The Divine Comedy: Dante's Journey to Freedom, Part 1

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Students will question for themselves the meaning of human freedom, responsibility and identity by reading and responding to Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. The Comedy, which is richly steeped in the medieval culture of the 14th century, still speaks vividly to modern readers struggling with the question, “who am I?” Dante, as a Florentine, a poet, a lover, and religious believer, struggled with the same question in each facet of his life before coming to a moment of vision that wholly transformed him as a person.

As a 21st century reader, you will encounter the poem in a novel online environment that integrates knowledge from the disciplines of literature, history, psychology, philosophy, and theology with modern technology. You will be guided through the poem by means of the "MyDante" Project, an online environment developed by Professor Ambrosio in collaboration with the Georgetown University Center for New Designs in Learning...

Students will question for themselves the meaning of human freedom, responsibility and identity by reading and responding to Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. The Comedy, which is richly steeped in the medieval culture of the 14th century, still speaks vividly to modern readers struggling with the question, “who am I?” Dante, as a Florentine, a poet, a lover, and religious believer, struggled with the same question in each facet of his life before coming to a moment of vision that wholly transformed him as a person.

As a 21st century reader, you will encounter the poem in a novel online environment that integrates knowledge from the disciplines of literature, history, psychology, philosophy, and theology with modern technology. You will be guided through the poem by means of the "MyDante" Project, an online environment developed by Professor Ambrosio in collaboration with the Georgetown University Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), which will aid your own contemplative engagement with the poem. Alone and with the edX community, you will reflect on both Dante's interpretation of freedom and how it functions in the formation of personal identity, and the problem of finding appropriate metaphors to discuss these issues in our modern life.

You, the modern reader, will only understand the full implications of Dante's poetry if you participate with it in a way that is personal and is genuinely contemplative. You will discover that contemplative reading goes beyond the literal meaning, and even beyond the traditional allegorical and interpreted meaning, to apply every possible meaning contained in the text to your own life and identity. Through the MyDante platform, you will learn to know yourself in your own historical, personal, and spiritual contexts as you journey towards your understanding of your personal freedom and identity.

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Hardik Vachharajani

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2 years, 3 months ago
I did enroll in this course and participated in first few week's contents. Although I did not participated in all assessment, I have to admit that there is no other course like this on the internet. I have done 20+ MOOCs from various platforms (and disciples) but this is the most unique MOOC I have attended ever. The journal element was amazing. The visuals, the professor, his approach everything was 10/10. I will do this course again when it is offered next time. I hope to finish it next time. :) It is very evident that professor is subject matter expert and also has strong command on T&L. It is absolute privilege to study under him and in this course. You are free to contact me on my private e-mail (Which edx has) for any specific aspect of feedback you may need. I am a lecture my self and feel proud to be part of the community which has colleagues like Prof. Ambrosio.
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3 years, 8 months ago
Looking forward to this course! The "Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighiery certainly is treasure of human culture ...
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Regina Bell

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3 years, 8 months ago
Hello, my name is Regina. I am graduated in Letters in Brazil with specific training in Portuguese Literature and Brazilian Literature, made my course at UNESP, Universidade Estadual Paulista, in Assis, São Paulo.. Did as a foreign language, four years of Italian and read Dante Alighieri in Italian for whom I have full adoration for their literature.
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