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Special events

In addition to the regular meetings, the Society participates in various other events involving Italian language and culture. For example:

  • Our Festa di Natale per i Bambini celebrates the Christmas traditions of Italy every December. For more details – Check out the event brochure.
  • DAS Annual Wine Tasting Dinner pairs a region’s delicious food specialties with both celebrated and undiscovered local wines. See the calendar below for the scheduled date.
  • Seattle’s Festa Italiana is a celebratory weekend each September at Seattle Center, with Italian entertainment, marvelous food and gifts, and booths representing Italian clubs and activities.
  • Italian Film Festival each fall and the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)each summer are in part sponsored by DAS.
  • Small group events throughout the year, such as cooking classes, Italian conversation meetings, outings to opera, festivals, restaurants, art exhibits, Italian film showings, and similar activities of interest to members.

Upcoming Events

February 26, 2020 Italian Language Meetiing

When: February 26, 2020Speaker: Annalisa BellerioTopic: Leonardo Da Vinci: Cinque secoli di un mito About the Speaker: Annalisa Bellerio is an Italian journalist, editor and writer. After graduating in History of Art from the University of Pavia, she worked in...

March 11, 2020 English Language Meeting

When: March 11, 2020Speakers: Pat HoffmanTopic: Seated at Lorenzo’s Table – From Farm to Table About the Speaker: Pat grew up on the east coast and had a long career in immunological research at both for-profit and non-profit institutions. After a year of retirement,...

April 29, 2020 Italian Language Meetiing

When: April 29, 2020Speaker: Gianfranco FoddaiTopic: Sardegna About the Speaker: Gianfranco comes from Tissi, with a population of 2000, located in the north-west area of Sardegna (Sardinia). He moved to Seattle on November 2017, after having married his wife Jen....

May 13, 2020 English Language Meeting

When: May 13, 2020Speaker: Joyce RaméeTopic: A Musical Evening About the Speaker: Joyce A. Ramée, affiliate artist faculty at the University of Puget Sound, viola, received her BMus from the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, where she studied with Max Aronoff...


Membership Renewal Time

Just a reminder that Dante Alighieri Society memberships are up for renewal for 2020. The Dante membership year goes from January to December each year. Dues are $40 for a single membership and $50 for a family membership. Your dues help support the many activities of...

February 12, 2012 English Language Meeting

Ciao a  tutti - MAKE YOUR RESERVATION FOR THE NEXT ENGLISH MEETING of the 2020 DAS PROGRAM YEAR THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, FEB 12at St. Patrick's Church - Social Hall, 815 E Edgar Street, Seattle Our January presenter is Prof. Lloyd Howard, a  Dante expert and previous...

Dante 2020 Wine Dinner – Wednesday, January 22

DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY - 2020 WINE DINNER - Ciao a tutti - The annual wine dinner for paid-up members and guests is Wednesday, January 22 this year at the Pastoral Outreach Center (POC) at St James Cathedral, 6:30-9:00. Arnie Millan, from Esquin Wines, will again be...

First English Dante Meeting of 2020, Wednesday January 8

Ciao a tutti - MAKE YOUR RESERVATION FOR THE FIRST ENGLISH MEETING of the 2020 PROGRAM YEAR THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, JAN 8 at St. Patrick's Church - Social Hall, 815 E Edgar Street, Seattle Our January presenter is Andrea Aldrich, a Dante Alighieri member as well as...

December 11, 2019 Festa di Natale

Our annual Festa di Natale is Wednesday, December 11 As usual we'll celebrate the season with the traditional Italian game of tombola - a kind of Italian Bingo for those not familiar with the game.  There are several prizes to be awarded so you might be a winner! ...

November 20, 2019 Italian Language Program

Ciao a tutti - A SPECIAL ITALIAN PROGRAM - MILANO - SPONSORED by the DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY and Il PUNTO THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 at St. Patrick's Church, Social Hall, 815 East Edgar Street, Seattle 98102 Federica Gabardi, a Milan native and a Women’s...

November 13, 2019 English Language Meeting

Ciao a tutti - MAKE YOUR RESERVATION FOR THE NEXT ENGLISH MEETING of the 2019-2020 PROGRAM YEAR THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, NOV 13 at St. Patrick's Church - Social Hall, 815 E Edgar Street, Seattle Our November presenter is Chris Kelly who will speak about his book on...

November Events

Ciao a tutti - Exciting things are happening this November for lovers of things Italian. First of all, the lineup for SIFF's Cinema Italian Style, November 7-14 has been announced. I've included some info below as well as a link to their website for more information:...

Prof. Claudio Mazzolla – Italian Cinema and Immigration

When: October 23, 2019Speaker: Prof. Claudio MazzollaTopic: Italian Cinema and Immigration About the Speaker:  Dr. Claudio Mazzola received his "Laurea" in English from the University of Milan in 1981. He also received a degree in cinema studies from the City...

October 23, 2019 Italian Language Meeting

Ciao a tutti - THE NEXT ITALIAN MEETING of the DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY'S 2019-2020 PROGRAM YEAR IS THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 at St. Patrick's Church, Social Hall, 815 East Edgar Street, Seattle 98102 The speaker will be Dr. Claudio Mazzola. Many of you will...

Laura Ciroi

Laura CiroiLaura Ciroi has been teaching with the Italian language program of the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington since 2003. She was born in Palmanova, in Northern Italy, a star shaped fortress built by the Serenissima Republic of Venice to protect the territory from the invasions of the Hapsburg and the Ottoman Empires. She was raised speaking Italian, French and Friulano (her native Northern Italian dialect). Laura received a Laurea in Linguistics from the Università di Udine where she specialized in Spanish and English literature. Since then she has lived and worked in Holland, Switzerland, Spain, England, America, and Italy.

Giuseppe Tassone moved to Seattle from Italy in 1993. He has been the director of the Italian Language Program of the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington since 1998 and the PLIDA coordinator since 2011. He is a language educator, coordinator, and advocate of Italian language and culture. He has a background in economics and finance (B.A. in Economics), but chooses to specialize in Italian language and culture  (M.A. in Italian Studies). He has 20+ years of experience teaching, developing curricula, coordinating, testing, and assessing in public and non-profit organizations (e.g. Seattle University, University of Washington, Shoreline College). Giuseppe reviewed and/or contributed to several Italian language textbooks, such as Da Capo, Oggi in Italia, Avanti, Piazza and Sentieri. He is the author of Ricordati di me,  Buongiorno Notte – Italian Films Series by Edizioni Farinelli and Un buon AffareItalian for Business by Hackett Publishing Company available in print (2016) and e-book (2019). Giuseppe teaches at Seattle University and heads the Italian Section in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. Personal interests are: reading, traveling, cinema, economics, politics, playing and listening to music, swimming, biking, gardening and cooking.


E-mail: tassone@danteseattle.org

Francesca Giambartolomei

Francesca GiambartolomeiFrancesca is an Italian native, born in Cremona, northern Italy. She holds a laurea in Biology from the University of Padua and Masters of Biology from Eastern Michigan University. She left Italy in 1994 and has lived in New Zealand and the United States. She has a passion for teaching her native language, as a way of maintaining and exploring the Italian language and culture with different eyes. She has taught privately and in many institutions to students of different proficiency levels groups. Francesca is interested in literature, art and design, and in her free time, she likes reading, cooking, and making jewelry and ceramics.

Email: francesca@danteseattle.org

Damiano Pinton

Damiano PintonDamiano is a native of a small town in the Northern Italy countryside, about 17 miles away from Padua, a city famous among other things for its university, the fifth-oldest surviving in the world. He received his B.A. and M.A. Cum Laude in Japanese language and culture from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, while specializing in linguistics and translation. He lived in Japan for three and a half years, where he continued his studies and his sociolinguistic research on (im)politeness in language. While in Japan, he also started working as an Italian teacher, discovering his passion for conveying the beauty of the Italian language and culture abroad.

Email: damiano@danteseattle.org

Roberta Punzi

Roberta PunziRoberta was born in Salerno a city located in the region of Campania in Southern Italy where in the ninth century flourished the renowned Schola Medica Salernitana; the forerunner of the modern university medical schools.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Management for Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment from the Luigi Bocconi University, and a Master’s Degree in Piano from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan.  Roberta has been working in the field of arts management since 2008. She has served as a project manager, fundraiser and arts administrator in high-profile nonprofit organizations and music festivals in Italy.  She has taught music and Italian language in middle schools, and has held lectures in performing arts management as a teaching assistant at the University of Milan and at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala.  She has performed many solo and chamber music recitals across Italy.  Roberta moved to Seattle from Italy in 2018, and in March 2019 she started working with Greenpeace U.S.A. as a fundraiser.  She loves classical music, visual arts, reading, traveling, hiking and of course teaching Italian.

E-mail: roberta@danteseattle.org

Valentina Robles

Valentina RoblesValentina was born in Bitonto, a small town in Puglia, South of Italy. She has a Laurea in Lettere (Degree in Humanities) and a Laurea Specialistica in Scienze dello spettacolo e della produzione multimediale (Master degree in Media Studies). During her studies, she spent seven months in Spain where she was a tutor for Spanish students enrolled in Italian classes. Her passion for the theatre and cinema brought her to work in the production department for several projects for media, theatre, and live concerts.

Email: valentina@danteseattle.org