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Summer School: The Age of Dante

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Summer School: The Age of Dante

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - Saturday, July 12, 2014

All Day Event


The Rockford Institute
928 North Main St.
Rockford, IL , 61103

(815) 964-5053

Come join us at our annual Summer School this year where we will be discussing The Age of Dante.


Dr. Thomas Fleming, Dr. E. Christian Kopff, Fr. Hugh Barbour, and Dr. James Patrick.



Full Registration:

(includes all lectures, five nights lodging, breakfasts and dinners)

Double Occupancy—$1,100

Single Occupancy—$1,300



With Dinner—$775

Lectures Only—$650

If you are interested in the program but cannot attend, please consider donating to our student scholarship fund. 


Summer School returns to the Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort overlooking the scenic Rock River. Only a limited number of rooms are available this year because of renovations. If you want to stay at Cliffbreakers, register today. First come, first served.


Bring your friends! You'll have fun and save money. Refer a friend who has never attended one our events and $200 off your registration. Register now! Space is limited.


In addition to our regular accomodations, we are offering a lower-cost lodging alternative. Call (815) 964-5053 or e-mail Kelsey Hintzman ( for details.


Preliminary Reading List (13 February 2014)

Dante Alighieri, La Commedia

We are not requiring any specific translation, though we do have suggestions. We do not recommend the rather popular Mark Musa version, which will do in a pinch but it lacks the clarity of good prose without attaining to the level of competent verse. 

We do recommend:

John Ciardi (available on Kindle or in  print). Ciardi was a civilized man, competent in Italian, and among the better post WWII American poets. He was also a friend of our late editor and friend George Garret.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (in print or on Kindle), especially valuable for the notes.  

Anthony Esolen, a good cultural conservative with sympathy for the text.

We shall probably be including some of Dante's earlier poetry and almost certainly the De Monarchia, but we shall keep you posted as our lecturers make their recommendations


*All prices increase $150 after May 15.


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