Dante Alighieri, the greatest poet of the European Middle Ages, died on September 14, 1321. To mark his Septicentennial, Timothy Graham will discuss Dante’s life and works, with a special focus on his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. What was it about Dante that led Victorian critic John Ruskin to call him “the central man of all the world”? We will also learn how Dante has inspired artists from Botticelli to William Blake to Salvador Dali.

Timothy Graham is a Distinguished Professor of history and a Regents’ Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNM. He served as director of the Institute for Medieval Studies from 2002 until 2020, organizing the acclaimed annual Medieval Spring Lecture Series. He holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Cambridge and an MPhil from the Warburg Institute, University of London. He is the author of Introduction to Manuscript Studies and in 2016 received the Medieval Academy of America’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies.