IDIS W17 On Pilgrimage with Dante in Florence [CLOSED]
- Location: Florene, Italy
- Dates: January 5–25, 2021
- Cost: $4495 (estimate)
In this course, we'll take Dante as our guide on our very own pilgrimage as we think about the literary, theological, and spiritual practices that will strengthen us on the way.
Even almost 700 years later, Dante’s Divine Comedy remains a central text for thinking through the Christian journey from sin through sanctification to salvation. Dante, himself deeply influenced by Franciscan spirituality, was also deeply formed as a Florentine; taken together, the Franciscan and Florentine influences of the Divine Comedy come to life when studied in Florence itself (as well as in Assisi, home of St. Francis, and Rome). At the same time, the idea of pilgrimage is not unique to Dante, but a rich part of medieval Christian practice. In this course, we'll take Dante as our guide on our very own pilgrimage as we think about the literary, theological, and spiritual practices that will strengthen us on the way. Class will consist of reading/discussing Dante’s Divine Comedy as well as learning about spiritual practices useful in our own lives. A reading journal and a final presentation will also be required. In addition to class, each day we’ll visit sites around Florence (museums, churches, etc) that will provide context as well as journey to Assisi and to Rome.
Fee: $4495 (includes airfare, housing, food allowance, all entries). January 5–25. J. Holberg, A. LeRoy. Off Campus.
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