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Virtual Class: Wendy Walsh – Continuing the Journey with Dante’s Purgatorio (via Zoom)
January 5, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - February 23, 2021 @ 5:30 pm PST
Continue the journey with Dante on Zoom! Join Wendy Walsh for the reading and study of Purgatorio, the second cantica of Dante’s Commedia.
Dante and Virgil begin their climb of the immense Mountain of Purgatory in the middle of the unpopulated waters of the Southern Hemisphere. Before reaching Purgatory proper, they travel through Ante Purgatory and then up through the seven terraces, each one reflecting one of the seven deadly sins. Their goal is the Earthly Paradise at the top of the mountain and along the way they will meet the many saved souls who are happily purifying themselves for their ascent to Paradise. Purgatory is “where the soul of man is cleansed,/ made worthy to ascend to Heaven. (dove l’umano spirito si purga/e di salire al ciel diventa degno” Canto I, 5-6.)
Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language and literature since 1979.