Società Dante Alighieri (SDA)
is a society that promotes the Italian culture and language around the world..
Formed in Italy in July 1889, the society takes its name from the Florentine pre- Renaissance poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). His magnum opus The Divine Comedy (Divina Commedia) is considered pivotal in world literature, and a masterpiece of writing in the Italian language. It is for this reason that he is considered the father of la lingua italiana.
With the central aim 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", Società Dante Alighieri operates throughout the world, with over 400 branches in Italy itself and over a hundred more and growing throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa & Oceania.
The organization was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Communications and Humanities (along with the Alliance Française, British Council, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes and Instituto Camões) in 2005.
In June 2009, Società Dante Alighieri and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministero degli Affari Esteri) signed a memorandum of agreement regarding the protection and promotion of the Italian language.
Who is Dante Alighieri?
Dante Alighieri May/June c. 1265 - September 14, 1321), commonly known as Dante, was an italian poet of the Middle Ages. His central work, the Divina Commedia (originally called Commedia and later called Divina (”devine”) by Boccaccio, is often considered one of the greatest literary works composed in the italian language...