Francesco Bausi was born and has carried out his studies in Florence; in 1993-1994 he was a Fellow at Villa I Tatti, where he also served from 2010 to 2014 as a member of the International Selection Committee. Currently, he teaches Italian Philology and Medieval Literature at the University of Calabria (Cosenza); from 2003 to 2006 he also taught Italian Philology at the University of Bologna; in 2015 he was Visiting Professor of Italian Literature at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore). Francesco Bausi is the director of the literary review «Interpres», which is devoted to the literature of the 15th century, and a member of the Editorial Board of the series “I Tatti Renaissance Library”. His main research area is medieval and renaissance literature, but he also frequently works on Italian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has published critical and commented editions of works in Latin and Italian of Petrarch, Angelo Poliziano, Ugolino Verino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Niccolò Machiavelli and Erasmus. His most recent volumes are: Machiavelli (2005), Petrarca antimoderno (2008), Dante fra scienza e sapienza (2009), Umanesimo a Firenze nell’età di Lorenzo e Poliziano (2011), Il ‘Principe’ dallo scrittoio alla stampa (2015), Leggere il ‘Decameron’ (2017); and the critical editions of Erasmus’ Ciceronianus and of Poliziano’s Stanze per la giostra (both published in 2016).

Kristina Olson is Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University. Her research investigates the intersection of history and literature in the works of medieval and early modern Italian authors, paying particular attention to matters of language, gender and reception. She is the author of Courtesy Lost: Dante, Boccaccio and the Literature of History (published by University of Toronto Press in 2014); the co-editor of Boccaccio 1313-2013, published by Longo Editore in 2015; and several articles on Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch, as well as the artist Sandow Birk. Together with Christopher Kleinhenz, she is preparing a second edition of the MLA volume, Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy. She serves on the Council of the Dante Society of America (2015-18) and as Vice President of the American Boccaccio Association (2017-20).

Arielle Saiber is Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures at Bowdoin College.  She received her Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Yale University. Saiber’s books include Giordano Bruno and the Geometry of Language, Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy, and the co-edited anthology Images of Quattrocento Florence: Writings on Literature, History and Art. Her articles cover topics ranging from medieval and Renaissance literature and mathematics, literature & science, Renaissance advice manuals, and early print history, to Italian science fiction, genre theory, and experimental electronic music. In 2006 she built the web-based archive, Dante Today: Sightings and Citings of Dante’s Work in Contemporary Culture, which she now co-curates with Elizabeth Coggeshall. Saiber has served on the executive council and as Vice President of the Dante Society of America; on the executive board of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts; and on the executive committee of the Division of Literature and Science of the Modern Language Association.  Her doctoral dissertation on Giordano Bruno won Yale’s Field Prize, and she received the Karofsky Prize for teaching at Bowdoin.  She has been a fellow at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Villa I Tatti – Harvard’s Center for Renaissance Studies.  She also received an NEH Fellowship, the MLA’s Scaglione Publication Award, and the Newberry Library’s Weiss-Brown Publication Award for Measured Words. She is currently working on a book about symmetry as transformation in Dante’s Commedia​.

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