While in an exile that lasted until his death, the poet Dante Alighieri wrote an epic that changed the world. It deals with timeless themes: hopelessness, struggle, heaven and hell, morality, pilgrimage, ignorance, and hope. Seven hundred years later, people are still reading his work. What an amazing legacy.
The 700th anniversary of Dante’s death is this Sept. 14. To celebrate this septcentennial, a coalition of college professors have put together what they hope will be the “world’s largest Dante reading group.” To make broad involvement possible, the 100 Days of Dante project is stretching the 100 days of reading from Sept. 8, 2021 to Easter 2022, scheduling three cantos per week. Churches, schools, individuals, and book clubs all over the world are joining in.
To help people of all abilities and backgrounds participate, the project will send, via email and podcast, each canto on the appropriate day, plus an accompanying explanatory video. It is also providing supplemental materials