Italian News and Medici Exhibitions

August 25, 2021

Deborah Parker (Professor of Italian) gave a public lecture earlier this spring on Dante for Georgetown University and Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Washington, D.C. as part of a series of events celebrating the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri: Dantedì: A Day with Dante

Parker also participated in a "Fireside Chat" on "Dante and His Publics" for the Dante Society of America and Harvard University in May and was interviewed by Art and Object for an article titled "Dante's Divine Comedy and its Influence on Art History."

Parker was also invited to record an interview for BBC 3’s flagship arts and ideas radio program Free Thinking on August 25, 202, on Dante’s Legacy. The program will include a Martin Kemp, an art historian, Emma Safe, a contemporary artist, and Julia Caterina Hartely, a scholar who’s written a book on reading Dante and Proust. The host will be Rana Mitter, an Oxford historian. Furthermore, Parker was recently invited by the the Met to participate in their Sunday at the Met series. The program is tied to the current exhibition, The Medici: Portraits and Politics. The program will include a costume historian and historian who will talk about Cosimo I de’ Medici’s cultural program. Dr. Parker's subject will be Painting Poets and focus on Bronzino’s Allegorical Portrait of Dante and Vasari’s Portrait of Six Tuscan Poets. The Medici: Portraits and Politics runs from June 26 to October 11, 2021, well worth a visit before the exhibition ends!

Congratulations to our Dr. Parker, we are proud to have you on our esteemed team of faculty.