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Dante Public Lecture Series 2014- Ucc

 Irlanda Italiana Cultural Association is proud to kindly support the Dante Public Lecture Series 2014.

The Department of Italian and the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures UCC are pleased to announce a fourth series of five public lectures on the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

All Lectures will be in English.

Tues January 21 – Dr Daragh O’Connell (UCC) – ‘Denti Alligator: The Dantification of Popular Culture’
Tues January 28 – Dr Robert Wilson (St Andrews) – ‘Dante’s Original Sins’
Tues February 4 – Prof Simon Gilson (Warwick) – ‘Criticizing Dante in Sixteenth-Century Italy’
Tues February 11 – Dr Jason Harris (UCC) – ‘Reversing Dante: from the Vulgar to the Vulgate Tongue’
Tues February 18 – Prof Anna Chahoud (TCD) – ‘Words Like Burning Coals: Amor, Dante and Virgil’

VENUE: All lectures will take place at 7.30 pm in BOOLE LECTURE THEATRE 1

TIME: 7.30pm


This year in tandem with the series the Irish artist Liam Ó Broin will also be exhibiting his Dante Alighieri Inferno (a suite of 34 Lithographs) in the Boole Library here in UCC. The launch for the exhibition  is  6.00 pm, Tuesday 21 January 2014 –  UCC Library

Dante’s is a visual imagination’ – T.S. Eliot
The enduring power of Dante’s imagination in his masterpiece The Divine Comedy has inspired artists from the Middle Ages to the present. On reading this literary epic, the artist Liam Ó Broin began a number of years ago the daunting challenge to create 34 coloured lithographs in response to each canto of Inferno.
Although faithful to Dante’s text, Ó Broin through powerful imagery brings his personal perspective to bear on the central themes of the poem and contemporises Dante’s voyeuristic passage through the rings of Hell furnishing us with the Inferno for our time: as Ó Broin himself has stated “the one which can be created by ourselves and for others, in the here and now”.
These Lithographs not only deepen our appreciation of the richness of the Comedy’s poetic language, but also seek to examine the multi-layered meanings of the text and the universal themes of life after death, divine justice and punishment, the immortal actions of and crimes against mankind.

During an artistic career that spans over forty years LIAM Ó BROIN has worked in several media. Firstly, in printmaking at Graphic Studio Dublin under John Kelly, he eventually began teaching lithography there. He studied tapestry weaving under Evelyn Lindsay at the National College of Art & Design and worked with Patrick Pye on two woven pieces in the 1980s. He also worked at Dublin Art Foundry and studied silkscreen at NCAD. He took up painting in the late 1970s and exhibited regularly at the Oireachtas and independent artists’ exhibitions in the 1980s. In 1980, with the director of Graphic Studio Dublin John Kelly, he became founder director of Black Church .Printmaking Studio

The exhibition will run until the 28th March 2012 and is in partnership with the UCC Library


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