Past Events

Past Events

  • POSTPONED-U.S. Role in a Changing World Series–The Middle East after Trump: Dr. Shibley Telhami

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    Dr. Shibley Telhami: The Middle East after Trump (with special emphasis on Israel and Palestine)  

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Dr . Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and the director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll, will present data from his latest polls of American public opinion toward the Middle East. His focus will include the Arab-Israeli conflict, including settlements and the U.N. resolution; foreign policy; and American attitudes toward Islam and Muslims. Dr. Telhami will also reflect on current American policy toward the Middle East and how it’s being perceived in the region.

    His many publications include The World through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East; The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace 1989-2011; and the best-selling The Stakes: America in the Middle East (2003), a  Foreign Affairs selection as one of the top five books for that year. He was also selected by the  Carnegie Corporation of New York with the New York Times as one of the “Great Immigrants” for 2013.

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


     

  • Arena Stage: Roe

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    Arena Stage: Roe
    SOLD OUT

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017 

    TIME: 11:00 AM box lunch (at Arena Stage); 12:00 PM performance

    LOCATION: Kreeger Theater, Arena Stage

    EVENT TYPE: Play

     

    Join WNDC members and guests at Arena Stage for specially priced tickets to Roe, a timely and provocative play.  In it, a young, brilliant, courageous woman lawyer argues Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court. The plaintiff is a complex, single woman seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy. The landmark 1973 case legalized abortion, but also began the separate journeys of the two women that would come to mirror the polarization in American culture. With shocking turns and surprising humor, Roe illuminates the difficult choices women make and the passion each side has for its cause.  A box lunch will be served at 11 am at the theater (menu choices will be emailed to participants a week prior to the performance).

    PRICE:  $70 Members and $75 Non-members

    DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS:  Monday, January 23, 2017.


     

  • Marianne Williamson

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    Sisterhood is Giant – Peace, Social Justice, Feminism, and Spirituality in the Age of Trump

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017 

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    6:00 pm Buffet and Cash Bar — 6:30 pm Program begins

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception


    Preview Appearance Wednesday evening! Sister Giant 2017 speaker Marianne Williamson joins the Woman’s National Democratic Club to encourage women to run (and win) political office and help create a woman-empowered world! Talk will include a discussion of peace, social justice, feminism, and finding spirituality in the age of Trump. Buffet Dinner and Book Signing included. Cash bar.

    The books will be available for purchase and signing. They can be found here:
    Tears to Triumph
    Healing the Soul of America

    PRICE: $25 Members/ $30 Non-Members; $10 Lecture only (begins at 6:30 pm)

    Please share and register as tickets are selling out fast!


     

  • 10 Actions 100 Days

    womensmarch10 Actions/100 Days: Women’s March on Washington (WMW) Postcards, Letter Writing and Phone Banking

    Thursday, February 2, 2017 

    TIME: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Workshop


    Organized by the same people who put together the Women’s March, 10 Actions/100 Days offers step-by-step instructions for participating. First: writing a postcard to your senator about an issue you care about. They even provide the postcard. Every 10 days, a new action will be unveiled, and you’ll have another chance to make your voice heard.

    Speakers from the WMW and the FCNL will provide guidance on how best to write and call with examples of the most effective ways to convey your concerns to your representatives.

    We will provide blank postcards, markers and stamps, but we suggest a $3 donation to cover supplies!

    PRICE: The event is free, but registration is required. Cash Bar.


     

  • THE U.S. ROLE IN A CHANGING WORLD SERIES: Peter Kornbluh

    bio_peterPeter Kornbluh:

    U.S.-Cuba Relations After Fidel and Obama: What’s Next with Trump? 

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    This talk will focus on what President Obama accomplished with his historic policy of engagement toward Cuba and the looming  political fight to sustain a sane approach to relations with Havana under the Trump administration.

    Peter Kornbluh is a senior analyst at the National Security Archive at George Washington University, and is the lead correspondent on Cuba for The Nation magazine. Last March he accompanied President Obama to Cuba as part of the White House Press  Corps. His last book Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana (with William LeoGrande), won an award for “distinguished writing on American diplomacy” from The American Academy of Diplomacy.

    Book Sale and Signing: Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana, by Peter Kornbluh and William Leogrande.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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


     

  • SOCIAL ROLE OF THE ARTS SERIES: Ari Roth

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    Whither diversity in the Age of Trump? Mosaic Theater Explores Race & Identity in Our Political Moment

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    6:00 pm Happy Hour and Buffet — 6:30 pm Program begins

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

    In its February world premiere of “Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies” by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm and a new play “Ism: A tragicomedy” by Anu Yadav, the edgy Mosaic Theater provokes discussion on issues of identity, racism, sexism and lighter subjects, eg body hair. Ari Roth, Anu Yadav, and others associated with these productions will engage in discussion about the intersection of art with the political moment.  WNDC members will recall the exciting program that Ari and Anu participated in 2 years ago, when Mosaic Theater was still in the embryonic stage, and won’t want to miss learning of its rapid rise to a Washington leadership in engaged theater.

    Ari Roth, award winning playwright of Born Guilty, Goodnight Irene, and Andy and The Shadows, has been a DC based artistic director for 20 years.

    Anu Yadav is the writer/performer of the acclaimed Capers, Capers Revisited, and Meena’s Dream.

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


     

  • Spring New Member Reception

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    Spring New Member Reception

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    TIME: 
    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Reception

     

    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 November 2016 are especially invited to get to know WNDC members and to learn more about the Club. Guests are also welcomed.

     Image above: Winter New Member Reception

     1st row from left: Laura Weil, Senija Orlovic, Carolina Young
     2nd row: Terry Ryan, Rachel Martinez, Pamela Johnson, and David Hoffman
     3rd row: Eve Hawthorne, Renee Mathieu, Chinwe Emeruem

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


     

  • Spring Art Exhibition Reception

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    Michelle René Cobb:

    “The Art of Seeing: A Retrospective”

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Ballroom

    EVENT TYPE: Art Exhibition Reception

    The Visual Arts and Museum Affairs Committee presents “The Art of Seeing: A Retrospective” by Michelle René Cobb.

    “In my work I seek to see life in a deeper way, to see the invisible qualities, the ever-changing atmosphere, capturing a moment in time. Seeing is something you feel, experience and study, requiring a sustained and persistent focus. Looking and actually seeing are not the same thing. My mentor Edward Loper, Sr. once said, “Seeing is a learned thing. It’s not a natural instinct, and once you’ve learned to see, the world will never look the same to you.”

    This is my reality – to bring the viewer into my vision. I don’t focus on the objects or the subjects. My focus is on using small pieces of color, side by side, and using light, to seize a particular moment in time – capturing the atmospheric conditions before me. Once I have completely surrendered to seeing, it is then in that space, that I can create.

    This show represents four decades of my life with sustained, persistent focus on seeing and creating art.  I am mostly inspired by nature, whether it’s in the peaceful mountains of Europe, the natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard, a remote drumming village in Africa, or the urban beauty of Rock Creek Park. Plein air painting in these beautiful locations is a major part of developing my vision.”

    The exhibition opens on February 2, 2017, and will be on display until April 25, 2017.

    PRICE: The event is free, but registration is recommended.


     

  • Valentine Wine Tasting and Music

    valentines dayCANCELLED-Valentine Wine Tasting and Music

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Wine Tasting

     

    Couples or singles, young, old or in between – join WNDC at a special Valentine’s celebration of love in all its forms and live music that makes hearts grow fonder!   Price includes four  one-ounce tastings of red/rose wines or non-alcoholic drinks along with refreshments and chocolates. Cash bar for additional drinks.

    This program is co-sponsored with the Dupont Circle Citizens Association.

    PRICE: $25 Members/$30 Non-Members


     

     

  • DNC Candidates Forum


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    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Forum

     

    This event is sold out.  It will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/WNDCLUB

    Meet the Candidates

    Join WNDC for the final forum with the candidates running for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. This is the last opportunity to meet and listen to the future leader of the Democratic Party.

    6:00pm Meet-the-Candidates Reception

    7:00pm – 8:30pm Candidate Forum with Q & A

    Welcome by DC Councilmember Jack Evans

    Moderated by Stephanie Ruhle

     

    Invited Speakers:

    Sally Boynton Brown: Executive Director, Idaho Democratic Party & President, Association of State Democratic Executive Directors

    Ray Buckley: Chair, New Hampshire Democratic Party & Chair, Association of State Democratic Chairs

    Pete Buttigieg: Mayor, South Bend, Indiana

    Keith Ellison: Congressman, Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District

    Jehmu Greene:  Political Strategist & Former President, Rock the Vote

    Jaime Harrison: Chair, South Carolina Democratic Party

    Tom Perez: Former Secretary of Labor

     

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


     

  • Living in a Toxic World

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    Living in a Toxic World: Empowering Consumers in the Trump Era

    Thursday, February 16, 2017 

    TIME: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    12:30 pm – Presentation and Q & A

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Luncheon speaker presentation and discussion with Amy Ziff, founder and executive director of MADE SAFE™, America’s first comprehensive nontoxic certification to cross consumer product categories. Amy will discuss how we as consumers can get educated and protect ourselves from the unregulated toxic tsunami of ingredients allowed to be used in our everyday products.

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


     

  • CINEMA NIGHT – Suffragette

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    Friday, February 17, 2017 

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

    EVENT TYPE: Movie Night

     

     

    Suffragette, a moving drama inspired by true events, explores the passion and heartbreak of women in early 20th century Britain, who were willing to lose everything to fight for equality and the right to vote.  They risked their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives.  Their civil disobedience sparked debate across the nation. When increasingly aggressive police action forced them underground, they engaged in a dangerous game of cat –and-mouse with authorities and sparked debates across the nation.

    Three time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep and Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter head the cast.  Suffragette is directed by BAFTA award winner Sarah Gavron.

    PRICE: $25 Members/$30 Non-Members (Light dinner and movie); $10 Movie only. Cash Bar.


     

  • Peter and the Starcatcher

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    “Peter and the Starcatcher”

    A Panel Discussion with Allison Arkell Stockman, Dallas Tolentino and Megan Graves

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

    TIME: 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Panel Discussion

    Get the word from the two young stars of this incredible Broadway musical theater hit, staged by Constellation Theater Company, playing at the Source Theater (14th St. NW) from Feb. 9 – March 12.

    These two talented “triple-threats” (acting, singing, dancing) — as the leads of this adult prequel to J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” — will talk about how they developed their roles.

    Dallas is one of the “lost boys,” the one who becomes (later) Peter Pan, and Megan plays “Molly,” who will later become Wendy.  Plus Allison Arkell Stockman, the co-founder and artistic director of Constellation — now in its 10th anniversary season with string of critical and commercial hits — will take us behind the sense of its creative shaping and staging.

    The show features a superb cast and is a musical treat, integrating on a small stage a stylish script (based on the Dave Barry comic novel), stunning choreography, and catchy tunes.  See evil, yet funny, pirates all over the pace,  bad pirates!

    WNDC members will also be offered discount tickets to see it.

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


     

  • April Ryan

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    At Mama’s Knee: Mothers in Black and White

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

    TIME: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    5:30 pm – Bar opens, 6:30 pm – Talk, Q&A, book signing

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception
    Timed for February “Black History Month,” celebrated journalist and author April D. Ryan, White House bureau chief and correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, will talk about race in America, from a Black mother’s perspective, at the dawn of the post-Obama era.  And it turns out that mothers are on the front lines of racial revolution, and reconciliation.

    Her first book,The Presidency in Black and White (2015) examined race in America through her own experience as a White House reporter.  Her latest book, At Mama’s Knee: Mothers in Black and White (2016), is a truly explosive look into what mothers really teach their children about race in America, including a look at how to handle the “N” word.

    It goes from the White House to every house in America, based on her own personal stories, as a Black mother with two daughters living in her Baltimore hometown.  But she also tells stores learned from interviews with iconic Americans, including Presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, Hillary Clinton, Congressman John Lewis, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Harry Belafonte, Senator Cory Booker, and Obama White House advisor Valerie Jarrett.  Wolf Blitzer, CNN anchor on The Situation Room, calls it “truly amazing — powerful and personal.”  The forward is by Chris Matthews, MSNBC anchor of “Hardball.”

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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


     

  • Robert McNeely: The Making of Hillary Clinton

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    “THE MAKING OF HILLARY CLINTON: The White House Years”

    Thursday, February 23, 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

    McNeely, official White House photographer during the presidency of Bill Clinton, reveals never-before-seen, candid, intimate images of the First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a photo-chronicle of her transformation in the 1990s into a national policymaker on health care reform and so much more.  This remarkable photo essay foreshadows her unprecedented role as a trailblazer for women in presidential politics, leading to her nomination for President in 2016.

    It is impossible to comprehend the past twenty-five years of American politics without understanding both Hillary and Bill Clinton.  She redefined the role of First Lady, taking an office in the West Wing.  She became a key member of her husband’s inner circle of policymakers as well as traveling overseas, including to Beijing, China to deliver her famous speech that “women’s rights are human rights.”

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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


     

  • The Refugee Crisis in America


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    THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN AMERICA, Trump’s Ban on Entry, and a local Response on Capitol Hill

    Thursday, February 23, 2017 

    TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

    How ought we treat “strangers in a strange land”?  How can we counter the prejudice and fear of Americans towards Muslim refugees, fleeing lands of civil wars? One way is to extend helping hands to new refugee families. Three residents from the multi-faith group Good Neighbor of Capitol Hill describe how they mobilized to support a family that arrived Jan. 17 and to help two additional families. Homes are being furnished with clothing, linens, kitchen and bath supplies, cell-phones and computers. Arriving families are met at the airport; offered help with transportation, medical appointments, and job interviews; and supported financially during their first year here.

    The panel consists of Karen Getman (Episcopalian), Brendan Danaher (Methodist) and Kathryn Tobias (Lutheran). Their challenge is simple: We are called to acts of radical hospitality.

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

     


     

     

     

  • Black History Month: William Ferguson Reid

    Dr. William F. ReidDr. William Ferguson Reid (Fergie):

    From Segregation to Political Activism – A Life Story Continues

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Still politically active past age 90, Dr. William Ferguson Reid (“call me Fergie”), recounts his story of growing up in segregated Richmond, getting his MD at Howard U and MPH at NYU, and working around the world as a Regional Medical Officer with the State Department.  Dr. Reid also led voter registration, fair housing and civil rights campaigns.  He won election to three terms on the Virginia House of Delegates as the state’s first black elected legislator since Reconstruction. His political activities continue to the present. Dr. Reid’s website is 90for90.org, the meaning of which he’ll explain in his presentation.

    Fergie will be introduced by Phyllis Bennis, IPS Fellow,  long-time Peace and Social Justice activist, and our December presenter on Syria in our US Role in a Changing World series.

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


     

  • Democracy, Human Rights and Media Freedom in Turkey: Challenges and Possibilities Moving Forward

    nwqxTXobDemocracy, Human Rights and Media Freedom in Turkey: Challenges and Possibilities Moving Forward

    A Panel Discussion with Panelists Mahir Zeynalov, Delphine Halgand, Ori Z. Soltes,  and John Feffer

    Thursday, March 2, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:30–7:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Panel Discussion

    The WNDC and Foreign Policy In Focus (FPIF) are thrilled to host a discussion about Turkey, a once-democratic country that has become an autocracy in the span of just few years. With an eye on the new U.S. administration, panelists will analyze how Turkey, our strategic NATO ally, drifted away from its former values and principles. They will discuss the deteriorating media freedoms in the country and various factors that caused Turkey to backslide from its hard-won democracy.

    Panelists include Mahir Zeynalov (top left), the first Turkish journalist deported from Turkey, and the first that President Erdogan sought to have imprisoned; Delphine Halgand (top right), the U.S. director of the Reporters Without Borders in Washington, DC; and Ori Z. Soltes (bottom left), professor of teaching Georgetown University, and former director and curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington, DC. The moderator is John Feffer (bottom right), director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies.

    PRICE: $20 Members/$25 Non-members


     

     

  • Dare to Compete with Emerge America

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    A’shanti F. Gholar, Emerge America’s Political Director:
    Dare to Compete – Women Leaders for a Democratic Future

    Tuesday, March 7, 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

    Interested in running for office, but don’t know where to start? Let Emerge America’s political director A’shanti Gholar point you in the right direction during our Dare to Compete luncheon and webinar. Learn the basics on starting your run for elected office or support women who are running. After the 2016 election, America desperately needs the unique perspectives and skills YOU can bring to the table.
    Emerge America and the Emerge affiliates share one mission: to increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network. Our vision: To change the face of power, politics and leadership in this country in order to have policies that are responsive to all Americans.

    • Studies have shown women in elected office overwhelmingly support and push forward democratic principles like equality and fairness.
    • When women hold public office they are more actively involved in a variety of gender-salient issue areas, including healthcare, the economy, education and the environment.
    • Women legislators are more responsive to constituents, value cooperation over hierarchical power and find ways to engineer solutions in situations where men have trouble finding common ground.
    • Emerge trainers are comprised of a premiere team of campaign consultants, advisors and staff from all over the country. Many of them have been involved in some of the most successful campaign and initiatives we’ve seen in recent election cycles. They come from backgrounds that span over fundraising, direct mail, field strategy, communications, press management and campaign messaging. They have won races from the city council to the governor’s mansion.
    • The entire country benefits when we have more women in elected office. Our legislatures work better and our leaders are able to forge important agreements. Everyone wins.

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

    Click HERE to attend the Webinar.


     

  • CANCELLED-Theater J

    THE HOW AND THE WHYAdam Immerwahr and Shirley Serotsky—Theater J, Jewish Theater at its Finest, and the New Play, “The How and the Why

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:30—7:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Panel Discussion

    Recognized as the nation’s most prominent Jewish theater, Theater J boasts a glittering record of premieres and revivals dating from 1990. Its new artistic director Adam Immerwahr, hailed as “an extraordinary talent in the American theater,” and Shirley Serotsky, director of the play “The How and The Why,” will have a conversation about the play, at Theater J until March 12.

    The suspenseful yet funny play has been called “a ticking time bomb.” It features two combustible female characters, one a prominent evolutionary biologist, the other a maverick grad student, battling each other over theories that might change the way we regard sex itself. Written by Sarah Treem, author of TV shows including the Netflix hit series “House of Cards,” the play depicts a struggle of wills between the two, as treacherous emotion collides with theories of evolution — on the eve of a prestigious conference — and a battle for scientific truth that becomes a test of betrayal and of the survival of the fittest itself

    WNDC members can see the play with a ticket discount price.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members


     

  • Women’s Storytelling Salon March

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    Thursday, March 9, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:00—9:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Event
    The Women’s Storytelling Salon Series celebrates women’s professional achievements, sparks conversations through sharing stories, and inspires and motivates participants to act through connection and collaboration.
    On March 9, two former Assistant Secretaries of State will share their stories of their journeys as professionals in U.S. Diplomacy. Bathsheba Crocker was Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from September 2014 to January 2017. Earlier in the Obama administration, Ms. Crocker was Principal Deputy Director in State’s Office of Policy Planning and Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary.
    Nisha Desai Biswal served as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs from September 2013-January 2017 where she was responsible for U.S. foreign policy and managing relations with Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

    Moderator:  Nandini Oomman, Founding Curator, The Women’s Storytelling Salon™

    PRICE: $30 (Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite)


     

  • CINEMA NIGHT – A Man Called Ove

    large_en_man_som_heter_ove_ver2CINEMA NIGHT – “A Man Called Ove”

    Friday, March 10, 2017

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

    EVENT TYPE: Movie Night

     

     

    Meet Ove. He’s old (really just 59) and wants to kill himself after his beloved wife dies. The neighborhood curmudgeon, Ove is cranky and cantankerous,reminiscent of the Clint Eastwood character in “Gran Turino.” Based on the best-selling novel (same title) of 2012 by Fredrik Backman, and written and directed by Hannes Holm, the film channels a man who rages at his neighbors and wishes for “the dying of the light.” He fashions a noose, but something intervenes. And something always intervenes, every time he plans a new suicide attempt. One day an Iranian family moves across the street and invites his wrath by accidentally knocking over his mailbox with their car. Eventually, friendship unexpectedly develops! The film also explores Ove’s most important milestones of his youth, but the key focus is on Ove in the present, played with grumpy charm by Rolf Lassgard. Is it hokey? Maybe. Does it affirm life? Yes, it does — mixing cranky hilarity with sly poignancy.

    PRICE: $25 Members, $30 Non-members (Light Dinner included), $10 movie only. Cash bar.


     

  • A New Democratic Era

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    Join DemList and the Woman’s National Democratic Club
    in celebrating
    A New Democratic Era

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    EVENT TYPE: Evening Reception

    Special Guests
    DNC Chair Tom Perez * Deputy Chair Keith Ellison * Vice Chair Grace Meng * Executive Committeewoman Christine Pelosi

    Honorary Host Committee
    Councilman Jack Evans * Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. * Governor Terry McAuliffe
    Governor Martin O’Malley * Honorable Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

    Host Committee (in formation)
    American Income Life * Bob Bland * Heather and Paul Booth * Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
    MaryEva Candon * Chapman, Cubine, and Hussey * Nuchhi Currier * Julia Cohen * DSPolitical
    Sharon Edwards * Patricia Karp * Bruce Kieloch * Darcy Scott * Kimberly Scott * Kandie Stroud
    Kimball Stroud * Bill Sweeney * United Steelworkers of America * Christine Warnke * Antoinette Wilson

    Special Thanks to: Mount Vernon Printing and the National Beer Wholesalers Association

    All funds solicited in connection with this event are by DemList and The Woman’s National Democratic Club and not by DNC Chair Tom Perez or Deputy Chair Keith Ellison, or any federal candidate or officeholder.

    PRICE: Individual Ticket: $100
    Member Ticket: $75
    Student Ticket: $35 with valid student ID

    For Sponsorship Information, please click here

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    Contributions will benefit both DemList and WNDC (a 501c7 membership organization), and are not tax-deductible.


     

  • Better Nutrition Better Be Delicious

    ztXoixtCBetter Nutrition Better Be Delicious! With Best-Selling Author Tess Masters (aka The Blender Girl) and Dietitian to the Stars Ashley Koff RD

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    TIME: 12:00 – 2:00pm

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Come taste how delicious better nutrition can be with best-selling author Tess Masters (aka The Blender Girl) and Ashley Koff RD. Tess will demonstrate several of her delectable recipes for you to taste while she and Ashley share their tips for making better nutrition choices more often.

    Tess’ new book “The Perfect Blend” available for purchase and signing. She will demo the new Kitchen-Aid blender that she helped work on, as well as share some of her other favorite kitchen tools.

    WIN GREAT PRIZES!

    PRICE: $10 Members; $15 Non-Members. Food at no cost. Cash Bar. Winter Break Special.


     

  • Global Voices on Womens Empowerment

    global empowermentGlobal Voices on Women’s Empowerment: Narratives from Australia and Rwanda

    Monday, March 20, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:00–7:00PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

    Migrant women have made a significant difference in their communities throughout the world. This comparative presentation by Professor Shirley Randell (left) of Rwanda and Professor Jaya Dantas (right) of Western Australia will highlight the concepts of empowerment, resilience, mentoring and family. They will showcase narratives of migrant women’s success by navigating and negotiating complex journeys. Women represent government, academia, community, and not-for-profit sectors.
    Rwanda implemented the Beijing Plan of Action and Millennium Development Goal 3 on gender equality and empowerment. Since World War II, Australia, an immigrant nation, has taken in waves of migrants who are contributing, successful citizens.
    Professor Jaya Dantas, PhD, is Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Professor of International Health in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Curtin University, Western Australia. Professor Shirley Randell AO, PhD, Hon. DLitt, is a Gender and Education Specialist, Founding Director, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Rwanda.

    PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-Members


     

  • THE SOCIAL ROLE OF THE ARTS SERIES: GALA Hispanic Theatre

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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

    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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    WOMEN AND GENDER INEQUALITY IN THE NEWS MEDIA: Advances and Set-backs

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

    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

    Register Now

    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.


     

     

  • Democracy for America: Organizing Meeting

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    Democracy for America – Organizing Meeting

    Thursday, April 6, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 7:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Meeting

    Register Now

    An organizing meeting to liaise with activists in Washington DC in concert with groups in MD and VA to create an active resistance agenda. Individuals and groups welcome. Please bring your enthusiasm and your friends as we band together to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

    Speakers include James H. “Jim” Dean, chair of Democracy for America (DFA), the nation’s largest political action committee.

    PRICE: This event is FREE.


     

  • 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 – SOLD OUT

    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

    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

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    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

    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

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    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

    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


     

     

     

     

  • What Are You Hiding? Demand Donald Trump Share His Taxes!

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    Saturday, April 15, 2017 (Breakfast)

    TIME: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    EVENT TYPE: Breakfast

    Join WNDC Members participating in the April 15 Tax March to ask Trump to release his tax returns and commit to a fair tax system for the American people.  Please register to meet at the Clubhouse for the breakfast buffet with speaker Ben Wikler, Washington Director of MoveOn.org, Scott Goodstein, Co-founder of Creative Majority PAC’s whitehouseinc.org and CEO of Revolution Messaging, LLC, and other Special Guests starting at 9:00 AM. 

    We need a president who works for all Americans, and a tax system that does, too. President Trump is the first president or major-party presidential candidate in four decades to refuse to release his tax returns to the public. The Tax March demands that the president release his returns, as he has repeatedly promised, but failed, to do. It is in the best interest of the American people to know what financial entanglements and conflicts of interest our leaders have. We need to know if the president is personally profiting from the policies he is proposing. And we want know if he has contributed his fair share of taxes. We will not stand by while the rich and the powerful govern this country guided only by their personal best interests, and not the best interests of the American people as a whole.

    This march–in Washington DC and more than 170 other communities globally—demands that President Trump immediately release his full tax returns, as all presidents and major-party presidential candidates have done for the last 40 years. Congress should enact legislation requiring this president and future presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.

    Rally begins at 12:00 PM on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and ends at 4:00 PM near the Lincoln Memorial. We will begin marching at 1:00 PM.

    Click HERE for details about the organizers and goals.

    PRICE: $15 Members/Non-Members for Breakfast Buffet.


     

  • Social Thought in the Age of Trump

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    Social Thought in the Age of Trump: The Politics of Personality vs. System Transformation

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (Lunch)

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    The advent of Donald Trump’s presidency represents one of the high-water marks of charismatic, personalist politics in U.S. history. Yet Trump’s victory can also be understood as the result of a structural crisis in American society.

    How can we think creatively and constructively about the sources of the Trump phenomenon and the best means of solving our nation’s underlying systemic problems? Richard E. Rubenstein, well-known expert on conflict resolution at George Mason University, and author of the recently published Resolving Structural Conflicts: How violent systems can be transformed, will lead a spirited discussion of these fascinating and important questions.

    Rubenstein will be joined by Diane Perlman, Ph.D., adjunct faculty member, S-CAR, at George Mason University.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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


     

     

  • Nan Aron

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    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

    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

    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

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    Friday, April 21, 2017 (Evening)

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

    EVENT TYPE: Movie Night

    “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


     

  • Connect and Engage

    Two-people-talking-logoCONNECT & ENGAGE: An Evening of Progressive Activism Training and Networking

    Monday, April 24, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME:  6:00-9:00 PM
    6:00 PM Welcome Reception and Speakers
    6:30PM Training Breakout Session I
    7:30 PM Training Breakout Session II
    8:30 PM Close and Networking

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception and Trainings

    Join fellow local progressive activists for an evening of training and networking with representatives and trainers from a host of local and national organizations.

    Trainings will be lead by representatives from The Agenda Project, Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL), Flip VA, National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), Neighbors for a Blue VA,  and others, on such topics as Phone Banking, Canvassing, Fundraising, Messaging, Lobbying, Calendar Management, and Knowing Your Rights As Federal Employees.

    Please register HERE with your preferences for Training Sessions so we may plan accordingly.

    PRICE: This event is free, but registration is required. Cash Bar and Food for sale.


     

  • Taking Back Our Planet

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    Panel moderated by Dr. Thomas Gross

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME:  5:30 PM — Bar opens
    6:00 PM-7:30 PM — Presentations and discussion

    EVENT TYPE:  Evening panel presentations and discussion

    The Trump Administration has been a declared opponent of climate science, environmental regulations, and clean and renewable power sources.  The new EPA Administrator is a long-time enemy of the organization he now heads; the President’s proposed budget slashes funds for the EPA and climate research by NOAA and the Energy Department.  The Interior Department is working to open up our National Parks to coal and oil leasing.  Pipelines carrying the dirtiest form of oil from Canada’s tar sands are being pushed for quick approval.

    How can we defend our planet from the Trump Administration climate science deniers and the new government programs to promote the fossil fuel industry?

    In the week before the People’s March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice, a panel of environmental advocates will help us plan for resisting these earth-destroying moves by Trump and his allies. Ann Mesnikoff, former Democratic Council with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps will present information about climate change and U.S. policy. Camilla Thorndike of the Chesapeake Climate Action Campaign (CCAC) will talk about carbon caps and carbon trading as a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and Dr. Thomas Gross will share his expertise as an oceanographer recently retired from NOAA.

    PRICE: $20 for members/ $25 Non-Members including hors d’oeuvres. $10 Lecture only. Cash bar.


     

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

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    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

    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


     

     

  • WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON

    WNDC IS THE CLUBHOUSE FOR THE WMW
    ​January 18-21, 2017


    Saturday, January 21, 2017

    TIME: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    LOCATION:  Independence Ave SW & 3rd St SW, Washington, DC 20024

    On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

    The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

    In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

    We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

    CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.


     

  • Eric Schaeffer Panel – Musical Theater production of “TITANIC”

    titanic-headerEric Schaeffer Discusses His Challenges as Director of the Musical “Titanic”

    Thursday January 5, 2017 (Luncheon)

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

    EVENT TYPE: Panel Discussion

     

    This smash hit revival of Broadway’s “Best Musical” Tony-Award-Winner, on stage until January 29, sails onto the intimate stage of Signature Theatre ( the 2009 Tony awardee for Best Regional Theatre in America). The musical has won rave reviews with its large cast and a Broadway-size orchestra of 17.  Its director Eric Schaeffer, joined perhaps by several cast members, will come to the WNDC to talk about this dazzling production is its director, Eric Schaeffer, perhaps joined by several cast members.

    Everyone knows how “Titanic” ends.  But this show — chock full of glamor and chaos, heroism and tragedy, set on the most infamous ship of all — begins with a portrait of the people on board, some “coming to America” (reminiscent of today’s headlines) as immigrants wanting new and better lives.  It features story and book by Peter Stone and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.

    The Club will also organize a group event to see “Titanic”, with reduced price tickets.


     

     

  • Fran Drescher: The Cancer Schmancer Movement and Women’s Role in Reshaping Unhealthy Lifestyles

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    The Cancer Schmancer Movement and Women’s Role in Reshaping Unhealthy Lifestyles

    Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

     

     

    Hear from Fran Drescher, Actress, Activist, and Founder of Cancer Schmancer, as she shares the vision of the Cancer Schmancer Movement and our role as women in reshaping American families unhealthy lifestyle that is at the root of most diseases.

    Cancer Schmancer offers a real game plan to Detox Your Home, as well as the way to engage and redirect irresponsible manufacturing trends through consumerism.

    Poor health is a non-partisan issue. Cancer Schmancer programs focus on three areas: early detection, prevention and policy change.  This pathway is a clear opportunity to join parties on bi-partisan terms that impact all.

    Learn more at:  www.cancerschmancer.org

    PRICE: $20 Members/$25 Non-members. Cash Bar.


     

  • David Maraniss

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    “Once in a Great City – A Detroit Story” 

    Thursday, December 1, 2016 

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

     

    Register Now

    David Maraniss, an associate editor at the Washington Post, has been chronicling​ American life since the 1960s, with books on Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the protesters of the Vietnam War, and sports heroes like Vince Lombardi and Roberto Clemente.

    His recent Once in a Great City: The Detroit Story, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, captures this great American city at its pinnacle in the early 1960s, when the auto industry was selling more cars than ever, Barry Gordy’s Motown records had Americans dancing in the streets, and
    Walter Reuther’s UAW (United Auto Workers) was in its heyday. Two months before the March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had given his first “I Have a Dream” speech in Detroit.

    Maraniss’s elegantly written book tracks the great city’s decline and the many factors behind it.  We are pleased to welcome Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss back to the Club to discuss current politics and his new book.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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


     

  • November 8, 2016, Election Night Watch Party

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    ELECTION NIGHT WATCH PARTY

    The Message Is Unity and Hope!

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 

    TIME: 7:00 pm

    Join your fellow Democrats to celebrate the event WNDC has been awaiting for almost 100 years–the election of the first female U.S. president, Hillary Rodham Clinton.  WNDC is the place to be as we watch the 2016 election results roll in and cheer our candidates for the Senate and House, as well.

    Large screen TVs will be stationed throughout the Club all evening so we can watch national and international media coverage and hear special guests share their comments on the unfolding results.

    To ring in the evening, we will serve a formal dinner, followed immediately by watching the election results.  A formal dinner or an inviting buffet, and cash bar will be available. Champagne is on ice and ready to go!

    PRICE: Formal Dinner (7-9 pm): Members $45, Non-Members $65;
    Buffet (7-8:30 pm): Members $25, Non-Members $35.
    Watch Only (starts at 9 pm) $10. Cash Bar for all attendees.


     

  • Julie Burkhart: Challenges to Reproductive Rights

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    Thursday, October 27, 2016 

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

     

     

    Julie Burkhart, who leads the Trust Women Foundation in Wichita, Kansas, seeks to advance the work of Dr. George Tiller, who was shot in the head by Scott Roeder while Tiller was ushering at his church’s services in Wichita, Kansas, in 2009. Dr. Tiller, who operated a clinic providing late-term abortions, died trying to protect a woman’s right to choose.

    Tiller was hailed a “hero who ranks alongside Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr.” Tiller had been stalked by “protesters” using gunshots and fire-bombings  in an attempt to close down his clinic.  But Tiller bravely refused. One time, after the clinic was destroyed by a firebomb in 1986, Dr. Tiller—labeled by Bill O’Reilly as “Tiller, the Baby Killer” —displayed a sign reading “Hell no, we won’t go.”

    Tiller’s practice began after he heard about a woman who died from a back-alley abortion. Burkhart will discuss her efforts to continue Tiller’s work and current challenges to reproductive rights.

    PRICE: Members $25; Non-Members $30; $10 Lecture Only 


     

  • A Conversation with Mark Plotkin

    markA Conversation with Mark Plotkin—Political Analyst and Commentator

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

     

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

    DC notable Mark Plotkin, 2011 winner of the Edward R. Morrow Award for Excellence in Writing, will discuss his 40 years covering politics in Washington and offer insights on the 2016 election.  DC Democratic National Committeewoman and VP of Administration at the WNDC MaryEva Candon will moderate. Plotkin is a contributor to the BBC on American politics, and writes for The Hill and the Georgetowner. He is a passionate proponent of DC Voting Rights and Statehood. Don’t miss this lively, timely discussion!

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members


     

  • Member Talks Series: Two Roads, One Journey – Education in China and the U.S.

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    PING AND SAM GO TO SCHOOL: Two Roads, One Journey— Education in China and the U.S.

    Monday, October 24, 2016 (Luncheon)

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

    EVENT TYPE: Member Talks: Greta Nagel, Ph.D.

     

    Take a thought-provoking journey into radically different classrooms—one in China and the other in the U.S. Are they two roads to the future?   Or are they on one journey together?  If the cultures are so different, can the destinations be the same?

    Controversies abound about these two great nations. As the U.S. seeks to “pivot” to Asia and trade agreements like the TPP are debated pro and con, clues to the future may be found in a firsthand and comparative look at the two school systems and their different approaches to teaching and learning.

    Using a “school-day in the life” of “Ping,” a Chinese girl, and “Sam,” an American boy, Greta Nagel compares and contrasts the two divergent systems to tease out the points of pride and challenges for both countries. Intriguing similarities and marked differences will be explored, based upon Nagel’s award-winning traveling exhibit launched this year on a nationwide journey of its own.

    Nagel, who retired in 2006 as full professor of education at California State University (Long Beach), promptly “rehired” herself as founding director of the proposed national Museum of Teaching and Learning (MOTAL), the sponsor of the new exhibit, the sixth in a series.  She began her teaching career in inner-city schools in Chicago and Oakland and then Orange County, where she became a school principal in Anaheim, and also earned her Ph.D. in multi-cultural education from Claremont Graduate University.  She is the author of three books, including the best-selling TAO OF TEACHING (1994).  She is married to fellow WNDC member Loren Doll.

    PRICE: Members $25; Non-Members $30; $10 Lecture Only


     

  • WNDC Awards Reception 2016


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    Awards Reception 2016

    Thursday, October 20, 2016

    TIME: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Award Reception

     

     

     

    The WNDC will be presenting the Democratic Woman of the Year award to The Honorable Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords (above, left) Founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions, for her distinguished public service and inspirational courage, and the inaugural Democratic Trailblazer Award to Ilyse Hogue (above, right), President, NARAL Pro-Choice America, for ground breaking work for reproductive rights.

    For detailed ticket and sponsorship information or questions, please call 202.232.7363 or email Patricia at Pfitzgerald@democraticwoman.org

    PRICE: Individual General Admission tickets start at $150 for Members, $250 for Non-Members. Tables of 8 start at $2,500 for Members and $5,000 for Non-Members.

     


     

  • 3rd Presidential Debate Watch Party, Happy Hour and Bingo with Special Guests


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    3rd PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WATCH PARTY

    Happy Hour, Bingo & Debate Preview with Eleanor Smeal, Eleanor LeCain & Ambassador Carmen Lomellin

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    TIME: 7:00 pm – Bar opens (One complimentary beverage, heavy hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar ); 9:00 pm  – Debate begins

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Reception, Debate Watch

    Join Democratic friends and allies as we cheer on Hillary Clinton in the last Presidential Debate held at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, on the big screen. Special guests include Eleanor Smeal, President and co-founder of the Feminist Majority, and former President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), as well as Eleanor LeCain, National Director of the She Wins We Win Campaign, joined by US Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Carmen Lomellin.

    PRICE: $25 Members, $30 Non-Members. Signature cocktail available and first drink included in ticket price.

     

     


     

  • Women’s Storytelling Salon

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    Tuesday, October 18, 2016 

    TIME: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Event

    The Women’s Storytelling Salon Series celebrates women’s professional achievements, sparks conversations through sharing stories, and inspires and motivates participants to act through connection and collaboration. Our October Salon features Howard University Professor Montré Aza Missouri, author of Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro- Religiosity, and founder of the independent Parallel Film Collective. Her co-presenter Hilary Linder, who focuses on international development and humanitarian relief, is the director and producer of “Indivisible,” a documentary about the fight to reunite families separated by deportation. Hilary is the founder and president of Kudzu Films, which seeks to spread social justice through film. Her previous work includes monitoring humanitarian emergencies for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and serving as a program manager at the Clinton—Bush Haiti Fund.

    Price: $30, includes Appetizers and one drink. Cash Bar. 


     

  • Jamie Raskin, Joel Rubin & Hamza Khan: A conversation about how Muslims and Jews can work together to elect Hillary Clinton


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    STATE SENATOR JAMIE RASKIN, JOEL RUBIN & HAMZA KHAN:

    A conversation about how Muslims and Jews can work together to elect Hillary Clinton

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016 

    TIME: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Event

    This election has been unlike any other in recent memory. The Republican party’s hollow rhetoric on family values has finally imploded, and the hateful rise of Donald Trump has shown the world the true values of the GOP. Trump has again and again demonized Muslims, Jews, women and Latinos. Come learn how in Montgomery County, Maryland, Muslims and Jews are working together to elect Hillary Clinton our next president.

    Panelists are Jamie Raskin, the three-time State Senator in Maryland at the center of breakthrough policy changes, and Democratic Candidate for Congress in Maryland; Joel Rubin, American foreign policy and politics expert with over 20 years’ federal experience in government, advocacy, and both Chambers of Congress; and Hamza Khan, National Vice Chair for Muslim Americans for Hillary and frequent adviser to members of the US House of Representatives.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members


     

     

  • Vice-Presidential Debate Watch Party


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    Vice-Presidential Debate Watch Party

    HAPPY HOUR, Campaign Bingo, Debate Preview with
    Ambassador Robin Raphel and Adam Parkhomenko

    Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (Evening)

    TIME: 7:00 pm – Bar opens (One complimentary beverage, heavy hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar ); 9:00 pm  – Debate begins

    EVENT TYPE: Debate Watch

    WNDC will welcome Ambassador Robin Raphel, former U.S. assistant secretary for South Asia,  and Adam Parkhomenko, founder of Ready for Hillary and DNC National Field Director, plus other special guests to join 100 members and guests to cheer as their candidate for vice president, Tim Kaine, debates Republican nominee Mike Pence.

    Event includes debate preview with special guests.
    WNDC Bingo cards will be available to use during the debate,
    and prizes will be awarded.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members

     


     

     

  • Pundits, Pollsters & Politicos

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    Pundits, Pollsters & Politicos 

    A panel on Prospects for 2017 and the Meaning of 2016

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    NEW DATE TBD

    Thursday, November 10, 2016 

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Panel Discussion

    By November 10 (we hope) we will know who won/who lost and whether the results are razor-thin or landslide- large, or in-between tattle-tale gray.

    WNDC is now assembling a panel of the wisest folks who can explain what just happened and will tease out the “meanings” of the election’s returns.

    Among those invited are nationally known commentator and pollster Celinda Lake; young political reporter on “The Fix” team at the Washington Post, Aaron Blake; author, WNDC regular, former Clinton Administration advisor and now Brookings Institution senior fellow, Elaine Kamarck; CBS Radio News political analyst and professor of communications at American University, Leonard Steinhorn; shrewd political analyst and partner, Rothenberg-Gonzales Political Report, Nathan Gonzales; and director of the National Press Club, Bill McCarren.

    Moderator: MaryEva Candon (WNDC Vice President for Administration, and super delegate to the 2016 DNC).

    PRICE: Members $25/Non-Members $30 including buffet; $10 Lecture Only. Cash Bar.


     

  • Derek Chollet

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    “The Long Game-How Obama Defeated Washington and Redefined America’s Goal in the World”

    Thursday, September 29, 2016

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

     

    Derek Chollet, former principal deputy director for policy planning for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will speak about his new book about President Obama’s “long game” foreign policy.

    Now senior adviser for security and defense policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Chollet (a true diplomatic “wunderkind”) helped former Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott write some of their books.

    He now serves as adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.
    PRICE:
     $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

     


     

  • Maureen Bunyan

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    Looking Back on a TV News Career

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Distinguished journalist Maureen Bunyan has reported and interpreted the news in Washington, DC, for more than 44 years. Known as a leader and advocate for women and minorities in journalism, she has served as anchor at WJLA and other DC television stations. Her numerous awards include “Washingtonian of the Year” and her induction to the “Hall of Fame” of the Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, “The Silver Circle” of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and the Broadcast Pioneers Club of Washington. She will share her thoughts about her years of reporting in Washington, DC, and the crucial issues currently confronting our nation.

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


     

  • Presidential Debate Watch Party, BINGO, Book Signing with Christine Pelosi

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    Debate Watch Party, Bingo, Prizes and Cocktails 

    Monday, September 26, 2016

    TIME: Bar opens at 6:00 pm. Debate watch 8:30 –11:00 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Reception, Debate Watch, Book Sale

    Join Democratic friends and allies as we cheer on Hillary Clinton in the first Presidential Debate held at Hofstra University in New York, on the big screen.  We will have a debate preview with author and activist Christine Pelosi who will share debate tips and GOTV strategy from her book Campaign Bootcamp 2.0.  Prizes will be awarded–first winner gets a signed book.

    Attorney, author, and activist Christine Pelosi has a lifetime of grassroots organizing experience. A volunteer in politics since her stroller days, Ms. Pelosi conducts leadership boot camps based on her books Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders and Campaign Boot Camp 2.0

    Christine is currently serving as the Chair of the California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus. A former executive director of the state party, Christine led the state party’s Platform Committee for thirteen years, and has been elected six times to the Democratic National Committee, where she cofounded the DNC Veterans and Military Families Council.

    Follow us on Twitter @sfpelosi @WNDC_1922
    Signature cocktail available and first drink included in ticket price.
    PRICE: $20 Members, $25 Non-members,
    With Book: $35 members/$40 non-members

     


     

  • THE U.S. ROLE IN A CHANGING WORLD SERIES: Phyllis Bennis

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    Ending the Multiple Wars in Syria: The U.S. Role

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Phyllis Bennis, a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, is a prominent writer and activist with U.S. and global anti-war and anti-occupation movements. She was a co-founder of the United for Peace and Justice Coalition against the Iraq War and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. She writes and speaks widely at universities and community organizations across the U.S. and around the world on Middle East issues, particularly Palestine–Israel, Iraq and Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, ISIS, and the U.S. war on terror. She has testified to Congress, advised the White House, and briefed government
    officials in many other countries.

    She is a frequent analyst on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now”. Her recent books include Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror and Understanding the Palestinian–Israeli Conflict: A Primer.

     

    The Program Committee is organizing a new program series, beginning with “The U.S. Role in a Changing World,” which kicked off with Derek Chollet’s September 29 presentation on President Obama’s foreign policy. The series “Social Role of the Arts” will begin January 10, 2017, with a presentation by poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller.  We plan to present one program every month in each series, with ample notice so those interested in these topics can attend. Lunch programs planned to date in the “U.S. Role” series: Phyllis Bennis on November 17 (U.S. Role in the Syrian civil wars (see this month’s calendar for details); Ambassador Dennis Ross on December 7 (U.S.-Israel relationship); and Medea Benjamin on January 12 (Saudi Arabia and Yemen).

     

    The books will be available for purchase and signing.
    PRICE:
     $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only


     

  • Winter New Member Reception

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    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    TIME: 
    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Reception

     

    Please join WNDC officers, Board members, and members to enjoy a complimentary soft drink, wine, or cocktail and learn about opportunities to take part in the work and fun of WNDC. All new members who joined since September 2016 are especially invited to get to know other WNDC members, and learn more about the Club.

    1st Row (from left): Margo Beck, Jan Hamilton, Judith Wiesberg, Ann Cochran, Abbigail Gately, Maureen Gustafson, Farahnaz Ispahani, Lydia LaFerla
    2nd Row (from left): Stanley Grabowski, Patricia Waller, Joyce Robbins, Chelsea Daley, Lisa Robin, Rebecca Milliken                                                     
    3rd Row (from left): Margarita Valencia, Calli Cutbush, Carlos Guzman

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


     

  • Winter Art Exhibition Reception

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    Vatsala Menon:

    “Inner Visions”

    Thursday,November 17, 2016

    TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Ballroom

    EVENT TYPE: Art Exhibition Reception

     

    The Visual Arts and Museum Affairs Committee presents “Inner Visions” by Vatsala Menon. Indian born, Vatsala discovered her love for painting late in life. She has since successfully exhibited at various locations throughout Washington, Virginia and Maryland, such as Glenview Mansion, Montpelier Arts Center, Maryland Federation of Arts Charity Auction, Montpelier Art Gallery and recently at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis.

    Vatsala considers her art a mid-life rebirth, an expression of her inner thoughts, feelings, and senses translated on canvas. Her lifelong fascination with the moon resulted in the Moon Series, whereas the times we are living in today—surrounded by violence, unspeakable acts of terror, and a lack of compassion and civility in the world—prompted her to process these issues in her “War Series”.

    PRICE: The event is free, but registration is recommended.


     

     

     

  • Peter Kramer, MD

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    Ordinarily Well-The Case for Antidepressants

    Friday, September 23, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE:
     Speaker Luncheon

     

    Dr. Peter D. Kramer—insightful novelist, social critic, and author of best-sellers including Listening to Prozac, and distinguished professor of medicine at Brown University—will speak about his new book (above), which is already hailed as a New York Times Book Review editors’ choice and will be the subject of his Library of Congress National Book Festival talk on September 24 at the DC Convention Center.

    Reviewers have applauded the humanity and humility of the book, which nonetheless takes a clear stand that antidepressants work and work well in many cases. “He makes a case for psychiatry as human- istic science,” says The Atlantic. “Anyone who wants to hear what Prozac has to say will be interested in this book,” says the Associated Press.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

     


     

  • Fall Art Exhibition Reception

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    Sariah Sami Najam: 

    “Ever Changing Horizons”

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Ballroom

    EVENT TYPE: Art Exhibition Reception

     

    Sariah Sami Najam, a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, is a painter who celebrates the beauty and experience of the natural world around her. Her depiction of her memories, derived from her various travels around the world, is both intense and dramatic. Her work, which uses her travels as a starting point, provides a seamless transition and transformation of reality to imagination and then abstraction. Her inspiration is derived from natural elements, and her philosophical inclinations then are superimposed on renderings with a worldly backdrop. The natural elements provide the building blocks but are molded into and arranged according to her imagination and philosophy.

     


     

  • Fall New Member Reception

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    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    TIME: 
    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Reception
    New WNDC members at spring 2016 reception.
    Back Row: Nick Foley, Harlene Clayton, Parvine Chowfla, Gretchen Bloom, Rafif Jouejati, Hana Hafez
    Front Row: Charles Loren Doll, Greta Nagel, Elisabeth Eveleigh, Ester Saverson, Nabil Hafez, David Hoffman.

    Please join WNDC officers, Board members, and members to enjoy a complimentary soft drink or cocktail and learn about opportunities to take part in the work and fun of WNDC. All new members who joined since June 2016 are especially invited to get to know other WNDC members and learn more about the Club.

    We will also discuss how WNDC plans to support our Democratic candidates in this crucial upcoming election season. Find out how to get involved—we need you!

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

     


     

  • CINEMA NIGHT IS BAAAACK!

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    Showing: Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next”

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    TIME: 6:00 pm Bar opens with light dinner — 7:00 pm Movie starts

    EVENT TYPE: Movie Night

     

    After two years, the WNDC Cinema Night will reappear—starting on Friday, November 18.

    “Where to Invade Next,” a recent Michael Moore film, will be shown, followed by a brief discussion.

    The film involves Moore’s visits to various countries to examine how Europeans view work, education, health care, sex, equality and other issues.  He looks at the benefits of schooling in France, Finland, and Slovenia.  In Italy, he marvels at how workers enjoy reasonable hours and generous vacation time. And in Portugal, Moore notes the effects of decriminalization of drugs. Through his travels, we discover just how different the U.S. is from the rest of the world… and enjoy the Michael Moore humor!

    PRICE: $25 Members/$30 Non-Members (Light dinner and movie); $10 Movie only. Cash Bar.


     

     

  • Dumbarton House Tour & WNDC Lunch

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    Dumbarton House Tour & WNDC Lunch

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    TIME: Meet at WNDC at 10:30 (share cab) or at Dumbarton House at 10:55 am (2715 Q Street NW) Tour begins at 11:00.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $15 Tour only

    EVENT TYPE: Tour & Lunch (at WNDC)

     

    A unique Federal style house located in Georgetown, Dumbarton House was constructed in 1798-99. Its first occupant was Joseph Nourse, the first Register of the Treasury. Now a house museum with about an acre of gardens, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and displays a fine collection of period decorative arts (furniture, silver, ceramics, etc.). Dumbarton House was purchased by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) for its headquarters in 1928, who created the name it has today. In addition to meeting its administrative needs, the NSCDA wanted to illustrate domestic life in Georgetown in the early federal period. To achieve this, its two principal floors were opened to the public as a museum in 1932, on the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. (Tour limited to 20 participants)

     


     

  • Suzanne Dater “Photos from Patagonia”

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    Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (Lunch)

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    In 1996, Suzanne Dater retired from the Organization of American States as Senior Program Administrative Officer, managing economic and social
    development programs in Central and South America and the Caribbean. She took her first photography course in 2001 and has since been hooked on this art form, specializing in nature and travel photography to all seven continents. She received the Master Photographer Award from the NIH Camera Club; awards from the Nature Visions Exhibition, the Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation; and more. She has served on the boards of the Montgomery Bird Club, the NIH Camera Club, and the Sumner Garden Club in Bethesda that has sold her donated photographs to help maintain community gardens.

    The slide show she will present depicts the artistic city of Santiago and the vast glacial and forested World Heritage Park Torres del Paine in Patagonia, southern Chile.

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


     

  • Arguing with God – The Play

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    Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    TIME: 5:30 pm – Bar opens  7:00 pm – Play starts

    PRICE: $30 Members; $40 Non-members. Light snacks and Cash Bar.

    EVENT TYPE: Theater Play

    Playwright John Henry, director Rick Davis, and a cast of dozens will present the DC premiere of a world-historical drama torn from the pages of early Judeo–Christian storytelling about the creation of humanity and the role of the Deity. First-time playwright John Henry presents a startling revision of the usual Old Testament stories, with a pronounced feminist twist, turning them on their heads. Henry casts a skeptical eye at tales of how “empires” are built by “good guys” who believe they have the moral right to use military force against “bad guys.” And he tackles the issues posed by the inevitable conflict between power and justice, and bares the malign and corrosive force of a “Chosen People” view of our own nation. In 2003, Henry founded the Committee for the Republic (and the Empire Salon).

    PRICE: $30 Members; $40 Non-members (includes light snacks). Cash Bar.


     

  • Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

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    “A New National Prescription: WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES,
    History, Progress, Challenges”

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE:
     Speaker Luncheon

    Rear Admiral (ret.) Susan Blumenthal, M.D, M.P.A. — for over two decades a key leader in national and international advances in a women’s health policy agenda, exposing inequities in women’s health research and sparking new efforts on gender differences in health and disease — will discuss a broad range of topics as she surveys what’s needed today, in what she calls the task of “writing a new national prescription” to improve women’s health, ranging over its history, current progress, and challenges remaining for a new Administration and new Congress.

    Former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States, she was also the first Deputy Assistant Secretary (HHS) for Women’s Health (1993-1997); and is now clinical professor at both Tufts and Georgetown University and Schools of Medicine; as well as a senior fellow in health policy at the New America Foundation, where she has emphasized health reform implementation and health technology; senior medical advisor at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and public health editor for The Huffington Post.

    Her focus, including in her earlier role as senior global health advisor at HHS, has been on women’s health policy broadly, and also cancer, obesity, suicide prevention, mental illness, bioterrorism and emergency preparedness, and pandemic threats from HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and most recently, the Zika virus.  When at HHS in her role on women’s health, she coordinated a $4 billion budget of research, services, and education, including at the NIH, FDA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She served as the Co-chair of a Presidential initiative on breast cancer. She has been a pioneer in applying information technology to improve health establishing the first health website in the government.

    For 12 years, Dr. Blumenthal directed major research programs at NIH, specializing in obesity, disease prevention, psychoneuroimmunology, sleep disorders, and mental illness, as chief of the Behavioral Medicine and Basic Prevention Research Branch and head of the NIH’s Suicide Research Unit.  She edited a book, Suicide Over the Life Cyclein 1990, She also hosted an award winning 13-part TV series on women’s health issues.

    Admiral Blumenthal has taught at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard University’s school of government, Brandeis University, and Stanford University in Washington. Dr Blumenthal has received numerous awards for her groundbreaking work including honorary doctorates and was named a “Rock Star of Science.” She is the wife of U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA).  She has said of him: “As a doctor, I think he’s genetically hard-wired for politics.”

    WNDC Board member Mary Tierney, MD, will moderate the Q & A.

     


     

  • Rafif Jouejati

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    Resilience and the Arts in Syria

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

     

    Rafif Jouejati, WDNC member and director of The Foundation to Restore Equality and Education in Syria (FREE-Syria), will provide an overview of current events in Syria, including the refugee crisis and what led up to it.

    Rafif Jouejati is the English-language spokeswoman for the Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC), and she serves as a conduit in the international media for real-time information and analysis on the conflict.  Trained in nonviolent organizing tactics, Ms. Jouejati advocates for a free, democratic, and secular Syria.

    Embodying this spirit of resilience in the arts, as a creative response to the ongoing crisis in Syria, and its tragic human costs, our event will feature Syrian-born singer — of opera and traditional Arabic song-styles — Lubana Al Quntar.

    Lubana studied both opera and classical Arab songs  and became the first Syrian opera singer to attain an international reputation.  She came to the US in 2012 and has since performed at the Kennedy Center and elsewhere.  Before leaving her country, she headed the Department of Opera Singing and then also the Department of Classical Arabic Singing at the Syrian National Conservatory.  Listen for her expressive voice in all its luster and richness, especially when performing pieces from the classical Arabic song repertory with its characteristic melancholy flavor.

     


     

  • POSTPONED-Deborah Kalb

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    The President and Me: George Washington and the Magic Hat

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon


    Deborah Kalb, has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for more than two decades. She has focused on covering Congress and politics as a writer and editor for various news organizations including Gannett News  Service, Congressional Quarterly, The Hill, U.S. News, World Report, and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.  She is the co-author (with her   father, acclaimed journalist Marvin Kalb) of Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama.

    A graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in history, Deborah received a master’s degree in American Studies from Yale University.  She is the author of The President and Me: George Washington and the Magic Hat – in which she takes her knowledge of presidential history in a different direction.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.


  • Arguing With God

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    Thursday, September 8, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    War, Genocide, Regime Change, Rape, Climate Change! Plus a Feminist Twist on the Old Testament!

    It’s a WNDC “scoop”! — Meet the playwright, John Henry, and the Director, Rick Davis, and Cast Member Gail Kitch, who plays Noah’s Wife, — and other cast members, playing (among others) God and Moses, Adam and Eve, Abraham and Isaac, David and Bathsheba. This new play is almost certain to get you thinking about the religious roots of our present discontents.

    Then just three days later attend its world premiere, which takes place at 5 PM on Sunday, September 11, the anniversary of 9/11, an event strangely foreshadowed by the themes in this play — which is highly critical of recent U.S. foreign policy.

    It will be performed by a cast of over 50, in costume, outdoors ancient-Greek-style, in an amphitheater at Stone Hill Farm, in Flint Hill, Virginia, just an hour and twenty minutes south of the DC Metro Area, in rural Rappahannock County, just a short  distance from the Inn at Little Washington.

    $20 tickets sold at http://arguingwithgod.eventbrite.com or at gate.  Children welcome for free.  The WNDC may try to organize a Club field trip to Stone Hill that day.  Details TBA.

     


  • THE U.S. ROLE IN A CHANGING WORLD SERIES: Ambassador Dennis Ross

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    “The U.S.- Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama”

    Wednesday, December 7, 2016 

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

     

    For more than twelve years, Ambassador Dennis Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process. As the U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, he was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement.

    Both a diplomat and scholar with more than two decades of experience in Soviet affairs and the Middle East, Ross worked closely with Secretaries of State James Baker, Warren Christopher, and Madeleine Albright. In addition, he played a prominent role in shaping U.S. policy toward the former Soviet Union, the unification of Germany and its integration into NATO, arms control negotiations, and the 1991 Gulf War coalition.

    Ambassador Ross is currently counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and teaches at Georgetown University’s Foreign Service School. He served two years as special assistant and Middle East Coordinator to President Obama and was National Security Council Senior Director for the Central Region. For a year he was a special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    He is the author of several books on diplomacy and the Middle East. He will discuss his latest book, Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama at the luncheon.

     

    The Program Committee is organizing a new program series, beginning with “The U.S. Role in a Changing World,” which kicked off with Derek Chollet’s September 29 presentation on President Obama’s foreign policy. The series “Social Role of the Arts” will begin January 10, 2017, with a presentation by poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller.  We plan to present one program every month in each series, with ample notice so those interested in these topics can attend. Lunch programs planned to date in the “U.S. Role” series: Phyllis Bennis on November 17 (U.S. Role in the Syrian civil wars (see this month’s calendar for details); Ambassador Dennis Ross on December 7 (U.S.-Israel relationship); and Medea Benjamin on January 12 (Saudi Arabia and Yemen).

     

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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


     

  • Folger Shakespeare Library Tour & Lunch

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    Folger Shakespeare Library Tour & Lunch at WNDC

    Thursday, December 8, 2016 (Tour)

    TIME: Depart WNDC at 10:30 am (share cab) or meet at Folger Shakespeare Library (201 East Capitol Street, SE) at 10:55 am.  Tour begins at 11:00 am.

    EVENT TYPE: Tour

    Dedicated in 1932 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Folger Shakespeare Library is an Elizabethan monument with a neoclassical exterior. Outside, its white marble harmonizes with nearby buildings, such as the Library of Congress, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court. Inside, the design evokes Tudor England, with oak paneling, ornamental floor tile, and high plaster ceilings. The Folger building is best known for the Shakespeare bas-reliefs along its north façade.

    This special tour will include the Exhibition Hall, discussion of the collection, history of the Library, and a segment on the Elizabethan Theatre. Most special, we will view “First Folio! Shakespeare’s American Tour,” created to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.  The Library sent First Folios to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. This exhibition celebrates their return to the Folger, and is the largest ever display of First Folios in a single venue.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Tour only (Tour limited to 20 participants)


     

     

     

  • Roundtable Lunch


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    Roundtable Lunch

    Friday, December 9, 2016 (Lunch)

    TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Buffet available until 12:45 PM)

    EVENT TYPE: Member Event

     

    Join your fellow WNDC members to discuss promoting democratic principles in this uncharted world of Trump-sponsored Republicanism.

    New members who joined the Club within the last 12 months are especially encouraged to participate and exchange their ideas and concerns through this unique opportunity to connect with other Democrats.

    PRICE: $15 Members/ $20 Guests of Members (includes Buffet). Cash Bar.


     

     

  • CINEMA NIGHT – Scrooged

    scroogedCinema Night — “Scrooged”

    Friday, December 9, 2016 

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

    EVENT TYPE: Movie Night

     

     

     

    No, that’s not the sound of actor Bill Murray tap-dancing on the roof like one of Santa’s reindeer.  But as it is December, the Friday Film Night offers a seasonal showing of Bill Murray in his comedy, “Scrooged.” It’s not a new film, but it remains highly relevant to this day and age.

    “Scrooged” (1988) was produced and directed by Richaerd Donner and stars along Murray — just four years after his breakthrough first huge film hit film, “Ghostbusters” —  with Karen Allen and Robert Mitchum and John Housman.  It’s a major updating of the Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.”  Set in  the “present day,” Scrooge morphs into Frank Cross, played by Murray, as an inconsiderate jerk, a big-shot TV producer trying to stage the Dickens tale live on Christmas Eve.  But trouble ensues, of the Dickensian sort, with ghosts of his Christmas past, present, and future.  And you know the rest.  It’s funny in a Bill Murray way, a little twisted, but nonetheless in the Christmas spirit.

    Club Vice President for Programs David Hoffman, who proposed the film, will lead post-screening discussion.

    PRICE: $25 Members/$30 Non-Members (Light dinner and movie); $10 Movie only. Cash Bar.


     

     

  • Cocktail Reception


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    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:30 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Happy Hour

     

     

    Please come with your ideas and plans for the January 21 rally at the Lincoln Memorial. The Club is beginning to organize right now, and we need everyone’s help.  If you are a member of another Democratic or progressive organization, please let us know what other groups are doing.

    PRICE: $5 for all.


     

     

     

     

  • Matthew Dallek – Defenseless Under the Night

     

    MATTHEW DALLEK:
    Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origin of Homeland Security

    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Event

     

     

    Matthew Dallek, a superb historian now on the faculty of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, has written a remarkable account of the test of wills and bureaucratic battle
    between a strong-willed First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, and an equally strong-willed New York City Major,
    Fiorello LaGuardia.  Their epic battle planted the seeds of the debate over homeland security, sparked anew in the USA post 9-11 in the formation of the Department of Homeland Security.

    After Pearl Harbor, FDR turned to his wife and the Mayor to lead the effort to keep Americans safe from air raids, chemical and  biological attacks, spies, and even land invasion, when we felt suddenly vulnerable and anxious about
    terrorism. ER fought for a
    wartime version of the New Deal through social advancement and citizen empowerment, while LaGuardia sought to militarize civilians.  It was a struggle over the future of liberalism at home. Within a year, a frustrated President Roosevelt asked them both to
    resign. Skilled in portraits depicted in vivid and bold prose, Dallek is also the author of a book about the first political campaign of Ronald Reagan.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    PRICE: $20 Members/$25 Non-Members. Cash Bar.


     

     

  • Semi-annual Meeting and Holiday Lunch

    happy-holidays-1Semi-annual Meeting and Holiday Lunch

    Thursday, December 15, 2016 (Lunch)

    TIME: 10:30 am (Members Only Meeting)
    Complimentary cocktails at Noon
    Lunch begins at 12:30 pm (guests are allowed)

    EVENT TYPE: Holiday Lunch

     

    Our Semi-annual Meeting is open to all members. This is an important opportunity to learn what has happened at WNDC over the last six months and to enjoy a festive holiday event at the Club. Please join us.

     PRICE: $35 Members; $40 Guests of Members


     

     

  • Inspire Your Healthiest, Happiest 2017

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    Thursday, January 5, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 5:30 -7:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Wellness Event

     

    Ditch the typical New Year’s resolutions of fad diets and expensive gym memberships, and join WNDC member Farahnaz Isphani (left) and Yoga and nutrition expert Dahlia Shaaban (right) for an
    evening of inspiration and practical insight for making 2017 your healthiest, happiest year yet. In our over-scheduled, on-the-go lifestyles, it can be incredibly challenging to create space for our health and well-being —especially when everything in our culture conditions us as women to give at our own expense. Over tea and a healthy fare, we’ll explore authentic foundations for cultivating physical, emotional, and spiritual health from within. Join the community. Build the momentum. Tap into inspiration for a healthy, exciting year ahead.

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


     

     

  • SOCIAL ROLE OF THE ARTS SERIES: E. Ethelbert Miller

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    Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (Lunch)

    Writer-Literary Activist E. Ethelbert Miller: His Rise and Influence

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

     

    LEARN MORE ABOUT ETHELBERT MILLER: “Art in the Time of Trump” Podcast:
                                                      www.steinershow.org/podcasts/e-ethelbert-miller-art-in-the-time-of-trump/ 

    Ethelbert Miller has published several poetry collections and two memoirs and serves on the Board of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. He has been the editor of Poet Lore for 14 years, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. His recent honors include, in 2016, the AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and the DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Honor and, in 2015, induction into the Washington, DC Hall of Fame. Miller currently serves on the faculty at the University of Houston/Victoria and hosts the weekly morning radio show On the Margin which airs on WPFW-FM 89.3. His latest book, The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, covers over 40 years of his career as a poet, and will be on sale at the book signing following the program.

    E. Ethelbert Miller will be interviewed by his Editor Kirsten Porter. Porter is a poet, freelance editor and  English professor at Marymount University.


     

  • THE U.S. ROLE IN A CHANGING WORLD SERIES: Medea Benjamin

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    Medea Benjamin: 
    “U.S.-Saudi Relations: An Evaluation of Our Long-Time Alliance”

    Thursday, January 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

    Medea Benjamin, co-founder of  the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the human rights group Global Exchange, offers a comprehensive overview of the alliance between the United States and the Saudi Kingdom. From arms sales and the crushing of women’s and LGBTQ rights, to the Kingdom’s malign role in the counterrevolution against the Arab Spring, Benjamin marshals the evidence expertly to paint a damning portrait of a state that the U.S. media has portrayed for decades as a bastion of moderation in the Middle East. With extremism spreading across the globe, a reduced U.S. need for Saudi oil, and a thawing of U.S. relations with Iran, she claims the time is right for a re-evaluation of our close ties with the Saudi regime.

    Author and Peace and Human Rights Activist Medea Benjamin will be introduced by Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.


     

     

  • Robert McNeely

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    Robert McNeely:

    “THE MAKING OF HILLARY CLINTON: The White House Years”

    Tuesday January 17, 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

    McNeely, official White House photographer during the presidency of Bill Clinton, reveals never-before-seen, candid, intimate images of the First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a photo-chronicle of her transformation in the 1990s into a national policymaker on health care reform and so much more.  This remarkable photo essay foreshadows her unprecedented role as a trailblazer for women in presidential politics, leading to her nomination for President in 2016.

    It is impossible to comprehend the past twenty-five years of American politics without understanding both Hillary and Bill Clinton.  She redefined the role of First Lady, taking an office in the West Wing.  She became a key member of her husband’s inner circle of policymakers as well as traveling overseas, including to Beijing, China to deliver her famous speech that “women’s rights are human rights.”

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.


     

  • Welcome for Women in Congress Reception

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    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (Evening)

    TIME: 6:00 PM

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Reception

    The Woman’s National Democratic Club is hosting a pre-Inaugural Welcome For Women in Congress reception in honor of the new female members elected to the 115th Congress.

    This event will afford our new and current women Members of Congress and the Senate, WNDC members, and guests a chance to celebrate our most recent victories. This reception will also give us an opportunity to reflect on the advancements of women in the Democratic party.

    Cocktail Attire

    PRICE: $45 Members, $65 Non-Members


     

  • Alexandra Zapruder

    alexandra-zapruderAlexandra Zapruder:
    “Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film”

    Tuesday, January 24, 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 Lunch

     

    In Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film, Alexandra Zapruder traces the story of how her grandfather came to take the historic and iconic 26-second footage of the Kennedy assassination. The film not only led to conspiracy theories and investigations, but also left the Zapruder family with the burden of responsibility for the film and how it was subsequently handled.

    For the first time—with the help of records, previously sealed archival sources, and interviews—Alexandra  traces the film’s complex journey through history, considering its impact on her family and the public realms of the media, courts, federal government, and the arts community. Part biography, part family history, and part historical narrative, the book shows how 26 seconds of film changed a family and raised some of the most important social, cultural, and moral questions of our time.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.


     

  • Signature Theater: Musical Production “Titanic”

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    SOLD OUT

    Thursday, January 26, 2017 

    TIME: 8:00 PM

    LOCATION: Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

    EVENT TYPE: Play – Musical

    WNDC has obtained discounted tickets to this smash hit revival of Broadway’s “Best Musical” Tony-Award-Winner, on stage until January 29, sails onto the intimate stage of Signature Theatre  the 2009 Tony awardee for Best Regional Theatre in America). The musical has won rave reviews with its large cast and a Broadway-size orchestra of 17.

    Everyone knows how “Titanic” ends.  But this show — chock full of glamor and chaos, heroism and tragedy, set on the most infamous ship of all — begins with a portrait of the people on board, some “coming to America” (reminiscent of today’s headlines) as immigrants wanting new and better lives.  It features story and book by Peter Stone and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.

    PRICE:  $72 Members; $77 Non-Members

    DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS:  Tuesday, January 17, 2017


     

  • BBQ and Democratic Convention Watch Party


    donkeyEnd-of-the-season Argentinian barbecue feast (from the Embassy staff), plus a grand Democratic Convention watch party

    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    TIME: Bar opens at 6:00 pm. Barbecue food service from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

    Join your fellow Democrats as we close out the Convention, and watch the final acceptance speech.  A special campaign kick-off cocktail is in the works! Please sign up you and your friends for this event before the 20th of July so we can make capacity plans.


     

  • March for America: Americans Against Terrorism, Hate and Violence

    WNDC logo8March for America: Americans Against Terrorism, Hate and Gun Violence

    Saturday, July 23, 2016

    EVENT TYPE: Peace Rally

     

    Enough is enough–is the theme of an interfaith, anti-violence march to be held Saturday, July 23, from 5:30-9:00 pm at the Capitol Building National Mall.  A response to recent mass shootings in Orlando, Florida, and other acts of violence  throughout the nation, the rally will show support for inclusiveness and mobilize against the rising tide of hate speech in American political discourse.

    Organizers are hoping that “thousands of Americans will join together in national security and peace to demonstrate that America is stronger together and that we stand united for the security of our nation and in countering terrorism,” said Imam Muhammad Musri of American Islam. “When one person, one religion, one race is discriminated against, we are all discriminated against,” he added.

    We call upon you and your community members to attend this historic event in Washington DC where all Americans can send a strong message to the rest of our nation and to the world that we stand united against terrorism, hate and gun violence.

    Speakers will include WNDC President Nuchhi Currier.

    Co-sponsored by Woman’s National Democratic Club.


     

  • National Building Museum Tour & Icebergs Exhibit

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    National Building Museum Tour & Icebergs Exhibit

    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    EVENT TYPE: Tour & Lunch (at WNDC)

     

    What a perfect way to spend some time on a hot, July day!  First a tour of the beautiful and historical Civil War Pension Building (now the National Building Museum).  It was built between 1882 and 1887 to house the Pension Bureau and provide a suitably grand space for Washington’s social and political functions (still used for inaugural balls and other major events). Then a visit inside the unique, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall.  Visitors will be able to ascend a viewing area inside the tallest berg, traverse an undersea bridge, relax among caves and grottos on the ocean floor, sample shaved-ice snacks, and participate in unique educational programming integrating landscape architecture, design, and the environment. Then return for a light lunch at WNDC.


     

  • Ilyse Hogue

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    Playing Offense on Reproductive Rights

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    EVENT TYPE:
     Speaker Luncheon

    President of NARAL Pro-Choice America since February 2013, Hogue has been leading the charge on reproductive rights for a new generation. In this role, she has built coalitions within the progressive movement with groups that have traditionally had little to do with reproductive rights. She has also brought an increased focus on ballot measures, partly in an attempt to force opponents to define what they are in favor of while giving Americans who support abortion rights a platform. She will share tips for changing the playing field in this historical election year.

    Ilyse is an expert in both electoral and advocacy campaigns who has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Friends of Democracy, Media Matters for America and MoveOn.org. She has worked to organize constituencies in service of social-justice outcomes from environmental sustainability to human rights to media reform and representation. She writes regular commentary for CNN.com and The Nation, and has had dozens of opinion pieces published in local and national outlets including Politico. Ilyse was featured as one of Elle Magazine’s “10 Most Powerful Women in D.C.” and was named on Washington Life’s Power 100 list.


     

  • Erica Payne

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    The Art of Political Messaging:
    Why Throwing Granny Off A Cliff Is (Sometimes) A Really Good Idea

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    One of the top communications strategist on the Left, Payne is the Founder of the Agenda Project and the Chief Strategist for the Patriotic Millionaires. In these roles she has created some of the most powerful political messaging of the last decade, generating millions of dollars’ worth of earned media for core progressive values. She will share her secrets for breaking through the noise in this historical election year. 

    A fearless advocate for economic justice, Erica has appeared on dozens of media outlets from NBC to Fox News. She is the author of The Practical Progressive: How to Build a 21st Century Political Movement which Jonathan Alter of Newsweek called “a blueprint for a progressive conspiracy to help save the country.” She is the co-editor with Dr. Rob Johnson of ‘Make Markets Be Markets,’ an in-depth analysis of financial regulation and the U.S. banking system.


  • Anita Dunn

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    “VEEP!” No, not the TV show on HBO, but Real-life!
    The Selection Process Demystified

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    EVENT TYPE:
     Speaker Luncheon

    Former Obama 2008 campaign and Obama White House communications director, Anita Dunn, talks about WHO Hillary might select as her running mate, as well as HOW should she select her VP running mate.

    The buzz is buzzing and rising in pitch as the Democratic National Convention approaches on July 25-28 in Philadelphia. But suspense and rumors aside, there are also important issues at stake.  And Anita Dunn is just the person to offer perspective. Now a managing director at SKDKnickerbocker, Ms. Dunn is co-author of a new report titled Selecting a Vice President: Advice for Presidential Candidates, and almost certainly Hillary and her key advisers are reading it!

    Issued in April 2016 by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Working Group on Vice Presidential Selection, the report could not be more timely.  The VP choice is “one of the most consequential decisions on the campaign trail,” according to the report.

    Moderator: Professor Leonard Steinhorn
    School of Communication
    Affiliate Professor of History
    American University


     

  • Clara Bingham

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    Witness to the Revolution:
    Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Join political reporter, film producer and  author Clara Bingham for a luncheon book discussion about her new book Witness to the Revolution:  Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul.

    Bingham’s far-reaching career includes a stint as Newsweek White House correspondent and UPI stringer in Papua New Guinea, and she produced the 2011 documentary The Last Mountain. Now she turns to oral history, drawing on a hundred interviews to document one of the most turbulent years of a turbulent decade. Between August 1969 and August 1970, the escalation of violent demonstrations at home matched America’s increasingly untenable military involvement abroad. With statements from students, celebrity activists including Jane Fonda, underground figures such as William Ayers, and many others, Bingham covers the era’s milestone political and cultural events from My Lai to Kent State, Woodstock to the Pentagon Papers.
    The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Tour of the President Woodrow Wilson House

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    Tour of the President Woodrow Wilson House

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    TIME: 11 am-Meet at WNDC 10:30 am (share cab) or at Wilson House 10:55 am, 2340 S Street, NW (near Dupont Circle Metro Station, Q Street Exit) 

    PRICE: $25 Members, $30 Non-members (includes lunch at WNDC); $10 Tour Only

    EVENT TYPE: Tour & Lunch

    The Woodrow Wilson House is the home where President and Mrs. Wilson lived after retirement from the White House in 1921. Wilson is the only President to have made Washington his permanent home following his term in office. He lived in the house until his death in 1924; his wife Edith Bowling Wilson lived there until her death in 1961. She bequeathed the home and its furnishings to the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a monument to President Wilson. The home and gardens, designed by prominent American architect Waddy Wood, were completed in 1915.

    Situated in the Kalorama–Embassy Row area, the home has been maintained much as it was in 1924, including furniture, art, photographs, state gifts, and personal effects of President and Mrs. Wilson. The Wilson House is of special interest to the Woman’s National Democratic Club, as the Wilsons were friends of WNDC’s founders Emily Newell Blair and Florence (Daisy) Jaffray Harriman. President Wilson supported the creation of the WNDC and Mrs. Wilson served as honorary president.


  • Suzanne Dater

    Suzannes photoSuzanne Dater Presents “Photos from Patagonia”

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Postponed New Date TBD

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    In 1996, Suzanne retired from the Organization of American States as Senior Program Administrative   Officer, managing economic and social development programs in Central and South America and the     Caribbean. She took her first photography course in 2001 and has since been hooked on this art form, specializing in nature and travel photography to all seven continents. She received the Master Photographer Award from the NIH Camera Club; awards from the Nature Visions Exhibition, the Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation; and more. She has served on the boards of the Montgomery Bird Club, the NIH Camera Club, and the Sumner Garden Club in Bethesda that has sold her donated photographs to help maintain community gardens.

    The slide show she will present depicts the artistic city of Santiago and the vast glacial and forested World Heritage Park Patagonia Torres del Paine in southern Chile.


     

  • WNDC Annual Meeting and Luncheon

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    WNDC Annual Meeting and Luncheon

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    TIME: 10:30 am Members Only Meeting;  12:00 pm Lunch served with cocktails (guests allowed)

    PRICE:
    Lunch $25 Members, $30 guests

    EVENT TYPE: Annual Membership Meeting

    Please gather to meet our new Board members and officers with a special luncheon to follow. This year’s officers have worked hard to bring us great programs, solid contributions from PPC Task Force members, and other contributions too numerous to name. We want to hear from all of our members as we plan for the future and an exciting election season.


  • Billy Wimsatt

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    Billy Wimsatt

    Monday, June 13, 2016

    TIME: 2:00 – 3:30 pm WNDC Library

    PRICE: Gratis, RSVP Requested

    Movement 2016 is a new “Good Housekeeping” tool for progressive donors to find the best grassroots vote groups you’ve never heard of (in all 50 states, but especially in key states like Florida and Ohio) as well as a peer-to-peer campaign to shift money from TV ads to local groups doing grassroots vote work in communities. It’s a clever little project that feels like it’s hitting the Zeitgeist in 2016.

    Billy Wimsatt is President of the Gamechanger family of organizations which specialize in innovation, collaboration, in political organizing. He has co-founded several organizations including League of Young Voters, Rebuild the Dream, and Solidaire and consulted for organizations such as Rock the Vote, MoveOn.org, Green For All, and the Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing. His writing has appeared in: Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Vibe, The Nation and he is author or editor of six books with more than 100,000 copies in print. He was named “Utne Visionary,” by Utne Magazine; “Power 30” by  The Source Magazine; Finalist for “Most Valuable Organizer” at Rootscamp; and a “21st Century Innovator” by Midwest Academy.


     

  • Film Night – Rosenwald

    Rosenwald-PosterFriday, June 10, 2016

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    PRICE: $25 (includes light supper) and Cash Bar; $10 Film only

    Cash bar and light supper available at 6:00 pm, Film Screening is 7:00 pm

    EVENT TYPE: Film Night (Co-sponsored by Women in Film & Video)

    Aviva Kempner’s latest film celebrates the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald who never finished high school but who rose to lead the retailing giant, Sears Roebuck.  Influenced by Booker T. Washington, this philanthropist partnered with African-American communities to build 5,300 schools in the south during the Jim Crow decades. Rosenwald was guided by the Jewish ideals of charity and “repairing the world”, and a deep concern over racial inequality. Beyond    building schools, he awarded grants to a who’s who of African-American artists and intellectuals such as Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, and many others. During his lifetime, Rosenwald gave away $62 million. The showing of this documentary is dedicated to the memory of Julian Bond, who played a key role in this film.

    Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org


  • Gretchen Bloom

    Gretchen BloomMember Speaks Series: Gretchen Bloom

    From Togo to Papua New Guinea – Finding New Pathways for Women

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Gretchen Bloom has over 40 years of experience in international development and humanitarian assistance, beginning as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, teaching English in Togo (1966-68).  Since then she has worked, lived and traveled in 98 countries, with a specific focus on gender issues.

    She has multiple Masters degrees and has been involved in various organizations over the years, such as AWID, WFP, and World Bank. Her work in Nigeria for DFID focused on gender mainstreaming related to MCH in the second phase of the Partnership for the Transformation of Health Systems (PATHS2) in Enugu, Kaduna and Kano (2009-2012) She currently works with two port projects in Haiti funded by USAID.


  • Dr. Elaine C. Karmarck

    Kamarck_ElainePolitical insider Dr. Elaine C. Kamarck presents “Presidential Primary Process: Rigged or Not?”

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 

    PRICE: $15 Members; $20 Non-members (includes hors d’oeuvres)

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

    Does the primary process actually work? Is it rigged?

    Less than a week before the DC Democratic Party Primary, come hear political insider and elections xpert Elaine C. Kamarck share insights into the presidential nominating process.

    Ms. Kamarck, author of Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Politics, will explain how the primary process became the baffling system we have today. Her focus is the largely untold story of how presidential candidates since the early 1970s have sought to alter the rules in their favor and how their failures and successes have led to even more change. She describes how candidates have sought to manipulate the sequencing of primaries to their advantage and how Iowa and New Hampshire came to dominate the system.

    DC Democratic delegates from the Clinton and Sanders campaigns will add their views to the discussion—and welcome questions from the floor.

     

    Elaine C. Kamarck is a senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at Brookings, where she directs the Management and Leadership Initiative. She is a public sector scholar with wide experience in government, academia and politics. An expert on government innovation and reform in the United States, she has focused on the presidential nomination system and American politics and has worked in many American presidential campaigns.

    The book Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates will be available for purchase and signing.

     


     

  • Dr. Patricia Daly-Lipe

    Patricia Daly-LipeHistory from a Personal Perspective

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    As author, artist, historian, Dr. Patricia Daly-Lipe noteshistory is biographyNot just a litany of events, history involves personal stories. Dr. Daly-Lipe has written eight books, including several pertaining to periods of history: Patriot Priest, The Story of Monsignor William A. Hemmick, the Vatican’s First American Canon (her great uncle served troops in WWI); Helen Holt: Memoir of a Servant Leader (who served under 8 Presidents, establishing nursing homes and elder care across the country); A Cruel Calm, Paris Between the Wars (Dr. Daly-Lipe’s mother’s story based on 14 years of research); La Jolla, A Celebration of Its Past.

    A new book, La Jolla Chronicles will be published by History Press this year; it brings her personal perspectives as she grew up in both La Jolla, CA and Washington, DC, and was acquainted with many people described in the book including Roger Revelle, Ted Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), and Cliff Robertson.

    Dr. Daly-Lipe’s books will be available for purchase and signing.


  • Summer New Member Reception

    sun clipartTuesday, May 24, 2016

    TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Cash bar/light snacks (one complimentary drink)

    EVENT TYPE: Reception


    Please join WNDC members and guests to enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink, and learn about opportunities to participate in the work (and fun!) of the WNDC.  All new WNDC members who joined since January 2016 are especially invited to get to know other WNDC members, board members, and committee and task force chairs.

    We will also discuss how the Club is planning to support candidates across the region and get-out-the-vote campaigns.  Afterwards attend the Arts Reception in the ballroom, meet the artist, and peruse the new exhibit.


  • Summer Art Reception

    brasselovaTuesday, May 24, 2016

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    PRICE: This event is free, RSVP is required.

    EVENT TYPE: Art Exhibition Reception


    Sharon Fox-Mould
    , a fine artist whose medium includes acrylic on canvas and photography.

    Sharon’s Hibiscus won second prize in UTRECHT 60th anniversary art competition in 2009.

    Sharon has participated in many exhibitions mounted by the Jamaica Guild of Artists. As a guest of the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago and the Mayor of Port of Spain, she exhibited in the “Celebration of Jamaican Art Exhibition”, which marked the anniversary of the twinning of the cities of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Kingston, Jamaica. Her paintings joined those of esteemed African American artists at the National Black Fine Art Show at the Puch Center in New York City. Her work is widely collected by individuals and corporations in Jamaica, the United States and Canada. Especially notable is the prestigious Pehl Collection in Eldersberg, MD, the Vincent D’Aguliar Collection in Nassua, Bahamas, and The Bank of Jamaica Collection.


  • Argentine Tango, Folk Dance & Milonga Social Dance

    Jorge Pereyra dancersMonday, May 23, 2016

    TIME: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    6:30 pm – Folk lessons

    7:30 pm – Tango lessons

    8:30 pm – Milonga (social dance following lessons)

    PRICE: $20 – entrance fee (Lessons & Milonga included), $15 Milonga only

    REGISTRATION: Phone: 202-438-4612, Email: soytango.jp@gmail.com

    Argentine tango and folk dance lessons, followed by milonga (social dance).

    Professional dancers Azul and Ruben will be in charge of the tango lessons. Jorge Pereyra will teach malambo (Argentine tap dance) and chacarera, a traditional rhythm from the North of Argentina.

    Level: beginners and intermediate.


  • Decatur House Tour

    decatur houseThursday, May 19, 2016

    TIME: Meet at WNDC 10:30 am (share cab) or at Decatur House 10:55 am
    (near Farragut West Metro Station)

    PRICE: $15 Members, $20 Non-members
    Tour and Optional No-Host Lunch, Cafe Soleil

    EVENT TYPE: Tour

    The Federal Style Decatur House, the first private residence built on Lafayette Square, is one of only three remaining houses in the country designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. It was completed in 1818 for naval hero Stephen Decatur and his wife Susan, who lived there only 14 months. Successively home to Henry Clay, Martin Van Buren, and Edward Livingston, it was the unofficial residence of the Secretary of State from 1827 to 1833. In 1836, John and Providence Gadsby moved into the house and built a two-story structure for their slaves at the back, one of the few extant urban slave quarters. Purchased in 1872 by Edward Fitzgerald Beale, the house was bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1956. It is operated as a museum by the White House Historical Association.


  • Women’s Storytelling Salon

    storytelling salonTuesday, May 17, 2016

    TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    PRICE: $30 Members and Non-members
    Appetizers/One Drink Ticket. Cash bar

    EVENT TYPE: Evening

    Registration: ONLINE ONLY VIA EVENTBRITE; Registration Deadline:
    Sunday, May 15th 11 pm

    The Women’s Storytelling Salons
    have been well received all over the world. Two storytellers per session share their stories with guests and the Salon Curator helps guide the conversation that follows.

    Two brilliant Economists have committed their time to share their stories May 17:

    Heidi Crebo-Rediker is the CEO of International Capital Strategies. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Global Agenda Council for the United States for the World Economic Forum, and a former advisor to Secretary Clinton.

    Kalpana Kochhar is currently a Deputy Director in the Asia/Pacific Dept of the IMF. Between 2012 and 2014, she was Deputy Director in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department.


  • Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Historic Whittemore House

    wrapped flowersSunday, May 8, 2016

    TIME: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

    PRICE: $45 with advanced registrations, $50 at the door, $15 Kids (5-12)

    EVENT TYPE: Brunch


    Making Mother’s Day plans? Join us at the WNDC on Sunday, May 8th for a special brunch to toast the exceptional women in our lives! Bring your mother, sister, daughter, best friend, or mentor to enjoy a brunch buffet and mimosas, and to network with some of Washington’s leading women (and men).

    For this event, the membership initiation fee is waived for individuals who submit completed membership applications.


  • High Stakes for State Democracy (Panel Discussion)

    states, all of themThursday, May 5, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    There’s much more to U.S. policy and politics than the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court. State governments–often conceived of as “laboratories of democracy”– also play a crucial role. Yet there are troubling signs that democracy in the states faces serious challenges, as our panelists will discuss.

    Michele Jawando of the Center for American Progress will tackle structural issues like ballot access, the strength of representation in state government, and political influence.

    Susan Liss of Justice at Stake will discuss the dangerous movement to undermine the independence of state judicial systems.

    Carolyn Fiddler of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee will survey some of the activity — the hopeful and horrendous — coming from state governments and underscore why state governments matter. Join us as we explore the salient issues in state-level democracy and consider a blueprint for reform.


  • Arena Stage: All the Way

    all-the-way_Arena StageWednesday, May 4, 2016

    TIME: 7:30 pm

    PRICE: $50 Members and $60 Non-members

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Theater Performance

     

    Join WNDC members and guests at Arena Stage for specially priced tickets to this 2014 Tony Award-winning drama about President Lyndon B. Johnson and his masterful deal making. He could massage a victory with one hand and twist your arm with the other. But brokering a deal is like playing with dynamite. With the country still reeling from President Kennedy’s assassination, and a rising tide of bitterness over Civil Rights, it took more than politicking to hold America together — it took red, white and blue-blooded leadership. Go all the way with LBJ, Martin Luther King, J. Edgar Hoover and more in this “beautifully built dramatic piece” (Variety) where the line between compromise and compromising your principles is as sharp as a knife.


  • Marvin Kalb Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine, and the New Cold War

    Marvin KalbThursday, April 28, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Award-wining journalist Marvin Kalb comes to the club to discuss his latest book, Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine, and the New Cold War.  Mr. Kalb is presently senior advisor to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. In his long and distinguished career with CBS and NBC, he served as Moscow correspondent, chief diplomatic correspondent, and moderator of Meet the Press.

    In Imperial Gamble, Mr. Kalb examines how Putin reached the conclusion that opposition in Ukraine constituted an existential threat to Russia by taking a critical look at the recent political history of post-Soviet Russia. The book also journeys deep into Russian and Ukrainian history to explain what keeps the two countries together and yet, at the same time, drives them apart.

    This book will be available for purchase and signing.


  • Dr. Homayra Ziad Presents “At the Intersection of Social Justice and Islam”

    H. Ziad_April 26Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Dr. Homayra Ziad is Scholar of Islam at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) in Baltimore, and formerly Assistant Professor of Religion at Trinity College in Hartford. After receiving her first degree from Bryn Mawr College, she earned a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Yale University. Homayra is deeply involved in interreligious education, training, study, and research, in the U.S. and abroad. At ICJS, she and her colleagues work with a diverse groups of change-makers in the DC-Baltimore corridor: clergy, seminarians, scholars, entrepreneurs, high school teachers, and community leaders and activists. Homayra is also co-founder and co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group, and an editor for the Palgrave series Interreligious Studies in Theory and Practice.

    She is working on two books, the first on the intersections of spirituality and literary aesthetics in the work of the eighteenth-century Sufi theologian and poet of Delhi Khwajah Mir Dard, and the second a popular work on Islam and humor. She has been published in both academic and popular venues, and is inspired in her work by spiritual and pluralist traditions within Islam.


  • Octagon House Tour

    Octagon houseThursday, April 21, 2016

    TIME: Meet at WNDC at 10:15 (share cab) or at Octagon House at 10:55 am (1799 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006) Tour begins at 11:00.

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members

    EVENT TYPE: Tour & Box Lunch in the Garden

    Constructed in 1801 for John Tayloe III and his wife Ann Ogle Tayloe, the Octagon House was designed by the first architect of the Capitol, William Thornton. The house was an important social center in Washington’s early years.  When the British burned the White House in 1814, President Madison and his family lived in the Octagon for six months as the city rebuilt. It was here that President Madison signed the Treaty of Ghent in February 1815, formally ending the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States. The American Institute of Architects purchased the building in 1902 and has restored it to its early appearance. The museum currently offers exhibits on outstanding architects and the progress of historic preservation in the United States.
    (Tour limited to 20 participants)


  • Clyde Prestowitz Japan Restored

    clyde prestowitzTuesday, April 19, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Clyde Prestowitz, who is the founder and head of the Economic Strategy Institute, is well known for an earlier best-selling book, Trading Places that analyzed Japan as a rising economic postwar power.  His new book, Japan Restored, looks at the increasing limitations of Japan to support a stable Asian-Pacific balance of power and suggests how the country will reestablish its regional dominance and economic prominence.

    A businessman and policy professional, Mr. Prestowitz served as a counselor to Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldridge in the Reagan Administration. He writes regularly for leading publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fortune, and Foreign Policy.

    This book will be available for purchase and signing.


  • Panel Discussion Gun Policy: Progress Is Possible

    336px-No_guns.svgTuesday, April 12, 2016

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; appetizer buffet and cash bar open at 5:30 pm

    PRICE: $17 Members; $22 Non-members (includes appetizer buffet)

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Panel Discussion

    With a culture of violence degrading our nation, gun safety advocates mourn the victims and feel frustration at the stranglehold the gun lobby has on our body politic. But what can be done?

    Join Matthew Bennett of Third Way, Jonathan Lowy of The Brady Campaign, and Robyn Thomas of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence as they delve beyond the high-pitched rhetoric and shocking headlines to explore the historical and political context of gun policy, the roles that state and local governments can play in the face of federal inaction, and innovative litigation approaches to hold institutions and manufacturers accountable.


  • Birthday Luncheon for Rosemary Monagan

    rosemaryFriday, April 8, 2016

    TIME: 12:00 pm – 2 pm

    PRICE: $25

    Please join current and former Club members plus guests to   celebrate the 90th birthday of our past president, Rosemary Monagan!

    We will gather on a Friday for a plated lunch with our guest of honor. Make your reservations with Pat Fitzgerald now for this very special event.

    Rosemary was president of the Woman’s National Democratic Club from 2001 – 2002.


  • Stephen Hess America’s Political Dynasties

    HessThursday, April 7, 2016

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

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

    Join longtime presidential historian Stephen Hess in a discussion of his latest book, America’s Political Dynasties. The book offers an encyclopedic tour of families that have loomed large over America’s political history.

    Mr. Hess is a senior fellow emeritus in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He served on the White House staff during the Eisenhower and Nixon presidencies and as advisor to Presidents Ford and Carter. Mr. Hess also was distinguished research professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University.  His numerous books, now translated into 30 languages, include The Professor and the President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House.”

    This book will be available for purchase and signing.


  • WNDC Cabaret Event Broadway Comes to Whittemore House

    Beasley and Parker, March 31st eventThursday, March 31, 2016

    TIME: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    PRICE: $40 (Dinner Included)

    EVENT TYPE: Musical Evening

    Karen Beasley, a Washington, DC native and retired special education teacher, has performed in over 50 theatrical productions, plus assorted concerts and cabarets.  She has sung at the Clinton White House and performed for a private party at the Rainbow Room in New York City. Greg Parker began taking piano lessons at age 9. He continued to play through high school and accompanied voice and instrumental majors at JMU. He and Karen began performing together over 15 years ago, and he accompanied Karen at the Rainbow Room in New York.

    This event will help you get to know Karen while enjoying numbers from A Chorus Line, Finian’s Rainbow, Les Miserables, and more; from Cole Porter to Stephen Schwartz to Leonard Bernstein. Karen and Greg offer some of their favorites from Broadway, from touching to humorous, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Join us for an evening of familiar and not-so-familiar Broadway gems.


  • Tour of Sewall-Belmont House

    bellmont houseWednesday, March 30, 2016

    TIME: Meet at WNDC at 10:15 (to share cabs) or at Sewall Belmont House at 10:55 am (144 Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, DC (Entrance on 2nd Street NE). Tour begins at 11:00.

    PRICE: $15 Members; $20 Non-members

    EVENT TYPE: Walking Tour. Optional lunch afterwards in the cafeteria of the Hart Senate Office Building.

    The Sewall-Belmont House has stood strong on Capitol Hill for more than two hundred years. Early occupants of the house participated in the formulation of Congress and witnessed the construction of the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court. In 1929, the National Woman’s Party (NWP), purchased the house. For more than sixty years, the trail-blazing NWP used the house’s strategic location to lobby for women’s political, social, and economic equality. Today, the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum tells the compelling story of a community of women who dedicated their lives to the fight for women’s rights. It maintains an extensive collection of suffrage banners, archives, and artifacts documenting the continuing effort by women and men of all races, religions and backgrounds to win voting rights and equality women under the law for women.
    Tour Limited to 20 participants.


  • Joanne Bamberger “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox”

    joanne bambergerTuesday, March 29, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    As the Democratic primary race tightens, it’s time to hear from a journalist who has examined not just the Clinton campaign, but more in particular, the candidate herself. Joanne Bamberger is the author and editor of this recently released No. 1 Amazon bestseller.  This fascinating compilation explores the questions behind our conflicted feelings toward one of the most well-known and admired women of our time, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.  (This speaker luncheon book-ends our program in late January on Senator Bernie Sanders.)

    A leading network and cable news commentator on the political involvement of women and mothers, Joanne was chosen for the 2014 Forty over 40 “disruptor” list for emphasizing the voices of women for change.  Prior to a legal career, she was an award-winning broadcast journalist.
    The book will be available for purchase and signing.


  • Nelson Rimensnyder “Why the District of Columbia Has No Vote in Congress and What Can Be Done About It”

    nelson rimensnyder2Thursday, March 24, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon


    Noted political historian and WNDC member Nelson Rimensnyder will present  a talk and call to action on DC voting rights.  He will explore the origins of the District of Columbia through the debates of the Constitutional Convention, early related Congressional action, and some reasons why the enfranchisement of residents was not sufficiently addressed.  He will also review proposals and attempted action over the last 200 years to mitigate the unique status of District residents, the only citizens of the United States who are taxed without their consent and governed by a Congress to which they elect no voting members.  He will conclude with a brief overview of a way in which a bipartisan movement might emerge to bring sustained national attention to this issue. Until that happens, the national media, political parties, Congress, institutions, the business community and influential citizens will not seriously address the plight of DC citizens.


  • William M. LeoGrande “Back Channel to Cuba”

    LeoGrande photo-wideThursday, March 17, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    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. Professor LeoGrande specializes in Comparative Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy. He has written widely in the field of Latin American politics and U.S. policy toward Latin America, with a particular emphasis on Central America and Cuba. Most recently, he co-authored Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana.

    Challenging the conventional wisdom of perpetual hostility between the United States and Cuba, Back Channel to Cuba chronicles a surprising, untold history of bilateral efforts toward rapprochement and reconciliation. The authors describe how serious negotiations have been conducted by every presidential administration since Eisenhower’s through secret, back-channel diplomacy. The book illuminates a fascinating passage in U.S.-Cuban relations as it unfolded.

    The book will be available for purchase and signing.


  • Sonia Purnell Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

    Sonia PurnellFriday, March 11, 2016

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Sonia Purnell is a journalist known for her investigative skills and lively writing style. She began her career at The Economist Intelligence Unit and has since worked for a number of high-profile newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent on Sunday and the London Evening Standard. Her first book, Just Boris, told the story of Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.

    Sonia’s latest book, Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, presents the inspiring but often ignored story of one of the most important women in modern history.

    Sonia Purnell lives in west London with her husband, the journalist Jonathan Prynn, and two sons.

    The book will  be available for purchase and signing.


  • Dr. David Helms “Getting to Universal Health Care”

    Helms02Thursday, March 10, 2016- EVENT CANCELLED

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

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Dr. Helms’ career has focused on advancing health care improvements through planning, program analysis, and development of new initiatives to expand coverage for the uninsured. He teaches a course on State Healthcare Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is working with its Institute for Health and Social Policy on a joint Canadian and U.S. project on state health policy capacity and leadership. From 2000 until 2011, he was President of AcademyHealth, the national society for the fields of health services research and health policy analysis. From 2011 through 2014, Dr. Helms served as Director of the LMI Center for Health Reform working on the implementation of federal and state health exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act. He received his PhD in economics and public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.


  • Raising Funds for the Work of Humanitarian Olivia Giles of Scotland

    Olivia GilesRemarks by H.E. Ambassador Necton D. Mhura of Malawi and
    H.E. Ambassador David Newman of Botswana
    Video conversation about Olivia Giles with Alexander McCall Smith

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016
    TIME: 
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    PRICE: $50 with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

    EVENT TYPE: Reception/Fundraiser Educational Foundation

    Olivia Giles was working as a lawyer in 2002 when she contracted meningitis and had to have her hands and feet amputated to save her life. In 2007, she founded the charity 500 miles, which supplies prosthetic limbs to Malawi and Zambia, and other developing countries. She was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2010 for her work and in January 2015 was named a winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award. Olivia has received many awards for her service to others. She received an honorary doctorate in 2007. She has also campaigned to raise awareness of meningitis around the world.

    “I’ve been incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to help so many people and hope that my own experiences will inspire people as much as I’ve strived to help people walk again,” she has said.

    Author Alexander McCall Smith commissioned a painting to honor her in Scotland. “In commissioning this painting, I wanted to do something that would celebrate Olivia’s character, her achievements, and her tremendous contribution to charity. I hope this will encourage people to realize what one might do in this life, whatever difficulties one might encounter.”

    For more information:   www.500miles.co.uk

  • Ari Berman presents “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America”

    Ari Berman_2Thursday, March 3, 2016

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

    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only                                             EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon
    Countless books have been written about the civil rights movement, but far fewer about the aftermath of the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed.
    In his groundbreaking narrative history, Give Us the Ballot, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the Act and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit voting rights from 1965 to the present day, as lawmakers devised new strategies to suppress minority voting and the Supreme Court recently declared a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.  This book has been recognized as a “must read” by Congressman John Lewis and newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post.
    Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at the Nation Institute. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights and the intersection of money and politics. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Arena Stage: The City of Conversation

    The City of ConversationTuesday, March 1, 2016

    TIME: 12 pm matinee

    PRICE: $55 Members and Non-members

    EVENT TYPE: Theater Matinee

    Join WNDC members and guests for a matinee performance of Arena Stage’s new play, The City of Conversation, at a special group rate.  Georgetown hostess Hester Ferris (portrayed by Margaret Colin from Independence Day, Gossip Girl, and As the World Turns) runs in an elite circle, opening her home for political foes to lay down arms and raise a glass. When her son’s formidable, conservative wife comes on the scene, the parlor pleasantries of D.C.’s past descend into entrenched posturing and an ultimatum that could implode the family. Follow the Ferris clan from the end of Carter’s presidency through the Reagan era and into Obama’s game-changing inauguration.

  • Film Night – The Hunting Ground

    Friday, February 26, 2016

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm; Film screening is 7:00 pm followed by panel discussion

    PRICE: $25 (includes light supper); Cash Bar

    $10 Film only

    Last year the filmmaking team of Kirby Dirk and Amy Ziering released the documentary “The Hunting Ground.” It documents the epidemic of rape on college campuses. The award-winning, heavily lauded film follows two students who pioneered the use of Title IX to hold colleges accountable for non-discriminatory campuses. Through interviews with parents, student activists, survivors, administrators and the police, it highlights the experiences of those affected by sexual violence, to include their organizing at colleges nationwide. Hundreds of colleges have shown the film.

    The movie will be followed by a panel discussion including Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice and a nationally recognized victim-turned-victim’s rights attorney; Josh Bronson, Assistant Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct and the Lead Special Investigator at the University of Maryland; Caren Sempel of Interpersonal Violence Education and Services at George Mason University; and Amanda Nguyen, the president and founder of Rise, a millennial-driven nonprofit working with state legislatures and Congress to implement a Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights.”  Warning: This film includes descriptions of sexual assault.

    Co-sponsored by Women in Film & Video

  • Ann Hornaday

    Hornady Thursday, February 25, 2016
    TIME: 
    11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch;

                                               1-2 pm –Presentation and Q & A
                                            PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

                                            EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Hollywood comes to the WNDC when The Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday previews the 88th annual Academy Awards, just three days before the Oscars night. She will discuss some of the best-and some of the worst– films of 2015. she will also talk about the art of film criticism and other issues related to the motion picture industry.

    Ms. Hornaday has been a Post film critic since 2002. Previously, she was a film critic for The Austin American-Statesman and The Baltimore Sun. She also worked for The New York Times.

    She grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and began her career at Ms. Magazine where she was an assistant to Gloria Steinem. Ms. Hornaday is a 1982 cum laude graduate of Smith College. In 2008, she was a finalist of the Pulitzer Prize in criticism.

    The Smith College Club of Washington, DC is cosponsoring this event.

  • Dring & Associates present “Physical Therapy and Wellness”

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    TIME: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

    PRICE: $15 Members; $20 Non-members

    Jason Dring is a Board Certified Geriatric Physical Therapist with offices at Iona Senior Services in Washington, DC.  He will discuss with us the “normal” aging process and will challenge myths surrounding aging.  He will identify “normal” strength, flexibility, balance, and cardiovascular stamina, and will address the frequency, intensity, and duration of exercise required to achieve change and maintain function.  Jason explains and demonstrates various tests he uses to assess the most useful exercises for an individual – says older people can get stronger and improve balance in the interest of aging more safely.

    Jason is inventive, imaginative and individualized in his approach to keeping us ‘elders’ moving!  Approved for Medicare.

    Supported by the Educational Foundation

  • Diana Owen, Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

    Diana Owen“Uncovering New Place, the Family Home of William Shakespeare”

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016
    TIME: 
    11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:30 pm – Lunch;

    1-2 pm –Presentation and Q & A

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

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    The Club is fortunate to welcome back Diana Owen who is in Washington to promote the 400th Anniversary of the Bard’s death in 1616.  While Shakespeare’s birthplace is well known and well-visited, his family home as an adult was not preserved.  Until recently, the site of the home he returned to after 20 years in London has remained as only a garden.  Now, after a seven-year archaeological dig, fascinating new evidence of his life and times is revealed.   Dr. Owen will also discuss the BBC’s globally televised gala presented from Stratford this April by the Royal Shakespeare Company.   The WNDC is fortunate to host this program at the invitation of John Andrews of the Shakespeare Guild with the possible participation of the Princeton Club and the English Speaking Union.

    Please note that lunch will be served at 12:30 to accommodate a morning event.

  • Spring New Member Reception

    spring imageThursday, February 18, 2016

    TIME: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

    Free admittance. Cash bar/Light snacks (One complimentary drink)

    EVENT TYPE: Reception

    Please join WNDC members and guests to enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink, and learn about opportunities to participate in the work (and fun!) of the WNDC. All new WNDC members who joined since September 1, 2015 are especially invited to get to know other WNDC members, board members, and committee and task force chairs. We will also discuss how the Club is planning to support candidates across the region and get-out-the-vote campaigns.  Afterwards attend the Arts Reception in the ballroom, meet the artist, and  peruse the new exhibit.

  • Spring Art Exhibition Reception

    HopeThursday, February 18, 2016

    TIME: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    PRICE: This event is free, RSVP is required

    EVENT TYPE: Art Exhibition

    Julia Kron (Ballroom Gallery)
    Exhibition Dates: Wed. Feb. 3 – Tues. April 19, 2016
    Exhibition Title: Beauty Within Destruction

    Julia Kron is a Northern Virginia area artist and elementary school art teacher. She focuses on acrylic painting but has a love for all mediums. She received a B.F.A. with honors from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, in Studio Art, concentrating in painting & drawing. She received her

    K-12 Art Teaching certification as well as minors in Art, History, and Theatre.

  • Harry Jaffe presents “Why Bernie Sanders Matters”

    Harry JaffeTuesday, February 2, 2016

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch;1-2pm –Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Six months ago, Democratic Senator Bernard Sanders was a political curiosity, hardly known beyond his political base in Vermont. Yet within months of announcing his bid for the White House last April, he was drawing enthusiastic crowds upwards of 20,000 to hear his populist message about “greedy billionaires,” “moneyed oligarchs,” and the need to do away with college tuition.

    Who is Sanders, why has he struck a nerve, and how far will his populist appeal take him?

    In his new biography of Sanders, veteran Washington journalist and author Harry Jaffe mined sources and retraced Sander’s path to power, seeking to answer these questions.  His book charts the improbable political rise of a Brooklyn Jew to become a powerful brand in Vermont. It helps explain how Sanders has built an insurgent campaign apparatus that is challenging Hillary Clinton’s fundraising juggernaut at this unique moment in U.S. history. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Panel Discussion Led by Nan Aron, President of AFJ Critical Issues at the Supreme Court

    Nan AronThursday, January 28, 2016

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

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

    From workers’ rights to organize effective unions, to reproductive rights, to the death penalty and criminal justice, the Supreme Court is now considering cases that could threaten our critical rights. Join Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron and additional panelists speaking from labor, reproductive rights, and criminal justice perspectives for a discussion of key cases in the Court’s 2015-2016 term. The discussion will start with clips from AFJ’s just-released film “The Right to Unite” and highlight the importance of Freidrichs v. California Teachers Association, which could undermine the rights of all working Americans. Additional cases threaten criminal justice and could impact use of the death penalty. The Supreme Court recently announced it will take up at least one crucial case weighing regulations of abortion clinics. Speakers will explore these cases, the issues at stake, and why the Court matters to us all.

  • Sarah Chayes presents Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

    Sarah ChayesWednesday, January 27, 2016

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

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

    After a decade on the ground in Afghanistan and service to two military commanders and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sarah Chayes landed at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she now works on the security implications of severe corruption. She arrived in Afghanistan as a reporter, to cover the fall of the Taliban for NPR, and then left journalism to remain there, to contribute to the country’s reconstruction. She launched a manufacturing cooperative that produces skin-care products for export as an example of alternatives to the opium economy. She has now expanded her research to other crisis zones, including Arab Spring countries and Nigeria.

    Chayes is the author of a new book, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, which she will discuss, and of Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan after the Taliban. She is a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Times and numerous other publications. The book will be available for signing and purchase.

  • Molly Sinclair McCartney presents America’s War Machine: Vested Interests, Endless Conflicts

    Molly McCartneyThursday, January 14, 2016

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

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

    Journalist James McCartney, a national security expert with 30 years’ experience, documented key problems with the American military in his book America’s War Machine, Vested Interests, Endless Conflicts, nearly completed before his death in 2011. The time has come, he believed, to remove our nation from “permanent war footing” and to insist on accountability from the institutions that feed our war machine.  In 2012, his wife Molly Sinclair McCartney was appointed a Woodrow Wilson Public Scholar in Washington, DC, to do the research and interviews to finish her husband’s book. Ms. McCartney worked as a newspaper reporter for more than 30 years, including nearly 15 years at the Washington Post. Her presentation will explore her husband’s findings and his prescriptions for change. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Eileen Davis and Candace Graham presents Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment

    January 12 ERA logoTuesday, January 12, 2016

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

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

    The Equal Rights Amendment is still not in the United States Constitution.  Join us on Tuesday, January 12, to hear how ERA activists today are advocating for its ratification. Learn, for starters, about the 3–State Strategy and the bills in Congress to lift the 1982 ratification deadline. Come hear Eileen Davis and Candace Graham of Women Matter, Use Your Power—as well as Cathy Kaelin and Tammy Simkins of ERA Action—all national leaders in this vital political movement that holds that women are equal under the law.

  • Panel Discussion Featuring Robert Kuttner, Income Inequality and Higher Education: What It means for Society, Oberlin, and You

    Robert KuttnerMonday, January 11, 2016

    TIME: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    PRICE: $5/Cash Bar (This event is open only to WNDC and Oberlin Alumni Club members)
    EVENT TYPE: Panel Discussion

    Panelists:

    Robert Kuttner ’65, economist, columnist, cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect magazine, and professor of social policy at Brandeis University. He was awarded an honorary degree from Oberlin in 2015.

    Amy Chen ’79, Chief investment officer at the Smithsonian Institution, Oberlin trustee and member of the Board’s Investment Committee.

    Hayden Arp, a third-year double degree student studying TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts) and Comparative Literature. He has been a member of the College’s strategic planning project.

    Over the past decades, the income gap between the small proportion who are America’s richest and everyone else has been growing. What are the key socioeconomic consequences that are unfolding and how in turn will they impact institutions of higher education? What does income inequality portend for the opportunities families and their students will have in selecting schools?The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Semi-Annual Meeting

    semi annual picWednesday, December 16, 2015

    TIME: 10:30am, Complimentary cocktails at noon, Lunch begins at 12:30pm

    PRICE: $35/Members; $40/Guests of Members
    EVENT TYPE: Semi-Annual Meeting

    Our Semi-Annual Meeting is open to all members. This is an important opportunity to learn what has happened at the WNDC over the last six months. We have new holiday décor installed and we have fresh plans for both Patricia’s office and other areas around the Clubhouse.

    If you didn’t make it to the Winter Art reception, now you have another chance while meeting with old friends and new members.

  • Stephen Hansen presents A History of Dupont Circle: Center of High Society in the Capital

    Stephen HansenTuesday, December 8, 2015

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

    PRICE: $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only
    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    In the late 19th Century, Dupont Circle became Washington’s undisputed center of wealth, power and status, Its residents included the notorious Peggy O’Neale, future presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, newspaper publisher Cissy Patterson, and many more.

    From intimate teas to lavish dinners and balls, Dupont Circle’s denizens celebrated the social season in high style, their nouveau riche lifestyle satirized in Mark Twain’s novel The Gilded Age. Stephen Hansen will discuss the neighborhood and how opera singer Sarah Adams Whittemore and her Harvey Page-designed house (now WNDC’s home) fit into the whole scene. An architectural historian and historic preservation specialist, Stephen serves as a trustee for the Committee of 100 on the Federal City and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Woodrow Wilson House. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Tom Gjelten presents A Nation of Nations

    Tom GjeltenTuesday, December 1, 2015

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

    PRICE: $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only
    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    In his recently published book, A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, Tom Gjelten, veteran journalist, author and NPR correspondent examines the impact and importance of the 1965 Immigration Act and explains how it has changed the nature of America’s national identity.

    The Act abolished the national-origins quotas of the previous four decades that favored immigrants from Europe while discriminating against all others. Prior to 1965, three out of four immigrants came from Europe; fifty years later, nine out of ten immigrants originate from Latin America, Asia, Africa and India.

    Gjelten will revisit the motto of E pluribus unum (out many, one) and whether the 1965 immigration law has America finally living up to that claim. He will also describe five immigrant families in the Washington, D.C. area, and how they have fared since becoming citizens. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Film Night – Fast Food Women

    Film night1Friday, November 20, 2015

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    PRICE:
    $15 Light Supper; $10 Film Only, Cash Bar

    EVENT TYPE: Film Night

    Filmmaker: Anne Lewis
    Anne Lewis documents the low-wage, no-benefit jobs of the ‘working poor’ in America’s new ‘service economy’ in this short documentary Fast Food Women. Although made in 1992, Fast Food Women is currently nominated to be included in the National Film Registry. This film provides an inside look at the lives of women who fry chicken, make pizzas, and flip burgers at four fast food restaurants in eastern Kentucky.  

    Anne Lewis is a film director and editor since the 1970s, known for Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (2012), Morristown: in the air and sun (2007), To Save the Land and People (1999). “I come out of a movement to make media that creates opportunity for social change. My intent is to tell the truth about working class Americans, and contribute to the vitality of independent filmmaking.” She is winner of the duPont-Columbia University Award.

  • Winter Art Exhibition Reception

    Ballroom artistThursday, November 19, 2015

    TIME: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    PRICE: This event is free, but RSVP is required (Complimentary Light Snacks and Cash Bar)
    EVENT TYPE: Evening reception

    Artist Rafael Gallardo

    Ballroom Gallery

    Exhibition on view from November 12, 2015 – February 4, 2016

    Exhibition Title: THE POETIC FLOWERS

    Born in Valencia, Venezuela, Rafael Gallardo started his artistic career as a poet and short-fiction writer, which led him into journalism and graphic design until 1983 when he started showing his paintings. According to Rafael, “painting to me is not only the practice of color and composition, but also an experience of deep meditation and prayer, a way of blending into the big universal canvas.” In 1997 the USA granted the artist permanent residency as “Alien of Extraordinary Abilities.” Currently he develops his creations between Washington DC and Barcelona, Spain. Our upstairs gallery will be dedicated to our permanent collection. We will rotate the collection periodically to give club members and visitors an opportunity to view our artworks. 

  • Winter New Member Reception

    New Member receptionThursday, November 19, 2015

    Reception: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    Free admittance. Cash bar/Light snacks (One complimentary drink)

     

    Please join WNDC members and guests to enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink, and learn about opportunities to participate in the work (and fun!) of the WNDC. All new WNDC members who joined since Jan.1, 2015, are especially invited to get to know other WNDC members, board members, and committee and task force chairs.

    Join us as the election year heats up and hear how the Club is planning to support candidates across the region. Various Task Force Chairs will describe what they do, and the Public Policy Chair will join the Programming Chair to describe their activities. Afterwards come downstairs for the Arts Reception in the ballroom and  peruse the new exhibit.

  • How-To Information Session

    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    TIME: Lunch Session, doors open at noon; presentation with light lunch, 12 pm – 1:00 pm

    PRICE: Soup and salad is available, $15 Mem/$20 Non-Mem; RSVP is required
    EVENT TYPE: Information Session

    The Whittemore House is a popular venue for Democratic fund-raisers at all levels. While WNDC does not itself sponsor such events, many of our members do on behalf of candidates they support. This information session will give you the chance to learn how to arrange these events and the cost and conditions for use of the Club facilities, catering, staffing, etc.

    Our General Manager Eduardo Carrasco will provide relevant pricing information for the numbers of attendees you might expect and answer your questions about food and bar options. Members who have sponsored fund raisers here will also offer insights into putting on a successful and fun event.

  • Harold Meyerson presents Is America Splitting in Two?

    Harold MeyersonTuesday, November 10, 2015

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

    PRICE: $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only
    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    With the federal government generally gridlocked, the political action in America is taking place in its cities and states. As the Republican Party has come to be dominated by the South and the radical right, states under GOP control—including such previously moderate states such as Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana—have passed “right to work” laws and laws intended to reduce minority voting—policies previously confined to the South. States controlled by Democrats, by contrast, have been raising the minimum wage and passing paid-sick-day laws and laws designed to make voting easier. As the GOP becomes steadily more white, and the Democrats ever more multi-racial, the states are racing away from each other as they haven’t done since the years before the Civil War.  

    Harold Meyerson is executive editor of the American Prospect and a weekly columnist for the Washington Post. He also writes for many other publications and is frequently a guest on television and radio talk shows. Co-Sponsor – DC LERA

  • Panel Discussion: DC Paid Family Leave Legislation

    Dec. 10 panelistsTuesday, November 10, 2015

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    PRICE: $15 (includes light dinner) Cash bar

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Panel Discussion

    Panelists: Elissa Silverman, At-Large DC Council Member
                      David Grosso, At-Large DC Council Member

    Come ask questions on the details for legislation proposed by DC Councilmembers Elissa Silverman and David Grosso that provides almost all DC residents and employees 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave. DC would be the first city to offer paid family and medical leave for nearly all of its residents, while giving DC employers a competitive advantage in attracting qualified employees. Employees will receive pay while recovering from illness, spending time with an infant or adopted child, tending to sick family members or recuperating from military deployment. The funding pool will come from a new tax placed on private D.C. employers. These are funding proposals only and are subject to change.

  • Adam Ortiz presents Empowering Stewardship “Earth in Crisis” Environmental Series

    Adam OrtizTuesday, November 3, 2015

    TIME: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    PRICE:
    $15 Members; $25 Non-members (includes light supper); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

    Adam Ortiz serves as director for the Department of the Environment for Prince George’s County. Since his assignment in October 2012, the agency has piloted a public-private partnership to enhance local business participation in the County’s urban retrofit storm water program, generate more renewable energy, and increase community participation in sustainability programs. Under his leadership, Prince George’s County now ranks #1 in the Maryland for waste diversion and #2 in recycling. As a volunteer, Mr. Ortiz is a member of the Local Government Advisory Council to the EPA Administrator, a board member of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, has served as president of the Maryland Mayor’s Association (2009-2010) and chair of the Ports Town Development Corporation. He was born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley and has a B.A. from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

  • Ben Wizner presents New Technology, Mass Surveillance, and the Future of Privacy

    Ben WiznerTuesday, October 27, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Ben Wizner is the lead lawyer for Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who revealed the scope and storage of the surveillance data on all Americans that government is conducting and set off a global debate about government electronic surveillance of citizens. Ben is the director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, which is dedicated to studying, identifying, protecting and expanding civil liberties, such as First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, inquiry; expanding the right to privacy; and increasing individuals’ control over their personal information. He has litigated numerous cases involving post-9/11 civil liberties abuses, including challenges to airport security policies, government watchlists, extraordinary rendition, and torture. He has appeared regularly in the media, testified before Congress, and traveled several times to Guantánamo Bay to monitor military commission proceedings. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law.

  • Jeff Faux presents The Servant Economy; the Future Consequences of America’s Middle Class Decline

    Jeff_Faux_Photo (1)Thursday, October 22, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Long before Inequality became a major political issue, Jeff Faux was warning Americans about the shift of wealth from the vast majority to the very few rich. In his latest book, The Servant Economy, Faux shows how growing inequality is now built into our economic system. The book explains why it happened and how the avalanche of money into our political system blocks the path to a just and equitable society.

    Jeff will expand on these themes to discuss how inequality corrupts our foreign as well as domestic policies, and what America might look like if these trends are not reversed – soon. He will raise the central question: Why do so many Americans vote against their own economic interests? The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • How to Become a Delegate to 2016 Presidential Democratic National Convention DC/MD/VA

    October 20 pic1Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    PRICE: No Charge for WNDC Members/$15 Non-members (Nibbles and Cash Bar)

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Panel

    Panel Participants:

    DC: MaryEva Candon, DC Democratic National Committeewoman; Moderator;

    MD: Karren Pope-Onwukwe, Maryland Democratic National Committeewoman

    VA: Sandra Brandt, Virginia Democratic National Committeewoman

    General Process: Karl Sandstrom, Association of State Democratic Chairs Counsel

    The process for choosing the 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee has started. Democratic voters from every state elect delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, who, in turn, select our next Democratic Presidential nominee. Learn how to be a delegate from the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia to the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 25-28, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA.

  • Tour of Heurich House and/or Oktoberfest

    Tour of Heurich HouseThursday, October 15, 2015

    TIME:  Tour, meet at WNDC 10:15 am (walking) or Heurich House at 10:25 am

    (1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW. Washington, DC (1 block south of Dupont Circle)

    Oktoberfest Lunch at WNDC, doors open 12 pm

    PRICE: Tour & Oktoberfest: $25 members, $30 non-members (limited to 20 participants

    Oktoberfest only:  $20 members; $25 non-members (unlimited)

    EVENT TYPE: Walking Tour and/or Lunch

    Heurich House, built in 1892-94, preserves the legacy of Christian Heurich, a self-made businessman who came from Germany to America in 1866. As owner of the Chr. Heurich Brewing Company, he became the District’s second largest landowner and largest non-governmental employer. The 31-room mansion is notable for technological innovations and original interiors. Features include full indoor plumbing, circulating hot water heat, central vacuum system, venting skylight, elevator shaft, pneumatic and electric communication systems, and gas and electric lighting fixtures. It is replete with hand-carved wood, fireplaces with individually carved mantles and cast bronze fire backs, hand-painted ceiling canvases, luxurious furnishings, and original turn-of-the-century Heurich family collections. Oktoberfest at WNDC will feature German beer tasting and food, with cash bar for German and other wines.

  • Getting Active in the 2016 Election – Women in the DNC

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    The Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) and Democratic Women’s Alliance (DWA) are two important arms of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). WLF Director Claire Olszewski, DWA Director Laila Mohib, and Jonae Wartel, Executive Director of the Association of State Democratic Chairs  will describe what their organizations do and  discuss what they view as the special challenges Democrats face in next year’s elections and how WNDC can collaborate with them to elect progressive candidates. They will also provide a preview of the WLF’s 22nd Annual National Issues Conference in Washington, DC, on October 22 and 23, 2015, which will include an address by President Barack Obama. For WLF conference information and registration (please complete the following form and note at the bottom that WNDC encouraged your contribution): https://finance.democrats.org/page/contribute/WLFConference2015

  • Kathy Groob presents: When Women Lead, America Wins

    Kathy GroobTuesday, October 6, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Businesswoman, political consultant and author of Pink Politics, Kathy Groob offers Democratic women insights into the leadership, power and influence women can have upon the political climate and in building strong communities. She will talk about the status of women and power across the nation, specifically women in politics and women as advocates for key issues. Kathy describes what is working and how women need to embrace power and support each other.

    Kathy draws upon her 35 years as a business executive, an elected official and as a candidate to inspire women to gain power as advocates and as leaders. Born and raised in northern Kentucky, Kathy was inspired by her state’s first and only female governor, Martha Layne Collins, who was elected just as Kathy was beginning her business career. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Earth in Crisis Series-Erich Pica presents Catalyst for Change

    Erich_Pica_Oct.1stThursday, October 1, 2015

    TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1:00 p.m. – Presentation and 1:45 p.m. Q & A
    PRICE: 
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    WNDC presents the first event of the environmental series: Earth in Crisis CATALYST FOR CHANGE: Series Launch with Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth.  Mr. Pica is a nationally recognized expert on energy subsidies who for more than a decade has worked to reform U.S. tax and budget policy in ways that reduce pollution and spark a transition to clean energy.

    “Earth in Crisis” is a year-long series covering topics such as Stewardship, In Our Backyard, Sustainability for the Future, and Getting Involved. Why is WNDC having an environmental series?

    1) We are living on a severely wounded planet that needs major restoration. That restoration must come from us — we who are both the agents most responsible for the damage that has occurred and, at the same time, the agents most responsible for healing the planet through our actions to reduce the problem: the excessive emissions of carbon and green house gases,

    2) The majority of the Republican candidates and their constituencies deny the science and the responsibility of our species for creating the damage. This denial becomes an increasingly pressing issue for the 2016 elections.

  • Second Annual HDCMS Garden Party

    October 20 pic1Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    TIME: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    PRICE: $75

    Register by (Sept. 18)

    or email: rsvp@dupontcircle.biz

    WNDC is co-hosting this event with Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets (HDCMS) to build bridges with our neighborhood business community as we launch our new Business and Professional Membership.  This new membership is for individual business owners and professionals who want an elegant, private place to meet with colleagues and clients and to work on projects away from their office or home.  HDCMS is a nonprofit, volunteer-based, commercial revitalization organization that educates businesses about government relations, regulatory issues, and historic preservation; promotes Dupont Circle through events, marketing, and advertising; and improves business conditions through economic enhancement.

    The party will be held in the patio and first floor of the historic Whittemore House and tours will be led through the whole house. Food and wine will be provided by neighborhood merchants and other donors.

  • Jennifer Lawless, Running from Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned Off to Politics

    ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Jennifer L. Lawless, professor of government at American University and director of its Women & Politics Institute. She is the author of Becoming a Candidate: Political Ambition and the Decision to Run for Office(2012) and the co-author of Running from Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned Off to Politics (2015) and It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office (2010).

    Her work has appeared in many scholarly journals, such as the American Journal of Political Science, and her articles have been quoted in in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and television news programs such as the CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, CNN.com, and MSNBC.com. She is also a recognized speaker on electoral politics. In 2006, Lawless ran in the Democratic Primary for the U. S. House of Representatives in Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Film Night – You May Call Her Madam Secretary

    francis perkins picFriday, September 25, 2015

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    PRICE: $25 (Light Supper $15; Movie $10)  Cash Bar

    EVENT TYPE: Film Night

    “You May Call Her Madam Secretary” is a film about the complex Frances Perkins, a New Deal “radical” and a driving force behind historic reforms that shaped our society. Her anguish over the misery of workers in the emerging industrial world led her to give up the comforts of home and family, turn from teaching to settlement house work, and ultimately become an outstanding twentieth century social reformer. The film traces the rise of social conscience in this country: from the outrage that followed the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911, to the revolutionary legislation of the New Deal. It is about a time, when, as Frances Perkins said, “People cared to change the way things were.” The film also focuses on the conflict in Perkins (who denied she had any personal ambition), who was torn between her obligations to her husband and child and her devotion to public service.
    Michael Chaney
    , executive director of the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle, Maine, will share some brief remarks on Frances Perkins and answer questions after the film.

  • Professor Merle Weiner presents A Parent-Partner Status for American Family Law

    Merle Weiner and bookcover combinedThursday, September 24, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    While becoming a parent is a pivotal event, the birth or adoption of a child has little significance for the parents’ legal relationship to each other. Instead, the law relies on marriage, domestic partnerships, contracts, and some equitable remedies to set the parameters of the legal obligations between parents. With high rates of non marital childbirth and divorce, the current approach to regulating the legal relationship of parents is outdated. A new legal and social structure is needed to encourage parents to act as supportive partners and to deter uncommitted couples from having children. Come hear from LawProfessor Merle Weiner speak about her book, A Parent-Partner Status for American Family Law, the first of its kind to propose a new “parent-partner” status for American family law. The book includes a detailed discussion of the benefits of the status as well as specific recommendations for legal obligations. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Tour of Anderson House

    Anderson HouseTuesday, September 22, 2015

    TIME: Meet at WNDC 10:10 am (walking) or at Anderson House at 10:20 am

    (2118 Mass. Ave. NW, between 21st & 22nd Streets.)

    PRICE: Tour and Lunch: $20 members, $30 non-members Tour Limited to 20 participants  
    EVENT TYPE:
    Walking Tour

    Anderson House, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the grandest mansions in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Since 1938, the Society of the Cincinnati has made its headquarters there, working to honor the men and women who won American independence in the Revolutionary War. The tour reveals the history of the Society, the significance of the American Revolution, and the lives and collections of the home’s first owners, Larz and Isabel Anderson. The mansion was completed in 1905 for the Andersons, a wealthy couple who devoted their lives to public service, travel, entertaining, collecting, and philanthropy—interests and activities that are reflected in Anderson House, where much of the couple’s art collection and exquisite furnishings are still on display. Return to WNDC for lunch.

  • Fall Art Exhibitions Reception

    fall 2015 arts reception combined photoThursday, September 17, 2015

    TIME: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    PRICE: This event is free, but RSVP is required

    (Complimentary Light Snacks and Cash Bar)

    EVENT TYPE: Evening reception

     

    Artist Nia Tavlarides Stratos: SIGNATURE

    Ballroom Gallery
    Exhibition on view from September 17, 2015 – November 10, 2015

    Native Washingtonian Nia Tavlarides Stratos‘ natural artistic ability was evident in her youth. She was awarded a scholarship to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, where her work was exhibited. She completed her studies at the University of Maryland and her line of jewelry was sold to boutiques and department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. She later became a partner in a Washington, DC based advertising agency where her work garnered both regional and national awards. Nia has participated in juried shows as well as many solo & group shows in galleries and institutions, including the Smithsonian, the Ritz Carlton, and now the Woman’s National Democratic Club.

    Artist Helen Zughaib: LOOK WHO IS COMING TO DINNER

    Upstairs Gallery
    Exhibition on view from September 17, 2015 – November 12, 2015

    Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living mostly in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art. Helen works primarily in gouache, an opaque watercolor, and ink on board. As an Arab American, Helen feels that her background in the Middle East allows her to approach the experiences she has had in America in a unique way, while remaining an observer of both the Arab and American cultures.

  • Sister Simone Campbell, Pope Francis and the Challenge to Work for Social Justice

    Sister Simone CampbellTuesday, September 15, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Sister Simone Campbell — a religious leader, attorney, and poet — is executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby concerned with peace-building, immigration reform, heath care, and economic justice. She organized the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose the “Ryan Budget” in 2012, and her work on health care reform was critical to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. She was a featured speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and her numerous awards include the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award.

    Sister Simone has appeared on such national television programs as “60 Minutes” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Her achievements before joining NETWORK in 2004 include serving as executive director of JERICHO, a California interfaith public policy organization; as general director of her religious community, the Sisters of Social Justice; and as the founder and lead attorney for the Community Law Center in Oakland, California.

  • WNDC Dinner and Concert Event

    concert pic combinedThursday, September 10, 2015

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

    PRICE: $35/$25 for Singers (One complimentary soft drink for musicians and singers) All alcoholic drinks cash bar.

    Pianist: Bob Smith, White House pianist for six presidents (Nixon-Clinton)

    Trumpeter: Robert Vetter, Gridiron Dinners

    Singers: American Songbook Singers

    Enjoy an evening of cabaret music as an open mic that will pause your conversation to listen. Bob Smith, a terrific piano player, is accompanied by Robert Vetter, a terrific horn and guitar player, and Ed, a great sound engineer. They succeed in making everyone a terrific singer and where everyone feels warm and welcomed.

  • Members’ Fundraiser for Tammy Duckworth

    Tammy DuckworthWednesday, September 9, 2015

    TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    PRICE: Suggested Contribution—minimum $50 check made out to Tammy Duckworth for Senate.
    Individuals wishing to serve on Host Committee contribute $150 or more (Light Snacks & Open Bar)

    Tammy Duckworth, elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, is running for a Senate seat in Illinois. In Congress, she has focused on growing our economy, investing in infrastructure, improving the lives of our veterans, and cutting government waste and fraud. She serves on the House Armed Services and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees.

    After serving as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army, where she was severely injured (losing both legs and partial use of her right arm in Iraq), she has worked as an advocate for veterans. She has served as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and as Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (starting in 2009), leading efforts to end veteran homelessness, initiatives for female veterans, and the creation of the Office of Social Media and Online Communications and the Office for Tribal Government Relations.

    Please make checks payable to Tammy Duckworth for Illinois or RSVP online atwww.tammyduckworth.com/sept9

  • Senator Jamie Raskin, “Citizens Invited”: Tactics of Democratic Self-Defense against the Roberts Court, the Koch Brothers and the Dark Money Invasion of our Politics

    Senator Jamie RaskinThursday, July 30, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Five years ago, the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission held that corporate political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and the government may not prevent corporations or unions from spending unlimited amounts of money to elect or defeat candidates. The ruling unleashed a tidal wave of secret special-interest spending in our campaigns, with troubling implications for American democracy.  Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin—a visionary progressive, constitutional law expert, bestselling author, and professor of law at American University Washington College of Law—will explore the impact of the decision and discuss ways for advocates and ordinary citizens to fight back against  the Koch Brothers and the big-money takeover of democratic elections in 2016.

  • Margo Oge presents DRIVING THE FUTURE: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars

    Margo OgeTuesday, July 28, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon


    Margo Oge
    , the former director of the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, is Vice Chairman of the Board of Deltawing Technologies, a company bringing a fuel-efficient racing car from the track to the road. She envisions a future of clean, intelligent vehicles with lighter frames and alternative power trains that can produce zero emissions and average 100+ mpg. Margo will provide the ultimate insider’s account of the partnership between federal agencies, California and car manufacturers that led to President Obama’s historic 2010 and 2012 deals doubling fuel efficiency and cutting carbon pollution in half from passenger vehicles. Margo is the author of Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars. She also serves on the boards of the Union of Concerned Scientists, the National Academy of Sciences for Energy and Environment, the International Council for Clean Transportation and the Alliance for Climate Education. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Film Night – “Ethel” A Documentary by Rory Kennedy

    Film Night photoFriday, July 24, 2015

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    PRICE: $25 (Light Supper $15; Movie $10)  Cash Bar

    EVENT: Film Night

    Spend an evening getting to know Ethel Skakel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy

    Rory Kennedy produced the documentary “Ethel” to tell an untold story and share a personal portrait of the remarkable life of her mother, Ethel—her political awakening, the life she shared with Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own. “Ethel” offers a rare look at Kennedy family home videos and pictures, which show Ethel teaching her children sports, establishing discipline and the laugh riot of Ethel’s escapades. She was irreverent, fearless and funny, devoted, competitive and free-spirited. Ethel talks bluntly about her experiences, beliefs and times of unspeakable grief, before gamely moving on. We see episodes of U.S. history, the pivotal 1950’s and 60’s era. Maeve McKean, the granddaughter of Ethel and daughter of former MD Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, plans to attend film night.

  • End of the Season BBQ followed by Nats vs. Mets Baseball Game

    BBQ_game combinedTuesday, July 21, 2015

    BBQ Pricing:
    $25 for Members, $30 for Non-members

    $15 for kids under 16

    Event Type: End of the season BBQ

    BBQ 5:00 p.m. – 7:00  p.m.

    Departure for Nationals Park at 6:00 p.m.

    Nats vs. Mets game starts at 7:05 p.m.

    Tickets are $35 and are down low in Section 111 near 3rd base

    We are purchasing 22 tickets and they are sold first come first serve.

    Club members and their guests have first priority for tickets,

    but after July 6th tickets are available to non-members.

    You are invited to attend both the BBQ and the game

    or attend each event separately.

  • VA Democratic Women Candidates

    Flag-of-VirginiaTuesday, July 7, 2015

    Price: $15 Members and Non-members/Cash Bar/Hors d’oeuvres

    (One complimentary drink)      
    Event Time:
    7:00-9:00 P.M.
    Event Type:
    Fundraiser Reception

    Tomorrow on Tuesday evening is a very special event at the Club. Please join us in meeting Democratic women running in Virginia for state and local offices. Come out and support campaigns for the Virginia House of Delegates — Delegate Kathleen Murphy (34th District), Joana Garcia (42d District), and Jennifer Boysko (86th District) — as well as the campaigns of Phyllis Randall for Chair of Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors and Mary Costello Daniel for Berryville Supervisor of Clarke County’s Board of Supervisors.

    Please attend to learn more about these accomplished women running in this important battleground state. Bring your friends and your donations to help increase progressive leadership in the Old Dominion by electing women so our voices can be heard. Delegate Charniele Herring will introduce the candidates.

  • DC Ward One Councilmember Brianne Nadeau

    Brianne NadeauTuesday, June 30, 2015

    TIME: 8:00am10:00am
    PRICE:
    $15 Members and $20 Non-members; $10 for Lecture Only

    Hot Breakfast Buffet served

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Breakfast

    Brianne Nadeau was elected to the Council of the District of Columbia on November 2014 to represent Ward One. In her many years of service to the community, she has served as the Orange Hat Patrol and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner 1B and on the Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association. She has familiarized herself with the MPD officers and small business, and she has supported neighborhood cleanup efforts, abatement of abandoned properties, pedestrian safety, and bringing the neighborhood voices to development issues. She created, with business owners and residents, the U Street Movie Series and Sustainable U to increase sustainable living and working in the 14th and U Streets corridor. Prior to her involvement in DC issues, she served as press secretary and scheduler for Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD).

  • Film Night – Four Short Films

    film night combinedFriday, June 26, 2015

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    PRICE: $25 (Light Supper $15; Movie $10)  Cash Bar

    EVENT TYPE: Film Night

    Lobster Fra Diavolo, a comedy written by Jane Barbara and directed by Oriana Oppice about 80-year-old Nonna preparing the Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes, embraces the Italian-American experience of love, family gatherings, and laughter. The film honors the sacrifices made by women immigrants to make a life for their families and teach us how to become women. In The Goblin Baby, Shoshana Rosenbaum, mother of three, explores the experiences of the first year of motherhood, the idea of changelings and mother’s intuition. Lost and Found, directed by Oriana Oppice, involves two older ladies (Barbara and Trudy) and is set on a bench in Queens, NY. From a box belonging to Barbara’s late husband, the ladies learn a decades-old secret about their husbands and the close friendship they shared. Eulonda Kay Lea is the writer and director of  Ode to Rosa, a comedy about a happy go-lucky bus driver who agrees to work the worst bus route in the city – the X2 bus, from downtown H Street, in NE DC to Minnesota Avenue, SE, complete with unruly passengers who fail to honor Rosa Parks or respect the ride.

  • This event is full-Tour of Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

    Tudor Place TourThursday, June 25, 2015

    TIME: 10:45 am, meet at Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW, DC
    (Limited car share; reserve in advance and meet at WNDC at 10:15 am.) Tour starts 11 am.

    PRICE: Tour and Picnic lunch $35 for members, $40 for non-members.
    EVENT TYPE:
    Walking Tour

    Tudor Place, one of the most beautiful and historic homes in the nation’s capital, was home from 1805 to 1983 to six generations of Martha Washington’s descendants and their servants and enslaved workers, whose stories animate the site. Included are more than 15,000 decorative arts items, historic, and archaeological artifacts, and a Washington Collection larger than any outside Mount Vernon. On five lushly landscaped acres in Georgetown, this urban estate hosted famous figures including the Marquis de Lafayette, General Robert E. Lee, President Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster, and other distinguished leaders in many fields. Ample nearby curbside parking (free; two-hour limit), and pay-to-park spaces on nearby Wisconsin Ave. Tour is limited to 30 participants, so please register
    by COB Monday, June 22.

  • WNDC Annual Meeting and Luncheon

    WNDC logo8Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    TIME: 10:30 a.m. Members Only Meeting; 12:00 p.m. Lunch

    PRICE: Lunch $20 members, $30 non-members

    Please gather to meet our new Board members and officers with a special luncheon to follow. This year’s officers have worked hard to bring us great programs, solid contributions from PPC Task Force members, and other contributions too numerous to name. We want to hear from all of our members as we plan for the future and an exciting election season.

  • Rebecca Frankel presents War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History and Love

    Rebecca FrankelTuesday, June 16, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Loyal and courageous, dogs are truly man’s best friend on the battlefield. While the soldiers may not always feel comfortable calling the bond they form love, the emotions involved are strong and complicated. In War Dogs, Rebecca Frankel offers a riveting mix of on-the-ground reporting, her own hands-on experiences in the military working dog world, and a look at the science of dogs’ special abilities—from their amazing noses and powerful jaws to their enormous sensitivity to the emotions of their human companions. Rebecca Frankel has been writing about war dogs since 2010 in her Friday column called “Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week. Her photo essay “War Dog” is one of the most-viewed pieces in foreign policy’s history. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, National Geographic, and elsewhere. She has been a commentator on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and MSNBC among others. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Film Screening: “The Sky Below” Directed by Sarah Singh

    SarahSingh_PPFriday, June 12, 2015

    TIME: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    PRICE: $15 per person (Light Snacks and Cash Bar)

    EVENT TYPE: Film Screening

    This courageous and moving award-winning film on the Partition of India both evokes painful memories and raises powerful issues that continue to trouble the subcontinent. Lyrically shot on both sides of the Indo-Pak border—with a strong local ethos communicated through the music, the language and the people—the film should be watched both by those who care about the legacy of the Partition as well those trying to understand the complexities of fighting wars in those lands. Click here to view the clip.

    Award-winning artist Sarah Singh was born in India into the Patiala Royal Family and spends her time primarily between New York and South Asia. Her work has been exhibited all over the world including the V&A Museum, Asian Civilizations Museum, Foreign Policy Association, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Oxford, Stanford, Asia Society, and many other venerable locations.

  • Marti Weston presents Understanding Social Media: What’s Useful, What’s Not & How to Get Started

    Marti Weston_6.11.15 eventThursday, June 11, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Marti Weston, an academic technology specialist at Georgetown Day School, has taught and developed resources that help teachers and parents understand more about the 21st Century digital lives that kids take for granted. She also blogs for teachers and parents at MediaTechParenting.net and forAsOurParentsAge.net, which received more than 160,000 hits last year. She is a cofounder of the Independent School Educator’s List (ISED), a discussion group for independent school educators, with more than 2,000 subscribers from schools on every continent. In June, Marti will retire from GDS after 33 years so she can write more blogs and a book about the digital world and how adults and kids can become stronger citizens by learning as much about it as possible. She will receive the inaugural Outstanding Educator Award from the Independent School section of the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE).

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton Fundraiser

    Hillary Fundraiser picMonday, June 8, 2015

    The event featured below is a private event, not an official WNDC event, hosted by WNDC member Claire Lucas and Judy Duglasz, on behalf of the Hillstarters program.  Members and the public are invited to join Ms. Lucas and Ms. Duglasz, as representatives of Hillstarters. WNDC members are welcome, and RSVPs are required.    

  • Summer Art Exhibitions

    Art reception photos combinedThursday, June 4, 2015

    TIME: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    PRICE: This event is free, but RSVP is required

    (Complimentary Light Snacks and Cash Bar)

    EVENT TYPE: Evening reception

    Artist Andrea Barnes: MOTHER’S TABLE

    Aggie Wolf Ballroom Gallery
    Exhibition on view from May 28, 2015 — September 8, 2015

     

    “Dive”

    The title for this exhibition of paintings and mixed media works on paper, Dive, was inspired by a favorite quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”


    – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    My abstract work has long been influenced by collage, drawing and sketchbooks, and my interest in printmaking and science. In this exhibition, I continue to explore the internal process/state of mind which might be sensed before resolution is reached. A transitional space where multiple outcomes are still possible but a final conclusion has not yet been formed. This space, unsettled yet full of potential, represents a crucial step before new insight can take hold, whether in emotional or intellectual areas of our experience. I am interested in both artistic and scientific creative processes – where these might intersect – and curious about the process of memory, the science of perception, and their roles in our individual emotional and intellectual journeys. By layering media and combining out-of-context images – drawn from personal symbols, memories, graphic and scientific diagrams – I pursue a visual and conceptual tension that resists conventional expectations of resolution or narrative, but instead suggests new associations for the viewer.

    Andrea Barnes is a Washington DC area artist working in drawing, painting, and mixed media. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from Colgate University and studied Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington DC. After working in New York, she spent several years working for The Phillips Collection in Washington DC. Her work has won awards in regional and national juried exhibitions, and is included in numerous private collections.

     

    Artist Sam Dixon: WINE AND ROSES: WATERCOLOR & MIXED MEDIA

    Upstairs Gallery

    Exhibition on view from June 1, 2015 — September 10, 2015

     

    Theme: Wine and Roses: The Paintings of Sam Dixon

    Primarily a watercolorist, Dixon also works in oil and acrylics. Dixon never made a conscious decision to be an artist; art seemed natural to him. Influenced by the paintings of French and American Impressionists, Sam Dixon’s work captures the essence of inspiration and atmosphere. His art often focuses on shapes and abstraction through a gestural approach, creating paintings with an energetic motion, achieving a careful balance between controlled structure, spontaneity and color compositions.

  • Spring/Summer New Member Reception

    Spring ReceptionThursday, June 4, 2015

    Reception: 5:30-7:00 p.m.

    Free admittance. Cash bar/Light snacks (One complimentary drink)

    All new WNDC members who joined since Sept. 1, 2014 (and guests), are invited to a reception with other WNDC board members and committee and task force chairs.Enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink, and learn about opportunities to participate in the work (and fun!) of the WNDC. Afterwards join in the Arts Reception in the ballroom.

  • Edward Gero and Molly Smith on “The Originalist”

    Gero and Smith combinedTuesday, June 2, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Please join John Andrews and the Shakespeare Guild as our co-sponsors for a repeat appearance of actorEdward Gero. This year, Mr. Gero is joined by Molly Smith, who directs him in a performance of “The Originalist”, now at the Arena Stage. The play, by John Strand, is set in the Supreme Court term of June 2013. Gero collaborated with Justice Scalia (the central character) to perfect the Justice’s unique debating style. This is a rare opportunity to hear both Molly Smith and Edward Gero.

  • “He’s Only Missing” and “Letting Go” presented by Women in Film and Video

    May RihaniMay Rihani presents Cultures without Borders

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    May Rihani, pioneer in girls’ education and a tireless advocate of women’s rights, served as co-­chair of theUnited Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) between 2008 and 2010. Her recent  book Keeping the Promise is a framework for advancing girls’ education that is used by global organizations.

    She has designed and implemented programs in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East for a range of donor agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, UNICEF, the World Bank, as well as private and corporate foundations such as GE and ExxonMobil. In the U.S., she has played an important part in increasing our awareness of the challenges faced by young women around the world by testifying on Capitol Hill and by contributing to the docudrama “Girl Rising” produced by Ten Times Ten that aired on CNN in 2013. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Journalist Richard Martin and Sierra Club’s Mary Anne Hitt present Coal Wars: The Future of Energy and the Fate of the Planet

    May 19th combinedTuesday, May 19, 2015

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

    PRICE: $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Journalist Richard Martin and the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign Director Mary Anne Hitt will discuss how activists are fighting to move communities from coal to less polluting sources of energy. Martin’s new book Coal Wars—based on interviews with people from Wyoming to the Shanxi province who are involved in or affected by the effort to shrink the coal industry—chronicles the effort to wean ourselves from the largest source of carbon pollution. Environmentalists led by the Beyond Coal Campaign are scoring victories toward dramatically reducing U.S. coal use by the end of this decade. Since 2011, more than 180 coal plants have either closed or committed to closing.

    The program will also include a screening by filmmaker Eve Morgenstern of her upcoming documentary about Cheshire, Ohio — a town that gained notoriety in 2002, when a coal utility decided to buy out its residents rather than clean up its pollution. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Historic Whittemore House

    Mother's Day Brunch 2015Sunday, May 10, 2015

    TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    EVENT TYPE:
    Brunch

    Price: Adults – $45 with advanced registration, $50 at the door
                 Kids (5-12) – $15

    Making Mother’s Day plans? Join us at WNDC on Sunday, May 10th for a special brunch to toast the exceptional women in our lives! Bring your mother, sister, daughter, best friend, or mentor to enjoy a brunch buffet and mimosas, and to network with some of Washington’s leading women (and men).

    For this event, the membership initiation fee will be waived for individuals who submit completed membership applications.


  • Ismail Alexandrani presents Why Should the Americans Care about Sinai?

    Ismail AlexandraniThursday, May 7, 2015

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

    PRICE: $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Ismail Alexandrani is a visiting journalist with the Wilson Center, and is also a Research Fellow at the Paris-based Arab Reform Initiative.  He is an expert in Sinai affairs and the relationship between progressive Islamists and secularized liberals in Egypt. Culturally and historically, the Sinai peninsula is an extraordinary part of the Middle East. Our speaker has participated in many human-rights monitoring committees, (e.g. relations with Christian Copts) and at the same time, has studied social mobility and youth activism in Egypt.  When he is not writing or lecturing, Mr. Alexandrani is a commentator on media outlets such as the BBC and France 24.

    Alexandrani is a member of CAP’s Young Leaders Forum. He participated in several exchange and public diplomacy programs with both Eastern and Western European countries. He was also active in several activities against sectarianism and discrimination of Copts, against sexual harassment and the building of civic awareness campaigns.

  • Sigrid Fry-Revere presents Solving the Organ Shortage: Lessons from Iran

    Sigrid Fry-RevereTuesday, May 5, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Sigrid Fry-Revere, JD, PhD, an attorney and bioethicist, is the founder of the Center for Ethical Solutions, a nonprofit think tank that helps educate and empower the public about making difficult patient-care decisions. Dr. Fry-Revere has focused on the Center’s Solving the Organ Shortage project, which seeks innovative ways to improve the supply of needed organs for transplant within the United States. She is the first westerner ever to interview legal kidney donors in Iran, the one country in the world that claims to have solved its kidney shortage. The Iranians have tried many different approaches and learned much over 30 years of experimenting with compensating donors. Dr. Fry-Revere spent two months in that country interviewing and filming subjects for her study of what Iran has learned about addressing the organ shortage. Come and hear her findings on what the lessons from Iran that may be applied in other countries, especially our own.

  • Tour of Lincoln’s Cottage

    Lincoln Cottage TourThursday, April 30, 2015

    TIME: Depart WNDC (car share) 10:15 am or meet at Lincoln Cottage at 10:45 am
    PRICE: 
    Tour and Picnic Lunch: $30 for members, $40 for non-members.
    EVENT TYPE:
    Walking Tour

    President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary lived in this Gothic Revival Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, DC from June to November, 1862 -1864. Lincoln’s time at the Cottage served as bookends for Civil War — he first visited the grounds three days after his inauguration and last rode out to the site on April 13, 1964, the day before his assassination.

    Our tour will include the house and visitor center, followed by a picnic lunch on the cottage grounds. Afterwards, those interested may visit the nearby historic Rock Creek Cemetery to see the famous sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens – “Grief,” commissioned by essayist Henry Adams after the death of his wife Clover in 1885.

    For driving instructions to Lincoln Cottage, contact Patricia Fitzgerald, PFitzgerald@democraticwoman.org, (202) 232-7363. The tour is limited to 24 participants, so please register soon.

  • Panel Discussion: Status of Jobs for Liberals and Progressives Presented by WNDC and Network For Progress

    WNDC logo8Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    PRICE: $15 Members/$20 Non-Members Cash Bar and Appetizers (One Complimentary Drink)

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Panel Discussion

    The Great Recession of 2008 took a toll on men, women, the young and the old. Since then, we moved in the right direction, but not fast enough, and have not reached our goal.  Come hear different perspectives on the U.S. employment status, job types and qualifications, and future trends for liberals and progressives.

    Panelists will include Michael Madowitz, Center for American Progress; Tom Manatos, TomManatosjobs.com; and Mike Hersh, Progressive Democrats of America. Network 4Progress uses “word of mouth” media messaging and social networking to support a “New Kind of Politics & Citizenship.”Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to improve the lives of all Americans and change the country, through bold, progressive ideas, strong leadership and concerted action. Tommanatosjobs.com helps job seekers find their perfect position. Since 2004,Progressive Democrats of America, aims to transform the Democratic Party, government and country, through its grassroots efforts and progressive principles.

  • SPAT! Bringing Oysters Back to the Chesapeake Bay – Film Night

    Film Night_Apr 24Friday, April 24, 2015

    TIME: Time: 6:00 p.m.-Light supper served and bar opens;

    7:00 p.m. Film Screening

    PRICE: $25 (Light supper $15; Movie $10) Cash Bar

    EVENT TYPE: Evening Program/Film

    After centuries of over-harvesting and devastating diseases, the Chesapeake Bay oyster populations plummeted, along with industry profits and the Bay’s health. Now, native oysters are more abundant, fewer are dying from disease, and more than a billion hatchery-raised baby oysters have been added to the Bay.

    The film’s director and producer, WNDC member Sandy Cannon-Brown, is passionate about ecosystems and their inhabitants. After working for U.S. News & World Report, Associated Press, McGraw-Hill, WJLA-TV7 and KTBC-TV7, she founded VideoTakes, a video production small business. Her career has taken her to the rainforests of Central and South America, the Northern Great Plains and the Everglades. She has produced programs for the Children’s National Medical Center, TV spots honoring African Americans, films about energy efficiency and renewable energy, and full-length documentaries. As associate director of American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking she taught filmmaking for ten years. Both she and her students have received top awards.

  • A Celebration of The First Hundred Days of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Administration

    Muriel Bowser_EF Logo combinedThursday, April 23, 2015

    TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

    Reception and speaker program. One complimentary drink ticket/Light hors d’oeuvres/Cash Bar.

    Membership initiation fee waived if application submitted at event.

    PRICE: $40 for members, $50 for non-members.

    Proceeds will benefit WNDC’s Educational Foundation nonpartisan educational outreach. (Please make checks payable to WNDC Educational Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.)

    Please join WNDC members and guests to meet and welcome DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who will speak on her plans for the District of Columbia and introduce some of the top women she has appointed to her cabinet.

    Mayor Bowser was first elected Ward 4 Councilmember in a special election in 2007, re-elected in 2008, and again in 2012.  Running for  mayor, she received the endorsement of the Washington Post, which described her as “smart, hardworking, and independent-minded… has shown herself to be an effective advocate for the interests of her demanding ward and a leading voice for education reform and good government.” On November 4, 2014, voters elected Muriel as the seventh elected, and the second woman mayor of the District of Columbia.

    A native Washingtonian, Mayor Bowser  earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Chatham College and a master’s degree in public policy from American University.

  • Nancy J. Altman, Social Security Works!: Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All

    Nancy J. AltmanWednesday, April 22, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    For more than 30 years, billionaires have been trying to convince the public that Social Security is headed for collapse. They are wrong. In fact, the time is right to expand Social Security, the key to retirement dignity for millions of workers and their families.

    Nancy J. Altman has a 40-year background in the areas of Social Security and private pensions. From 1983 to 1989 she was on the faculty of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and taught at Harvard Law School. In1982, she was Alan Greenspan’s assistant when he chaired the bipartisan commission that developed the 1983 Social Security amendments. Before that, Ms. Altman worked with Senator John Danforth on these issues. There is much more about her that makes her the person to talk to us about this very important issue. She has written many books and holds many positions that encompass her life’s work.The book will be available for purchase and signing.

    Co-sponsored by DC LERA

  • Karin Tanabe presents The Price of Inheritance, Washington Women Writers Series Two

    Karin TanabeThursday, April 16, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    After eight years in the American Furniture department at Christie’s, twenty-nine-year-old Carolyn Everett is a rising star. But one wrong decision and a scandal leaves her unemployed and broken. Desperate to piece her life back together, Carolyn leaves New York City to work in a tiny antique store in Newport, Rhode Island. The Price of Inheritance is a rare find of a novel. Engaging, suspenseful, and full of intrigue, it delves into the elite world of big bucks deals and dangerous black market promises, where one woman must decide whether she’s willing to gamble her greatest asset—her heart.

    Karin Tanabe is a Washington, DC-based fiction writer and former Politico reporter whose writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, Newsday, The Miami Herald, and The Washington Post. She has made frequent appearances as a celebrity and politics expert on television, including on Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, and CNN. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Alexander McCall Smith presents The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

    Alexander McCall and Book cover combinedMonday, April 13, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch)

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.

    “I very much look forward to meeting the guests at this luncheon. We can discuss every subject under the sun, but I hope in particular to share with you some memories of Botswana and its wonderful people of whom one, Precious Ramotswe, is the woman behind The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”

    — Alexander McCall Smith

    Mr. McCall’s two books, “The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” and “Emma” will be available for purchase and signing.

  • DC Dupont Circle Underground Project Talk and Tour

    Dupont Circle TourThursday, April 9, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    Tour is FREE for lunch attendees (NO TOUR ONLY OPTION)

    Tour begins at 2:00 p.m.

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon and Tour

    Once a trolley station, 75,000 square feet of tunnels and spaces below Dupont Circle and the Connecticut Avenue underpass were opened in 1949—and closed in 1963 after the city’s streetcar system was shut down. In the late 1960s, it was designated as a fallout shelter, and became a short-lived food court in the mid-1990s. It has remained empty since then.

    The nonprofit Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground (ACDU)—founded by architect Julian Hunt, co-principal of Hunt Laudi Studio, a D.C.-based architecture and urban design firm—will redevelop this former trolley station. Beginning by transforming the east platform, the project will activate the space through art- and design-related events, public performances and other gatherings, as well as temporary commercial uses. ACDU will also be working on long-term plans to permanently redevelop all 75,000 square feet as a mixed-use cultural destination. It will showcase new artists and designers, and new technologies.

  • DC At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman Meet and Greet

    Elissa SilvermanThursday, April 9, 2015

    TIME: 8:00am10:00am
    PRICE:
    $15 Members and $20 Non-members; $10 for Lecture Only

    Hot Breakfast Buffet served

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Breakfast

    Councilmember Elissa Silverman has spent her career making the DC government more inclusive, transparent, and accessible. Elissa began her professional life as a reporter at the Washington CityPaper near the end of Marion Barry’s fourth term as mayor and the beginning of Anthony A. Williams’ first. For three years she authored the paper’s “Loose Lips” column on DC politics. She later covered local business, the 2006 mayoral race, and police, fire, and emergency medical services as a Washington Postreporter.

    From 2009 to 2014, Elissa worked for the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, analyzing the city’s budget, leading advocacy campaigns, and heading a coalition that opened D.C. Council budget negotiations to the public. She also helped coordinate the campaigns that led to increasing the D.C. minimum wage and expanding sick days to restaurant workers. In 2012, she helped lead the efforts to ban direct corporate contributions and reform the city’s campaign finance system.

  • Spring Art Exhibition Reception

    Art Reception combined1Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    TIME: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    PRICE: This event is free, but RSVP is required

    (Complimentary Light Snacks and Cash Bar)

    EVENT TYPE: Evening reception

    Artist Shanthi Chandrasekar: CHAKRA-ORANGE

    Aggie Wolf Ballroom Gallery
    Exhibition on view from March 26, 2015 — May 26, 2015

    Shanthi Chandrasekar is a self-taught artist who studied physics and psychology. While many of her works are influenced by her Indian heritage, her true inspiration comes from the mystery and majesty of the world around her; her muse lives where the scientific overlaps with the spiritual. Shanthi’s works have been displayed in galleries and institutions throughout the Washington D.C. area. She has won numerous awards for her artwork including a recent grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2013 for Works on Paper.

     

    Artist Margaret Huddy: WIND AT THE CAPITOL

    Upstairs Gallery

    Exhibition on view from February 28, 2015 — May 28, 2015

    Exhibition theme: Washington and Beyond

    Margaret Huddy’s luminous realistic watercolors capture the play of light on land and cityscapes. Painting a subject, such as the monumental buildings in Washington, DC or architectural monuments around the world in the varied light from dawn to dusk helps her study the effects of light. Years of experience working en plein air enable her to capture the quality of light she desires when back in the studio. Margaret Huddy is a signature, award winning member of the American and National Watercolor Societies as well as the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

  • The 20th Annual Women Ambassadors Conference

    WNDC logo8Thursday, April 2, 2015

    PRICE: 22.50
    TIME: 7:00-9:00 P.M.
    EVENT TYPE: Evening Reception

    The Women Ambassadors Foundation and Howard University in conjunction with the Woman’s National Democratic Club and the African Union will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Women AmbassadorsConference on April 2 and 3, 2015. As then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton put it on the occasion of her Howard University Commencement address in 1998, “The Women Ambassadors Conference is one more example of Howard University pushing the envelope.”

    The objectives of the conference are to honor the women ambassadors (of 176 ambassadors in post in Washington, only 20 are women) and to provide college students of the DC area with an overview of the hot-button issues in international affairs. Each panel is composed of a foreign diplomat, a professor, an NGO representative/expert and a U.S. government official in order to allow the students to see the same topic from various angles.

    The theme of this year’s conference is “Security, Democracy, and Prosperity.”

  • Warren Clark and Alan Elsner present What’s Next After Israel’s March Elections?

    Warren ClarkWednesday, April 1, 2015

    TIME: 9:00am10:30am
    PRICE:
    $10 Members and Non-members (includes continental breakfast)

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Breakfast

    March was a big month for U.S.-Israeli relations and for the Middle East.  On March 3, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress to oppose an Obama-Administration-backed deal on Iran’s nuclear program. On March 17, Israel held parliamentary elections, and the newly elected Benjamin Netanyahu is now in the process of forming a new coalition government. On April 1, the Palestinian Authority is scheduled to join the International Criminal Court, opening the door to possible international sanctions against Israel.

    WNDC member Warren Clark, husband of Betsy Spiro Clark, and Alan Elsner, Vice President of J Street for Communications will assess the impact of these developments on U.S.-Israeli relations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and in the broader Middle East. Ambassador Clark is a retired Foreign Service officer who served in the Middle East, Africa, and at the United Nations. Since 2008, he has been Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition of national church groups that conducts education and advocacy to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Visual Arts Career Development Roundtable Presented by ArtTable

    Mar 31st eventTuesday, March 31, 2015

    Visual Arts Career Development Roundtable

    Presented by ArtTable

    WNDC Host: Nuzhat Sultan, Vice President for Visual Arts & Museum Affairs

    TIME: 5:30 PM  EST – 9:00 pm

    Visual Arts students, interns, and young professionals in the first two years of their careers are invited to a Career Development Roundtable presented by ArtTable at WNDC, offering participants an opportunity to meet with experienced professional women working in the visual arts to discuss career issues. It is also a chance for students to meet their peers in other graduate programs in the DC area.

    Tables are organized by professions in the visual arts field. Each table will feature a group of students and one or two women working in the assigned area of the visual arts. Facilitators will speak with students about their career paths and their experiences working in the field, and students will have the chance to ask questions.

  • UN International Women’s Day: “Make It Happen” Panel Discussion

    March 31st panel combined1Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    “Make It Happen” is the United Nations 2015 theme for International Women’s Day, in collaboration with the Universal Peace Foundation–a time to reflect on the progress made, to call for needed changes, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. Speakers include:

    Mrs. Hind Kabawat is a senior program officer in United States Institutes of Peace.  She is also a senior research associate in public diplomacy and director of the conflict resolution program of Syria at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) at George Mason University.

    Dr. Davina P. Durgana, Senior Technical Advisor on Human Trafficking for SeraphimGLOBAL, a human trafficking expert who focuses on applying analytical models to understanding vulnerability, risk, and prevalence.

    Dr. Marcia Dyson, Founder and CEO, Women’s Global Initiative

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright selected her to be on the Women’s Global Summit Leadership Board and Zainab Al-Suwaij, the president of the American Islamic Congress, invited her to join her in Cairo, Egypt, to work with Egyptian women on creating a modern narrative for Muslim women.

    Dr. Sahar Khamis: Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an expert on Arab and Muslim media and the former Head of the Mass Communication and Information Science Department in Qatar University.

    Her Excellency Amélia Matos Sumbana,
    Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique to the

    United States of America and

    Dr. Samia Burton: Internal Medicine Specialist have also been invited to attend.

  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital: Can films make a difference in people’s thinking and actions?

    March 27 event picFriday, March 27, 2015

    TIME: Time: 6:00 p.m.-Light supper served and bar opens;

    7:00 p.m. Film Screening (followed by discussion)

    PRICE: $20 (Light supper $15; Movie $5) Cash Bar

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

    Premiere Screening of Five Short Films (4-7 minutes each)

    WHAT WE HAVE LEFT BEHIND IN IRAQ

    ECOSYSTEMS, WAR and CLIMATE CHANGE

    ENVIRONMENTAL PATHWAYS TO PEACE BUILDING

    TOP PRIORITY

    FORGING A NEW ETHIC

    Panelists:

    Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear

    Ted Conwell, Founder and Lead Organizer, Climate First! Inc

    Steve Michelson, President and Executive Producer, Specialty Studios/Video Project

    Discussion Moderated by Filmmakers Alice and Lincoln Day

    Alice and Lincoln Day, filmmakers of the award-winning documentary, Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War, will host the premiere of five short films (four to seven minutes each). The program will feature a discussion with the audience and a panel of two local peace and climate-change activists, Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear, and Ted Conwell, Climate First! Inc.,as well as Steve Michelson, a prominent expert in the field of documentary film.

    The short films—opening with “What We Have Left Behind in Iraq” and closing with “Forging a New Ethic”—represent a progression from the despair we feel about the toxic environment the Iraq war has left behind to the hope that real change is possible through creating alternatives to military force and building a new ethic of interdependence with the natural world.  The audience and panel will be encouraged to comment critically on the short films as potential change makers. Alice and Lincoln will moderate the discussion.

  • Marie Clarke Brill and Ramona Vijeyarasa present ActionAid: Safe Cities Campaign for Women

    Marie and Ramona combinedThursday, March 26, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Marie Clarke Brill is executive director of ActionAid USA, which works throughout the globe with coalitions of poor and excluded people to provide relief from disasters and conflicts, empower women, fight hunger, and increase access to education. Previously, she served as deputy director of Africa Action and as executive director of the Jubilee USA Network, which seeks the cancellation of impoverished countries’ debt.

    Ramona Vijeyarasa, the international programme manager for women’s rights at ActionAid International, previously led ActionAid’s women’s rights team in the areas of violence against women and sexual and reproductive rights. She has also worked for the International Organisation for Migration in Vietnam and Ukraine, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the International Center for Transitional Justice. She is the author of Sex, Slavery and the Trafficked Woman: Dispelling the Myths and Misconceptions about Trafficking and its Victims.

  • Katherine Tallmadge, “Living Lite” Columnist presents The Top Ten (Surprising) Super Foods for 2015

    Katherine Tallmadge1Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Katherine Tallmadge, president of Personalized Nutrition and author of Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations, is internationally recognized and respected in the nutrition and weight loss field. She is a popular nutrition and weight loss counselor, speaker, and author.

    A media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she regularly appears on CNN and major network news programs such as Fox News, ABC’s Good Morning America, 20/20 and ABC Nightly News. She has been featured on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, The Emeril Lagasse Show, PBS’s Talk of the Nation and the Diane Rehm Show. She is quoted in USA Today, Newsweek, The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart Living, and others. She was named the best nutritionist by The Washington Post andHarpers’ Bazaar. The book will be available for signing and purchase.

  • Brent Budowsky, Superwoman Comes to the Supermarket: America from John Kennedy to Hillary Clinton

    Brent BudowskyThursday, March 19, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    From the mid-1970s to 1990, Brent Budowsky served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen. He was responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, and was one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. He served as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Alexander, then as Chief Deputy Whip of the House of Representatives. Mr. Budowsky is currently a member of the International Advisory Council of the Intelligence Summit. In 1990, he left government for his marketing and public affairs business, and he is a regular contributor to The Hill.

  • SOLD OUT-Small Private Tour of U.S. Institute of Peace

    Private Tour USIP picFriday, March 13, 2015

    TIME: 10:30am –  11:15am Meet at USIP at 10:30am (23rd and Constitution Avenue, N.W.)

    PRICE: Tour, no charge. Lunch ($15) will be served at WNDC after the tour.

    When reserving please indicate if you will want lunch This is a small private tour. Numbers are limited. All participants will be required to show an official photo ID to enter the building.

    EVENT TYPE: Walking Tour

    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT AND NO LONGER ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS

    The U.S. Institute of Peace was created by the U.S. Congress in 1984 to enhance the U.S. capacity to prevent, manage and resolve international conflicts through nonviolent means. USIP works to build peace by engaging directly in conflict zones around the world, and by providing analysis, education, training and resources to those working for peace.

    USIP’s headquarters is a living monument to peace, which supports the Institute’s work in several important ways, as the tour will explain. It was designed by internationally-renowned Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie and was funded by a public-private partnership, with the majority of funding coming from Congress. The building has a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for implementing sustainable and cost-effective design.

  • Marcela Faruqui, Adventure to India!

    Henna combinedThursday, March 12, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Join us as members, Anne Martin and Elaine Newman share their journey to India to witness the signing of the sister cities agreement between Montgomery County and Hyderabad, India. As ambassadors of good will, they will share their perspective of education in rural areas through programs such as the Ekal School, whose premise is “If poor children cannot come to education, education must go to the child.”

    Be treated to Henna body art, which is a non-permanent tattoo and an ancient cosmetic ritual, originating in Africa. Professional Henna artist Marcela Faruqui will suggest designs for your hands or arms. It is a reminder of the fantastic story of love that resulted in the construction of the magnificent structure known as the Taj Mahal.

  • Maud Casey presents The Man Who Walked Away, Washington Women Writers Series Two

    Maud CaseyTuesday, March 10, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Maud Casey’s new novel, The Man Who Walked Away, is based on the case history of Albert Dadas, a psychiatric patient in the hospital of St. André in Bordeaux in the nineteenth century, The book imagines Albert’s wanderings and the anguish that caused him to seek treatment with a doctor who would create a diagnosis for him, a narrative for his pain. Maud Casey is the author of two other novels, The Shape of Things to Come, and Genealogy, and a collection of stories, Drastic. Her stories have appeared in TheThreepenny Review, American Fiction, the Prairie Schooner, The American Scholar, and other distinguished publications.

    She is the recipient of the Calvino Prize and a DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship.Introducing Ms. Casey will be Sarah Blake, PhD, the author of Full Turn, and two novels, Grange House and The Postmistress. She has also taught at universities in Colorado, New York, and the DC area. The book will be available for purchase and signing. 

  • Tour of Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

    Tour of Arlington HouseWednesday, March 4, 2015

    TIME: Depart WNDC (car share) 10:30am or meet at Arlington House 11:00 am (See below on how to obtain information on parking and Metro/tour bus access). Return to WNDC 12:30 pm

    PRICE: Tour: Free for members, $10 for non-members. Optional lunch afterwards at WNDC: $15

    EVENT TYPE: Walking Tour (Wear comfortable walking shoes).

    The residence of Robert E. Lee and his family before the Civil War, Arlington House has  a unique and interesting story, with connections to many important figures, issues and events in American History. Built by George Washington Parke Custis and his slaves between 1802 and 1818, the house and grounds served many purposes over the last two hundred years: a family home for the Lees and Custises, a plantation estate and home to 63 slaves, a monument honoring George Washington, a military headquarters, a community for emancipated slaves, and a national cemetery.

    Our tour will include the house with its exquisite furnishings and gorgeous view of Washington DC, two slave quarters, book store, and Robert E. Lee Museum.  (Wear comfortable walking shoes.) Tour size is limited to 24 participants. Please also indicate if you are willing to be one of the six drivers to form our car pool. 

    Arlington House is managed by the National Park Service and located in Arlington National Cemetery. For driving instructions and information on parking or access by Metro and the Arlington Cemetery tour bus (Arlington House is one of the stops), please contact Patricia Fitzgerald, PFitzgerald@democraticwoman.org, (202) 232-7363.

  • Courtney Brkic, The First Rule of Swimming

    Courtney BrkicTuesday, March 3, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    In The First Rule of Swimming, Magdalena leaves the isolated Croatian island where her family has always lived and sets off to New York to find her younger sister. Her search begins to unspool the dark history of their family, reaching back three generations to a country torn by war. Brooke Allen wrote in the New York Times Book Review that “Brkic conveys . . .dislocations with empathy and poetic grace,” and The New Yorker calls the novel “A suspenseful debut…The novel draws its narrative force from the characters’ desire to protect family and to survive at all costs…”

    Courtney Brkic is also the author of Stillness: and Other Stories (2003) and The Stone Fields (2004). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, and National Geographic, among others. She has received a Fulbright scholarship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Writer’s award. The Stone Fields was shortlisted for a Freedom of Expression Award by the Index on Censorship. The book will be available for signing and purchase.

  • Tale of theTongs – Film Night

    Film Night_feb 27Friday, February 27, 2015

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    PRICE: $25 (Light supper $15; Movie $10) Cash Bar

    EVENT TYPE: Film & Speaker Reception

    Tale of the Tongs documents the story of Catholic University architecture professor Travis Price and his students building an architectural memorial on the island of Inishturk, Ireland over nine days in 2013. The film interweaves the process of construction with profiles of people who live on the island, their culture and landscape. A discussion with the film directors, Judy and Stanley Hallet follows the screening. Filmmaker Judith Hallet’s subjects have included the tribes of Indonesia’s Irian Jaya rainforest, Argentina gauchos, Yellowstone’s wild buffalo—and profiles of Jane Goodall and Pope John Paul II. She received DC’s Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline. Stanley Hallet, Catholic University’s Professor Emeritus of Architecture, explores the historic and contemporary relationships between culture, urban design, landscape and architecture. Recognized as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for his contributions to architecture and architectural education, he has received twelve AIA design awards.

  • Joe David, Clashing Religions: Reconstructing My Mother’s WWI Genocide Story

    Joe DavidThursday, February 26, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    On a small slice of ancient and isolated land owned by a wealthy Assyrian family, a young Christian girl awakens to the brutal massacre of her race in a war that she is too young to understand. Stripped of her privileged existence, pursued by a Muslim governor—a symbol of the rising new world order—and surrounded by deep-seated hatred and unspeakable horrors, she must somehow come to terms with the nightmare that her life has become. Set in Persia during World War I, The Infidels takes you on a journey into the past where you will glimpse the horrors to come in the future.

    Joe David has written six books. After the publication of his first novel, The Fire Within, he was a frequent radio and television talk show guest in major U.S. cities. His writings have appeared in professional journals, newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and books. The book “Infidels” will be available for purchase and signing.

    *NOTE: this program has been moved to
    The Dupont Circle Hotel 1500 New Hampshire NW
    .

    WNDC can validate the parking across the street at the Central Parking garage for $7.00.

  • Dr. Lisette M. Garcia and René Redwood present The Power of the Purse: Gender Lens Investing and Giving

    Lisette and Rene combinedTuesday, February 24, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues, The Transition Network and
    The Woman’s National Democratic Club

    present

    The Power of the Purse:  Gender Lens Investing and Giving

    Dr. Lisette M. Garcia and René Redwood

    A movement known as “investing with a gender lens” focused on the nexus of gender and investment is emerging to encourage the use of investments to deliver financial returns and to improve the lives of women and girls. A gender lens allows investors to gain new perspectives, highlight poorly understood inequalities, uncover new opportunities, identify blockages in the system, and find value where none was found before. Goals include adding women to corporate boards and in leadership positions.

    Dr. Lisette Garcia directs the  Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) Research Institute to advance Hispanic inclusion in corporate America.

    René Redwood, CEO of Redwood Enterprise, LLC, is one of the nation’s foremost diversity experts and advocates. She has been Director of Political Operations for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and District Office Director for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

    Although women are the majority voters, women are more likely to be at financial risk. Investing and giving with a gender lens can create financial and social impact by increasing women’s access to capital, promoting workplace equity, and creating products and services that improve the lives of women and girls. Applying a gender lens highlights the ways that gender is material to financial outcomes and financial outcomes are material to gender.  Women need to close the gap: only 7% of all philanthropic dollars are invested in programs for girls and women.

  • Carol S. Bessette – Member Speaks Series

    Carol S. BessetteThursday, February 19, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Long-time member Carol Bessette is now known as a certified master tour guide with over twenty years’ experience showing Washington sites to visitors. She is also known for her Spies of Washington tours, featuring the homes, offices, and drop sites of major and minor espionage figures over the years. But before that, she was an Air Force intelligence officer for 25 years, entering the military when it was far from welcoming to women. She served for thirteen months in Vietnam, arriving shortly after the Tet Offensive. Over the years of her career, she witnessed the gradual greater acceptance of women, and more professional doors opening, but, as the headlines of today indicate, not all problems have been solved. Carol will discuss her experiences, and the path that led her to WNDC.

  • Dr. Roselyn E. Epps

    Dr. Roselyn EppsWednesday, February 18, 2015

    TIME: Buffet Lunch 11:30am – 1:30pm; Presentation and Q & A 12-1pm

    LUNCH PRICE: $15 per person

    Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Roselyn E. Epps at the Club for Black History Month. She will speak about her mother, Dr. Roselyn Payne Epps and her involvement with Girls Inc. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Roselyn Payne Epps was the first African American and first woman to become president of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She spent her life and career as an advocate for women, minorities, and the underserved. Combining her skills as doctor and administrator, she was recognized for her foresight and leadership in medicine, pediatrics, maternal and child health, women’s health, and public health.

    Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 138,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues girls face. The organization educates the media about critical issues facing girls. In addition, the organization teaches girls how to advocate for themselves and their communities while using their voices to promote positive change.

  • Caroline Fredrickson, Woman and Work

    Caroline FredricksonTuesday, February 10, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society (ACS), oversees the group and provides a steady hand of leadership to the nation’s leading progressive legal organization, which now has more than 40 lawyer chapters across the country, student chapters in nearly every law school in the United States, and thousands of members throughout the nation. She is an eloquent spokesperson for ACS and the progressive movement on issues such as civil and human rights, judicial nominations and the importance of the courts in America, marriage equality, voting rights, the role of money in politics, labor law, anti-discrimination efforts, and so much more.

    She has been widely published on a wide range of legal and constitutional issues and is a frequent guest on television and radio shows, including a notable and well-covered appearance on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor in 2012 defending the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Nancy Duff Campbell, 2014 – 2015 Supreme Court Cases What to expect?

    Nancy Duff CampbellThursday, February 5, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Come learn about the upcoming 2014-2015 Supreme Court case from Nancy Duff Campbell, a recognized expert on women’s law and public policy issues—and founder and Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center, one of the nation’s preeminent women’s rights organizations. Ms. Campbell has helped develop and implement key legislative initiatives and litigation protecting women’s rights. She has been appointed to many Congressional commissions and committees working on family services, child support, custody, women in the services.

    Her many awards include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “Lifetime Achievement Award,” the DC Bar’s William J. Brennan Award, the DC Women’s Bar Association’s 2010 Woman Lawyer of the Year, the Woman of Genius by Trinity College, Barnard College of Columbia University’s Millicent Carey McIntosh Award, the Center for Law and Social Policy’s 25th Anniversary Award, and NYU law school’s “NYU Alumnus/Alumna of the Month.”

  • Congressman Tim Ryan, Politics and Mind-Body Medicine: Partnership for Change Panel Discussion

    feb 3_panel combined photosTuesday, February 3, 2015

    Price: Members $15; Non-Members $20/Cash Bar/Hors d’oeuvres         
    Event Time:
    6:00-8:30 P.M.
    Event Type: 
    Panel Discussion

    Mind-Body approaches and mindfulness, which have proved so useful in relieving stress and preventing illness, have the capacity to transform political discourse and restore cooperation, compassion and civility to our public as well as our private lives. In this panel discussion,
    Congressman Tim Ryan
    , (D-OH 13), Chairman of the Military Mental Health Caucus and who was recently profiled on 60 Minutes and hailed by Time Magazine as a “rock star” among the mindfulness evangelicals, will offer his personal insights on the benefits of Mind-Body practices in politics and social programs. 
    Dr. Jim Gordon
    , the Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School and a former chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, will discuss the use of Mind-Body Medicine to enhance health, address violence and fear, and heal population-wide psychological trauma.

    Licensed Social Workers and Certified by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Fran Zamore and Michael Shea will offer clinical case studies on the benefits of Mind-Body Skills Groups. The program will provide the audience with an understanding of how and why Mind-Body practices have been so successful.

  • Tour of the Library of Congress

    The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.Thursday, January 29, 2015

    TIME: Meet at the Library of Congress at 10:30am

    PRICE: Tour: free  Lunch: $15.

    (When reserving, please indicate if you will want lunch)

    EVENT TYPE: Walking Tour (Closest Metro stop: Capitol South)

    Tour the Library of Congress’s Jefferson Building, the oldest and most ornate of the Library’s three buildings on Capitol Hill. The one-hour, docent-led tour will highlight the Library’s history and holdings, how the Library works, and the interior decoration of the Jefferson Building, which many think is the most beautifully decorated public building in the country. Lunch will be served at the WNDC after the tour.

    The Jefferson Building is located at 10 First Street, SE, across the street from the Capitol. Enter through the driveway-level entrance, under the massive staircase. We will meet at 10:30 am at the Information Desk, which will be directly in front of you after clearing security. Tour begins at 10:45 am. Tour size is limited to 25 attendees.

  • Mike Canning, Hollywood on the Potomac How the Movies View Washington, DC

    Film NightFriday, January 23, 2015

    TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    PRICE: $25 (Light supper $15; Movie $10) Cash Bar

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

    Ever since he saw his first film at age four in his home town, Fargo, North Dakota, Mike Canning has been fascinated by movies. After working for 28 years as a foreign service officer and press and cultural officer in eight countries, he began his second career, going to the “flickers” and reviewing movies for the Hill Ragnewspaper for more than 20 years. He has also written on film, public affairs, politics, and on the depiction of Washington politics and the U.S. Congress in American feature films.

    Hollywood on the Potomac offers a comprehensive look at how Washington, DC, has been portrayed as subject, setting, or background in American films. Canning will show clips of films depicting Washington.The book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Jack Devine, Good Hunting

    Jack DevineTuesday, January 20, 2015

    TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A
    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Good Hunting depicts Mr. Devine’s 32-year CIA career and looks into current and future national security challenges. At the CIA, Mr. Devine served as both Acting Director and Associate Director of CIA’s Directorate of Operations, which oversees and directs the Agency’s operations abroad. He also served as chief of the CIA’s Afghan Task Force prior to the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.  He is a founding partner and President of The Arkin Group, LLC, an international consulting firm specializing in economic intelligence, security assessments, corporate investigations and political risk analysis. Mr. Devine has written op-eds for the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, the World Policy Journaland Politico. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the recipient of the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the CIA’s Meritorious Intelligence Award. The book will be available for signing and purchase.

  • Patricia Daly-Lipe, Personal Perspective on History Washington Women Writers Series Two

    Patricia Daly-LipeTuesday, January 13, 2015

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

    PRICE:
    $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only

    EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

    Patriot Priest tells a story—spanning several historical epochs and featuring the life experience of Patricia Daly-Lipe’s great uncle, Msgr. William A Hemmick. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Europe, he committed himself to help the troops when World War I broke out and after the war, was proclaimed the Patriot Priest of Picardy by the Army and Navy. After years in Paris, Msgr. Hemmick served the Vatican in Rome and ultimately became the only American Canon of St. Peter’s representing the Knights of Malta to the Holy See.

    Dr. Patricia Daly-Lipe, an author and artist, has written six books. Her awards include a San Diego Book Award and the Annual Royal Dragonfly Book Award for historical fiction. She has taught at colleges and writing centers and written for magazines and newspapers. Her paintings have been accepted and sold in juried shows, art galleries, and private homes. The book will be available for purchase and signing.