, and continues each of the following three Saturdays: February 16, February 23, and March 2. Entitled “Dante's Purgatorio,” the Saturday seminar sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Knight Library’s Browsing Room and cost $99 for the four sessions. To register for the seminar, visit this link

The lecture on February 4 will focus a section of Dante's Divine Comedy. Although the Inferno is undoubtedly the most often read part of Dante’s Divine Comedy, it’s not the canticle most readers of the whole poem love best.  That honor goes to the Purgatorio, the middle canticle, the most human and the most hopeful. This talk will look at 3 specific cantos of the Purgatorio to explore this canticle’s hold on readers, and also at several different translations of selected passages to help audience members select their own Purgatorio.

UO Insight Seminars, a program offered by the UO Libraries, were established in 2003 to provide an opportunity for the general public to re-engage with the liberal arts and experience the intellectual fulfillment that is the hallmark of a university education. They are led by UO faculty who are expert in the topics, who provide formal study guides and lead college-level discussion of the materials for ten hours of class time. For a complete list and description of Insight Seminars on tap for the remainder of the academic year, visit

Contact Jan Smith at 541-346-1889 or for more information about the lecture on February 4.


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