Frank Ambrosio (Philosophy) has been selected to receive the Dorothy Brown award, given annually by the student body to the faculty member who has had the strongest impact on the students’ collegiate experience.
Ambrosio, who has taught philosophy at Georgetown since 1981, worked with Eddie Maloney and Bill Garr of CNDLS to develop MyDante, an innovative website for the study of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Over 200 students have used the site in Ambrosio’s course “Dante and the Christian Imagination,” and Ambrosio is currently at work on a public version of the site.
MyDante teaches contemplative reading through a combination of digital tools and pedagogical resources. The site acts as a guide through the Divine Comedy, leading readers through a cohesive interpretation of the text through commentaries by Ambrosio and other materials. It enables collaboration among students by providing a structured virtual space for discussion. At the same time, it makes the reading experience profoundly personal by allowing readers to create their own annotations, images, and reflective journal entries.
MyDante builds on Ambrosio’s commitment to convincing students that the texts they read are significant to their own lives. Students enjoy and remember his courses; in addition to this year’s Dorothy Brown award, Ambrosio was previously selected by the Class of 1998 to receive the Edward Bunn teaching award.