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  • Chris Matthews – Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

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    Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (Evening)

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

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    MSNBC anchor and renowned Kennedy expert, Chris Matthews, joins us to discuss his newest New York Times Best Seller– Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.

    Robert F. Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy’s younger brother and attorney general in the Kennedy administration, was assassinated on June 5th, 1968. At the time of his death, “Bobby,” as he was affectionately known, was a US Senator from New York, and had just defeated Senator Eugene McCarthy in the California and South Dakota presidential primaries.

    Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Matthews provides a portrait of Bobby Kennedy’s life, from his early years and his start in politics to the role he played in his brother’s administration and, finally, his run for president. Calling Kennedy that “rare combination of pragmatist and idealist,” Matthews writes about how he was able to connect with voters from all walks of life, whether young or old, black or white, rich or poor.

    Following his remarks, Matthews will be joined on stage by Kennedy’s daughter, former Maryland Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, for a discussion of her father’s life.

    The book will be avaliable for purchase and signing.

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


  • Sanford J Ungar

    Sanford J. Ungar – The Paradox of Free Speech In America Today

    Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (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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    Never has speech been freer in the United States, legally speaking, than it is today. Yet never have we had a harder time figuring out how to implement and enjoy that freedom. Ungar will discuss the exquisite dilemmas and agonizing crises over free speech on college campuses, in civil society, and in national and local politics.

    Ungar, director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University, is president emeritus of Goucher College. Formerly, he was director of the Voice of America and dean of the School of Communication at American University. He is the author or editor of six nonfiction books.

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


  • Peter Baker

    Baker (002)Peter Baker, NY Times – Obama: The Call of History

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 (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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    Before he started covering President Trump, Peter Baker, The New York Times Chief White House correspondent, covered the Obama White House for eight years. Baker comes to the WNDC to talk about his book on the 44th president, Obama: The Call of History. The book is a survey of the first black president’s two terms in office, with stunning color photos. It covers President Obama’s victories, defeats, and evolving legacy.

    Baker also covered the White House for The Washington Post during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is the author of three other books and has won several awards, including the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency (twice) and the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for White House Reporting (also twice). He has been described as the “go-to journalist and sage on recent US presidential events.”

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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


  • Wine & Cheese Happy Hour January 2018

    wine and cheeseWine & Cheese Happy Hour

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:30 – 7:00pm

    EVENT TYPE: Happy Hour

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    The Membership Committee invites all members to join us at the Whittemore House for a Wine and Cheese Happy Hour. We especially want to encourage new members to participate, as it is a perfect occasion to network and socialize, and get to know your other club members while enjoying a special assortment of cheeses and wines.

    Special guest: Julie Kantor, Founder & CEO of Twomentor, LLC. She will talk about mentoring women in the workplace.

    PRICE: $10 per person. Includes one glass of wine. This is a Members Only Event.


  • Social Role of the Arts: This is Palestine

    palestineSocial Role of the Arts Series

    Documentary Film: This is Palestine

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (Evening)

    TIME: Bar opens at 6:00pm, followed by Film Screening at 6:30pm, and Discussion at 7:30pm

    EVENT TYPE: Film Screening & Speaker Reception

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    While traveling through the West Bank and Gaza with Trocaire, an Irish charitable organization, filmmaker John McColgan, founder of Riverdance, interviews Israelis and Palestinians affected by the conflict. The film also depicts those Israelis and Palestinians who are working for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. McColgan also met with Israeli activists who campaign on behalf of Palestinian communities living under military occupation. The documentary was released in June 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank and illustrates the urgent need to bring peace to all the people of Israel and Palestine.

    Stella O’Leary, President of Irish American Democrats PAC, will discuss the ways in which the lessons learned in the Northern Ireland peace agreement could be applied to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Her remarks will be followed by Q & A.

    PRICE: $20 Members: $25 Non-Members. Includes buffet. Cash Bar.


  • Together We Rise: The Women’s March Behind the Scenes

    wmwTogether We Rise: The Women’s March – Behind the Scenes At The Protest Heard Around the World

    A Conversation with March Organizers and Amy Siskind

    Thursday, January 18, 2018 (Evening)

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    On January 21, 2017, the day after Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, more than three million marchers of all ages and walks of life took to the streets as part of the largest global protest in modern history. In red states and blue states, in small towns and major urban centers, people from eighty-two countries on all seven continents rose up in solidarity to voice a common message: Hear our voice.

    Join us as we celebrate, honor, and hear from the March organizers in conversation with journalist and President of The New Agenda, Amy Siskind, and other special guests who will be discussing the book about the March and plans for 2018.

    Compiled by Women’s March organizers, in partnership with Condé Nast and Glamour magazine Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive, Together We Rise — published for the one-year anniversary of the event — is the complete chronicle of this remarkable uprising. For the first time, Women’s March organizers, including Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour, tell their personal stories and reflect on their collective journey in an oral history written by Jamia Wilson, writer, activist, and director of The Feminist Press. They provide an inside look at how the idea for the event originated, how it was organized, how it became a global movement that surpassed their wildest expectations, and how they are sustaining and building on the widespread outrage, passion, and determination that sparked it.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE:  $20 Members; $25 Non-members. $15 Young Dems. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar.


  • US Role in a Changing World: John Feffer on North Korea

    John FefferUS Role in a Changing World Series

    North Korea: How Did We Get to the Brink of War and What Comes Next?
    John Feffer, Institute for Policy Studies

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (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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    More than 60 years after the Korean War, the United States and North Korea have returned to the brink of war. How did the two countries get to this point? What roles do South Korea and China play in sharpening or defusing the conflict? Is there still a chance to avert catastrophe? John Feffer has traveled several times to North Korea and is the author of North Korea, South Korea: US Policy at a Time of Crisis. He will discuss the origins of the current crisis and the different options now facing US policymakers.

    Feffer, Director, Foreign Policy In Focus, Institute for Policy Studies, last spoke here Spring 2017 on the political role of storytelling. Besides his day job as a foreign policy expert, he also is a novelist, playwright, and performer.

    Two books will be available for purchase and signing.
    Aftershock: A Journey Into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams (University of Chicago Press, 2017)
    Splinterlands (Haymarket Books, 2016)

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


  • The Newspaperman Film Screening with Sally Quinn

    lossy-page1-1200px-Sally_Quinn.tifThe Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee
    Film Screening, followed by Discussion with Sally Quinn

    Thursday, January 25, 2018 (Evening)

    TIME:  Bar opens at 6:30pm. Introduction at 6:30pm, followed by Film Screening at 7:00pm, Discussion Q&A at 8:15pm

    EVENT TYPE: Film Screening & Speaker Reception

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    John Maggio’s award-winning documentary, The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee, which premiered on HBO December 4, is a must-see for all who care about the First Amendment and the importance of a free press in sustaining our democracy.

    This intimate portrait of storied Washington Post editor Bradlee, the groundbreaking editor who brought down the Nixon White House with the Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, could not be more relevant at a time that eerily parallels the Watergate era. Told primarily in his own words, The

    Newspaperman traces his career, which spanned the most critical moments of the second half of the 20th century, and also provides a look into his personal world, with home movies, photographs, archival footage, and interviews with a who’s who of American journalism, Washington insiders, and family and friends.

    Following the film, join Bradlee’s widow, Washington Post journalist, author, and TV commentator Sally Quinn for a discussion of the film and her husband’s impact on the world of journalism.

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


  • Pollster of the Year Anna Greenberg

    Anna headshot (002)“Pollster of the Year” Anna Greenberg: Past and Future Voter Impact

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (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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    Hear from Anna Greenberg, of Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, the 2014 AAPC “Pollster of the Year,” about her thoughts on the November 2017 Democratic election successes, and indications for the 2018 midterm elections and a possible reorganization of Congressional leadership.

    Greenberg has over 15 years of experience polling in the political, non-profit, and academic sectors. She joined GQRR in 2001, after teaching public opinion and survey research methodology at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

    Greenberg works with a wide range of NGOs on issues ranging from women’s health to LGBT rights to attitudes about religion to reducing gun violence to reforming drug laws. She heads GQR Digital and is a leader in the growing field of data analytics and micro-targeting, measuring the impact of social media on public opinion and using social media to move voters, consumers, and activists.

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


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