Italian Cultural Center of Western MA Lecture Series


May 25th, 2019.


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM




Italian Cultural Center 56 Margaret Street, Springfield, MA


Sunday, May 25,2019

Inferno (Italian for Hell) is te first part of Italian writer Dante Aligheri’s 14th century epic poem The Divine Comedy. It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso. The Inferno tells the journey of Dante through Hell guided by the ancient Roman poet Virgil. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth; it is the “realm of those who have rejected spiritual values by yielding to bestial appetites or violence, or by perverting their human intellect to fraud or malice against their fellowmen.” As an allegory, the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul toward God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin.

Please join us for a reading of Dante’s Inferno in Italian and then enjoy translating the Italian into English and delving more into its meaning. Leading the reading will be Laura Albanese. Ms. Albanese is an Italian language instructor at the Italian Cultural Center and she teaches Italian at Trinity and Connecticut College.

Please note: Since some of the time will be spent reading Dante’s poem in Italian, this event is intended to be for those people who have a basic command of the language and a love of literature. The Italian passage and the English translation will be provided to each participant.

Sunday, May 25, 2019
Doors open at 1:30 pm and the presentation begins at 2:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Center, 56 Margaret Street, Springfield, MA
Admission is $5.00 for members and $7.00 for non-members.
Complimentary refreshments will be served after the lecture.
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