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Upcoming Events

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  • SOCIAL ROLE OF THE ARTS SERIES: Drue Kataoka

    Drue Kataoka

    SOCIAL ROLE OF THE ARTS SERIES:

    Drue Kataoka – Merging Art and Technology for Social Impact

    Monday, June 26, 2017  

    TIME: 5:30 – 7:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    Continuing the discussion of the tremendous potential of arts to transform the world,  Technology Artist  Drue Kataoka will discuss bridges, intersections and connections (similar to her Merging Realms: Art, Science, and Social Awareness talk at DENT).  Drue will share her thoughts and experiences using her art at both the emotional and rational levels, to establish unusual connections and stimulate creativity and innovation with significant social impact using cutting edge technologies like virtual realitybrainwaves(EEG), and mobile platforms.

    About Drue Kataoka:

    Named a Young Global Leader & Cultural Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Drue was invited to give a solo exhibition in Davos.  Drue has also been a featured speaker at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016.  She is currently a member of the WEF Steering Committee on VR/AR/AI for the Creative Economy.  Drue is a 2017 Artist in Residence for Google VR (Tilt Brush).

    Celebrating American women’s “firsts,” Drue’s iconic image Now Is The Time was launched around the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign. The only artwork officially unveiled at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, it was featured in Forbes, Huff Po, US Weekly, TIME Motto, CNBC and others.  In 2017, she debuted a virtual reality artwork and social VR experience inspired by Now Is The Time.

    Drue’s piece “400,000 Is Not a Number” helped shine a light on the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits waiting for justice, and her “Touch Our Future” digital tapestry drew the attention & participation of dozens of Nobel Laureates and heads of state to help reduce infant mortality.

    Only 24 hours after its creation, Drue’s portrait of British M.P. and humanitarian Jo Cox flooded social media, newswires and TV.  Drue’s posters were carried by tens of thousands of people in Trafalgar Square, Batley, Dublin, Buenos Aires, New York, Washington DC, and many other cities, as a symbol of our shared humanity.

    PRICE: $20 Members, $25 Non-members. $10 Students with valid ID. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.


     

  • Richard O’Brien

    Rich_013d_CPyatteRichard O’Brien:
    The Most Influential Women World Leaders You Have Never Heard Of

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    TIME: 5:30 -7:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

     

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    Join us for Richard O’Brien’s discussion of his newly released book Women Presidents and Prime Ministers which chronicles the 107 women who have served their nations in this capacity. Ground breakers all, these amazing women come from a multitude of backgrounds – teachers, accountants, biologists, chemists, teachers, doctors, activists, journalists, engineers, soccer moms, dancers and even guerilla fighters. They share a common success in overcoming the daunting odds to rise to lead their nations. Many were jailed on the way there, or even tortured, or attacked. When they finally broke through the ultimate glass ceiling, what issues have almost all of them concentrated on? Are women leaders different from male leaders? What is a new strategy that is effectively increasing women’s leadership around the world? And can it be used here in the U.S?

    O’Brien is a human rights activist and educator. As the former Director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide, he presented in Congress, at the U.S State Dept., U.S AID, and the United Nations and on national TV and radio as an expert in human rights. At the University of South Florida, he instructed International Human Rights, Conflict in the Modern World, and Ideologies of the World and Women’s Issues at the secondary level. He recently served as Georgetown University’s Administrator for the Foreign Policy Immersion Program, and sits on the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Advisory Board at George Mason University. O’Brien has been a leader in the Democratic Party as a local Chair, Florida State Executive Board Member, multiple-caucus founder, candidate for mayor and advocate against racial profiling in Florida.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University, American University and Culver Military Academy.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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


     

  • Grassroots Coordinating Dialogue with the DNC

    Startup Stock PhotosGrassroots Coordinating Dialogue with the DNC

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

     

     

    TIME: Reception/Registration 6:30 -7:00 PM,

    Program 7:00 – 9:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Coordinating Meeting

     

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    The Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC) invites you to an exciting political event. The site of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DC hub of the Women’s March on Washington, the WNDC continues its efforts to help organize a successful resistance and a proactive campaign plan moving forward.

    The event is envisioned as a conversation between the DNC and grassroots organizations from DC, Maryland and Virginia. The purpose is to build momentum for outreach and electoral efforts prior to the upcoming elections in 2017, ‘18 and ‘20. We will learn and explore areas of cooperation and collaboration with the DNC in order to maximize our mutual effectiveness and avoid duplication of efforts and resources.

    Please RSVP below by Sunday, June 25, and kindly submit any questions/comments your group has for the DNC in the Google form.
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_dfH24SoLemWoko1Hstaz7ivW3KcnZwgVJsCcT24QcH_zBQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

    PRICE: This event is FREE. Cash Bar and food for sale.


     

  • Ori Soltes: God and the Goalposts

    SoltesOri Z. Soltes: God and the Goalposts:
    A Brief History of Sports, Religion, Politics, War and Art

    Thursday, June 29, 2017 (Luncheon)

    TIME: 11:30 AM – Bar opens; 12:15 PM – Lunch served;
    1:00-2:00 PM – Presentation and Q & A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    Georgetown Professor Ori Z. Soltes, noted for deep scholarship and entertaining talk, presents a page-turning, eclectic mix of contemporary (and historic) sports—from the gridiron to the basketball court and the Olympics track—that blends with rich detail the fascinating history of art and religion, war, and politics. Georgetown’s Director for Jewish Life Rabbi Rachel Gartner hails the book as a “triumphant example of the kind of intellectually thrilling and paradigm-shifting scholarship for which Dr. Soltes is so beloved!”

    From heroes in the Old Testament to today’s competitive athletes like Tim Tebow (first in football, now in baseball), Soltes delivers his trademark, often funny, always insightful narrative that
    underscores the frequent bloody narrative when the sometimes violent worlds of sports, politics, religion, and war collide, often in scripture, often in art.  From the sports locker-room to the
    campaign finish-line — and decisions to go to war, Soltes scores.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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


     

  • Wine and Cheese Happy Hour July

    wine and cheeseWine & Cheese Happy Hour

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME:  5:30—7:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Happy Hour

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

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


     

     

  • Lauren Strauss on Bella Abzug

    lauren straussProfessor Lauren Strauss – “Her Hat was in the Ring: Bella Abzug and her life in the Political Trenches”  

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (Lunch)

    TIME: 11:30 AM – Bar opens; 12:15 PM – Lunch served; 1:00-2:00 PM – Presentation and Q & A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    Pioneering lawyer, Congresswoman, advocate for Soviet Jewry, gay rights, civil and women’s rights and opponent of nuclear escalation, Bella Savitsky Abzug is still remembered today for her outsized personality and her activist career that stretched from the late 1940s to her death in the 1990s.  But she is much more than a sum of her famous causes; as a strongly identified Jewish woman who worked alongside radicals and yet served as a member of Congress, Abzug balanced her outsider status with her passion for the American political tradition.

    Dr. Lauren B. Strauss is Scholar in Residence at American University, where she teaches courses on modern Jewish history and literature.  She has also taught at GWU and the University of Maryland.  From 2012 to 2017, Dr. Strauss was Executive Director of the Foundation for Jewish Studies.

    She co-edited the book Mediating Modernity: Challenges and Trends in the Jewish Encounter with the Modern World and has published many academic articles. She is currently curating a museum exhibition on the history of the State of Israel, and finishing her book, Painting the Town Red: Jewish Visual Artists, Yiddish Culture, and Radical Politics in Interwar New York.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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

     


     

     

  • Alix Murdoch Preserving the Health of our Chesapeake Bay

    alexandra murdochAlix Murdoch—Preserving the Health of our Chesapeake Bay

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME:  5:30—7:00 PM. Discussion starts at 6:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    Our Chesapeake Bay shares the water sheds of six states and is part of our natural treasures on the Eastern seaboard. Alix Murdoch, Federal Policy director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will discuss the challenges confronting the Bay by the Trump Administration. She will discuss the issues the Bay has encountered throughout the years and the current status.

    Please join us and find out what we can do to help preserve this important natural habitat of ours.

    PRICE: $20 Members/ $25 Non-Members (includes hors d’oeuvres). $10 Lecture only. Cash Bar.


     

     

  • Arena Stage The Originialist

    originalistARENA STAGE: The Originalist 

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (Evening)

    LOCATION: Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

    TIME: 7:30 pm Performance starts

    EVENT TYPE: Play

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    Join WNDC members and guests at Arena Stage for specially priced tickets to John Strand’s critically-acclaimed political drama based on the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The play stars four-time Helen Hayes Award winner DC actor Edward Gero as Justice Scalia and is under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith.

    Following the performance will be a special discussion by Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio; former Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA), author of The Partisan Divide; Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent for The Wall Street Journal; Playwright John Strand; and Actor Edward Gero.   Register early – Tickets are limited!

    PRICE: $64 Members and $68 Non-members


     

     

  • William LeoGrande Implications of Trump Cuba Policy

    leograndeProfessor William LeoGrande — Implications of Trump Cuba Policy

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 (Lunch)

    TIME: 11:30 AM – Bar opens; 12:15 PM – Lunch served; 1:00-2:00 PM – Presentation and Q & A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

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    On June 16, President Trump announced his new Cuba policy,which promises to reverse much of the progress made under President Obama’s policy of engagement. Given by AU Professor LeoGrande, one of the country’s most renowned experts on US-Cuba diplomacy, this lecture will provide insights on the potential impact of this new policy on diplomatic and economic relations, and on the citizens of both countries.

    William M. LeoGrande is Associate Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor of Government, and Dean Emeritus of the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. He has worked with the Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate the Democratic Caucus Task Force on Central America of the United States House of Representatives. He is the author Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992, and most recently, he is the co-author of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana. He has written for Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, and other journals, magazines, and newspapers.

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


     

     

  • Nats vs Brewers Baseball Game

    Washington-Nationals-Logo.svg_Nats vs. Brewers – Baseball Game

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 7:05 PM Game starts

    EVENT TYPE: Baseball Game

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    “Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out to the crowds. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…”

    If you don’t know the rest of this song, well, tsk tsk. Celebrate WNDC’s end of the year with your Club friends and watch our own Nationals team play the Milwaukee Brewers! The nearest metro stop (Navy Yard) is very close to the ball park entrance, so there is minimal walking. Grandchildren are more than welcome!

    We only have 25 tickets available, so hurry before they sell out!

    PRICE: 42$ per person, located in Section 135


     

     

  • End of Season BBQ

    BBQEnd of Season BBQ

    Thursday, July 27 (Evening)

    TIME: Bar opens at 6:00pm. Barbecue food service is 6:30—8:00pm.

    TYPE: Barbecue

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    Join your fellow Democrats for a End-of-Season International BBQ at the clubhouse before we kick off the summer break with cocktails and delicious food! Please sign up in advance for this event so we can make capacity plans.

    PRICE: $35 for Members; $40 for Non-Members. Cash Bar.


     

     

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