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.

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:

Previous issues of La Voce are available here.


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:

Wed, October 24, 2018
Dr. Claudio Mazzola
"Italian Cinema"

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.

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Class Site

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 Garden House.

  • Boccherini & 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.