Third Biennial Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition Conference

Dante Alighieri's portrait by Sandro Botticelli

Teaching Dante

Samford University
Birmingham, AL • October 25-27, 2018

We are now accepting proposals for our 2018 conference on “Teaching Dante.” Specialists and non-specialists are encouraged to apply; however, all presentations should be designed with the non-specialist audience in mind and should directly address curricular and/or teaching strategies. The goal of this conference is to promote excellence in undergraduate teaching, and proposals that demonstrate interdisciplinary connections are strongly encouraged.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, teaching Dante in the following contexts: the freshman core, introductory writing courses, great books curricula, and general education classes, as well as interdisciplinary courses devoted to autobiography, spiritual memoir, political theory, epistemology, virtue and character development, intellectual history, etc. We are also interested in approaches to teaching Dante in discipline-specific curricula outside of the English major (psychology, history, philosophy, music, art, education, communication studies, etc.), as well as presentations that focus on the use of new technologies to teach Dante. In addition, we welcome explorations of individual works and how they may be employed in a variety of course and curricular settings.

Presentations are limited to twenty minutes, and we also invite panel proposals of three related papers.

Proposals of 250-500 words should be submitted as a PDF attachment and should include all contact information.

Submit a Proposal

Proposals are due July 1, 2018, and presenters will be notified of acceptance by July 15, 2018.

Plenary Speaker: Albert Russell Ascoli, Gladyce Arata Terrill Distinguished Professor (UC-Berkeley) and President of the Dante Society of America.

The conference fee is $125 for faculty and $50 for graduate students. Three meals are provided (an opening plenary dinner and lunches on Friday and Saturday), as well as light breakfast provisions and transportation to and from the conference hotel.

A special rate of $149 per night is available for participants at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Homewood.

Tentative schedule coming soon.

For more information on our 2014 and 2016 conferences, please visit “Augustine Across the Curriculum” and “Teaching the Reformations.”

For more information on all of our Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition events, publications, and partnerships, please visit the TCIT homepage.