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Week of Italian Language in the World - XXI Edition



Week of Italian Language in the World  - XXI Edition


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Week of Italian Language in the World  - XXI Edition

October 18-24, 2021

DANTE, The Italian  - Celebrating 700 years of Dante

Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic


The initiative, born in 2001 in collaboration with the Accademia della Crusca, is organized in the third week of October by the Diplomatic-Consular Network and the Italian Cultural Institutes, with the support of the MiC, the MUR, the Swiss Government and the main partners of language promotion.


Program in Stanzeitaliane/Dante's Room:


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  • Herman Haller: "Dante’s Footprints in 21st Century Italian" -  From Monday, October 18 

A lecture by Hermann Haller, Professor Emeritus and member of Accademia della Crusca, on the presence of Dante’s language in Italian literature of the twentieth century. The talk examines some fundamental interrogatives: was the great poet, indeed, the "father of the Italian language?" What are the specific linguistic characteristics of the Divine Comedy? What consequences did Dante's lesson have on the contemporary Italian language? What were the stages of the linguistic transformation from Dante to nowadays?


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  • Piermario Vescovo: "Dante today"  - From Wednesday, October 20 

Piermario Vescovo, Ca 'Foscari University of Venice, presented by Fabio Finotti, talks about Dante's prophetic and anticipatory aspect by analyzing it in relation to the historical criticism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The theme is closely related to the concept and value of "modernity" recognizable in Dante's poetry, to its authentic "contemporaneity"; to the relationship between past and present with references to the thought of some of the leading twentieth-century intellectuals and philosophers, and in particular to the work of Walter Benjamin.


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  • Poet Mary Jo Bang presented by Luigi Ballerini - From Thursday, October 21 

A presentation of the work of poet Mary Jo Bang, author of a vast and appreciated poetic production, and of a version of the Inferno di Dante, who became part of her sources of inspiration both linguistic and ethical. The author, who in the course of the conversation will recite some of her poems, is interviewed by Luigi Ballerini, a scholar of Italian and American language and literature, former professor at UCLA, then at City College, then at New York University.


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  • Ernesto Livorni: "The influence of Dante in Italy, in the 20th Century"  - From Friday, October 22

Ernesto Livorni, University of Wisconsin Madison, in conversation with Fabio Finotti, talks about the theme of Dante's influence in twentieth-century Italy. He first describes the main stages of this phenomenon, and then investigates some specific cases such as Dante's role in hermetic poetry and in the neo-avant-garde. The twentieth-century reception of Dante's texts other than the Comedy (such as the Vita Nuova) is also considered, and Dante's critical panorama of the twentieth century is outlined, with further references to more recent poetic production (such as that of Andrea Zanzotto).


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  • Dante in Verona  - From Saturday, October 23 

The city of Verona pays homage to the Sommo Poeta by presenting a new itinerary designed around Dante’s most visited  places. Following his exile from Florence, the Poet considered Verona "the first ... refuge and the first hostel", and it's probably where he began elaborating the De vulgari eloquentia, and composing the most part of the "Paradise". The video, filmed exclusively for Stanzeitaliane, features Piazza dei Signori, the Prefecture, the Scaliger Arches, the Palazzo della Ragione, the Biblioteca Capitolare, together with some of the exhibitions set up in the city in 2021, under the guidance of Tiziana Franco (art historian) and Paolo Pellegrini (linguist and biographer of the Poet) both teachers at the University of Verona, and of Francesca Rossi, director of the Veronese museums.


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  • Riccardo Muti for Dante  -From Sunday, October 24 

The Italian, world-wide famous conductor, Riccardo Muti and his Luigi Cheurbini Youth Orchestra, featuring some musicians from the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and together with the Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (directed by Lorenzo Fratini) were the protagonists of Dante's Anniversary commemorative concerts in three cities linked to the Poet: Ravenna, Florence and Verona. From some video clips it will be possible to retrace the musical journey from Verdi (Laudi alla Vergine Maria) to Liszt (Dante-Symphonie) through the "Purgatorio" by Tigran Mansurian, an Armenian composer who was commissioned a new piece.



Date: Da Monday, October 18, 2021 a Sunday, October 24, 2021

Organized by : IIC-NY

Entrance : Free