The Società Dante Alighieri – La Dante – was founded in 1889 and, in 1893, it was established in Rome by Royal Decree of King Umberto I di Savoia for the purpose of preserving and promoting the Italian language and the wealth of cultural and social contributions of Italy to Western civilization.
The Society was named in honor of the father of Italian language, Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), by a group of prominent Italians under the leadership of the great poet Giosuè Carducci.
Since its foundation, the Società has established 500 chapters (comitati) both in Italy and throughout the world. Over the years, La Dante has become an international organization, presenting the arts, science, and literature, as well as the political, social, and economic life of contemporary Italy within the global context.
The Michigan Chapter of the Società Dante Alighieri is a non-profit Michigan organization, managed entirely by volunteers. Our diverse membership reflects all nationalities, vocations, and ages. Although we may belong to different age-groups, different national origins, and different interests, we all share our love for Italy and for Italian culture.
Membership in the Dante Alighieri Society Michigan Chapter is open to all who share an interest in the Italian culture and language.
Membership benefits include:
• Discount on Italian Language Classes
• Italian conversation groups
• Cultural events, lectures, and exhibits
• Subscription to Il Mosaico
• DVD Lending Library
• Regional cooking information
Agreements download the brochure here
Membership Category and Annual Dues (Jan-Dec of Each Year)
Senior Citizen (65 and over) $20
Part time student $15
Full time student with Student/College ID – Free Membership -contact Membership for details.
Please renew or apply for your DAS Memberships using the form.
Please indicate if you would be willing to serve on any of the following committees:
Please send all written communications via US mail to:
Dante Alighieri Society – Michigan Chapter
Attn: Membership Chair: 4050 West Maple Road, Ste # 250 – Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
The Dante Alighieri Society – Michigan Chapter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All member dues are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
For the past 95 years, the Dante Alighieri Society has aimed to be the “face” of Italian culture in southeastern Michigan.