Notre Dame Sweeps Dante Essay Awards

Megan Valley | January 12, 2017

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A Notre Dame undergraduate and a master’s degree student have been awarded the Dante Society of America’s two top student essay awards, which the Society has been presenting annually since 1887.

Dale Lobo ’16, a science pre-professional major and theology minor, won the Dante Prize for best undergraduate essay related to the life or works of Dante, the renowned Italian poet.

Thomas Graff, who received his master’s in Italian studies at Notre Dame this spring, won the Charles Hall Grandgent Award for best essay on Dante by a graduate student.

“The entire Italian studies community at Notre Dame is justly proud that Dale and Thomas have been recognized this year for their scholarship,” said Theodore Cachey Jr., a professor of Italian and Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies.

“I don't believe it has ever happened before that students from the same university have won the Dante Prize and the Grandgent Award in the same year. We congratulate these outstanding students and their teachers.”

With Christian Coppa ’14—now a Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge—winning the Dante Prize in 2014, Notre Dame students have now won the Dante Society’s top prizes three times in the last three years.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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