Past Administrative Assistant:
The Dante Society of Santa Cruz supports a variety of activities for its members and others interested in learning more about Italian language, history, art and culture, including:
Italian Language Classes
(Fall, Spring, and occasionally Summer)
A variety of classes from Beginning to Conversational Italian taught by native Italian speakers.
Italian Film Series
(Fall and Spring)
We screen recent and classic Italian language films with English subtitles at Cabrillo College VAPA Forum Room 1001. Film Historian, Logan Walker provides an informative introduction before the film and hosts a Q&A session after each film.
Santa Cruz International Film Festival
We also sponsor an Italian language film as part of the SCFF, held each fall, and provide for a special reception for Dante members and their guests.
(Fall and Spring)
We are also fortunate to have interesting lectures by visiting and local experts on Italian history, art, music and more.
Dante Bocce Team
(Spring and Summer)
We sponsor a Dante bocce team for fun recreational play with other community members. We also try to get Dante members to play casual bocce the month prior to when league play begins.
Italian Dinner Gatherings
Informal gatherings at Italian restaurants throughout Santa Cruz County.
In August, we celebrate what has become the Italian national holiday that occurs in the middle of August (generally August 15) with one of our Italian restaurant sponsors.
Providing financial support for students pursuing studies in Italian art, history, or language.
When the opportunity presents itself, Dante members have attended live performances and simulcasts of famous Italian operas.
Art History Group
Italian art lovers gather monthly to watch DVD lecture series on Italian art and artists.
Italian Book Club and Readings
As opportunity arises, Dante members and guests are invited to book readings. If you would like to form an Italian book club, let us know so we can announce it to our members.
If you know of an event coming up, or if you would like to help organize an event that you think would be of interest to Dante members please let us know.