Dante’s Inferno: Influence, Adaptation, and Appropriation

Dante’s Inferno: Influence, Adaptation, and Appropriation

NEH Seminar – June 22 to July 10, 2015 – Charlottesville, VA

This NEH seminar offers high school teachers the opportunity to study Dante’s poem closely and to consider its cultural legacy. The seminar will do so through a close reading of the poem, followed by a consideration of literary and artistic works that draw inspiration from it, adapt it, or appropriate it. Our investigations of adaptation and appropriation will be carried out in two directions: we will analyze re-workings of the poem not only to understand how they differ from the original but also how these changes prompt us to think about innovation and creative reinvention in new ways.

Attending scholars will be able to engage Dante and his Inferno in new and exciting ways. Teachers will have the ability to engage Matthew Pearl, author of the Dante Club (one of the required readings for the course) on one afternoon, while traveling to Washington, D.C. to see how contemporary African artists have engaged the text in new and exciting ways. This traveling exhibition, which will have its debut at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, will allow participating NEH scholars to consider the ways in which the Inferno have transcended Dante’s Italian heritage and literary depictions. See www.scadmoa.org and www.huffingtonpost.com for more information on the exhibition.

The first week will introduce participants to the Inferno and its cultural legacy and explore Dante’s characters, treatment of religion and politics, and the idea of contrapasso as well as look at adaptations by Keats, Tennyson and David Fincher. During the second week we’ll look at literary adaptations by Milton, T.S. Eliot, Ezra, Pound, Matthew Pearl, Sandow Birk/Marcus Sanders, and Dan Brown. In the third week we’ll look at Dante and the visual arts, how artists from the Renaissance to the present have interpreted Dante. We will also look at films inspired by Dante.

Agent says Patriots considered trading up to No. 2 for Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield went to the Browns with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. But Mayfield’s agent says that if the Browns had chosen someone else, a massive trade that would have shaken up the entire NFL could have happened: The Patriots trading all the way up to No. 2 and taking Mayfield as Tom Brady‘s heir apparent.

Jack Mills, the agent for Mayfield, said on Andrew Brandt’s podcast that there was a real chance that the Patriots could have traded with the Giants for the second overall pick, and that the Patriots would have selected Mayfield.

We’ll never know for sure what would have happened if the Browns had chosen someone other than Mayfield. But it’s crazy to think about the fallout if he had ended up in New England.

The Rudolph pick wasn’t the only offensive move the Steelers made during the draft. They also made a change at wide receiver by trading Martavis Bryant to Oakland and drafting Rudolph’s Oklahoma State teammate James Washington in the second round.

“When I heard about Martavis, I was like ‘Oh, man.’ I really enjoyed playing with Martavis,” Roethlisberger said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I think he was a great weapon, he helped our offense, did some great things by attracting attention and making plays for us. I was kind of caught off guard, but teams have reasons for doing things. I think part of it was him expressing trade things that we all heard so much about. I think he’s probably pretty happy. For him and his family, if you’re in a good happy place, then good for him.”

There’s only one way to harmonize these inconsistent messages: The penalty will be called routinely, but ejections will happen rarely. But that effort at harmony will serve only to introduce more uncertainty. If lowering the helmet to initiate contact is “one of the most dangerous techniques there is,” how can any instance of it result in something less than an ejection? And how will officials and/or 345 Park Avenue tell the difference between conduct that draws only a penalty and behavior that prompts an ejection?broncos_066_2329c462ed7b11a6-180x180

Kai Forbath not interested in talking about Vikings drafting his replacement

Man, I’m one of those guys: Until you get hit in the mouth, I don’t know what you’ve got yet, Beachum said. “And he ain’t been hit in the mouth by an NFL defensive lineman. So when that time comes, we’ll see.”

This is a completely reasonable opinion. Nobody knows if Darnold will indeed become the Jets’ long-sought franchise quarterback. Coming out of USC, he wasn’t considered a sure-thing prospect, along the lines of Andrew Luck.

Hall of Famer Kurt Warner says he considered NFL return for 2018 season More SportsPulse: NFL insider Lindsay H. Jones details the grievance filed by the NFLPA on behalf of Eric Reid and the likelihood of the free agent safety and Colin Kaepernick playing in 2018. Former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner isn’t the first retired athlete to broach the idea of playing again. He’s just the latest. Warner, 46, was interviewed Monday during the broadcast of a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. It was Kurt Warner Day at Busch Stadium, and Warner garnered even more attention by saying he contemplated trying to play again in 2018.

Odell Beckham’s ranking shows how flawed the NFL’s ‘Top 100 Players’ list is More Nobody seems to like the NFL’s Top 100 Players list. Not even the players, who vote to put the list together. Every year, without fail, it gives us some ridiculous results — remember when NFL players thought Blake Bortles was better than Earl Thomas, Calais Campbell and Marcus Peters?

Kahlil McKenzie was drafted by the Chiefs with the 198th pick of the draft. Kansas City was eager enough to add McKenzie that they traded up to make sure he landed on their roster before the draft was out.

The younger McKenzie had 35 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks in his final season on the defensive line at Tennessee, but worked out as an offensive lineman for teams interested in seeing if he could switch sides in the NFL. The Chiefs apparently believe that he can make the jump as they announced him as an offensive lineman after making the pick.

He credited his father with helping him navigate the draft process this year, but the helping hand might be retracted a couple of times this season if McKenzie finds himself on the roster for games against Oakland.broncos_132_92e71f65b633c255-180x180

Judge throws out Vazquez

Severino struck out three in the fifth before first baseman Hanley Ramirez grounded out to second to end the frame.

Nunez then scored in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game 2-2 when center fielder Mookie Betts tripled past a diving Brett Gardner with two outs.

Stanton’s third multi-home run game of the season was his first at home. He finished with 10 two-home run games last season with the Miami Marlins, but he has never hit three home runs in one game.

Wilson hopes to have the 2.0 version of its Connected Football technology available for a wide release to college and pro teams later this year. In the meantime, the company is gathering feedback from some players and coaches at both levels, including Darnold and Palmer.

West, 27, led Baltimore with a career-high 774 rushing yards in 2016. Although he entered last season as the starter, he compounded a slow start with soft-tissue injuries that opened the door for Alex Collins to claim feature-back duties.

Even with the loss of leading rusher LeGarrette Blount, the Eagles boasts a deep backfield with Darren Sproles and Donnell Pumphrey returning from injuries to join Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood.

If West signs on with Philadelphia, he would face an uphill battle to make the team out of training camp.

Kamara, who will have his first shot to be the featured rusher, produced 728 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 120 carries, averaging an eye-popping 6.1 yards per attempt. He added 826 yards receiving and five touchdowns on 81 catches.sharks-002

Pollack, Diamondbacks defeat Nats in series opener

A.J. Pollack homered and scored three runs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Friday night.

The NL West-leading Diamondbacks have won five of six and are now 9-4 on the road. That matches Arizona’s 2000 team for the best road start in franchise history.

Zack Godley (4-1) allowed four runs on 10 hits over five innings to improve to 3-0 lifetime at Nationals Park. The Arizona bullpen retired 12 of the 13 batters it faced, with Brad Boxberger working a perfect ninth for his seventh save in as many attempts.

Stephen Strasburg (2-3) allowed a season-high five runs over 6 1/3 innings for Washington, which has lost five of its last six.

Nationals: OF Adam Eaton, who has not played since April 8 because of a bone bruise, was re-evaluated Friday. “His ankle has been improving so we’re hopeful that it’s not too far down the road,” general manager Mike Rizzo said.

Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (4-0, 1.89 ERA), who is striking out 12.96 batters per nine innings, takes the hill Saturday in the second of a three game-series.

Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 4.50 ERA) makes his first home start of the season. He’s 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA in four career starts against Arizona.

Browns general manager John Dorsey didn’t provide many hints on the team’s draft strategy when he met with reporters last week, saying he expected at least four quarterbacks to be picked in the first round.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has projected the Browns to select Mayfield at No. 1 in his final mock draft, while ESPN’s Todd McShay believes USC’s Sam Darnold will be the pick. Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen and UCLA QB Josh Rosen also could be in the mix.

Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma, recently visited with the Browns and Dorsey referred to him as a “pleasant fella.”

The Browns are coming off an 0-16 season and have not made the playoffs since 2002, which is the longest active drought in the NFL. Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Browns have had 28 different starting quarterbacks — the most in the league during that span.

Mayfield led FBS with a 70.5 completion percentage in 2017, and he set a single-season record by averaging 11.5 yards per attempt. He threw for 4,627 yards with 43 touchdowns and just six interceptions.dolphins_002

Rainout between Pirates and Tigers sets dubious MLB mark

The weather keeps wreaking havoc on the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers.

Steady rain at PNC Park on Tuesday forced the clubs to postpone a game for the third time in the first month of the season.

Commissioner Rob Manfred applauded MLB’s new pace-of-play rules, saying the number of mound visits are “way down” and inning breaks are “significantly shorter” so far this season.

The game was the 28th postponement in the majors this season, the most related to weather through April since the commissioner’s office started keeping those records in 1986. Baltimore and Tampa Bay were also rained out on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh had more strikeouts than hits in each game while dropping a four-game set with Philadelphia last week. Hurdle pointed to his own experiences as a player as proof that when conditions aren’t ideal, hitting can become painful.

“Sometimes, you can only have one bad at-bat, the first at-bat of a game, in this kind of weather, (and) that can rearrange your mental furniture,” he said. “I know if I hit a ball right off the end of the bat, that first at-bat, I knew I didn’t want to do it again. Some of my aggressiveness might have leaked out of me.”

As evidenced throughout the series, Antetokounmpo continuously showed why he was the most talented player in the series. When the Bucks needed to find a way out of a rut, the Bucks’ phenom was there with a crucial play. Khris Middleton continued his huge series going 7-for-8 from the field and chipping in with 16 points, and Bucks point guard Malcolm Brogdon had 16 points of his own.

One of the key differences all night was the Bucks’ ability to get out in transition — they finished with 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting, compared to just six for the Celtics (2-of-3). And Milwaukee’s defense remained stout throughout the game, never allowing the Boston to find the kind of offensive rhythm it desired. Celtics guard Jayson Tatum finished with a team-high 22 points, but the Bucks maintained the edge down low, outscoring the Celtics 50-36 in the paint.sl_cardinals_044

After ‘kick in the stomach,’ Capitals believe they can rebound

A five-minute implosion made the Capitals look like the same old team in the playoffs.

They blew a two-goal lead for the fourth time in seven games to ruin an otherwise solid performance in a Game 1 loss to the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Penguins. That Pittsburgh stormed back to win 3-2 seemed to suggest this would be yet another chapter in the long, miserable history for the Capitals against their nemesis: The Penguins have won nine of 10 postseason meetings between the two teams.

One of the most noteworthy parts of Cretors’ testimony was when she admitted, under questioning from McNair’s attorney, Bruce Broillet, that mistakes repeatedly occurred when investigators interviewed McNair. They asked McNair about a call between him and Lloyd Lake — one of the men who provided improper benefits to Reggie Bush while he was at USC — that they told him took place in January 2005. The call actually took place a year later and investigators never circled back with McNair to clarify their questioning after realizing the mistake was made.

Freeland (1-3) provided plenty of heat as the lefty struck out a season-high eight to earn his first win since July 30. But there was a moment of concern when Freeland was hit by a Chase Headley liner in the fourth. Freeland took a few warmup pitches and remained in the game. After that, his mechanics have rarely looked sharper, Rockies manager Bud Black said.

“It smoothed him out. He didn’t overthrow,” Black explained. “His focus might have been more heightened, because he was in a little bit of discomfort.”

Although the heel smarts, Freeland said it will “be all right.”

Colorado outfielder Noel Cuevas notched his first major league hit — a single down the line that looked like a sure double before he slipped on the first base bag. That’s about the only stumble for the Rockies in a game delayed 46 minutes by rain on a 37-degree evening. In an effort to stay warm, Nolan Arenado resorted to wearing a ski mask in the field.sl_cardinals_001

Rays beat Orioles 9-5 for sixth straight win

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said his team never lost confidence despite some struggles in the early part of the season.

Now, Tampa Bay is one of the hottest teams in baseball and Cash is looking to maintain that momentum.

C.J. Cron and Wilson Ramos homered and the Rays extended their winning streak to six games with a 9-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

It’s the Rays’ longest winning streak since a nine-game run from July 12-26, 2014.

“It’s kind of just a one through nine effort. We’re all swinging the bat well,” Cron said. “That doesn’t happen very often in the big leagues. So, it’s pretty cool to see us all click.”

Tampa Bay continued to pull away on RBI singles by Daniel Robertson and Ramos that boosted the margin to 6-0 in the third. Bundy had given up a total of five earned runs in his five previous starts.

“We got a sharp, young, versatile guy who’s a good communicator, who plays with physicality,” Colbert said. “He checks all the boxes for us.”

Edmunds started 31 games in three seasons for the Hokies, collecting six interceptions while also developing a reputation as a sure tackler. His junior season in 2017 was cut short by a shoulder injury that required surgery, though Colbert said it won’t be an issue when he reports for organized team activities next month.

Tremaine Edmunds’ selection came after Buffalo previously traded into the seventh slot to get Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.

“Man, it was great,” Edmunds said of the draft process with his brother. “Definitely to see my other brother get drafted tonight, it was a big time relief for my whole family. I know everybody’s excited and I’m excited. It’s a long time coming, but we can finally say that we made it.”

Cleveland overcame a 4-0 deficit with two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings. A tie game in that spot would usually result in Miller making an appearance, but that won’t be the case for at least the next 10 days.

Jean Segura hit a leadoff groundout off Dan Otero, and Robinson Cano took a called third strike from Jeff Beliveau, who was called up from the minors before the game.

Goody (0-1) relieved and allowed consecutive doubles to Nelson Cruz and Seager. Mitch Haniger was intentionally walked, and Mike Zunino popped out.jets_054

Cain homers in return to KC as Brewers beat Royals 5-2

Lorenzo Cain spent seven seasons with the Kansas City Royals, winning two American League pennants and a World Series title while growing accustomed to the cheers of their adoring fans.

The jersey has changed. That love for Cain has not.

The affable outfielder homered and reached base four times in his return to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night, sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the Royals. And on several occasions, including his homer in the seventh inning, Cain was given a standing ovation.

“He should get a treatment like that. They had some special times here for sure,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, whose team has won seven straight. “Just a solid game setting the tone for us.”

“We’re going to wear a boot to take pressure off of it the next 12 hours,” Kennedy said. “It’s a tiny little bone, but it means a lot. I’ve learned my lessons in the past, pitching through things that can affect your movements or your balance that makes a difference especially down the road.”

Cain walked and scored in the third and fifth before going deep off Burch Smith. He also made a couple of nifty grabs in center field, that familiar patch of turf he presided over for so many seasons.

Cain parlayed his success in Kansas City into an $80 million, five-year contract in free agency, returning to the club that drafted him in 2004 and eventually traded him in a deal for Zack Greinke.

“I’ve grown a lot,” Cain said. “Gotten a little older. Won a World Series, went to two. A lot happened since they traded for me. I’ve been thinking about this day for a while now.”

“You try to find ways to eliminate injuries. But the minute you step on the field, you’re bound to get hurt somewhere. That’s just the nature of the beast. And I think taking that out of the game is big. I don’t like to see it happen.”

Hester and running back Matt Forte both signed one-day contracts with their original team Monday at Halas Hall so they could retire as Bears, and an emotional ceremony capped careers rich in highlight-reel material for the former second-round draft picks.

For Hester it might mean a spot someday in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Every athlete wants to be in the Hall of Fame,” Hester said. “If there’s one out there that says they don’t really care about it, then they’re playing the wrong sport.”

No other player is in the Hall based solely on returns, but Hester’s league record of 20 touchdown returns could make him a candidate. He had 14 punt return TDs, five on kickoffs and one on a missed field goal.jets_107

Baker Mayfield: Transition to NFL offense ‘a matter of terminology’

Baker Mayfield vows it won’t be difficult to leave the silliness in the past.

“It’s an easy decision to make,” Mayfield said Friday, one day after the Cleveland Browns made him the first pick in the NFL draft. “It’s a blessing to have the responsibility and be in this position. So for me, it’s a simple choice to make the right decisions.”

“As competitive as I am, I don’t have to show it all the time. I can use that for behind the scenes when nobody’s around, the film, the hours you put in.”

Mayfield chose his Browns jersey number on Friday. The team released video of the quick affair.

Amid his success at Oklahoma, which included having the second-best passing efficiency mark (175.4) in FBS history, Mayfield also created obstacles for himself — an arrest for public intoxication in Arkansas; the situation against Kansas, which led to him being stripped of his captaincy the following game; plus other instances of taunting opponents before and after games, including a road win at Ohio State.

“Stuff like that, in between the lines, I’ll be very competitive,” he said, “but the other stuff, obviously, it can’t happen. I know that.”

The Cubs won Game 7 of that Series in Cleveland for their first championship since 1908. While the significance of the latest victory didn’t come close to matching that, the Chicago players were reminded of it everywhere they turned.

“I like to think about the World Series, especially about all of the adversity we faced,” Schwarber said. “That was the moment we all live for, and we want to get back to it.”

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who doubled and scored in the second, was excited about the return.

“Just walking off the bus, into the stadium, you get a sense of nostalgia,” he said. “The first thing I noticed when we got in the clubhouse was they replaced the carpet, which was nice. I think we messed it up pretty good. I was thinking about that great memory, walking around with my World Series champion shirt on.”

Even the weather was similar. Game 7 was delayed by rain in the 10th inning shortly before Chicago took the lead. This matchup was played in a steady rain that began before the first pitch.

The Cubs won three games in Cleveland’s ballpark during the 2016 Series and continued the trend against Josh Tomlin (0-3), who allowed all four homers. Schwarber connected leading off the second and fourth. Willson Contreras went deep in the third and Ian Happ homered in the fourth.jets_261

John Elway may take a quarterback, won’t decide until draft day

Broncos G.M. John Elway says signing Case Keenum in free agency won’t preclude using the fifth overall pick in the draft on a quarterback.

“That’ll be wide open,” Elway told Adam Schefter. “I’m betting we won’t know what direction we’re going to go until probably the day of [the first round] or the day before.”

Miami’s needs include just about everything on defense, led by tackle, outside linebacker and safety. Its luxury pick would be leaning toward a future alternative to Ryan Tannehill at QB should UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen or Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield still be available when it’s on the clock.

Because the Dolphins would improve with any “best player available,” a trade up the board is unlikely. In the more unlikely event Barkley free-falls to No. 11, it would be logical for Miami to trade out of the pick in order to help address multiple needs. Besides, Kenyan Drake showed enough promise in taking over for Jay Ajayi last season for the Dolphins to think he can fly in a featured role from the get-go in 2018. And the signing of Frank Gore probably confirms no Barkley to Miami.

Humboldt, which began play in 1970, has missed the playoffs just once since its 1980 season — in 2015-16 — and has had eight alums reach the NHL.

“Our hearts go out to the players and their families of the Humboldt Broncos,” Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said after Friday night’s game. “… That overrides anything that a hockey game had. It’s a tough situation for everybody in Saskatchewan, and we feel for them.”

Even after trading for Cordy Glenn, the Bengals shouldn’t shy away from drafting an offensive tackle early. With Andy Dalton set for another year as the starter, Cincinnati needs to protect him as much as possible.bills_062