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.

September La Voce della Dante is now available.
The first La Voce della Dante of the 2018-2019 DAS calendar year is here!!! 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, September 12th, 2018
Dominick Minotti
Le Regioni d’Italia” (The Regions of Italy).

Nick will provide information and pictures about the foods, wines, tourist attractions and industry of a region and ask listeners to select the region to which those clues apply. The presentation is a beta test of the quiz to be offered at the Dante Alighieri Society Booth at Festa Italiana on September 29 and 30.

Nick is a long-time Dante Alighieri Society member and currently serves on the Society's Board of Directors.

Register for dinner beginning Friday, September 7.


Next Italian-language gathering:

Wed, September 26th, 2018
Federica Gabardi
"La testa degli italiani" di Beppe Severgnini

For some foreigners, Italy is only a great immutable poetics "mental Tuscany". A land of light and perfumes, aperitifs at sunset and friendly natives. But in the heads of Italians - unfortunately or fortunately - there is something else. Traveling along the Peninsula in the company of friends from abroad, Beppe Severgnini becomes an ironic and implacable Dante. Beppe describing and explaining the cities, the streets, the houses, the squares, the shops, the churches, the stadiums etc.. describes a country that "has too much style to be hell" but is "too disorderly to be heaven."

Federica was born and raised in Milan and she is very fond of her city. She studied Latin and ancient Greek, among other subjects, in high school at the Collegio San Carlo of Milan, and after her diploma, she graduated in Political Science from the Università Cattolica di Milano. Over the past 15 years Federica, driven by her passion for brand communication, has been working in different marketing and communication roles. In addition, Federica, extending her passion for brand communication and interpersonal communication, began a parallel career as a professional coach. As of today, she is a consultant, coach, and professional trainer in communication, style, and personal branding. Federica loves teaching Italian, sharing her language and bringing alive with her students the Italian style and way.

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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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Dante Alighieri Member

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.

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Special Announcements & Events:

  • Seattle San Gennaro Festival The Sixth Annual Seattle San Gennaro Festival returns to Georgetown September 7th to 9th.  Get more details on this year's events at the Festival's website.

  • The 31st Annual Festa Italiana at the Seattle Center takes place September 29 & 30. Festa Italiana is free and celebrates the cultural roots of Italians and Italian-Americans in the Pacific Northwest by promoting the arts, the food and the culture that are uniquely Italian. Come visit the Dante Alighieri Society's booth and take a quiz to test your knowledge of Italy's regions. More information can be found at Festa Italiana's website.

  • 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, 3:00pm - 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.