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    How Theater contributes to the Community: The Intersection of Arts and Social Issues

    A Presentation by the Directors of GALA Hispanic Theatre

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:30—7:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Panel Discussion

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    From its inception in 1976, GALA Hispanic Theatre has been at the forefront in giving voice to the Latino community and addressing issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity in the arts. Through its artistic programs, GALA has tackled issues of race, health, gentrification, education, immigration, youth, and arts and culture, and become a leader in the national Latino arts community. Presenters include Hugo Medrano (left), Co-founder and Producing Artistic Director; Rebecca Read Medrano (mid), Co-founder and Executive Director; and Abel Lopez (right), Associate Producing Director.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-Members


  • Linda Kramer Jenning

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    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    Journalism is changing—print news shrinks, while social media expands, with speed being valued over accuracy. “Fake news” became a byword in the 2016 election. But the more things change, the more they remain the same. Especially gender inequality!
    Men still dominate hard news, particularly on camera. Women have less “say” in what is considered “newsworthy.” On average, newspaper editorial boards have seven men to four women. Talk radio overwhelmingly tilts Republican. The tip of the iceberg is the largest nation’s cable news network, Fox News Chan-nel (FNC), which calls itself “fair and balanced,” but is anything but!
    Linda Kramer Jenning, an independent journalist, contributor to Ms. Magazine, and former Washington editor for Glamour, will discuss the role of women in the media, advances as well as setbacks, both in the U.S. and globally, and changing trends in the media and publishing.

    The event is co- sponsored by the D.C. chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS).

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-Members


  • Reading Partners Orientation

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    Reading Partners Orientation – Harry Jaffe and Naomi Shachter

    DC Literacy Program to Host Introductory Session

    Thursday, April 6, 2017 (Lunch)

    TIME: 12:00—1:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Workshop

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    Reading Partners, a DC-based literacy program in 20 schools, will conduct an introductory session for WNDC members and guests interested in learning in how to raise achievement levels in DC through a well-structured reading program.  Reading Partners is changing life trajectories for 975 students in our area by building skills with a proven, data-driven curriculum that has demonstrated results nationwide.

    At this informal “working” lunch, you will learn about their important work and how to get involved from Community Engagement Director Naomi Shachter and Board Member Harry Jaffe. They will share a short video of the program as well as sample curriculum packets. Two WNDC members, Gretchen Bloom and Anna Fierst, will share their personal stories as enthusiastic tutors with Reading Partners.

    Reading Partners is looking for a few more tutors to make sure that every DC school child gets the help he or she needs.

    PRICE: $15 for Members & Non-members for sandwich/salad lunch.  No cost for information session only.



  • National Archives Tour and WNDC Lunch

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    Friday, April 7, 2017 (Tour)

    TIME: 9:00 AM Tour — 11:30 AM Lunch at WNDC

    EVENT TYPE: Tour


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    WNDC members and friends are being offered a special opportunity to see the National Archives through the eyes of long-time employees who are passionate experts.  The mandate of the Archives is to preserve the history of America, through Federal government documents, and make this history accessible to the public.

    Special Assistant to the Archivist Sam Anthony, who has worked at the National Archives for 26 years, will briefly discuss its mission, the architecture of the building, and the significance of the murals in the Rotunda.  He will then show us the Charters of Freedom and the important documents displayed there (Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights) and explain how they are preserved.

    Christine Blackerby, Curator of the “Amending America” exhibit, will then explain how the U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times from more than 11,000 proposals. Guests will be free to explore the public vaults and the Records of Rights exhibits afterwards.

    Meet by 8:55 AM at outside of the Special Events entrance on the Mall side of the National Archives (Constitution Avenue near the corner of 7th Street).

    PRICE: $25 Members & $30 Non-members (includes tour and lunch at WNDC); $10 tour only.

    Limited to 20 participants. 



  • Cornell University Chorus

    chorusCornell University Chorus Performance and Reception

    Friday, April 7, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:30—7:30 PM. 5:30 Bar opens, 6:00 PM Performance starts

    EVENT TYPE: Musical Performance

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    Please join your fellow Club members and members of the Cornell Club of Washington for an evening of song and conversation with the women of the acclaimed Cornell University Chorus as our guests. Last year, the Cornell University Chorus, in conjunction with the Cornell University Glee Club, performed a debut at Carnegie Hall of the commissioned piece “Cantares” by Roberto Sierra. The Chorus and Glee Club recorded this piece last January in Mexico City with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra. We are pleased to host the Chorus in Washington, DC this spring, performing their current repertoire.
    Please join us for a brief presentation of highlights of their tour, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation with Chorus members, followed by Cornell Songs from the stairs of Whittemore House.

    PRICE: $20 for members of both Clubs/ $25 Non-Members. Hors d’oeuvres and Cash bar.


  • The US Role in a Changing World Series: Dr Sherri Goodman


    Dr. Sherri Goodman: Water Stress and National Security

    Tuesday, April 11, 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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    What is the connection between global water stress and national security? What are the national security implications of climate change? Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and former First Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security), will explore these questions and how to address them.

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


  • Social Role of the Arts Series – John Feffer


    John Feffer: Telling Tales in the Time of Trump

    Thursday, April 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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    The arts have a tremendous potential to transform the world of politics and geopolitics. Think of the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin or Picasso’s “Guernica.” But how can storytelling help create positive change at a time of fake news and outlandish presidential tweets? John Feffer is a playwright, performer, novelist, and foreign policy expert whose just-published dystopian novel, Splinterlands, anticipated the election of Donald Trump. He will discuss the urgency of storytelling at the current moment with examples from his novel and his performances.

    Splinterlands will be available for sale and signing.

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





  • Nan Aron

    Nan Aron, President of Alliance for Justice. June 22, 2010. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.Nan Aron: A Critical Conversation on the Fate of the Supreme Court

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME:  5:30-7:00 PM; 5:30-6:00 PM Reception; Program 6:00-7:00 PM Program

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

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    This is a defining moment for justice in America and the future of our nation. As we’ve seen in recent weeks, the Courts are the last safeguard on an out-of-control executive branch. President Trump has shocked the nation, claimed unchecked authority, and attacked the independence of our judiciary. We need independent judges who will be a check on the president when he violates the law or the Constitution. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will not be that independent voice.

    The way this nomination is handled will provide the framework for all future fights. We expect several more vacancies during Trump’s presidency, and there are currently over 100 vacancies on the lower courts. Please join us for a special reception to discuss the future of the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary with Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, which is leading the fight against the Gorsuch nomination.

    PRICE: $20 Members/ $25 Non-members; includes Hors d’oeuvres. $10 Lecture only







  • Celia Wexler

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    Does Sexism in the Catholic Church and the Decline of the News Media Explain the 2016 Election?

    Thursday, April 20, 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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    Author Celia Wexler likes tells the history of institutions through the lens of personal experience—in her two books, Out of the News, honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, and Catholic Women Confront Their Church: Stories of Hurt and Hope, a finalist in the Forward Indies Book of the Year awards. Through her profiles of journalists and Catholic feminists, Wexler identifies the fault lines in the news business and the misogyny in the Catholic Church. The trends that each book identifies, Wexler says, help explain the 2016 election, when declining trust in the media led to political polarization. The misogyny of US bishops who opposed Obamacare depressed the white Catholic vote in 2016. In each book, Wexler tells the stories of exceptional individuals, including The Wire’s David Simon; investigative reporter Chuck Lewis; ABC reporter Beverley Lumpkin; and Catholic feminists Sister Simone Campbell, pro-choice activist Frances Kissling and LGBT advocate Marianne Duddy-Burke.

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



  • Movie Night – Merchants of Doubt

    merchants of doubtMovie Night: “Merchants of Doubt”

    Friday, April 21, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:00 PM—Bar opens with light dinner
    7:00 PM—film starts

    EVENT TYPE: Movie Night

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    “Merchants of Doubt,” an astounding documentary by Naomi Orestes and Erik Conway, will be shown on the eve of the March for Science on April 22, 2017. The film is an historic exposé of corporate
    obfuscation, such as the campaigns to allow the continued sales of cigarettes (even when known to cause cancer) and the belching of toxic chemicals into the air we breathe, with longterm damage to our global environment. Naomi Orestes and Erik Conway, both PhD historians of science, have studied geophysics and climate change for over thirty years.
    This is a “must see” film that exposes the horrifying depths to which corporations will sink in order to keep maximizing more and more profits regardless of human or environmental costs today and to generations yet to be born.

    PRICE: $25 Members/$30 Non-Members; $10 film only


  • The US Role in a Changing World Series: Melvin Goodman


    Melvin Goodman: America’s Russia Problem: A New Chapter

    Thursday, April 27, 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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    Twenty-five years ago, the United States had an important strategic opportunity to remake its foreign policy because of the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union, an opportunity that has been largely squandered. Now the Trump administration must deal with the issue in the wake of Russian involvement in the presidential election; worsening bilateral relations due to Putin’s actions in Ukraine and Syria; and the confusion created by a new national security team in Washington that has no obvious plan or policy. Meanwhile, important decisions must be taken regarding arms control and disarmament as well as policy in East and Central Europe. Mr. Goodman’s talk will speculate on where we go from here.

    Melvin Goodman is the director of the Center for International Policy’s National Security Project and former division chief of the CIA’s Office of Soviet Affairs.

    His latest book, National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism, will be available for purchase and signing.

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



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