Jerome (Idaho)
Reading Dante’s “The Divine Comedy” at a Benedictine Monastery
In a quiet, rural, monastic setting, join experts as the travel with Dante through hell and purgatory to the vision of heaven.
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Program No. 21182RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Spend a week reading and discussing “The Divine Comedy,” the masterpiece of one of history’s greatest poets, Dante Alighieri. Local in its allusions, medieval in its presuppositions and timeless in its insight, this inexhaustibly rich text explores the human condition on a path to redemption that leads from the murky depths of Hell to the shimmering vision of the Holy Trinity. As expert instructors lead you through the most important cantos of Dante’s great classic work, learn about the Florence of Dante’s day and delve into Alighieri’s treatment of limbo , the seven deadly sins and the notions of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. Outside of the classroom, venture into and around Jerome to experience its unique history, culture and natural beauty.
Activity Level
Minimal walking and standing on this program.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Study one of history’s greatest poets in a quiet, rural, monastic setting and read his masterwork with three experts on medieval religion and literature and other participants who share your interest in the poem.
  • Explore the concept of limbo by viewing the film version of the novel “In the First Circle” and on a visit to Minidoka National Historic Site, where World War II-era Japanese-Americans were imprisoned.
  • Discover paradise on earth at an artisan cheese factory, in the scenic Thousand Springs area, on a visit to a family-run creamery, at Shoshone Falls and on a boat ride and picnic in the Snake River Canyon.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Susanna Lundgren
An enthusiastic teacher who has worked on many Road Scholar programs, Susanna Lundgren earned her B.A. at Reed College and her M.F.A. from Portland State University. She teaches art and art history at Warner-Pacific University in Portland, Oregon.
Hugh Feiss
Susanna Lundgren
Janne Goldbeck
Jane Rickenbaugh
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