I just came across this great opportunity and wanted to share it with all of you. Baylor University is spearheading this free program to read and discuss Dante’s classic poem, The Divine Comedy. The program includes free access to lectures by Dante scholars. If you’re a Catholic like me, you might be a bit wary about non-Catholic Baylor teaching on a Catholic classic. But don’t worry; Baylor collaborated with the University of Dallas, a fine Catholic institution.
I’ve decided to jump in and do this thing! I’ve never read the entire classic from cover to cover, and this looks like the push that I need to get it done. And the pace is SLOW. Which makes the project easier to manage in the midst of an already busy schedule. Take a look at this introductory video:
I included the reading schedule for The Inferno below, and you can see that they have already started. But the slow pace makes it easy to catch up. So what are you waiting for? Here’s a link to their website.
Another great feature of this program is that they are providing one brief explanatory video by a Dante expert for each canto. This greatly facilitates the comprehension process, which can be an obvious challenge when digging into medieval literature. And it’s all free of charge! What a deal!!!!