[Blueboard] Three books and a lecture

Maricor E. Baytion mbaytion at ateneo.edu
Thu Nov 18 18:11:33 PHT 2004

You are warmly invited!

On Wednesday, November 24, 2004, the School of Humanities, Office of Research
and Publications, and the University Press will present scholar and literary
critic Father Miguel A. Bernad S.J., at a public lecture, "Dante's Cosmic
Journey," 10 to 11.30 am, at the Audio-Visual Room of the Social Sciences
Bldg., Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.

Dante's DIVINE COMEDY is one of the world's great literary works. But it is more
than that. It is a compendium of humanistic knowledge of the Middle Ages.
Philosophy, Theology, Astronomy, History, Mythology, international politics and
much else are all woven together into one great literary epic, and expressed in
the beautiful but strictly controlled rhyme-scheme of the terza rima. This
stupendous work requires several months of study, but Father Bernad will
attempt to give a brief outline, indicating some of the paradoxes in the poem,
and mentioning briefly some of the theological issues raised in it. This poem
describes a fictional trip through hell, purgatory, and heaven, without losing
constant touch with things on earth.

On this occasion as well, Father Bernad's latest books will be presented to the
public: THE GOLDEN WORLD AND THE DARKNESS: Shakespeare Plays and Their
Performance (DLSU Press); THE NATIVE SKY: Studies in the Life and Writings of
Jose Rizal (ORP); and THE GREAT ISLAND: Studies in the Exploration and
Evangelization of Mindanao (Ateneo Press).

Father Bernad has taught at the Ateneo de Manila University and at Xavier
University in Cagayan de Oro City for more than fifty years. He is a member of
the Philippine Academy of the Spanish Language, and of the Manila Critics
Circle. He is founding editor of Kinaadman, Journal of the Southern
Philippines, and writes a weekly column for Philippine Star.

The books will be available during the lecture-launch at special prices. (DLSU
Press: 4003752; ORP: 4266001 ext 5180; Ateneo Press: 02-4265984)

"from there [the depths of Hell] we emerged to see again the stars."


Ateneo de Manila University Press
Bellarmine Hall, ADMU Campus
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines

Tel 63-2-4265984; 4266001 ext 4613
Email: unipress at admu.edu.ph

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