Reading Dante in 2021

Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)

Please join us in a commemorative reading of Dante in 2021 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the legacy he bequeathed us with his death in 1321 (septicentennial).

The plan is to read or listen to Dante Alighieri's La Vita Nuova and his magnum opus, the great epic poem Comedìa. You can proceed at any pace you like using any translation you like including the original Italian. Our reading and event schedule will go through La Vita Nuova (The New Life) and the Comedìa (Comedy) between January and November 2021 (in 44 weeks or 11 months) with a monthly event (and video) to discuss the reading (we have planned 13 events scheduled; past events include embedded videos).

Why Read Dante?

Recommended Text

Participants are welcome to read their favorite translation or an Italian edition or listen to it via LibriVox or other audiobooks source. We recommend The Portable Dante as translated by Mark Musa because it includes both La Vita Nuova and Comedìa in one volume. There are free on-line translations (see the Resources below), but because of present-day draconian copyright laws they are old and their archaic language can be challenging for today's ear.

Overview: Reading Dante in 2021

Introduction
Why Read Dante?
Recommended Text
Resources
Reading Schedule
Introduction1 January 2021 – 10 January 2021
La Vita Nuova11 January 2021 – 7 February 2021
Inferno8 February 2021 – 2 May 2021
Purgatorio3 May 2021 – 8 August 2021
Paradiso9 August 2021 – 7 November 2021
Events/VideosWe plan to organize 13 events between 6 January 2021 and 5 December 2021 (for the Grand Finale)
Note: past events include embedded videos
Credits

Resources

Reading Schedule

We plan to read La Vita Nuova in one month and the Comedìa at a rate of one-third of a cantica per month or about eleven Cantos per month which is no more than three Cantos per week. The links to additional resources included in the schedule are optional, but may prove useful supplements for some participants.

  1. Introduction: Jan 1 – Jan 10
  2. La Vita Nuova 1-14: Jan 11 – Jan 17
  3. La Vita Nuova 15-28: Jan 18 – Jan 24
  4. La Vita Nuova 29-42: Jan 25 – Jan 31
  5. Catch up week: Feb 1 – Feb 7. Recommendations:
  6. Discussion Event on La Vita Nuova: 7 Feb 2021: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

  7. Inferno 1-3: Feb 8 – Feb 14
  8. Inferno 4-6: Feb 15 – Feb 21
  9. Inferno 7-9: Feb 22 – Feb 28
  10. Inferno 10-11: Mar 1 – Mar 7
  11. Discussion Event on Inferno 1-11: From the Gates of Hell to the City of the Damned on 7 Mar 2021: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

  12. Inferno 12-14: Mar 8 – Mar 14
  13. Inferno 15-17: Mar 15 – Mar 21
  14. Inferno 18-20: Mar 22 – Mar 28
  15. Inferno 21-22: Mar 29 – Apr 4
  16. Discussion Event on Inferno 12-22: Adventures in Hell: Into the Circles of Violence & Fraud: Inferno XII–XXII on 4 Apr 2021: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

  17. Inferno 23-25: Apr 5 – Apr 11
  18. Inferno 26-28: Apr 12 – Apr 18
  19. Inferno 29-31: Apr 19 – Apr 25
  20. Inferno 32-34: Apr 26 – May 2
  21. Discussion Event on Inferno 23-34: Towards Lucifer's Icy Lair - Fraud and Treachery in Inferno XXIII-XXXIV: on 2 May 2021: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

  22. Purgatorio 1-3: May 3 – May 9
  23. Purgatorio 4-6: May 10 – May 16
  24. Purgatorio 7-9: May 17 – May 23
  25. Purgatorio 10-11: May 24 – May 30
  26. Catch up week: May 31 – Jun 6
  27. Discussion Event on Purgatorio 1-11: Dante's Ascent of Mount Purgatory: Cleansing From Vice. Purgatorio I-XI on 6 Jun 2021: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

  28. Purgatorio 12-14: Jun 7 – Jun 13
  29. Purgatorio 15-17: Jun 14 – Jun 20
  30. Purgatorio 18-20: Jun 21 – Jun 27
  31. Purgatorio 21-22: Jun 28 – Jul 4
  32. Catch up week: Jul 5 – Jul 11
  33. Discussion Event on Purgatorio 12-22: The Quest to Purge Vices in the center of Dante's Comedìa on 11 Jul 2021: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

  34. Purgatorio 23-25: Jul 12 – Jul 18
  35. Purgatorio 26-28: Jul 19 – Jul 25
  36. Purgatorio 29-31: Jul 26 – Aug 1
  37. Purgatorio 32-33: Aug 2 – Aug 8
  38. Discussion Event on Purgatorio 23-33: Beatrice Reunion in Eden; Final Cleansing to Ascend to the Stars on 8 Aug 2021: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

  39. Paradiso 1-3: Aug 9 – Aug 15
  40. Paradiso 4-6: Aug 16 – Aug 22
  41. Paradiso 7-9: Aug 23 – Aug 29
  42. Paradiso 10-11: Aug 30 – Sep 5
  43. Catch up week: Sep 6 – Sep 11
  44. Discussion Event on Paradiso 1-11: Dante's Cosmic Journey Begins: From Eden to the Sun: on 12 Sep 2021: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

  45. Paradiso 12-14: Sep 13 – Sep 19
  46. Paradiso 15-17: Sep 20 – Sep 26
  47. Paradiso 18-20: Sep 27 – Oct 3
  48. Paradiso 21-22: Oct 4 – Oct 10
  49. Discussion Event on Paradiso 12-22: Dante's Cosmic Journey Continues: To the 7th Heaven and Beyond: on 10 Oct 2021: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

  50. Paradiso 23-25: Oct 11 – Oct 17
  51. Paradiso 26-28: Oct 18 – Oct 24
  52. Paradiso 29-31: Oct 25 – Oct 31
  53. Paradiso 32-33: Nov 1 – Nov 7
  54. Discussion Event on Paradiso 23-33: Dante's Cosmic Journey Ends: From Stars to the Beatific Vision: on 7 Nov 2021: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

  55. Discussion Event on Dante's Commedia and Comprehensivism: 17 Nov 2021: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

  56. Discussion Event Reflecting on Dante's Inspired Poetry for his Septicentennial: 5 Dec 2021, 5PM (New York Time): @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

Events/Videos

Between 6 January 2021 and 5 December 2021, we organized participatory events for exploring Dante's La Vita Nuova and the Comedìa centered around our commemorative reading schedule. The events were organized with the 52 Living Ideas and the Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society meetup groups.

More information about our past events with embedded videos are below.

Forthcoming Events

The events series on Dante has ended. Watch the videos from our 13 events below.

The 52 Living Ideas meetup and the Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society meetup group are organizing another series of participatory events to explore Fyodor Dostoevsky's "The Possessed". Other series on other works of literature may be announced in the future.

Contact Me to join a mailing list to receive announcements about each new series as it is announced.

Past Events (including videos)
6 January 2021: Come Celebrate 700 Years of Dante: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas.
7 February 2021: Discussion event on Dante’s La Vita Nuova: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas
7 March 2021: Discussion event on Dante’s Inferno Cantos I–XI (1-11): From the Gates of Hell to the City of the Damned: @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas
4 April 2021: Discussion event on Dante’s Inferno XII–XXII (12-22): Adventures in Hell: Into the Circles of Violence & Fraud @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas
2 May 2021: Discussion event on Dante’s Inferno XXIII–XXXIV (23-34): Towards Lucifer's Icy Lair — Fraud and Treachery @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas
6 Jun 2021: Discussion event on Dante’s Purgatorio I–XI (1-11): Dante's Ascent of Mount Purgatory: Cleansing From Vice. @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas
11 Jul 2021: Discussion event on Dante’s Purgatorio XII–XXII (12-22): The Quest to Purge Vices in the center of Dante's Comedìa @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas
8 Aug 2021: Discussion event on Dante’s Purgatorio XXIII–XXXIII (23-33): Beatrice Reunion in Eden; Final Cleansing to Ascend to the Stars @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas
12 Sep 2021: Discussion event on Dante’s Paradiso I–XI (1-11): Dante's Cosmic Journey Begins: From Eden to the Sun @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas
10 Oct 2021: Discussion event on Dante’s Paradiso XII–XXII (12-22): Dante's Cosmic Journey Continues: To the 7th Heaven and Beyond @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas
7 November 2021: Discussion event on Dante’s Paradiso XXIII–XXXIII (23-33): Dante's Cosmic Journey Ends: From Stars to the Beatific Vision @ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas
17 November 2021: Discussion event on Dante's Comedìa and Our Comprehensivity
@ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas
Dante's Comedìa and Our Comprehensivity (essay)
5 December 2021: Discussion event on Reflecting on Dante's Inspired Poetry for his Septicentennial
@ThinkingSociety or @52LivingIdeas

Credits

This initiative was conceived by CJ Fearnley, Explorer in Universe (CV), in support of his efforts to build a new tradition of inquiry and action to understand it all and each other. Since Dante's Comedìa is, among many other things, an encyclopedia of learning it represents an early attempt to prototype some of what is now forming the new tradition of comprehensivism, the practice of understanding our worlds ever more extensively or broadly and ever more intensively or deeply, that is, "wanting to understand all and put everything together" as Buckminster Fuller put it in "Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth". When playwright, director, actor, teacher and producer, D W Jacobs agreed to also read Dante in 2021 with a small group of friends, CJ started organizing this web page to coordinate the project and to invite others to join the fun.

I'd like to extend a big thank you to Phil K of the The NYC Greek Mythology & Classical Literature Book Club and Shrikant of 52 Living Ideas for agreeing to organize 11 events to explore and discuss Dante's work.

Syntropy: CJ Fearnley's Blog

Collaborating for Comprehensivism

Overview: Reading Dante in 2021

Introduction
Why Read Dante?
Recommended Text
Resources
Reading Schedule
Introduction1 January 2021 – 10 January 2021
La Vita Nuova11 January 2021 – 7 February 2021
Inferno8 February 2021 – 2 May 2021
Purgatorio3 May 2021 – 8 August 2021
Paradiso9 August 2021 – 7 November 2021
Events/VideosWe plan to organize 13 events between 6 January 2021 and 5 December 2021 (for the Grand Finale).
Note: past events include embedded videos
Credits