JACKSON, Tenn. – July 9, 2014 – Jason Crawford, assistant professor of English at Union University, was accepted into the National Endowment for the Humanities’ summer institute on Dante, which started June 30 and runs through July 24 in Florence, Italy.
Crawford is one of about 24 people from a variety of academic and artistic fields to participate in the NEH summer institute on Dante, one of several such programs the NEH offers each year. The Dante institute, led by Brenda Schildgen of the University of California-Davis and Peter Hawkins of Yale University, focuses on Dante’s “Divine Comedy” in Dante’s native city.
The institute is designed for the benefit of college teachers who want to strengthen their teaching in a specific field.
Crawford said he has long enjoyed teaching Dante, and he loves the way Dante’s poetry can challenge students intellectually, imaginatively, theologically and devotionally.
“But I have often felt that I teach him almost as an amateur,” Crawford said. “This seminar will give me an opportunity not just to read his poetry with more depth and care, but also to inhabit his world more fully, to experience Dante’s world both in mind and in body.”