Ciao tutti –


Our speaker this evening will be Professor Mary O’Neil, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington,  who will be presenting  “Niccolò Machiavelli on Politics, Religion, and War”.  Machiavelli served for a time as political advisor to the Borgia family and immortalized the amoral  warlord, Cesare Borgia, by dedicating his book, “Il Principe” (The Prince) to him.  Machiavelli was excommunicated in his own time but remains a seminal figure in political thought even today.

Professor O’Neil received a BA from the University of Chicago and PhD from Stanford University. She has been a University of Washington associate professor since 1981. She also studied at the University of Bologna with Carlo Ginzburg, the Italian historian who has been a pioneer in the use of Inquisition trial records to study popular beliefs.

She has taught courses at the UW on Medieval and Renaissance Italy since the 1980s, including a course on “Rome: the City in History from Romulus to Mussolini”, which was designed as a basic introduction for students going on Study Abroad programs at UW Rome Center.

So come along and get to know more about another fascinating Italian from the Renaissance.

As usual our Pre-Dante Pasta Dinner will be ready at 6:30 and the program will start at 7:30.  Please bring an antipasto, dolce, or vino to share.

If you plan to come for the dinner as well as the presentation, please make your reservation by 5:00 pm Monday Oct 8 by clicking on the button below, calling our Information Line at our NEW number, (206) 289-0419 or emailing your request to our NEW reservation email,

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

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

Our meetings are held at the Garden House (formerly Headquarters House) located at 2336 15th Avenue South in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Avoid the traffic!  The Garden House is a short walk from the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station.

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

A presto – 

Dan DeMatteis,
President, Dante Alighieri Society of Washington