Roy Rosenstein, senior faculty member in the department, was teaching a course on Dante on Tuesday 11 September 2001. The class had just entered its first understanding of Dante’s hell when it was interrupted by news of the destruction of the World Trade Center. Over the years since, Roy has stayed in touch with the students who were in that class, and writes powerfully about the effects of that moment, and the responses of the class that gathered around it, in this article, published in the journal Liberal Education.
One student puts it like this:
Dante provided that toolbox for us at a moment when we desperately needed other words to grapple with images beamed out to us “live” of a destructiveness most students in the class had never witnessed.