Dante Alighieri Society

The Dante Alighieri Society (Italian: Società Dante Alighieri) is a society that promotes Italian culture and language around the world. Today this society is present in more than 60 countries.

Società Dante Alighieri
Founded1889 (1889)
TypeCultural institution
Location
Area served
Worldwide
ProductItalian cultural and language education
Key people
Andrea Riccardi (President)
Websitewww.ladante.it

It was formed in Italy in July 1889. The society was named after Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), a pre-Italian Renaissance poet from Florence and the author of The Divine Comedy. Dante is considered the father of the Italian language.

In October 1948 the society was restructured at a meeting in Venice to give total autonomy to all chapters of the Dante Society so that each could conduct its activities independently, under the direction of its own elected officers, in a manner that best suited local needs, preferences, and capacities while adhering to the Society's basic principles.

The cultural role of Dante Alighieri

The sole purpose of the Dante Alighieri Society is to "promote the study of the Italian language and culture throughout the world...a purpose independent of political ideologies, national or ethnic origins or religious beliefs, and that the Society is the free association of people – not just Italians – but all people everywhere who are united by their love for the Italian languages and culture and the spirit of universal humanism that these represent."

The society operates throughout the world, with branches from the United States to Australia.[1] Many societies offer language courses, ranging from tourist and beginner's Italian to advanced literature, in addition to their cultural activities.

In 2005, the Dante Alighieri Society (along with the Alliance française, British Council, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, and Instituto Camões) was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Communications and Humanities.

Recognition

In 2005 Dante Alighieri Society was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award along with the Alliance Française, the British Council, the Goethe-Institut, the Instituto Cervantes, and the Instituto Camões.

By country

Europe

The Netherlands

Poland

Switzerland

North America

Canada

British Columbia

United States

Georgia
Florida
Massachusetts
Michigan
Washington
South Carolina

South America

Argentina

Australia

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Queensland

South Australia

Victoria

Western Australia

See also

References

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