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.
October La Voce della Dante is now available.
Just click here and La Voce will pop up in your browser. There's lots of good articles to read including:
- coming events,
- an update on Language School enrollment and profiles of two of our instructors,
- photos and recipes from this year's Festa Italiana at the
Seattle Center, and
- news about gelato
Previous issues of La Voce are available here.
Next English-language gathering:
Wed, November 14, 2018
Prof. Beatrice Arduini
“Italian Languages and Dialects”
Beatrice Arduini completed her undergraduate and doctorate degrees at the University of Milan in Italy and received her Ph.D from Indiana University - Bloomington. She centers her work on Medieval Italian literature and Dante Studies, particularly on manuscript culture. She is currently working on her book project, The Invention of Dante’s Convivio, which examines the tradition of Dante’s unfinished treatise in manuscripts and early printed editions. Her research and teaching interests also include Early Italian and Occitan Literature and the development of the song collection genre (canzonieri) in order to investigate how the material form of texts crucially determines their meanings.
for dinner beginning Friday, November 9.
Next Italian-language gathering:
Wed, October 24, 2018
Dr. Claudio Mazzola
Claudio Mazzola is a Senior Lecturer in Italian at the
University of Washington. Dr. Mazzola received his "Laurea"
in English from the University of Milan in 1981. He also
received a degree in cinema studies from the City University
of Milan. Claudio went on to receive a Ph.D. in Comparative
Literature from the University of Washington in 1986. His
area of expertise is Contemporary Italian fiction and
Italian Cinema. Claudio advises SIFF on programming for its
Cinema Italian Style and received recognition from
SIFF in 2016 for his contributions.
Next Italian language class series:
Fall Quarter 2018
October 2 - December 11
Registration Due by September 25
Five learning levels available
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Special Announcements & Events:
- The long time home of the Dante Alighieri Society of
Washington, the Beacon Hill Garden House, has recently
been put up for sale. For more information about the
Garden House and the Pending Sale, see the Beacon Hill
Arts website on efforts to Save The
& Scarlatti: Italians Abroad. Byron
Schenkman & Friends, a Baroque and Classical
chamber music series at Benaroya Hall is presenting an
evening of Italian centered music, Boccherini &
Scarlatti: Italians Abroad.
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries Italian musicians were in demand all over Europe and many of them became more successful abroad than they had been at home. Such is the case with all three of the composers on the program. The cellist Luigi Boccherini and the violinist Maddalena Sirmen both had extensive international performing careers. Domenico Scarlatti had a more obscure existence as a harpsichordist at the Portuguese and Spanish courts, yet his music became popular in all the other places where Boccherini and Sirmen themselves performed.
The concert is on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, at Third and Union in downtown Seattle, beginning at 7 pm. Prices range from $48 for Regular Price, $41 for Seniors, and $10 for Youth and Students with ID.
- SIFF's Cinema
Italian Style 2018 begins November 8. The full
lineup and schedule will be announced later in October.
The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington is a co-sponsor
of the series.
- Biblioteca Italiana Seattle (BIS), a library of Italian language literature is maintained by Il Punto! 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.