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English Language Meeting – February 10, 2021

When: February 10, 2021Speakers: Rob PruferTopic: The Innocents at HomeLocation: Online Social "hour" begins at 7 pm. Presentation begins at 7:30 About the Presentation: The Innocents at Home explores Florence’s remarkable Renaissance institution, the Hospital of the Innocents. We’ll trace its life from its creation as a civic orphanage in the early 15th century all the […]


Italian Language Meeting – February 24, 2021

When: February 24, 2021Speaker: Marta BernsteinTopic: Venice and the Establishment of Printing in Italy in the Late 15th CenturyLocation: 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 […]


English Language Meeting – March 10, 2021

When: March 10, 2021Speakers:  Giuseppe Tassone, Director, Dante Alighieri Italian Language Program with Language Program StudentsTopic: DantedìLocation: Online Social “hour” begins at 7 pm. Presentation begins at 7:30 About the Presentation: On the occasion of the Dantedì and the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, the students of the Italian Language Program of […]


Italian Language Meeting – March 24, 2021

When: March 24, 2021Speaker: Movie NightTopic: La Divina ComediaLocation: Online There will be a “social hour” beginning at 7 pm. The presentation will start at 7:30. About the Presentation: Dante's L'Inferno !!! Our Italian meeting will be a bit different this month in celebration of the Anno Dantesco. We will share a viewing of the […]


April 14, 2021 – Annual General Meeting

When: April 14, 2020Speaker: Board of DirectorsTopic: Annual General MeetingLocation: Online A link will be emailed to members of record on April 13 to enable them to participate in the meeting. Agenda To Be Announced



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!!!