Dante Alighieri Society of Washington
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Devoted to sharing the wondrous art, history, literature, music, culture and cuisine of Italy, the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington offers twice-monthly meetings with a rich program of lectures in English or Italian. A warm, welcoming hospitality includes antipasti social hour or a delicious pasta dinner prior to the presentations. And always, vino and dolci, generously shared by our members.

Additionally, throughout the year we publicize and participate in events of the larger Seattle area Italian community.

About our social gatherings and events

Devoted to sharing the wondrous art, history, literature, music, culture and cuisine of Italy, the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington offers twice-monthly meetings with a rich program of lectures in English or Italian. A warm, welcoming hospitality includes antipasti social hour or a delicious pasta dinner prior to the presentations. And always, vino and dolci, generously shared by our members.

Additionally, throughout the year we publicize and participate in events of the larger Seattle area Italian community.

Learn more about these gatherings and events below

 

English and Italian language meetings

In keeping with the Dante mission to promote knowledge of Italian culture and language, the Society holds meetings on the second* and fourth Wednesdays of each month, September through May.

The presentation given at the meeting on the second Wednesday is in English and the presentation given at the meeting on the fourth Wednesday is in Italian. A gathering featuring delicious homemade food, wine and conversation with fellow lovers of all things Italian precedes each meeting. It is not necessary to be a member to attend but membership is appreciated to support the cost of these non-profit activities.

 

 

Dante Alighieri Society Gatherings – 2019-2020

October 23, 2019 Italian Language Meetiing

Claudio Mazzola Topic: Italian Cinema and Immigration Italy, perhaps more than any other European country, has been at the forefront of the immigration debate in Europe. Immigration has been the subject ofnumerous Italian novels, documentaries and films. Our speaker,...

November 13, 2019 English Language Meeting

Dante Alighieri Society English Language Meeting Chris Kelly Topic: Italy Invades Italy Invades is an action packed history of Italy’s military involvements throughout the ancient and modern worlds. From the empire building of the Romans, through the globe-spanning...

September 11, 2019 English Language Meeting

Dante Alighieri Society English Language Meeting Dominic Minotti Dominico Minotti Famous Women of Italian Descent Kicking off this year’s schedule will be a presentation by Domenico Minotti (Nick) on “Famous Women of Italian Descent”. This will be the basis for this...

September 25, 2019 Italian Language Meetiing

Robert ThomsonFlorence, Dante, and MeRobert Thomson from Victoria, Canada will be presenting his recently publishedbook, Florence, Dante and Me. Thomson spent the 1960-61 year in Italy ona scholarship from the Italian government. During the year he wrote many detailed...

May 8, 2019 English Language Meeting

Rob Prufer Topic: A Bellini in Venice: Seeing the paintings of Giovanni Bellini in Venice, like sitting in a Venetian campo and enjoying the cocktail named after him, is a special treat. What makes Bellini a master of the Venetian Renaissance? And what can we know...

Location of our regular meetings

The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington meetings are at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 815 East Edgar Street, Seattle 98102. Parking is available in St. Patrick’s parking lot, off of E. Edgar street. Meetings are held in the Parish Hall in the basement of the church. The entrance is on the west side of the church facing the parking lot.

General timeline for meetings

English Language Meetings

Time Activity Cost
5:30pm Room Setup and meal preparation; volunteers welcome! Pasta, salad, and bread is prepared by members, and all attendees are encouraged to bring wine, antipasti, or dessert to share. And, of course socializing. None
6:45pm Dinner is served! Preregistration* is requested to ensure that enough food is available for everyone. $8 per person or $15 per couple
7:30pm A presentation related to Italian culture provided by guest speaker and is presented in the English language. None
8:30pm – 9:00pm Room Cleanup: everyone is encouraged to participate. None

*Register for English Language Meeting Pasta Dinner

Register in one of the following ways by 5 pm on the Monday preceding the meeting:

Online

By Phone: (206) 289-0419

By Email

Cost is $8.00 per person or $15.00 per couple to be paid at the dinner. Cash, check, credit or debit cards accepted.

 

 

 

Italian Language Meetings

Time Activity Cost
6:00pm Room Setup; volunteers are welcome! None
6:30pm Potluck wine, antipasti and dessert are provided by attendees, so bring your favorites to share. Conversation is in both English and Italian, as you wish; it’s a good opportunity to practice your Italian conversational skills. None, bring what you want to share
7:30pm A presentation related to Italian culture provided by guest speaker and is presented in the Italian language. None
8:30pm – 9:00pm Room Cleanup: everyone is encouraged to participate None