The William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame supports rare book acquisitions in the John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection, as well as teaching and research about Dante across the Arts & Letters curriculum, in particular in the Medieval and Italian Studies areas, through the sponsorship of conferences, fellowships, lecture series, seminars, and visiting professorships. It also sponsors print and electronic publications of scholarly research through the Devers Series in Dante Studies, published by the University of Notre Dame Press, and other scholarly digital resources in the Italian Studies area. The Devers Program also funds an annual program of research and travel grants for faculty and students.
In 1995, William and Katherine Devers of Winnetka, Illinois, established an endowment to initiate and sustain the Devers Program in Dante Studies. In 2001, the Ravarino family of St. Louis, Missouri, endowed the Albert J. Ravarino Family Directorship in Dante and Italian Studies. The Devers and Ravarino families have been generous benefactors of the University of Notre Dame in several areas.
The program director is Theodore J. Cachey, Jr., Albert J. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies and Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame.
The associate director of the program is Louis E. Jordan, III, Associate University Librarian, Academic Services and Collections, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame.
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