Italian Studies director to serve on Vatican Dante centenary committee

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David Lummus | July 21, 2020

The Ravarino Family Director of the Center for Italian Studies and the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies Professor Theodore Cachey has been invited to sit on the scientific committee for the 2021 Dante centenary organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture.

For the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri (1321-2021), the Pontifical Council for Culture will celebrate the "profound link between the poet and the Holy See and between his literary production and the Catholic faith."

Professor Cachey, who teaches Dante in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, is the sole representative of Dante Studies outside of Italy to participate in the deliberations of the planning committee, which includes scholarly representatives from universities across Italy and is presided over by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.

He says of his participation on the committee: "I am humbled by the honor of having been invited to join the committee. I hope that Notre Dame students and faculty, both here and at the Rome Global Gateway, will have the opportunity to participate in the Vatican commemorations of the Dante centenary."

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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