Each year CEMERS organizes an interdisciplinary “workshop” lecture series in which scholars from other institutions, along with our own faculty and doctoral students, present work-in-progress as well as polished material ready for publication. This series is central in the Center’s mission to promote new scholarship and to foster an exchange across disciplinary boundaries.
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Inaugurated in 1990 through the generosity of Aldo and Reta Bernardo, the Bernardo Lecture Series brings to campus distinguished scholars in medieval literature. Professor Emeritus Bernardo, 1920-2011, (Department of Romance Languages) co-founded CEMERS in 1966. The endowed lectures are open to the public.
Lino Pertile, Director of Villa I Tatti, will deliver the twenty-second annual Bernardo Lecture on Thursday, November 17, at 5:30 pm in the Anderson Center Reception Room. Professor Pertile's lecture, "Dante's Inferno, Auschwitz, and Poetry," asks whether there a degree of suffering and degradation beyond which a man or a woman ceases to be a human being? A point beyond which our soul dies and what survives is pure physiology? And if yes, to what extent may literature be capable of preserving our humanity in the face of unspeakable pain? These are some of the issues that this lecture considers by considering two systems of suffering, the hells described by Dante in his Inferno and Primo Levi in Survival at Auschwitz.
Click here for a complete list of Bernardo Lectures (.pdf, 41kb)
Last Updated: 8/29/14