Table of Contents

Editor’s Note

Introduction

by Dan Burstein & Arne de Keijzer

Section 1 – Dante for the 21st Century

Welcome to My Dante Spring

by Dan Burstein, Creator, author, and co-editor of the Secrets series

Dan Brown and the Case of the Wrong Dante

by Teodolinda Barolini, Da Ponte Professor of Italian, Columbia University

Damnation vs. Demography: Contrasting Infernos of Dante and Dan Brown

by Alison Cornish, Professor of Italian, Romance Languages and Literatures Department, University of Michigan

Dante as Humanist, Radical Reformer, and Old Testament-Style Prophet

an interview with Steven Botterill, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Letting the Genre Out of the Bottle: Dan Brown’s Inferno as Modern Parody

by Glenn W. Erickson, Professor of Philosophy, Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Preposterous But Not Absurd: Dan Brown’s Inferno Embraces More of Dante’s Perspective Than You Might Think

by Giuseppe Mazzotta, Sterling Professor of Humanities for Italian, Yale University

Why Everyone Who Reads Dan Brown’s Inferno Could Benefit From Reading Dante’s Inferno – and All of the Divine Comedy

by William Cook, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History (Emeritus), State University of New York, Geneseo, writer and lecturer for The Teaching Company

Dante to Washington: Gridlock, Partisanship, and Factionalism are Deadly Sins and Will Land You in the Inferno

by Dan Burstein, Creator, author, and co-editor of the Secrets series

Beneath the Veil: Parallel Universes and Inferno Resonances

by Dan Burstein, Creator, author, and co-editor of the Secrets series

Section 2 – Bold New World

For Good or Ill, We Have Become As Gods, and We May As Well Get Good At It

by Arne de Keijzer, co-author and co-editor of the Secrets series

“Demografiction”

by Joel E. Cohen, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations at The Rockefeller University and Professor of Populations at the Earth Institute of Columbia University

“You Simply Have to be Insane to Think that You Can Just Continue to Grow Forever on a Finite Planet”

by Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University, president of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology, and author of The Population Bomb

The End of the World Isn’t as Likely as Humans Fighting Back

an interview with Jamais Cascio, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future and Senior Fellow, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

I Am Not Zobrist

an interview with Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Coming Plague

Transhumanism and the Promise of the Future

an interview with Natasha Vita-More, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Humanity+ and author of the “Transhumanist Manifesto”

Whether You Think the Future Makes Sense or It Doesn’t, It is Here. Get Used to It.

an interview with David Orban, futurist, analyst of global technology trends and their impact, CEO of Dotsub, and former chairman of Humanity+

Nothing Is Going To Be the Same

an interview with Gregory Stock, bio-physicist, biotech entrepreneur, and founding director of the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine

Section 3 – Dan Brown Decoded

Dan Brown, the Infernal Novelist

by David A. Shugarts, investigative reporter, author of Secrets of the Widow’s Son, and contributing editor to the Secrets series

 “I Need Another Clue”

by Cheryl HelmDan Brown codes and puzzles expert

Section 4 – The Dante Baedeker

Firenze in the Footsteps of Dante

by Dan Burstein, Creator, author, and co-editor of the Secrets series

The Florence Folio

by Julie O’Connor, fine art photographer and photojournalist

The Props of Dan Brown: Three Churches of World Significance

by William Cook, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History (Emeritus), State University of New York, Geneseo, writer and lecturer for The Teaching Company

Dolci: Musings and Meditations on Dante and Dan Brown

by Dan Burstein, Creator, author, and co-editor of the Secrets series

Acknowledgments

Contributors

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