Deborah Parker's World of Dante receives NEH Seminar Grant

July 23, 2014

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced a new round of humanities grants last night, and IATH Fellow and Professor of Italian Deborah Parker will be receiving $98,362 to design a three-week seminar for sixteen school teachers on Dante's Inferno and its literary, visual, and cultural legacy. The grant is part of the NEH's Division of Education Summer Seminars and Institutes program, and it supports intensive two- to six-week projects for school teachers to study significant texts and topics in the humanities with scholarly experts.

Professor Parker began her World of Dante project in 1997, to help readers, teachers, and students explore the stories, people, places, art, music, and creatures in and inspired by The Divine Comedy and explore the cultural and political contexts in which Dante wrote his works.

With her husband, James Madison English Professor Mark Parker, she wrote Inferno Revealed: From Dante to Dan Brown, published in the fall of 2013.