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Lectura Dantis in the Virtual Classroom



Lectura Dantis in the Virtual Classroom

dante700 positivo21st Week of Italian Language in the World - Dante, l’italiano

Every year the Italian language is celebrated worldwide during the Week of Italian Language in the World, an initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation which in 2021 has reached its 21st edition. This year's theme is Dante, l’italiano, since 2021 falls on the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, which is celebrated all over the world, including Australia, with a myriad of cultural events and initiatives.

Within the initiatives realized for this annual event, the University of New England has organized a Lectura Dantis in the Virtualfruosino Classromm, which will be held by Dr Giulia Torello-Hill, Convenor of Italian at the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and Dr Valentina Gosetti, Senior Lecturer in French at the same School.

This student-centred, interactive round table is designed to convey the transformative experience of reading out loud and discussing passages taken from Dante’s Commedia both during online literature seminars at the University of New England and during an extremely successful online Dantedì celebration, during which excerpts of the Commedia were read out loud by students and colleagues in various languages of the world, including Vietnamese, French, and Spanish. Seven hundred years later, the words of the Sommo Poeta still have the power to change the life of readers, even on the other side of the world, even online, even in lockdown. The event will be in English and Italian and it is open to everyone, whether they know Dante or not. The organizers hope that the students will encourage many others to discover or rediscover Dante’s work.

Join online via Zoom: 

Password: 347166

For further information contact:

Dr Giulia Torello-Hill ( or Dr Valentina Gosetti (


Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time: From 5:00 pm To 6:00 pm

Organized by : University of New England

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free