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Out of the Dark Wood: Dante's Relevance for Our Time

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March 25 (Dantedí ) is the national day to commemorate Dante and the beginning of his journey to the afterlife in the Divine Comedy.

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Society is sharply divided. Citizens are losing faith in their civic institutions. There is wide corruption in the Church. Does this sound familiar? It was the state of Dante's society. He had the highest ideals for his beloved Florence and for the Church. But for his efforts he was exiled from the city he gave his life to. During his exile he composed perhaps the greatest poem in world history, The Divine Comedy. It opens in a Dark Wood of menace and confusion. The pilgrim Dante, accompanied by friends from the past and from heaven, journeys through Hell to witness the greatest evils in the world. He climbs out of Hell to Mount Purgatory, and tells us how to reconstruct a tattered life. Finally, he arrives in Paradise. What does he see there? The great hope for a life and a world in disarray and crisis.

This lecture accompanies Dante on his three-part pilgrimage highlighting what he experienced and learned, and how we can benefit from what he tells us in this great work of art.

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Dominic Aquila is a tenured professor of history and director of assessment and institutional effectiveness at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He served as dean of Arts and Sciences and then provost of St. Thomas from 2007 to 2017. Before his appointments at the University of St. Thomas, Professor Aquila held faculty and administrative appointments at Ave Maria University, Schoolcraft College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Aquila took his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU. He began his doctoral work under Christopher Lasch at the University of Rochester, completing it at the University of South Africa. Professor Aquila earned a second doctorate from Texas Tech University in Higher Education Administration. His research interests include interdisciplinarity, liberal education, Dante, Marshall McLuhan, Father Walter Ong, and musical semiotics. His article, "Purgatorio: A Liturgy of Forgiveness and Restoration" recently appeared in the book, Dante and the Other: A Phenomenology of Love. Later this year, Ave Maria Press is bringing out Professor Aquila’s book, The Church and the Age of Enlightenment (1648-1815): Faith, Science, and the Challenge of Secularism. Professor Aquila is a past ICCC Board Member. He lives in Houston with his wife, Diane Aquila. Together they have 11 children and 6 grandchildren.

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The ICCC is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

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