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Jason Baxter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities
B.A. (Classical Philology), University of Dallas; M.A. (Italian Studies), University of Notre Dame; Ph.D. (Literature), University of Notre Dame
(307) 332-2930, x. 1103
Dr. Baxter has been with WCC for nine years. His primary research interests include medieval and Renaissance ideas of beauty, the long-lived legacy of the thought of Plato, and the poetry of Dante. He is also interested in medieval mysticism, humanism, and the relationship between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. At WCC, Dr. Baxter teaches Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance humanities courses, as well as art history from antiquity through modernity. Dr. Baxter also teaches written rhetoric within the Trivium sequence and is responsible for designing Trivium 302, the Junior Author Project.
His scholarly publications include articles on the Platonic tradition in the Latin West, and writings on Dante. Dr. Baxter worked with Wyoming Catholic College’s Distance Learning Program to produce a free, eighteen-part introduction to the Comedy: “Dante in the Year of Mercy,” and, more recently, a full online course on the “Medieval Mind of C.S. Lewis”. His A Beginner’s Guide to Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” which focuses on the spiritual meaning of Dante’s poetics, is available from Baker Academic. He has also published Falling Inward: Humanities in the Age of Technology, has made multiple media appearances, and frequently writes and speaks on his own experiences in travel, the relevance of the liberal arts, the relationship between humanistic studies and technology, and topics on Dante, for both popular and scholarly audiences.
His monograph, The Infinite Beauty of the World: Dante’s Encyclopedia and the Names of God (which will appear in the Leeds Dante Series, published by Peter Lang in 2020), explores the spiritual meaning of the Comedy’s famous “encyclopedism.” He is currently working on An Introduction to Christian Mysticism (Baker Academic, 2021); The Medieval Mind of C.S. Lewis (IVP, 2021); and a new translation of the Comedy.
Read his recent article featured in University of Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal.
Watch Dr. Baxter’s EWTN Live! interview with Father Mitch Pacwa:
“Videmus Nunc per Speculum”: Toward a New Paradigm for Twelfth-century Naturalism.” Haskins Society Journal. (Forthcoming 2016)
“Series rerum: The Use and Transformation of Boethian Thought in Bernard Silvestris.” Special issue on the continental reception of Boethius of Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of the International Boethius Society (2016)
“‘Noi siamo vermi nati a formar l’angelica farfalla’: Medieval Imitatio and Dante’s Poetics of Transformation in Purgatorio.” Dante Studies. (Invited to Revise and Resubmit)
“Innominis / Omninominis: Bernard Silvestris’s Catalog Poem as Act of Divine Naming.” Special issue on Latin Platonism of Epekeina: International Journal of Ontology, History and Criticism, vol. 4, nos. 1‒2 (2014)
“Through the Eyes of Landino: Dante, Natura, and the Poetics of Varietas.” L’Alighieri, vol. 43. (July 2014)
Medieval ideas of beauty
The long-lived legacy of the thought of Plato
The poetry of Dante
The relationship between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.