Celebrating Epiphany 2020

Join us to celebrate Epiphany with your child and a visit by the Befana! Please bring your own stocking and some cookies to share.

Event time 1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Bloomfield Hills Public Library
1099 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Twp, MI 48302

1:00-2:00pm   Children Creative activities
2:00-4:00pm – Interactive Film Screening: The Legend of The Christmas Witch (La Befana Vien di Notte)
(The Befana will fill the children’s stockings while they are enjoying the  fun activities and watching the film.

Reservation is closed!

Celebrating Dante @ Belle Isle


Italy: The Fairy-Godmother of Literary Fairy Tales”

Please join us for a special Caffè & Cultura with Silvia Giorgini-Althoen.

“Italy: The Fairy-Godmother of Literary Fairy Tales”.

Fairy tales have captured our imagination for centuries and they still do. In this presentation we will see how the literary fairy tale began in Italy long before Perrault and before the Brothers Grimm made it famous.
We will see how Italian traditions and folktales created a popular new genre.  From Straparola to Rodari, Italian authors have provided the fairy-tale genre with unforgettable characters stemming from our rich culture and folklore.

Sunday, May 3, 2020 @ 4:30pm
Where: DAS of Michigan  – 4050 West Maple Rd, Ste 250 – Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Registration is required by May 1, 2020


Italian American Foodways: Migration and Politics of Taste by Simone Cinotto

Join us  for a Presentation and Meet & Greet with Professor Simone Cinotto this coming 22 November 2019, as he discusses  his title, “Italian American Foodways: Migration and Politics of Taste“.

Where:The Henderson Room (Third floor) @ Michigan League – University of Michigan
Address: 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Friday, November 22, 2019 – 5:30pm-7:00pm
This event is organized, in conjunction with the IV Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, by the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan the Consulate of Italy in Detroit, and Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago, in collaboration with the and the Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation (IACLCF) and the Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan.

The event is free and open to the public.
Online registration is required by Nov. 20, 2019, please register below.

Food has been a vital factor in the experience of Italian immigrants to the United States at the turn of the twentieth century as well as the American-born generations of their children and grandchildren. Food provided them with a widely shared means of cultural identification, social cohesion, and economic opportunities. Italian American family and community life were centered on food rituals such as Italian Sunday Dinner. After having been seen with suspect at the beginning of the century, Italian restaurants and American popular culture popularized immigrant cuisine among Americans of non-Italian descent, making food an inescapable feature of the public identity of Italian Americans. Even much of the transnational relationships with the diasporic home across the Atlantic was actually based on food, as food has always represented a most relevant share of Italian exports to the United States. Since the 1970s, a new, smaller, group of Italian immigrants—chefs, cookbook writers, TV show hosts—has introduced a new template of Italian cuisine in America, insisting on the notion of authenticity, and becoming an integral and dynamic part of the American “food revolution.” Arguably nothing more and better than food represents Italian America, its history, and the continuous two-way flows of people, goods, and ideas between Italy and the United States in the twentieth century and beyond.

Simone Cinotto is Associate Professor of Modern History at the Università di Scienze Gastronomiche in Pollenzo, Italy, where he is the Director of the master’s program “Master of Gastronomy: World Food Cultures and Mobility.” He has been Visiting Professor at Indiana University (2017), the Department of Italian Studies at New York University (2008-2010), and the School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London (2015-2019). He has also been Visiting Scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU (2013-2015) and Fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University (2004). Cinotto is the author of The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and Soft Soil Black Grapes: The Birth of Italian Winemaking in California (New York University Press, 2012); the editor of Making Italian America: Consumer Culture and the Production of Ethnic Identities (Fordham University Press, 2014), which won the 2015 John G. Cawelti Award for the Best Textbook/Primer of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association; and the coeditor, with Hasia Diner, of Global Jewish Foodways: A History (University of Nebraska Press, 2018). Cinotto has three books in preparation: Cibo: A Modern History of Italian Food (Oxford University Press); The Puerto Ricans and Italians of New York: Migration and Mobilization in the Atlantic World; and Transatlantic Emotions: The Mental and Intimate Biography of an Italian Immigrant to America, 1905-1942. Cinotto is the Co-Editor of Gastronomica and on the editorial board of Food, Culture, and Society and Global Food History among other journals and book series. He organized a joint conference with NYU and the University of Toronto titled “Food Mobilities: Making World Cuisines” (Pollenzo, Italy, June 5-9, 2019), which will also develop into a book.


IV Week of Italian Cuisine in the World

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, under the Auspices of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit, with the collaboration of the Federazione Abruzzese del Michigan and the Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation (IACLCF)
“The Extraordinary Italian Taste, VI Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo”
“Educazione alimentare: la cultura del gusto”.

This year, Italian Cuisine Week in the World – in its fourth edition  –  aims to promote Italy’s agri-food industry and the tradition of high-quality food and wine which is so central to the Italian identity and culture.

DAS of Michigan will celebrate the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills, where the grapes that produce the famous Prosecco sparkling wine are grown, got the green light at a meeting of Unesco’s World Heritage Committee in Baku.

Prosecco Hills Of Italy Named UNESCO World Heritage Site – Aperitivo all’Italiana

Where: Castle Hall – Grand Army of the Republic
1942 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226 United States

Ticket price:
$60.00 DAS Members – $70.00 Non Members
Five Prosecco Tasting & Italian Appetizers)
Learn about the Hills home of the wonderful DOCG –  DOC – Superiore DOCG Prosecco’s

Space is limited. Reservation is required in advance. No ticket at the door.

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The Nativity Scene – Natale in Casa Cupiello

DAS is always striving to develop new programs to inspire, educate and engage the community.
Please join us on December 17, 2019 at The Village Players of Birmingham for the performance of The Nativity Scene 
(Natale in casa Cupiello) by Eduardo De Filippo.
The cast is formed by a wonderful group of volunteers committed to dedicate their free time to make this event fun and exciting.

Thank You, Cast!

The translation of the play into English was done by Wayne State University Italian 6700 –Performing Italy students led by Prof. Elena Past. Thank You, WSU Italian 6700!

Organized by the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan in collaboration with the N.O.I. Foundation (Nuovi Orizzonti Italiani) in conjunction with the XIX Week of Italian Language in the World “L’italiano sul palcoscenico”.  Under the Auspices of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit.

Natale in Casa Cupiello, a play written by the great Eduardo De Filippo in 1931, is part of Italy’s Christmas tradition. In Naples, Luca Cupiello and his wife Concetta, try to get ready for Christmas while their children Ninuccia and Tommasino complicate the whole preparations. Ninuccia is in love with Tommasino’s best friend Vittorio and wants to leave her husband Nicolino. The plot develops around Christmas Eve dinner and the story precipitates when Nicolino understands his wife’s intentions. Luca has a stroke caused by the stress and until is last breath tries to save her daughter’s marriage and to convince his son Tommasino about the importance of the Christmas tradition of the Presepe. Luca is preparing the Presepe, explaining this art to his son Tommasino: each ”pastore” has its own place, there are the mountains, the small houses in the back to give depth to the scene, the shack where baby Jesus comes to life, and the real waterfall coming down from the mountains. Tommasino keeps repeating that he does not like the Presepe and his dad gets seriously offended. After various attempts to change his mind, Luca troughs him out of the house, saying that there is no place for someone who does not like the Presepe in his house…”

The play will take place on December 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm at The Village Players in Birmingham, Michigan. Your support will be highly appreciated. All funds will be used to pay expenses, finance DAS free cultural activities, and  support Italian language classes in the Public Schools within the jurisdiction of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit.

The Dante Alighieri Society-Michigan Chapter is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible> Sponsorships available | Program Advertising | Booklet size 5.5×8.5 – Download  the application form here

Tickets are sold by the sections only, subject to availability. First Come First Served.


Gino Bartali: The Invisible Hero

To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, every year, the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan organizes activities commemorating those Italians who suffered persecution under the Nazi occupation during World War II and as a result of the Racial Laws imposed by the Fascist government.

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan in collaboration with the Consulate of Italy in Detroit
Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago,

Gino Bartali: The Invisible Hero
Three-time Giro champion helped save the lives of 800 Jews during the Holocaust.
We invite you to a Meet and Greet with Special Guest Speaker: Gioia Bartali
Grand-Daughter of Gino Bartali 

When: Sunday, January 26, 2020 – Time: 4:00pm-6:30:pm
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center: 1516 S Cranbrook Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009

Documentary  screening :
My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes, by Oren Jacoby
MY ITALIAN SECRET tells a heroic story that was all but lost to history. The film recounts how WWII bicycling idol Gino Bartali, physician Giovanni Borromeo and other Italians worked with Jewish leaders and high-ranking officials of the Catholic Church, risking their lives by defying the Nazis to save thousands of Italy’s Jews.

DAS Members: $8.00
Non Members $10.00
Price includes:
Documentary Screening;
Light Refreshments
No tickets at the door!  Reservation and payment required by January 23, 2020
The Dante Alighieri Society – Michigan Chapter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
All member due and donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


Giving Shape to Falstaff | XIX Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo

XIX Edizione della Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel mondo: “L’italiano sul palcoscenico”

Organized under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, by 
the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan, with the support of the Federazione Abruzzese del Michigan, the Italian American Club of Livonia Charitable Foundation (IACLCF) in collaboration with the Italian Program in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne.
     Under the Auspices of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit.

When: October 17  Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Bloomfield Township Public Library
1099 Lone Pine Rd – Bloomfield Twp, 48302

Giving Shape to Falstaff

Giuseppe Verdi’s final operatic masterpiece, Falstaff, is a brilliant comedy that astonished the musical world, coming as it did from the imagination of an author whose previous operas were the very embodiment of Romantic drama and tragic action. Yet here was a fast-paced, sophisticated and witty score (the conductor Toscanini referred to it as “quicksilver”) written to an equally brilliant libretto inspired by Shakespeare. And to think that just a few years earlier, Verdi had wanted to retire from the theater altogether.
The back-story of how Falstaff came to be, of the collaboration between the great composer and his ingenious librettist Arrigo Boito, and of the crafty diplomacy and expert project-management of his publisher Giulio Ricordi, make for a tale every bit as fascinating as the plot of the opera itself.
The presentation will include images of sets and costumes from the opera’s premiere, preserved in the famous Ricordi Historical Archive of Milan.

Gabriele Dotto, a scholar specialized in 19th- and early 20th-Century Italian opera, is general editor of the critical editions of the operas of Puccini and co-general editor of those of Donizetti, both published by Casa Ricordi of Milan. He was the first managing editor of the Verdi critical edition (University of Chicago Press), for which he is preparing the edition of Falstaff. He is currently director of the Michigan State University Press and serves as director of scholarly initiatives at Milan’s Archivio Storico Ricordi.

This event is open to the public. Reservation is required by October 16th


Celebrating Dante’s Day

Celebrating the Dante  Alighieri Society’s 130th  Anniversary at beautiful Belle Isle. (1889-2019)

Family event with games, picnic, and potluck.

When: September 14, 2019 – Time: 2-5pm
By the Statue of Dante in Belle Isle (Detroit)
 (Central Avenue & Vista Dr) – Shelter #11

Dear Members and friends of the Dante Alighieri Society, we are pleased to invite you to a Treasure Hunt to learn about Dante and the Dante Alighieri Society, which celebrates 130 years of its foundation.
We recommend you reserve your spot soon; shelter capacity is limited. 
Bring some of your Italian specialties to share.
DAS will provide soft drinks and fun activities for children and adults.

Rain or Shine

Please bring a dish to share. If your last name begins with:
A-F A vegetable salad/pasta salad
G-L A casserole/veggie dish
M-R An appetizer
S-Z A fruit dish or fruit salad
Please confirm your participation in order for us to plan accordingly.
The event is free to the public. A kind donations would be appreciated.


Italian Film Festival Detroit

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan is a proud sponsor of the Italian Film Festival Detroit.DetroitFlyer2019