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April 12, 2007

Professor To Speak April 19 On 'Pilgrims In Rome'

Christopher Kleinhenz, Carol Mason Kirk Professor of Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will visit the University of Iowa campus next week to discuss medieval Italian literature.

His talk, "Dante and Petrarch: Pilgrims in Rome," is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in room 40 of Schaeffer Hall. The free, public lecture is sponsored by the Medieval Studies Program, the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs and the Department of French and Italian in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Kleinhenz's teaching and research interests center around 13th and 14th century Italian literature, especially the work of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. His interests also include manuscript studies (textual criticism, and paleography, which is the study of ancient handwriting), art and literature in medieval Italy, and Rome in history and literature from antiquity to the Renaissance.

The Association of Departments of Foreign Languages recently honored Kleinhenz with the Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession at the Modern Language Association convention in Philadelphia.

Kleinhenz has edited and co-edited a number of books, including "Medieval Manuscripts and Textual Criticism" (1976), "Medieval Studies in North America" (1982), "The Early Italian Sonnet, The First Century (1220-1321)" (1986), "Saint Augustine, the Bishop: A Book of Essays" (1994), "Fearful Hope: Approaching the New Millennium" (1999), "Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia" (2003) and "Movement and Meaning in the 'Divine Comedy:' Toward an Understanding of Dante's Processional Poetics" (2005).

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI events. Those who require an accommodation to participate may call 319-335-3720 in advance.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Program: Glenn Ehrstine, 319-335-2276,; Media: Nicole Riehl, 319-384-0070,