Let’s celebrate more Italians whose genius left an impact
As the Italian Festival approaches I hope that there will be an emphasis on a great genius of Italian and world literature, Dante, and his great work, “The Divine Comedy.” Many years ago I took an elective course on Dante at my undergraduate alma mater, now St. Peter’s University in Jersey City.
As someone who is not Italian, the beauty of Dante’s masterpiece of world literature is with me to this day. Dante’s work should be a part of the Italian Festival along with that of artists Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael, composer Puccini, philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas (admired by Dante), and so many others, including the mathematicians, Ricci and Levi-Civita.
Richard H. Escobales Jr., Ph.D.