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Upcoming Events

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  • Jay Newton-Small: Changing Aging One Story at a Time

     jay newton smallChanging Aging One Story at a Time:

    A Conversation with Journalist, Entrepreneur and Author Jay Newton-Small, Founder of MemoryWell

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: Bar opens at 6:00pm. Lecture 6:30pm, followed by book signing at 7:30pm.

    TYPE: Author Reception

     

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    Come meet and hear from Jay Newton-Small and learn about her new endeavor MemoryWell, a national network of more than 350 journalists who tell the life stories of those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia in order to improve their care.

    Previously, Newton-Small was Washington correspondent for TIME Magazine, where she remains a contributor. At TIME she covered politics as well as stories on five continents from conflicts in the Middle East to the earthquake in Haiti and the November 2015 Paris terror attacks. She has written more than half a dozen TIME cover stories and interviewed numerous heads of state, including Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

    She authored the 2016 best selling book, Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works.

    Before TIME, Newton-Small was a reporter for Bloomberg News, where she covered the White House and politics.

    Newton-Small received an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Art History from Tufts University. She is a 2017 Halcyon Incubator fellow, a 2016-2017 New America fellow and a 2015 Harvard Institute of Politics fellow. She is the 2016 winner of the prestigious Dirksen Award for congressional reporting and the 2016 Deadline Club award for community service reporting.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.


     

     

  • Tree of Life: Turkish Cuisine

    turkish foodTree of Life: Turkish Cuisine in Context of Turkey’s Political and Cultural History

    Tuesday, September 12 (Luncheon)

    TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served;
    1-2 pm – Presentation and Q & A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    When Angie Brenner, a former independent bookseller, and career journalist Joy Stocke met on the balcony of a guesthouse on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, they discovered a shared love of history, literature, and local food traditions. Stocke and Brenner set off on a ten-year cultural/culinary adventure to all of Turkey’s borders.  Along the way, they were invited into home and professional kitchens where they learned the history of and how to make drinks and dishes such as Turkish coffee, introduced by Sufi Dervishes, as well as sophisticated dishes from the Ottoman court, such as Circassian Chicken. Stocke and Brenner are authors of the memoir Anatolian Days and Nights and the cookbook, Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking. Join the authors for a conversation about the rich and varied cuisine of Turkey in context of the country’s culture and political history, and its trade routes, as well as the origin of staples such as wheat.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only


     

  • Republic for Which We Stand Panel Discussion

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    Republic for Which We Stand – Panel Discussion with the Creative Team and Cast

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (Lunch)

    TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served; 1-2 pm – Presentation and Q & A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    It’s 1787 in Philadelphia on the eve of the Constitutional Convention.  Playwright John Henry, director Rick Davis and cast members Gail Kitch, Faith Lewis and WNDC President Nuchhi Currier share their insights on the new play coming to the WNDC for its DC premiere on September 22.

    Mixed with comedy and music, the play stages a fictionalized soirée with the Founding Fathers and Mothers — including Washington and Madison, and Martha and Dolly, and Hamilton (the villain) — foreshadowing how three generations of Presidential wars have turned what the Founders created on its head.

    Last year’s presentation of WNDC member Henry’s first play Arguing with God staged a fascinating examination of politics and gender in the Old Testament. “Republic” follows in that tradition by spotlighting the role of powerful women in American and European history.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Panel only


     

  • Fall New Member Reception 2017

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    Fall New Member Reception

    Thursday, September 14, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:30pm-6:30pm

    EVENT TYPE: Member Reception

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    Please join WNDC officers, Board members, and other members to enjoy refreshments and a complimentary soft drink, wine, or cocktail.  Learn about opportunities to take part in the work and fun of WNDC. All new members who joined since January 2017 are especially invited to get to know WNDC members and to learn more about the Club. Guests are also welcomed.

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    Front, 1st row: Carla Washington, Heather McCabe, Megan Bailiff, Shakira Pollard, Katelyn Moga, Mary Ann McLaurin, Natasha McKenzie, MaryEva Candon (VP for Administration)
    2nd row: Maria Ross (VP for Membership), Shelby Buettner, MacKenzie Condon, Beth Hadley, Amy Clark
    3rd row: Nuchhi Currier, Tim Bloomquist, Lauren Kunze, LaToria Eason Brent, Jaunita Flessas, Sarah Barnett, Britt Lake, Erie Meyer, Megan Smith

    PRICE: This event is free, but registration is required.


     

  • Margaret Kepner Exhibition

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    Fall Art Exhibition Reception

    Margaret Kepner: PATTERNS+COLORS+SHAPES

    Thursday, September 14, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Ballroom

    TYPE: Art Exhibition Reception

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    Margaret’s work involves the artistic expression of logical systems through attributes such as pattern, color, and shape. Her math background yields a rich supply of subject matter to explore, including puzzles and games. Her interest in art provides a visual vocabulary and cultural references. She enjoys combining ideas from seemingly unrelated areas. For example, the solution to a puzzle may be translated into colors and shapes to produce a design suggesting a traditional quilt pattern. In the current WNDC exhibition, Margaret Kepner presents a selection of her prints, all of which derive from mathematical concepts transformed into a highly individual and multilayered art form.

    Margaret Kepner is an artist living in Washington, DC. She has always been inspired by the beauty of art and the logic of mathematics. As a child, she so loved drawing intricate geometric patterns, it was predicted she would grow up to ‘design wallpaper.’ Margaret attended Vassar College, where she majored in Mathematics with minors in Art and Physics. Following a fellowship in Europe, she earned a Masters Degree in Mathematics from New York University. Margaret’s career has included a variety of positions: radio astronomer, high-school math teacher, computer programmer, and information systems manager at an international institution. Recently, she has had more time to concentrate on her lifelong interest in developing connections between mathematics and art.

    PRICE: This event is free, but registration is required.


     

     

     

  • Heather Booth: Changing the World

    heather boothHeather Booth: Changing the World 

    Tuesday, September 19th (Evening)

    TIME: Bar opens at 6:00pm. Introduction 6:30pm, followed by Film Screening at 7:00pm, Discussion Q & A at 8:30pm.

    TYPE: Film Reception & Screening

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    Learn how social changes happens, meet and hear from renowned organizer and activist Heather Booth, and see the new documentary about her life and work Heather Booth: Changing the World.

    Heather Booth is the most influential person you never heard of. The newest film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lilly Rivlin, HEATHERBOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD is an inspiring look at how social change happens.

    Booth, a renowned organizer and activist, began her remarkable career at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Through her life and work this inspiring film explores many of the most pivotal moments in progressive movements that altered our history over the last fifty years: from her involvement with Fannie Lou Hamer and the Freedom Summer Project, to her founding of the JANE Underground in 1964, to her personal relationships with respected leaders such as Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

    HEATHER BOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD blends interviews from close friends, clients, political colleagues and current Midwest Academy students to explore Heather’s legacy in progressive politics and organizing.

    Stay after the film for a discussion with subject Heather Booth.

    PRICE: $15 Members; $20 Non-members. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.


     

  • Republic for Which We Stand – The Play

    republic_origRepublic for Which We Stand – The Play

     Washington DC premiere performance

    Friday, September 22, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:30-8:00pm

    TYPE: Play

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    John Henry’s new play Republic For Which We Stand portrays the behind-the-scenes struggle of the founding fathers and mothers in designing the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787.
    While they wait for a convention quorum, George and Martha Washington stage three plays that dramatize the conquests of the three great warrior kings in Medieval England: William the Conqueror, Edward III and Henry V. After each performance, George and Martha, together with James and Dolly Madison and George and Sarah Mason, spar with Alexander Hamilton over the meaning and vision of the American Revolution.
    Filled with humor and contemporary references, Republic represents the “Citizen Theater” style of political satire that originated in Greece 2500 years ago. The two-dozen citizen actors include WNDC President Nuchhi Currier.
    Republic for Which We Stand is directed by Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Professor of Theater at George Mason University.

    For a review about the play Republic for Which We Stand, please see the following article in “The American Conservative” Magazine by Club member David Hoffman:

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/a-play-against-perpetual-war/

    PRICE: $30 Members/ $40 Non-Members


     

  • Tour of Pen Arts Building and Gen Fed of Women’s Clubs Headquarters

     

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    Historic Pen Arts Building and General Federation of Women’s Clubs Headquarters
    (followed by Lunch after)

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    TIME:  Arrive at WNDC by 10:00 am. Walk to Pen Arts (17th and N St. NW), then to General Federation (1734 N St. NW).  Optional lunch at 12:3o pm, Iron Gate Restaurant (separate purchase).

    EVENT TYPE: Tours & Lunch

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    (Image above, left) Pen Arts: Built in 1887 by Sara Adams Whittemore (who later built WNDC’s Whittemore House in 1894), it has been the headquarters of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) since 1951. Although it shares similarities with the Whittemore House, Pen Arts is more Victorian. It features a spacious, ornately carved mahogany entrance hall and curved staircase, an elegant parlor and dining room.  Its most famous occupant was the eldest son of Abraham Lincoln, Robert Todd Lincoln who lived there with his wife, Mary, and their three adult children.

    (Image above, right) GFWC Headquarters: Retired Rear Admiral William Radford built this grand home in 1875, and it later housed other notable figures.  The main rooms are exquisitely decorated in the fashion of the last owners, John and Grace Hoffman White, who bought the home in 1908. They sold it to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1922 as their headquarters. They installed a small elevator (still operable after 95 years!).  A solarium off the living room overlooks the former carriage house, which GFWC leases to the Iron Gate Restaurant. The mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991.

    PRICE: Tour only, $15 Members; $20 Non-members


     

  • US Role in a Changing World Series: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

    wilkerson squareUS Role in a Changing World Series:

    Col. Lawrence (Larry) Wilkerson: The Future of Our National Security State

    Thursday, September 28, 2017 (Luncheon)

    TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served; 1-2 pm – Presentation and Q&A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

     

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    Since the passage of the 1947 National Security Act, the United States has been embarked on a second state-building effort, following that begun by the Founding Fathers in 1787, but with a very different outcome. The first effort produced an imperfect but reasonably liberal democratic republic; the second effort produced an illiberally democratic national security state. The existential question today is: can that national security state endure much longer and, if not, what will replace it and how and by whom will it be built?

    Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Professor at William and Mary and The George Washington University since 2006, retired from active U.S. Army service in 1997 and then worked in the State Department until 2005. For most of those years he served under Gen. Colin Powell, including as his Special Assistant when Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as Chief of Staff when Powell was Secretary of State.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only


     

  • Deborah Tannen

    tannen squareDeborah Tannen: The Language of Women’s Friendships and the Double Bind Faced by Women in Authority.

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: Bar opens at 6:30 pm. Program begins at 7:00pm, followed by book signing

    TYPE: Author Reception

     

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    Deborah Tannen, author of The New York Times bestseller You Just Don’t Understand, will talk about her new book You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships.  Based on stories and conversations gleaned while interviewing eighty women ranging in age from 9 to 97 – stories that are as amusing as they are revealing – Tannen illustrates patterns of communication and mis-communication that affect friendships at different stages of women’s lives. In her talk, she also will explore how insights into women’s friendships shed light on the double bind that affects women in positions of authority, and the role it played in the 2016 election. For example, girls’ expectations that friends be “the same,” seen in comments like, “I feel the same way,” and “I know what you mean, the same thing happened to me,” can lead to resentment of girls who stand out—and the paradox that popular girls are often disliked. Tannen will show how such examples of girls’ and women’s friendships hold keys to the double bind that confronts women in authority, and to many of the reactions to Hillary Clinton.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. Includes Hors d’Oeuvres. Cash Bar.


     

     

  • Marjorie J Spruill

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    Thursday, October 26, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: Bar opens at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7:00pm, followed by book signing

    TYPE: Author Reception

     

     

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    The 1970s will be seen as a pivotal time in our history as feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation – as Democrats continued to support the modern women’s movement and Republicans recast themselves as the party of “family values.” Historian Marjorie J. Spruill uses the polarization of that period as a lens to trace women’s issues in politics up through the 2016 election.  In her new book Divided We Stand, Spruill provides a detailed account of the National Women’s Conference, which was held in November of 1977 in Houston, Texas, and attended by 2,000 elected delegates and 20,000 observers from across the United States  — the first and only bi-partisan federally-funded women’s conference in U.S. history. Her talk will provide critical insights into the conference itself as well as what can be seen as a 40-year rift between liberals and conservatives in America.  Spruill will be the keynote speaker at a reunion commemorating the 40th anniversary of the National Women’s Conference, which will take place at the University of Houston on November 5-7, 2017.

    (http://classweb.uh.edu/iwynatlwomensconf/)

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.


     

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