The Centre aims to bring Dante to the broadest possible public, running events which are open to all.
Wakefield: Heaven, Purgatory or Hell? From Isolation, via Education, to Harmony is a project led by the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies in collaboration with the Education Department at Wakefield Cathedral and the Black Horse Poets and asks whether images of community found in a poem written over 700 years ago might still resonate today, and, if so, in what ways. For more information, see here.
In Autumn 2009, we ran a season of public events entitled 'Discovering Dante'. These events included an evening of poetry, music and art at the Howard Assembly Room in the Grand Theatre in Leeds, an exhibition of editions of Dante at the Brotherton Library in Leeds, and a series of public lectures entitled 'Art and Literature in Dante's Tuscany' which aimed to provide an accessible and enjoyable introduction to Dante, Giotto and Duccio. These lectures built on the success of the Department of Italian's recent public lectures on Art and Literature in Siena, 1250-1600 and The Culture of Renaissance Venice.
Through the Centre's podcast - the first English-language podcast devoted to Dante - it is now possible to access from across the world, short episodes exploring aspects of Dante and his work. For more information, see our podcasts page.