Sept 2018 Notiziario

Dante Alighieri Notiziario - Denver

tales of 3 citiesSEPTEMBER CULTURAL MEETING  Sept 14

On Friday September 14, Wayne Ambler, Associate Professor from the University of Colorado Boulder, will present Getting Ready for Rome: A Tale of Three Cities”. In this talk, Professor Ambler says, “We can’t enjoy baseball without knowing the rules of the game, and it is no easier to get the most out of a visit to Rome if we don’t understand the basic history of the city. Most guidebooks try to teach this history bit-by-bit, adding more facts with every site or work of art they discuss, as encyclopedias do. This would be helpful if we could organize all this information on our own, but the effect is usually to bury us in names and dates we cannot possibly remember.

In this talk I will step back from the details in search of the big story running through Rome’s complicated history, but I will end up finding not one story but three, and they clash. First there was a pagan Rome of the Caesars, then came a Christian Rome of the Popes, and now there is a rather non-religious Rome of the People. Keeping this big picture in mind provides a good way to understand the city and organize our experience when we visit it. I will try to show this by looking at some of the most important monuments and works of art in the city”.

As always, the program will take place at Mount Carmel Parish Hall at 7:30 p.m. 3549 Navajo Street, Denver.


Italian Music - from Opera to Pop
Saturday, October 6th,  Green Mountain United Methodist Church
12755 West Cedar Drive, Lakewood, CO 

Auction bidding begins at 5:30 p.m.  Concert begins at 6:00 p.m.

You don't want to miss out on this fun event! The concert will have something for everyone to enjoy, many songs you'll remember from your days as a child that are still popular today. From professional performers to scholarship recipients to talented individuals who have been singing together for years, you will be treated to an evening of complete entertainment. You'll even get a chance to sing along to some of your favorite tunes.

And, let's not forget the auction! So many wonderful items to bid on - gift baskets filled with Italian food, wine and other essentials; vintage wine glasses from Italy, 2 nights stay in one of Denver's airbnbs and much, much more.

Let's not forget, this is all to benefit the Dante Alighieri Society's Scholarship Program. Since its inception, the Dante Alighieri Society Scholarship Program has given out over $300,000 to worthy students who have studied in Italy and come home to help promote and foster the Italian culture.

You can buy your tickets online at or by calling Veronica Goodrich at 303-421-1547.    See you at the concert! 

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BENVENUTI  - New Members

The Dante Alighieri Society extends a warm welcome to the following new members:  Kelli Hahn of Denver, Linda Hotton of Arvada, Michele Quinn and Peter Miscall of Denver, and returning member Pamala Saylor of Westminster.


The Scholarship Committee will meet on August 28 to prepare for the 2019 scholarship campaign.  Items on the agenda will include a review of the on-line application process, further discussion on an outreach program to institutions, possible expansion of our awarding focus and, finally, beginning the search for a new Scholarship Committee Chair.  As always, we thank everyone who has so generously contributed to the scholarship program.  Also, there are always chairs at the table for more members on the Scholarship Committee.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions. John Giardino, Scholarship Committee Chair, at 303-378-9736.


At its May board meeting, the Board of Directors of the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver established a Nominating Committee comprised of two board members and three at large members. The Committee consists of board members John Giardino (303-463-0971) and Carol Marsala (303-389-4141).  Members at large are Rosalie Spicola (303-423-9010), Pamela Marcantonio (303-494-3080), and Margaret Foderaro (720-212-6041). Anyone interested in running for one of the positions listed below should call a member of the Nominating Committee. The election of officers will take place at the Dante Society’s November Membership Meeting; with officers taking their respective positions in January. The term of each office shall commence after the installation ceremony and continue for two years or until successors are elected.

President: The President, as the principal executive officer of the Society, shall preside over all meetings and shall have the powers and perform the duties customarily incident to the office. The President shall appoint all committee chairpersons and shall be a member ex-officio of all committees except the Nominating Committee. The President shall appoint chairpersons for any and all events of the Society that are not included in any job descriptions of Elected Officers or Committee Chairpersons.

Vice President: The Vice President shall assist the President in the performance of his/her duties and shall have all the powers and shall perform all the duties of the President in his/her absence or inability to act.

In addition, the Vice President shall be the Chairperson of the Program Committee and shall make arrangements for the programs at Cultural and General Meetings including the installation of the Board and those events which are not designated as “fund-raising” and/or not the responsibility of any other Board member or Committee.

Secretary: The Secretary shall keep a correct record of all meetings of the Board and General Meetings. The Secretary shall also be responsible for all communications pertaining to congratulatory occasions, illness, or death of any member.

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall maintain the financial records of the Society, pay any and all expenses incurred by the Society, and present a financial statement at every meeting of the Board.

The Treasurer shall present a Financial Statement to the membership at a General Meeting at the end of the fiscal year.

The Treasurer shall keep a record of all members, receive and record all dues remitted and inform the President of any member delinquent in dues as stated in Article II of the Bylaws.


FundraiserNext time you head out to King Soopers, be sure to take a Dante Society King Soopers gift card with you. King Soopers offers organizations a simple way to raise money by returning 5% of grocery sales made on the card to the organization. The cards initially cost $25 but can be reloaded for any amount at checkout.

Every time you reload your card, King Soopers/Kroger adds the amount to Dante’s Reward account.  When the account balance in any given month reaches $5,000, Dante gets a check for 5% of the total.  If we don't hit $5,000 in that month, the balance rolls forward to the next month. The card can be used for purchases at King Soopers/Kroger Stores including gas.  (You cannot use the card for services such as Western Union, lottery tickets, stamps, money orders, ticket master or any other gift cards).

By continuing to use the cards for purchases, Dante members will provide an on-going source of income for scholarships. If you give gift cards to friends, family or charitable organizations, consider giving a Dante Society King Soopers gift card. The Dante Society cards cannot be purchased at King Soopers. The Dante Society cards must be purchased through Dante by calling Veronica Goodrich at 303-421-1547.


Beginner Level Italian Classes

Beginner 1.  Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning Sept. 19, 2018 through Nov. 28, 2018 (no class on Nov. 21, 2018) (Jensen).  In this class students with little or no knowledge of Italian will learn to communicate in simple everyday situations. Students will study the basic building blocks of the Italian language, including the alphabet, rules of pronunciation, basic syntax, and grammatical structures. Topics include subject pronouns, definite and indefinite articles, regular verbs in the present tense, and noun-adjective agreement.
Required Text: 
The Italian Project 1a.

Beginner 2.  Mondays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning Sept. 17, 2018 through Nov. 19, 2018 (DiMaggio).  In this class students will build upon their existing knowledge while incorporating new vocabulary and grammatical structures through conversation, role plays, listening, reading and writing activities. Topics include irregular and modal verbs in the present tense, articulated prepositions, and possessive adjectives.
Required Text: The Italian Project 1a.

Beginner 3.  Mondays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning Sept. 17, 2018 through Nov. 19, 2018 (DiMaggio).  In this class, students will cover the topics in Units 4 and 5 of the textbook, including past and future verb tenses, the adverb “ci,” train travel, and ordering in a restaurant.  Required Text: The Italian Project 1a.

Intermediate Level Classes

Intermediate 2.  Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning Sept. 18, 2018 through Nov. 27, 2018 (no class on Nov. 20, 2018) (Jensen).  In this class, students will continue to expand their studies of increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary through listening activities, role play, readings, videos, conversation and written assignments. Topics include direct object pronouns, reflexive verbs and the impersonal form.
Required Text: The Italian Project 1b.

Intermediate 3.  Tuesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning Sept. 18, 2018 through Nov. 27, 2018 (no class on Nov. 20, 2018) (Jensen).  In this class, students will continue to expand their studies of increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary through listening activities, role play, readings, videos, conversation and written assignments. Topics include indirect object pronouns, imperative and conditional forms of verbs.
Required Text: The Italian Project 1b.   


Advanced Level Italian Classes

Advanced 9.  Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, beginning Sept. 20, 2018 through Nov. 29, 2018 (no class on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22) (Brunetti).  This class will be predominantly in Italian, and will introduce more advanced vocabulary and grammar.  Students will continue to develop their reading, listening, writing and speaking abilities.
Required Texts: The Italian Project 2a.

Conversation 201.  Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, beginning Sept. 20, 2018 through Nov. 29, 2018 (no class on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22) (Brunetti).  This class will be full immersion. Students will be able to converse, understand, and write on a variety of subjects including but not limited to art and literature. Emphasis will be on becoming “linguistically flexible.”
Required Text: The Italian Project 2b.


Italy - drivers texting and the lawPhone-using motorists could have licenses removed.

Motorists who use their phones to talk, text, and go on social media sites while driving should be sanctioned with severe penalties, to the point of losing their licenses, said Italy’s transport minister Danilo Toninelli in an interview.

Speaking with Il Mattino, Toninelli said that deaths caused by drivers distracted by their phones is "a very serious phenomenon” involving “the mistaken idea that basically some things can happen only to others.”

“This tragically underestimates the risks involved,” he concluded.

The minister, who had already tabled the idea of introducing tougher penalties for phone-related traffic offences at a senate hearing on July 31, added that sanctions alone were not enough and that a campaign of cultural sensitization to the dangers of texting while driving, particularly among youth, was also necessary.

A new report released by Italy’s National Institute for Statistics (ISTAT) on July 23 found that drivers becoming distracted on the road was one of the three main causes of road accidents in 2017, along with speeding and traffic light and stop sign violations.

The report also found that the summer months account for the highest number of road accidents, with an average of 16,000 accidents and 300 deaths per month in May, June, and July, while August is the most deadly, with an average of 2 deaths per hundred collisions.

The current penalty for driving while using a mobile phone is a fine of between 161 and 646 euros and a loss of 5 license points, with a license suspension of between one and three months for those who repeat the offence within two years, according to Corriere della Sera.

But the penalties are often dismissed in court due to lack of evidence, which has led to a rise in investigators seizing drivers’ electronic devices after serious accidents in order to determine whether they were caused by phone-related distractions.

Police are currently investigating whether illicit cell phone use was involved in a major accident which took place outside Bologna last Monday, where a tanker truck collided with a lorry on a motorway, killing the driver and injuring 145 others(TheLocal)

coastline in italy

48 per cent of seawater samples taken from Italy's coastline are polluted.

Legambiente's Goletta Verde ship, which has travelled the length of Italy's coastline every year for the last three decades taking samples of seawater to test for pollution, completed its journey on August 12th. The results show that levels of pollution in Italy's coastline waters are rising.

The environmental institute found that 48 per cent of all the samples it collected in Italy's 15 coastal regions show signs of pollution.

Goletta Verde's team of scientists analyzed more than 300 samples of water from along Italy's coastline and found that 39 per cent were "heavily polluted," while a further 9 per cent also showed signs of substantial pollution.

Lack of sewage treatment is the main cause, states Legambiente's final report. "Poor purification is, in fact, an environmental emergency that must be tackled urgently since we have also been ordered to pay a fine of 25 million euros to the EU, plus 30 million every six months until we are in good standing," Giorgio Zampetti, Legambiente's director, said in the statement.

The mouths of rivers are the points where the highest levels of pollution were identified. Of 149 examined, 106 resulted polluted.

The coastline in Liguria, Tuscany and Sicily are the most polluted, according to a map by Legambiente which outlines the results. The waters around the island of Sardinia are the cleanest. The Legambiente results from 2018 show an 8 per cent increase in pollution since 2017.

More than 40 per cent of Italian coastline is polluted.

Legambiente's report covered the entire expanse of Italy's coastline – islands and peninsula – but focused on "abandoned waters," or 170-kilometres of coast where 556 watercourses run into the sea but are not regularly monitored by Italy's Ministry of Health, according to the environmental activists.

Legambiente also launched the #NoOil campaign, which aims to pressure Italy's Minister of Economic Development Luigi di Maio to stop the extraction of fossil fuels.

"In our seas, research and extraction activities of hydrocarbons put at risk over 120 thousand square kilometers: there are 67 production concessions, 138 oil rigs and 24 exploration permits to which a further 34 could be added," states Legambiente.

Beach areas are similarly polluted, according to the results. Of 78 beaches examined (the equivalent of 60 football pitches), 50,000 items of waste were identified – 620 every 100 metres. 80 per cent of all the waste was plastic. Plastic bottles, bottle tops, dishes and plastic bags were the most prominent waste items.

In at least eight areas where swimming is officially banned, the organization found that only one had signs on display to warn people not to enter the water.

Since the beginning of 2018, Legambiente volunteers have cleaned up 500 Italian beaches. (The Local)

NOTIZIE DALL’ITALIA   Il mito dell’eterna giovinezza ha i giorni contati,
l’evoluzione sociale lo ha reso inutile.

Imagine ourselves young as we ageIl miraggio dell’eterna giovinezza, conquista assurda e infingarda attraverso la quale la pubblicità ci induce astutamente a comprare ogni tipo di prodotto, dalle creme che promettono di riportare la pelle ad uno stato di grazia primigenia, spianando rughe per riguadagnare la paffuta morbidezza del culetto di un bambino, ad abiti che ci dovrebbero far apparire come liceali, e che invece ci regalano dosi massicce di ridicolo, sembra avere i giorni contati.

Viviamo un’epoca incerta e tumultuosa alquanto, ma quel perdiamo da un lato in termini di diritti e conquiste, lo guadagniamo dall’altro perché il progresso, almeno nell’estetica, non si può arrestare.

E allora ben vengano i nuovi ideali di bellezza inclusivi, riconosciuti infine anche dall’industria del beauty, sempre pronta a farci sentire non all’altezza, sempre incline a pompar le insicurezza fino a spingerci sul baratro dell’acquisto permanente.

Oggi invece vale tutto: ogni colore di pelle, ogni tipo di capelli e, udite udite, ogni spettro di età. Del resto, con l’aspettativa media di vita che si allunga in maniera considerevole, sarebbe sciocco tagliare via dal messaggio una fetta consistente di pubblico, peraltro dotato di un forte potere di spesa. Ecco allora che in pubblicità si moltiplicano modelle e modelli con i capelli bianchi e qualche ruga esibita con non celato orgoglio.

Ecco anche le glorie del passato, da Naomi Campbell a Christy Turlington, che continuano a solcare magnifiche e indisturbate le passerelle. Certo, queste ultime donne non sono nemmeno cinquantenni, ma considerato che il loro apogeo fu negli anni Novanta, e non dimenticando che molte delle star di oggi sono a mala pena adolescenti, la conquista invero è notevole.

Mentre ci godiamo il redivivo fascino degli anta, accettandoci per come siamo, difetti inclusi perché ci rendono uniche e unici, non resta che da chiedersi come mai tanto amore per le età non-standard, proprio adesso. Semplice: un uomo e una donna maturi sono il contrario dello stereotipo. Si portano i segni della propria storia addosso, e questo regala carattere. E poi, insomma, ormai è chiaro: l’età è solo un numero. O no? (ItalPlanet)



The agreement between the Vatican and the Dante has been renewed once again for the year 2018. It allows us to visit the museums at a lower price and get in front of the long lines simply by presenting the Dante Society membership card. The cost to visit the Museums is 16 euros per person, and 1 euro if you decide to purchase the Art and Faith DVD on the Treasures of the Vatican. The Dante membership card may be obtained by contacting Rhonda Hopkins at 720-596-4169,, or Gianfranco Marcantonio at 303-494-3080 .

For additional privileges for Dante members while in Italy, please visit the following site:


Cultural Meetings

September 14
October 12
November 9


Concert/Auction October 6

Election of Officers Nov. 9

Christmas Party Dec. 8


Language –  Fall begins September 17

NOTE: Cultural meetings, movies, and cooking classes take place at Mt. Carmel Church Parish Hall, 3549 Navajo St., Denver.

Language classes are taught at Mt. Carmel Church Office.