Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of September 2021

Online Edition: the L.A.S.T. Dialogues


Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
Hosted from Stanford during September 2021
by Piero Scaruffi

During the covid pandemic, this online program replaces both the 12 physical L.A.S.E.R.s that were planned at Stanford University and University of San Francisco for 2020 and the L.A.S.T. Festival that was planned for Spring 2020. Since some of them are simply "fireside chats", we tentatively called them the The Life Art Science Tech (L.A.S.T.) dialogues. See previous and future speakers and their videos.
(Note: All times are California time)

  • September 1 @ 6pm
    Albert Ascoli (UC Berkeley/ Literature) on "Dante for the 21st Century" (on the 700th anniversary of his death)
    TBA (affiliation) on "TBA"
    Register here or here


    Albert Ascoli (UC Berkeley) on "Dante for the 21st Century" (on the 700th anniversary of his death)
    After the event, the video will be posted here.

    Albert Ascoli (UC Berkeley/ Literature) is Distinguished Professor of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and currently serves as President of the Dante Society of America. His interests include the relations between literary form and history; the author-reader relationship; the construction of Italian national identity; literary politics of gender; Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Ariosto, Shakespeare. His most recent books are Dante and the Making of a Modern Author (Cambridge, 2008) and A Local Habitation, and a Name: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance (Fordham, 2011). He has edited several essay collections including Making and Remaking Italy: The Cultivation of National Identity around the Risorgimento (with Krystyna von Henneberg; Berg, 2001), a double issue of Renaissance Drama titled "Italy and the Drama of Europe" (with William West, 2010) and Italian Futures, an issue of the electronic journal California Italian Studies (with Randolph Starn, 2011). He has held a number of fellowships, including the NEH-Mellon Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome (2004-2005), was recently elected "membro straniero" of the Academy of the Istituto Lombardo and is currently serving as President of the Dante Society of America. He has recently completed editing the Cambridge Companion to Petrarch (with Unn Falkeid, 2015), and his current research project is a study of the problem of fede (faith) as promise and belief in the early modern period.


    name (affiliaton) on "title of the talk"
    After the event, the video will be posted here.

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