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Italian Language Meeting – February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

When: February 24, 2021
Marta Bernstein
Topic: Venice and the Establishment of Printing in Italy in the Late 15th Century
Location: Online

There will be a “social hour” beginning at 7 pm. The presentation will start at 7:30.

About the Speaker: 

Designer and researcher originally from Milan, Marta Berstein is currently associate creative director at Studio Matthews (Seattle) and lecturer at USC Roski (Los Angeles). Type and typography are her true passions and the common threads of all her projects. She has a soft spot for 19th-century type, a topic she has been researching for a decade and presented at various international type conferences. She has been involved in teaching graphic design, typography and type design on a regular basis since 2007 in universities and design schools in Europe, USA and China. She completed her B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Graphic Design at Politecnico di Milano and her M.Des in type design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (NL).

About the Presentation:

Even though movable type was “invented” in Germany by Johannes Gutenberg, the design of books and letters — typefaces — were perfected in Italy in the last quarter of the 15th Century. Venice at the time was the «Silicon Valley» of Europe, the perfect place for a new technology to develop. We will talk about German emigrants, French punch-cutters and visionary Venetian merchants that still influence the fonts we use and the books we read today.Dr. Giancani will focus on the path that brought him to the US from Italy, and his current work at the University of Washington on one of the oldest known sexually-transmitted infections, syphilis.

Dr. Lorenzo Giancani


February 24, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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2021-2022 Season

Live Meeting COVID Guidelines

Even as COVID variants continue to plague the population, we are trying to return to offering live meetings for Dante this season. We’ve all been longing for a return to shared meals, and since this is foundational to Dante activities, we want to make it possible. Following the guidelines and regulations now in place by many workplaces, public venues and community groups, the Dante Board of Directors has agreed to the guidelines listed below as an acceptable plan to keep us as safe as possible when meeting in person. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these regulations and will continue to stay current as the season evolves. If things get better, we may be able to loosen up the current plans. But meanwhile, we ask that Dante members and those from our wider mailing list cooperate with the plans as outlined below. These are also in keeping with the rules provided by St. Clements, our new residence.

1) Mandatory proof of full vaccination is required for anyone attending any live Dante Meeting. This applies to members, presenters, cooks and guests. Please bring a photo or photocopy of your COVID card with you when you come to any meeting. Dante is not set up to offer secure web-site proof, where you can upload a photo, as some workplaces are able to do. Please just bring the photo on your phone or a photocopy of the card with you. We will make the check-in process as streamlined as possible, hopefully needing to screen your proof only once.

2) Obviously – please do not attend if you have been exposed to COVID, or are experiencing any symptoms of illness. We will make best efforts to record the presentations so that those who cannot attend in person can enjoy them afterwards. There will also be a few meetings presented on ZOOM instead of live this season, for all to enjoy like last year.

3) Masks should be worn at all times at meetings except when seated for dining. This roughly follows the current Washington State rules for indoor restaurant dining and is in line with St. Clements current practice. We will have the windows and doors open as possible in our downstairs dining area. Presentations will take place in the upstairs sanctuary where there is more room for seating at distanced intervals. Presenters can unmask for their talks, as they will be distanced from those seated.

4) Those preparing and/or bringing food to meetings: please mask and wash hands in the preparation of food to be shared. Pre-Dante-Pasta chefs will stay masked in the kitchen. For anyone bringing antipasti or desserts: please portion for individual servings; avoid serving common dips, spreads etc. Food (including bread, cookies, etc) will be served with utensils. Hand sanitizer will be provided and we ask that we all use it each time we return to the table.

Thank you again for your understanding and observance of these guidelines. Let’s eliminate COVID contagion together!!!