Dante Alighieri Society of Washington

per la diffusione della lingua e della cultura italiana nel mondo

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Your Door to All Things Italian

We Embrace All Who Enjoy All Things Italian and Desire To Expand Their Knowledge of a Beautiful Country, Its People and Its Language

The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington promotes the Italian language and culture and welcomes all who share those objectives. Each year we present English and Italian programs open to the public, and host the Christmas party and the Annual Wine Dinner featuring wines from throughout Italy. The Society also sponsors an Italian Language program with beginner to expert classes for everyone who wants to learn, improve or perfect their fluency in Italian.

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  • Sign up for the Spring 2019 PLIDA tests now. The registration deadline for Levels A1, A2, and C2 is May 8 and the test is scheduled for May 22. Registration information is available here.
  • The Dante Alighieri Society's new home is St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 815 East Edgar Street, on the North side of Capitol Hill. Parking is available in St. Patrick's parking lot, off of E. Edgar street. The meetings take place in the Parish Hall, located in the basement of the church and is entered on the West side of the church, off the parking lot. Except for one or two meetings a year, this will be our new location.
Pasta Dish

Next English-language gathering:

Wed., May 8, 2019, 6:30 pm
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
815 East Edgar Street, Seattle 98102

"A Bellini in Venice"

Rob Prufer.
Seeing the paintings of Giovanni Bellini in Venice, like sitting in a Venetian campo and enjoying the 
cocktail named after him, is a special treat. What makes Bellini a master of the Venetian Renaissance? And what can we know about his long life and career, given that so little documentary evidence survives?


Next Italian-language gathering:

Wed., April 24, 2019, 6:30 pm
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
815 East Edgar Street, Seattle 98102

"La Sicilia"

Matteo FitzGerald.   Un'esplorazione della Sicilia, conosciuta come "Granaio degli Imperi", e nell'antico Greco, la Trinacria. È la più grande regione d'Italia e la quarta più popolosa, con oltre 5 milioni di persone. Esploreremo la storia, la lingua, i terroir e la cultura della Sicilia. La Sicilia ha una storia ricca e antica, risalente alle tribù originarie che si trasferirono sull'isola, all'era classica, quando la Grecia, poi i Romani, mantennero ampie presenze nell'area. Nelle ere moderne, l'isola è stata occupata da una varietà di imperi, ed è di enorme importanza strategica nel Mediterraneo, a causa di numerosi porti di acque profonde, la posizione nel centro del mare, e la vasta generosità agricola del terra. La lingua siciliana ha influenze dal greco, italiano, arabo e altro ancora. Ci sarà un sacco di tempo per domande e discussioni.La presentazione sarà in italiano e in siciliano, e ci sarà una dispensa con parole in inglese, italiano e, per alcune parti, in siciliano.

Per quanto riguarda la cultura, ad esempio due vincitori del Premio Nobel per la letteratura (in totale sei dall'Italia) sono nati in Sicilia, conferiti nel 1934 a Luigi Pirandello (Agrigento, dove si trova la Valle dei Templi), e nel 1959 a Salvatore Quasimodo (Modica, noto per l'architettura barocca e dove il cioccolato è fatto nel modo antico).

Matteo FitzGerald. An exploration of Sicily, the largest Mediterranean Island, known as the "Granary of Empires", and, in the ancient Greek, the Triangle. It is the largest region of Italy, and the 4th most populous, with over 5 million people. We will explore the history, language, terroirs and culture of Sicily. Sicily has a rich and ancient history, going back to the original tribes that moved onto the island, to the Classical era, when Greece, then the Romans, maintained large presences in the area. In the modern eras, the island has been occupied by a variety of empires, and it is of tremendous strategic importance in the Mediterranean, due to several deep water ports, location in the center of the sea, and the vast agricultural bounty of the land. The Sicilian language has influences from the Greek, Italian, Arabic and more. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. The presentation will be in Italian and in Sicilian, and there will be a handout with words in English, Italian and, for some parts, in Sicilian.

As for culture, for example two Nobel prize winners in Literature (of the total of six from Italy) were born in Sicily, awarded in 1934 to Luigi Pirandello (Agrigento, where the Valley of the Temples is located), and in 1959 to Salvatore Quasimodo (Modica, known for Baroque architecture and where chocolate is made in the ancient way).
Class Site

Next Italian language class series:

Spring Quarter 2019

April 2 - June 6
Registration Due by March 22.

Four learning levels available

Learn More and Register...

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Become a Dante Member

Join the Fun and Support Dante Seattle through Your Membership. Check out the attached message from our President on reasons to join.

Dues are effective on the calendar year. Make sure that yours are current.

Learn more and apply for membership.

Time to renew your membership

A reminder that it's membership renewal time again. Membership goes from January to December each year and the cost for 2019 is the same as it's been the last few years: $40 for a single membership, $50 for a family. Membership is open to anyone who supports the objectives of the
organization. We embrace anyone who supports our mission to encourage the enjoyment of Italian language and culture.

Your membership enables the Society to:
  • Present 7 English and 6 Italian programs each year, and host the Christmas party and the Festa di Natale per i Bambini
  • Publish our La Voce monthly newsletter, and maintain our website free to all
  • Offer an Italian Language program with beginner to expert classes for everyone who wants to learn, improve or perfect their fluency in Italian
  • Support Italian-themed community events such as Festa Italiana and the SIFF Cinema Italian-style film festival

  • Dante memberships and donations are tax-deductible
  • Your Dante Society card provides discounts at some attractions in Italy
  • Opportunity for free tickets SIFF's Cinema Italian-style film festival
  • Come to our annual members and guests only wine dinner

And this year it's even easier to join or renew. Check out our online membership and renewal options here.

La Voce della Dante is on hiatus. Linda Heimbigner, our fearless editor, is looking for articles for future issues. Dante Society members are encouraged to contact Linda with ideas or stories of their travels to Italy or other Italian-themed articles. 

Special Announcements and Events:

  • Biblioteca Italiana Seattle (BIS), a library of Italian language literature is maintained by Il Punto! The library includes the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington's collection. Membership for BIS is free and users can borrow books at no charge. Library books can be picked up by visiting BIS at 14300 Greenwood Ave N on Sundays between 2 and 4pm, with the help of a volunteer. Learn more.

  • Check out Italian Talk Radio, Mondays, 4:00pm - 5:00pm. You can find it in Seattle on KKNW 1150AM, in Tacoma on KLAY 1180AM or online live at 1150KKNW.com. Learn more about NW Italian Talk Radio.

  • The Auburn Bocce Club offers free bocce instructions on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 - 6:00 PM, mid-April through mid-October, weather permitting @ Les Gove Park in Auburn. See auburnbocce.org for more information.

  • DAS Language Program Honored with a Grant for the second year from the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco.