Dante Alighieri Society of Washington

per la diffusione della lingua e della cultura italiana nel mondo

Dante Bust

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.

Sign up for our email list here. You will receive news of upcoming events and our monthly newsletter La Voce della Dante.

Festa di Natale
The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington's 23rd Annual Festa di natale per i bambini is coming Saturday, December 1. This year's event will be held at Christ the King Church, Brannan House, 11544 Phinney Avenue N in Seattle.  Activities include:

Pre-registration by November 26 is required. A registration form and additional information, including directions, is available here. As always, we are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, contact Caterina Wartes at (360) 638-2500.

La Voce della Dante
The November issue of our newsletter La Voce delle Dante is out. This issue includes:


Please note that the location of the November and December 2018 English Meetings will be held at the St. James Cathedral Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia Street on First Hill. Parking is available in the O'Dea High School Parking Lot, just 1 1/2 blocks to the East between Columbia and Marion.

Pasta Dish

Next English-language gathering:

Wed, November 14, 2018
Prof. Beatrice Arduini
Italian Languages and Dialects

Prof. Ardudini will take a linguistic dive into Italy's languages and dialects and their significance for language learners and Italy lovers.  Italy is a very rich country in terms of linguistic heritage heritage: the Italian peninsula is home to 28 indigenous and six non-indigenous languages, although Italians usually - and rather erroneously, according to many linguists - refer to those as "i dialetti." Where do these "dialects" come from, and why do Italian's often not respect their own languages to even call them languages?

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.

Register for dinner beginning Friday, November 9.


Next Italian-language gathering:

There is no Italian-language gathering in November or December. The next will be January 23, 2019. More details later.

Class Site

Next Italian language class series:

Fall Quarter 2018

October 2 - December 11
Registration Due by September 25

Five learning levels available

Learn More and Register...

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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.

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Special Announcements & Events:

  • SIFF's Cinema Italian Style 2018 begins November 8 with the opening film "The Guest" directed by Duccio Chiarini. The full lineup and schedule can be found on the SIFF website. The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington is a co-sponsor of the series.

  • The long time home of the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington (DAS), the Beacon Hill Garden House, has been sold.  The November and December English Meetings (there are no Italian meetings those two months) will be held at the St. James Cathedral Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia Street on First Hill.  See Gatherings Page for a map.

    DAS has been holding meetings at the Garden House for more than forty years. DAS is exploring alternative venues for the remainder of this program year.

  • 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.