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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  • Due to the uncertainty of the weather conditions this week and concern for the safety of our members and guests, the Annual Wine Dinner scheduled for this coming Wednesday, February 13 has been canceled and will be rescheduled to a later date. Stay tuned. We apologize for the inconvenience. Stay warm, dry and safe.
  • The Dante Alighieri Society's new home is St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 2702 Broadway E, on the North side of Capitol Hill. Parking is available in St. Patrick's parking lot, off of E. Edgar street. Except for one or two meetings a year, this will be our new location.
  • The February English Meeting is the annual Wine Dinner and will be held at the St. James Cathedral Pastoral Outreach Center.
Pasta Dish

Next English-language gathering:

Wed., February 13, 2019, 6:30 pm
St. James Cathedral Pastoral Outreach Center
907 Columbia Street, Seattle

The February Meeting is the annual Dante Alighieri Society Wine Dinner. Arnie Millan with Esquin Wines will once again guide us through a region with tastes of several different wines. This year's focus will be on the food and wines of Campania.

This event has sold out, so if you have not made your reservation yet, we'll look forward to seeing you next year.

Those who have made their reservations will receive more information about the menu and other details closer to the event.


Next Italian-language gathering:

Wed., February 27, 2019, 6:30 pm
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
2702 Broadway E, Seattle

"Italian Literature on Migration"

Cecilia Strettoi's presentation will trace the links between the current situation of immigration to Europe and the attempts of some Italian writers and journalists to transform the general problem into the stories of individuals with their own history and their own experience.  These narrative are founded on the clear intent to humanize immigrants who current governments, both in Italy and elsewhere, try to portray as a threat to national security. Through the analysis of three books, we will try to shed light on some authors who have sided with the immigrants.

Cecilia Strettoi is an instructor of Italian language, literature, and culture with over two decades of educational experience. She has taught in several institutions and is very well known in Seattle amongst people interested in Italy.  Cecilia’s main interest is offering a well-rounded understanding of Italy through the lens of literature, history, and current events. She is particularly intrigued by cross-cultural comparisons and thrives in offering her students a multifaceted perspective of Italy.

Class Site

Next Italian language class series:

Winter Quarter 2019

January 8 - March 14
Registration Due by December 21.

Three 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 renew (or to join). Check out our online renewal options here.

La Voce della Dante is taking the month of December off. 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.