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.

Felix Hernandez injury update: Mariners star ‘day-to-day’ after hit in pitching arm

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez left Monday’s game against the Cubs after being struck in the pitching arm by a line drive.

Hernandez left with one out in the bottom of the second after being hit by a comebacker off the bat of Cubs catcher Victor Caratini. Hernandez appeared in considerable pain as trainers checked him before he left the field.

I also watch the games and how the players approach the game. Anything I can pick up and then provide feedback that I feel will help players is what I focus on. I also report back to [Yankees general manager] Brian Cashman with the progress of those players. As far as being in the front office, I don’t think my perspective of baseball has really changed much. Even though I’m on the front-office side, I think that mindset of wanting to do whatever is necessary to help the ballclub is still the same. The context and my responsibilities may be different, but that mindset hasn’t really changed.

What’s it like working with Brian Cashman?

My primary duty is to report back to him on the progress and status [of players], and it’s only on a periodic basis. There’s not a whole lot to it. It’s interesting because as a player, I always interacted with him on a regular basis… Having known him since my playing days, he’s very easy to work with.

But the list of unsigned players remains long, and for guys like Jake Arrieta and Mike Moustakas, the end of a frustrating offseason might not be around the corner. Teams need starting pitching, but seem to be balking at the money and years Arrieta is asking for. There were a handful of teams looking for the type of third-base upgrade that Moustakas offers, but they’ve almost all gone in different (cheaper) directions.

So here are some of the most common clichés in spring training, what they really mean and how to decipher them when you hear them.

Translation: “We’re going to play baseball this year.”

Explained: I mean, yeah, right? It’s pretty obvious. Why else would you dedicate your life to playing a sport? Well, sure, there’s the paycheck, too. But there’s always golf or tennis for the individual glory.buccaneers_024

MLB trade rumors: 10 potential destinations for Rays ace Chris Archer

Chris Archer is under contract for four more seasons.

That fact has to be the starting point for any discussion about the potential of Chris Archer being traded by the Tampa Bay Rays. It doesn’t matter whether the discussion is you and your friends talking about the hypothetical possibility or whether it’s an actual big-league GM calling actual Rays GM Erik Neander. Four years of control.

Samardzija got hit hard hard by the home run explosion of 2017, being one of 11 pitchers who surrendered 30 dingers last year. That ballooned his ERA to 4.42, but that spike could also be attributed to the defense behind him.

The 2016 Giants were the third best defensive team in baseball, accruing 58 defensive runs saved as a club. The 2017 Giants were the fifth worst, costing their team 44 runs. That’s a 102 run swing in the wrong direction. Samardzija pitched 207.2 innings last year, or roughly 15 percent of the team’s total innings pitched. If 15 runs are subtracted from his season total, his ERA is virtually identical to what it was in 2016 (3.78).

Kansas City lost Eric Hosmer to the Padres this offseason, so Duda should have a clear shot at first base duties as the team enters rebuilding mode.

Add Shohei Ohtani to the ever-growing list of batters to fall victim to Clayton Kershaw’s infamous curveball.

Ohtani led off in the third inning as the Angels’ DH against the Dodgers on Wednesday for his first matchup against the three-time Cy Young winner. Despite getting ahead in the count, the Japanese international went down looking on strike three as Kershaw’s curveball proved to be too much.

This strikeout was the only matchup between the two players, but it still managed to overshadow even the concept of a Trout vs. Kershaw face-off.

Ohtani, who went hitless in two at-bats Wednesday, could have a shot at redemption against Kershaw March 22 at Camelback Ranch, or perhaps during the exhibition Freeway Series from March 25-27. If neither of those come to fruition, the first Angels-Dodgers series of the regular season will be July 6-8.seahawks_117_327518212f9164ec-180x180

Of course, those balls 20-plus feet away from Kiermaier are more difficult to make a play on than the balls five-plus feet away from Kemp.

What’s their current CB situation? Houston let A.J. Bouye leave as an expensive free agent last offseason, and that impact was palpable. After holding opposing quarterbacks to the league’s third-worst passer rating in 2016, the Texans ranked 29th in that same category a year later. Johnathan Joseph was still productive at age 33 last season, but the clock is winding down on his impressive career.

The answer lies in range: Kemp might not be able to make a play on a ball hit 20 feet away from him, but he can easily make plays on balls five feet away from him. Kiermaier has far better range, so he can make plays on balls that are much further. Errors are only charged to players who can make a play and flub it, not to players who are unable to make a play.

While Kiermaier is responsible for more outs, he still is penalized for being unable to make tough plays, and hence his fielding percentage is lower than Kemp’s by virtue of attempting to make more difficult plays.

What does this mean for the Broncos? Denver has plenty of holes to fill this offseason after a 5-11 season sunk the team to the bottom of the AFC West. Fortunately for general manager John Elway, the team has few priority free agents to re-sign, and cutting Talib gives the franchise more cap space to work with this offseason.

Priority No. 1 will be finding a quarterback — perhaps Kirk Cousins — to replace the ineffective three-headed Paxton Lynch-Trevor Siemian- Brock Osweiler monster.

As good as Talib as been during his tenure, the Broncos have his replacement all ready to go: Bradley Roby , their 2014 first-round pick. Roby has started just 16 times in his four-year career, but he’s played in all 64 regular season games. The uber-athletic corner also shown a knack for making plays, totaling six interceptions (including two pick-sixes) and five forced fumbles in that time. seahawks_104_73b74cd6e6e3492c-180x180

Mike Conley injury update: Grizzlies guard out for rest of season, needs surgery

Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley has been ruled out for the rest of the season, as he’ll undergo surgery to repair a bone protrusion in his left heel, the team announced Saturday.

Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace announces in email moments ago to MVP season-ticket holders that Mike Conley will require season-ending surgery “to smooth a small bone protrusion” in his left heel. Conley is expected to make a full recovery ahead of training camp.

It’s not yet known whether Bobrovsky will be available against the Avalanche. The Blue Jackets didn’t practice Wednesday.

“It’s been a tough last four weeks for me,” said Korpisalo, who was 1-4-0 in his previous five starts. “Every win, every solid game and every time I feel like I help the team helps me a lot.”

The Avalanche stymied the Blue Jackets 2-0 on Jan. 4 in Denver in the only meeting between the teams this season. They’re coming off a 2-1 overtime loss on the road to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

D’Antoni was named head coach for Curry’s team after the Rockets secured the best record in the West through games played on Feb. 4 among teams coached by eligible candidates. The Rockets are sitting second in the Western Conference with a 34-13 record, behind the Warriors at 39-10, but Golden State’s head coach Steve Kerr was ineligible since he coached the West in last year’s All-Star Game.

This is the first year of a new format for the All-Star Game where the player with the most All-Star votes from each conference was named captain and selected his own team. The coaching staffs are selected based on their teams’ winning percentages, and the coach of the team with the best record will lead the team that includes the captain from the same conference.

D’Antoni earned All-Star Game head coaching honors for the second time. He coached in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, when he led the Western Conference past the Eastern Conference 153-132 while he was head coach of the Suns.

In his second season with Houston, D’Antoni has an 89-40 record with the Rockets. D’Antoni has coached in the NBA for 14 seasons with five different teams and has a career coaching record of 544-466 (.539).lions_033

Tyler Clippard agrees to minor league deal with Blue Jays

Reliever Tyler Clippard has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training.

The 33-year-old right-hander had been working out with major league free agents in Bradenton. He had said last week that he wanted a major league contract.

“Giving what advice I can, tricks of the trade on how to get from over there to over here,” he said.

Jackson said the game has changed drastically since he retired.

“Players aren’t the same. The game is not the same. The players are bigger, stronger, faster. The players look like they should be playing for the Chiefs, instead of the Royals.”

Stay on the ball: When you are on the clock, stay focused, don’t let others distract you, and don’t panic. Use the entire clock if you need to. If possible, keep an eye on the rosters being drafted by other teams to see which positions they might be targeting in upcoming rounds. In other words, if every other team already has a closer or two, you might be able to wait an extra couple of rounds to take yours while targeting better values elsewhere. Keep your focus all the way until your last pick. You don’t want to make any mistakes just because the draft is winding down.

In most leagues, there are at least a few managers who enjoy the art of the deal. If you’re one of those people, trading is going to be one of the most fun aspects of fantasy baseball. When done well, it’s a great opportunity to improve your roster while unloading a player you perhaps no longer want or need.

According to ESPN, Dellavedova has a Grade 3 ankle sprain and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

That’s exactly what Golden State has been showing since the team came back from the much-needed All-Star break refocused and re-energized while reeling off three straight wins. The lackadaisical play at the defensive end is a thing of the past. The bad habits, starting with the turnovers stemming from greediness, have been eradicated. As Kevin Durant said after a 39-18 third quarter put the Knicks away, the Warriors are back in a “good groove” and “staying healthy is the biggest thing.”

“We understand what is at stake for the second half of the season,” McCollum said. “We understand how good a lot of different teams are in the West. A lot of games will be crucial.”

It’s been 93 mph; it’s been strikes; it’s been a tremendous change-up, Preller said before noting the impact that ‘s infectious personality had on a clubhouse.is 8 for the PawSox this year with 2 , and strikeouts 74 innings.The ideal person to help with matters, his wife Gabrielle Union, is out of town so the 35-year old is left to his own devices the meantime.The easiest group to talk to are the offensive linemen.You got to trust them a lot to sign off on being released, Forsett said.lions_089

The 49ers locked down Jimmy Garoppolo as their franchise quarterback. Now what?

The San Francisco 49ers’ turnaround started at the cost of a 2018 second-round pick. It’s going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars to continue.

General manager John Lynch’s reclamation project in Santa Clara took another step forward Thursday when he signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million deal that will make him the league’s highest-paid player. The contract includes $74 million in guarantees.

Come on, you know David Poile will make a splash. The Predators’ GM reportedly has his sights set on Rick Nash, and we don’t see any problem with that — as long as Poile doesn’t give up too many assets to get him.

Although the Penguins are looking like contenders again, they still need depth at center. How about Derick Brassard of the Senators? Pittsburgh is familiar with Brassard from his days with the Rangers.

We don’t expect Toronto do anything drastic, but adding a defenseman should be in the cards. Perhaps the Leafs can kick the tires to see whether Pittsburgh’s Ian Cole is still available or whether they can lure Jack Johnson from Columbus.

A surprise playoff team in 2017, the Bills can’t afford to rest on their laurels if they want to return in 2018. Linebacker Preston Brown is slated to become a free agent, and if he does indeed depart, they could do a lot worse than look at the veteran Bowman. PFF’s 11th-highest-graded linebacker in 2017, Bowman registered 33 tackles against the run after joining the Raiders midway through the 2017, with 20 of those resulting in a defensive stop.

The Dolphins have long had a need for improved guard play. Pugh allowed only two sacks, one QB hit and 15 hurries on his 184 pass-blocking snaps, and his pass-blocking efficiency rating of 92.4 from 2017 ranks No. 7 among free-agent guards. The 2018 draft class is loaded at guard, and the Dolphins might be wise to get another guard in the draft — even with the addition of Pugh — in an effort to overhaul their interior offensive line.

Along with Edmunds, Vea is one of the most unique talents in this draft class. Possessing great strength and surprising movement/body control skills, Vea might be the modern version of Haloti Ngata in the NFL.patriots_026

Seguin snaps scoreless tie in 3rd, Stars beat Kings 2-0

Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock could see the improved play in his Stars, but positive results had been elusive.

The Stars had lost consecutive games, been shut out in two of their last four and late Thursday night against the Kings were stuck in a scoreless game.

But then Tyler Seguin finally broke through with a goal with 8:27 remaining and Dallas beat Los Angeles 2-0 in a matchup of teams fighting for a Western Conference playoff spot.

But the second period brought a quick reversal, with Dallas putting constant pressure on goalie Jonathan Quick as Los Angeles’ offense all but disappeared.

Still, the game was scoreless as Seguin prepared to take a faceoff in the Kings end a little more than midway through the third.

“Right before the faceoff, Seguin came back to me and said, `Look for my stick if I get it to you,” Pateryn said. “He got it back to me and I basically looked him right in the eyes and shot it right for his stick.”

Connor made it 3-0 with a power play goal with 1:29 left in the first, chipping in a rebound off of a Wheeler shot. Connor has scored four goals in his last three games.

“We turned a couple of (pucks) over early and then one of our offensive lines got in the penalty box and he (Hellebuyck) made some saves on that PK that was good and gave us time to get our legs going,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.

Laine extended his goals streak to four games, beating Allen clean from the right circle at 6:04 of the second period.

“I thought we came out with good jump,” Blues forward Alexander Steen said. “We let in a couple of goals and dug ourselves a hole. I think we were a little spread out against a solid team. They play with good foundation to their game and we got extremely spread out at times during the game.”

Hellebuyck made several key saves early as the Blues had the first seven shots of the game. Hellebuyck also made tough saves on Brayden Schenn and Steen during a power play late in the second.jays_534_8ac3e064efceb7c4-180x180

Celtics strong out of the break, rout Pistons 110-98

Daniel Theis did his part to add to Germany’s big day.

The Boston rookie scored a career-high 19 points to lift the Celtics to a 110-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Afterward, Theis tried to bring some attention to a surprising Olympic victory for his native country.

“It’s a good day for me. Germany beat Canada in hockey, we won here, so I’m happy,” Theis said. “When I was at breakfast and (assistant coach) Scott Morrison walked in, I was just smiling, because he’s from Canada.”

Blake Griffin scored 17 points for Detroit but shot just 5 of 19 from the field.

Theis eclipsed his previous career high of 12 points. He played an important role after Aron Baynes, the starting center for the Celtics, went to the locker room in the first half with a left elbow injury. Baynes played only 2:39.

Ish Smith made his first eight shots and finished with 20 points for the Pistons. Detroit led 39-37 in the second quarter before a 21-5 run by Boston. The Celtics were ahead 61-49 at halftime.

Timberlake has done this before — he was the halftime performer for the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston between the Patriots and Carolina Panthers. Yes, that’s the same year the infamous wardrobe malfunction with him and Janet Jackson took place in front of millions of people. Timberlake has made it clear he won’t be doing anything like that again on Sunday:

“It’s just one of those things where you go, like, ‘Yeah, what do you want me to say?’ We’re not going to do that again,” Timberlake told Lowe.

”I stumbled through it. To be quite honest, I had my wires crossed. It’s just something that you have to look back on and go, ‘OK, well, you can’t change what’s happened, but you can move forward and learn from it.”

Timberlake released a new album, Man Of The Woods, earlier this year, but aside from his single “Filthy,” he’ll probably mix some of his classic songs into the performance. And given that Minneapolis is the hometown of Prince, who passed away in 2016, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there was some sort of tribute to the past Super Bowl performer, as well.bears_092-223x223

The Dutch have positively owned the speedskating events at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

On Sunday, they’ll have the chance to add to their pile of gold medals in what’s arguably the country’s strongest event.

It wouldn’t be the first time — Jorien ter Mors squeaked by Kodaira to earn gold in the 1000m race.

As you can imagine, the talent pool wasn’t always that great. But that isn’t why the format was altered the first time. The lockout in the 1998-99 season changed everything for the Rookie Challenge. The game was cancelled and the rookies from the 1998 season didn’t get a chance to compete.

Maia and Alex are set for 18th in the short program order. Right after them is the American team of Madison Chock and Evan Bates. The third and final U.S. team is Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who will start 22nd out of 24 pairings.

“We were kind of waiting for something good to happen and nothing good happened and we weren’t able to overcome that,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said.

Such sloppy play stood in stark contrast to the efficiency the Jazz (30-29) showed during their lengthy winning streak. Utah averaged 13.6 turnovers per game in that stretch and the Jazz tallied 19 turnovers combined over their two most recent wins.

After dealing with injuries to several players, the Rangers are starting to get healthier. Veteran defenseman Marc Staal, out since Feb. 3 with a strained neck, will return against the Canadiens and be paired with Anthony DeAngelo. Vigneault said forward Chris Kreider (blood clot) also is close to returning, but he will not make the trip to Montreal. The coach said defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk (knee), Ryan McDonagh (upper body) and Pavelec have all started skating as they work their way back and also will remain in New York.

Defenseman Rob O’Gara, acquired from Boston on Tuesday in the deal that sent Nick Holden to the Bruins, will make his Rangers debut against the Canadiens. The 24-year-old will be paired with fellow rookie John Gilmour.jaguars_004-223x223

Several Eagles players have said they will not attend the traditional Super Bowl champions’ visit to the White House.

As cleanup from the celebrations in Philadelphia continued Monday, some Eagles players had business of their own to handle, declaring they would not visit President Donald Trump at the White House.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins, a leader in the player’s coalition that has met with NFL officials about social justice issues, explained his reasons Monday to CNN.

There has long been precedent for athletes skipping championship commemorations at the White House; Celtics legend Larry Bird once passed on a visit with President Ronald Reagan at the White House, saying, “If the president wants to see me, he knows where to find me.” Yet they’ve become more common, and source of controversy, during President Trump’s time in office.

The Patriots attended last year’s celebration, although a sizable number of players were missing. The NBA champion Golden State Warriors opted not to accept their invitation last year when the president uninvited Stephen Curry for his comments on the president. The NCAA basketball champion Tar Heels did not attend a commemoration because of a “scheduling conflict.”

Conspiracy theories involving the Patriots have jumped the shark. Each cycle is more absurd than the last, and it has mutated into something almost as painful as the Patriots’ long-term success is for many.

New England’s 24-20 victory over Jacksonville in the AFC title game amplified the theories, and by now you know the routine. Max Kellerman questioned the officials on ESPN’s “First Take.” Memes of smiling referees and detailed video compilations of how the Patriots cheat were generated in excess after Brady led a fourth-quarter comeback. The narrative was scripture long before CNN’s Jake Tapper branded the Patriots “cheaters.” That’s how broad the reach of the perception runs.

When you put it all together, it’s a bunch of loose strands that stretch too far off the field. The Patriots won the game. Moreover, the Jaguars lost the game. Jacksonville choked, plain and simple.patriots_050_432816d500d73104-180x180