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Teodolinda Barolini, Andrew Delbanco Elected Membership to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

By James Devitt

Teodolinda Barolini

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) has elected to membership Teodolinda Barolini (GSAS '78), Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian, and Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities.

Barolini, chair of Columbia's Italian department and president of Dante Society of America, has written Dante's Poets (Princeton, 1984), a study of Dante's poetic autobiography that was awarded the John Nicholas Brown Prize of the Medieval Academy and the Howard R. Marraro Prize of the Modern Language Association. She has also written The Undivine Comedy: Detheologizing Dante (Princeton, 1992), which will be published in Italy by Feltrinelli. She is currently doing a commentary of Dante's lyrics for the Italian publisher Rizzoli.

"Election to the AAAS is thrilling because it signifies the honor and welcome of those one respects," said Barolini. "Maybe one could say that I feel, 'mutatis mutandis,' the way that Dante felt when he was welcomed by his fellow poets in Limbo, when he writes that 'they showed me greater honor still, for they made me one of their company.' "

Andrew Delbanco

Delbanco's work encompasses American history, literature and religion. His books include Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997), The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995), The Real American Dream (Harvard, 1999) and The Puritan Ordeal (Harvard, 1989), which won a Lionel Trilling Award. He writes frequently on literary and cultural topics for The New York Review of Books. Delbanco is also a trustee of the PEN American Center, the National Humanities Center and the Library of America.

"Of course, I am greatly honored, and I hope that my future work will continue to merit the Academy's vote of confidence," said Delbanco. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an international learned society composed of the world's leading scientists, scholars, artists, businesspeople and public leaders. It has a membership of 3,700 American fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary members.

Published: May 04, 2001
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002

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