Feb 2020 English Meeting Reminder

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Ciao a  tutti -



at St. Patrick's Church - Social Hall, 815 E Edgar Street, Seattle

Our January presenter is Prof. Lloyd Howard, a  Dante expert and previous DAS presenter.   Professor Howard's topic this time is The Power of Music on the Shore of Dante’s Purgatory.  Professor Howard will begin his talk with a brief description of Dante’s world and how the Commedia was transmitted both in written form and orally by singing Dante’s text. He will then turn to the second canto of the Purgatorio, where Dante introduces the soul of the musician, Casella, who, while living, sang Dante’s love poems.  Lastly, Professor Howard will discuss the Paradiso where, by flight through the music enhanced spheres, Dante, a famed writer of worldly love songs, reaches the Celestial Rose.

Lloyd Howard received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in 1976, after which he was appointed to a position at the University of Victoria, where he taught until his retirement at the rank of Professor in 2016.  His research focused initially on the extant poetry of Guido Cavalcanti, before turning to Dante’s Commedia.   Along with numerous articles, he has written two books: Formulas of Repetition in Dante’s Commedia: Signposted Journeys across Textual Space (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001); Virgil the Blind Guide: Marking the Way through the Divine Comedy (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010). 


The presentation starts at 7:30 pm. 

As usual, we will have a Pre-Dante Pasta Dinner, prepared by our members, starting at 6:45 pm. (Please note the new time.)  
If you plan to come for the dinner at 6:45 pm as well as for the presentation at 7:30 pm, please make your reservation by 5:00 pm Monday February 10 by:

  • clicking on the DINNER RESERVATION button at the end of this email or, 
  • calling our Reservation Line at our NEW number, (206) 289-0419 or
  • emailing your request to our NEW reservation email, reserve@danteseattle.org.   

Let us know how many are in your party. This will help our volunteer cooks know how much pasta to prepare.  

The cost of the dinner is $8 per person or $15 per couple.  There is no cost to attend only the presentation. 

If you are coming to dinner,  you are encouraged to bring along an 
antipasto, dolce or vino to share. 

The Hall is open at 5:30 pm for Setup.  The Antipasto will be served, starting at 6:00 pm. The new times should give us more time to socialize, have a glass of wine and some antipasti before dinner.



The meeting as usual will be in the Parish Social Hall at St. Patrick's Church, 815 E Edgar St., Seattle. 

To reach St. Patrick's from the North, follow I-5 S.  Take exit 168A for Boylston Ave toward Roanoke St.  Merge onto Boylston, turn left at light onto E Roanoke St.  Turn left at the first cross street onto Harvard Ave E.

To reach St. Patrick's from the South, follow I-5 N.  Take exit 168A for Lakeview Blvd E.  Turn left onto Lakeview Blvd E, and continue onto Boylston Ave E.   Turn right at the light onto E Roanoke St. Turn left at the first cross street onto Harvard Ave E.

The parking lot will be on your right off Harvard.  And the stairway down to the door to the Social Hall is located at the parking lot level in back of the Church, off the parking lot.

Feel free to come early to help set up and start visiting.  And, in any case, please come.


If you haven't renewed your 2020 membership yet, you are now able to renew online on our website:  https://danteseattle.org/join-the-dante-alighieri-society-of-washington/ .

 You can also renew at the meeting.  We'll have a membership table set up in the Social Hall on Wednesday.  

A presto - 

Dan DeMatteis,
President, Dante Alighieri Society of Washington


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