Dante Alighieri Today | November 11, 2015

November 03, 2015
The departments of English, Modern Languages, and Interdisciplinary Studies of the School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University,
in cooperation with the Societa Dante Alighieri-Comitato de Manila and the Ateneo Art Gallery
invite you to 
lectures, music, and exhibits
on November 11, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Admission is free. RSVP 426-6001, loc. 5340
Opening Program at Escaler Hall
Jonathan Coo performs Franz Liszt’s Après un lecture du Dante—Fantasia quasi sonata, S161/7.
Lecture 1 at Escaler Hall
“Of Numbers, Love, and Stars: A Look into Dante’s Divina Commedia” by Edward-David Ruiz (Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University)
The lecture will introduce readers to Dante’s use of numerology and to the overall themes of the Commedia. Special focus will be given to canto 5 of the Inferno.
Lecture 2 at Escaler Hall
“Friendship in the Divine Comedy” by Jovino G. Miroy (Department of Philosophy, Ateneo de Manila University; Medieval Society of the Philippines)
The presentation will focus on two themes: first, the friendship between Dante and Vergil, which scholars have described as derived from ancient wisdom (Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Cicero’s De amicitia) as well as from Christian notions of companionship. Second, the presentation will discuss that only lately have historians of ideas paid attention to friendship, insofar as modernity has understood it to be private and personal, and thus, exempt from public scrutiny. In our discussion we would like to suggest that personal friendship affects matters of state, justice, and politics.  The presentation will conclude with implications for Philippine society of the notions of friendship in the Divine Comedy.
Lecture 3 at Escaler Hall
“Visualizing Dante: Representations of Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell” by Ma. Victoria T. Herrera (Ateneo Art Gallery)
Closing Program and Exhibits Viewing
Pardo de Tavera Room / Ateneo Art Gallery
Rizal Library, Special Collections Building
Musical performances by Elise Cortes (soprano) and Jonathan Coo (piano)
Reading by Leo Carlo Liay (IV EU)
Closing Remarks by H. E. Massimo Roscigno
Italian Ambassador to the Philippines
Exhibition 1: “Dante: Life/Works/Afterlife” (a poster exhibition by the Societa Dantesca Italiana, Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale Istituti Italiani di Cultura and Societa Dante Alighieri), Pardo de Tavera Room, Rizal Library, Special Collections Building
Exhibition 2: “Three Takes on Dante” (prints by Gustave Dore, Rico LeBrun, and William Blake, curated by the Ateneo Art Gallery), Ateneo Art Gallery, Permanent Collection Wing