Thursday, January 19, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

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We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 16,600+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, January 19 at 8:30 PM, The Diversity Blues: Reframing the Diversity Agenda at HWCUs. Guest speaker: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. In this talk, Professor Bonilla-Silva will argue that diversity efforts at historically white colleges and universities have been formalistic rather than substantive. Colleges did not put in place policies to alter their organizational and cultural whiteness. Thus, years after they were “integrated,” they remain as HWCUs—historically white college campuses and universities. Explaining how the whiteness of HWCUs manifests itself in their history, demography, curriculum, tradition, and symbols will be the core of the presentation. At the end, Bonilla-Silva will examine the kind of policies and politics necessary to remove the W from HWCUs. Free. At the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Register at:

Friday, January 20, all day, Special Party Of the Inaugurationally, Locationally Trapped (SPOILT). This special event is designed for everyone who is trying to get from point A to point B on Inauguration Day, during a time when multiple roads are blocked. When you find yourself unable to proceed any further and you aren’t even sure you can turn around and go back to your starting point, just pull your car over, wherever you may be, get out your smartphone, click on the SPOILT website, and join the online party! We will unite you in virtual reality with hundreds of others equally trapped in the Kafkaesque --or Sartresque-- world of "No Exit." Chat/text with your fellow trappees, and listen to appropriate songs, such as: “Stuck in the Middle with You;”“Trapped;” and “Take the Long Way Home.” No charge to register at the SPOILT website.

Friday, January 20 at 7 PM, National LGBTQ Inaugural Shabbat: "Strengthening One Another." After an election cycle that featured a disturbing amount of racism, misogyny and anti-Semitism, many worry that the progress achieved by racial minorities, women, and queer people will be put at risk by the political changes coming to Washington. What are the threats to civil liberties and individual rights? How can minority groups work together to challenge them? These questions and more will be considered at a panel discussion moderated by openly gay Jewish journalist James Kirchick, with the following speakers: Idit Klein, executive director of Keshet; Nabeel Kirmani, DC chapter representative of Muslims for Progressive Values; Jackie Reyes, director of the DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs; Adam Serwer, senior editor of The Atlantic. A progressive, egalitarian, inclusive Shabbat prayer service will start at 8 PM, followed by a festive social hour and community reception at 9 PM. This program is free and open to all; registration is required to reserve your spot: At the Goldman Theater, Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 Sixteenth Street NW.

Saturday, January 21 at 8 AM, The Cleveland Park Contingent of the Women’s March on Washington will assemble at City Fitness, 3525 Connecticut Ave NW, to travel together to the march from the Cleveland Park Metro to Judiciary Square - departure time, no later than 8:15 AM. Details found in listserv message # 121212:

Saturday, January 21 from 12 - 4 PM, The 2017 MoComCon (Montgomery County Comics Convention) at the Silver Spring Library. Montgomery County Public Libraries is very excited to be holding its very first comic convention, MoComCon. This event is open and accessible to all. This comics convention is for seasoned comic conventioneers, novices, and the curious of all ages. The event will include a variety of panels, workshops, programs, displays, exhibits, kids’ activities, and cosplay — all free. Doors open for registration at 11 AM. At the Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD.

Sunday, January 22 at 10:30 AM, David Kinney, author of “The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets.” The Amram Scholar Series welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Kinney, who will discuss his book “The Devil’s Diary,” which Mr. Kinney wrote with Robert Wittman — a retired FBI art crime expert and New York Times bestselling author — about the hunt for Rosenberg’s lost diary. The book is a World War II narrative wrapped in a riveting detective story. It takes the reader on a decade-long hunt, which involved a pair of octogenarian secretaries, an eccentric professor, and an opportunistic trash-picker. From the crusading Nuremberg prosecutor who smuggled the diary out of Germany to the man who finally turned it over, everyone had reasons for hiding the truth. Free. At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW,

Tuesday, January 24 from 10 - 11:30 AM, The Dreamers’ Story — Speaker: Donald E. Graham. A presentation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Donald E. Graham, former chairman of the board of The Washington Post Company, co-founded TheDream.US in 2013 to fund college scholarships for needy immigrants temporarily protected from deportation by a policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). He has raised $91 million to help Dreamers attend college, and his lecture will tell their story. Donald Graham is the grandson and son of Washington Post publishers. He graduated from Harvard where he was president of The Harvard Crimson. He served in Vietnam and in DC MPD as a patrol officer. He headed DC’s College Access Program, which helped double the number of DC public high school students going to college. Free. Registration opens on Friday - go to: At the Katzen Arts Center at American University, Massachusetts Avenue, just northeast of Ward Circle.

Wednesday, January 25 from 10 - 11:30 AM, A Silent Problem: How Excessive Alcohol and Drug Use has Affected Washington Policy Making — Speaker: Ronald Smith. A presentation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Ronald Smith will discuss undiagnosed alcohol and drug use in government’s highest levels and its effects on war, foreign policy, and leadership. Drawing on recent biographies, he will address the effects of heavy drinking, which gave rise to the McCarthy Hearings, precipitated suicides in the CIA and Dept. of Defense, damaged our intelligence services, and caused the loss of the White House. Ron Smith, MD, served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the National Naval Medical Center, developed alcohol treatment programs for the US Navy, and served as the US Senate and House Psychiatric Consultant. Free. Registration opens on Friday - go to:  At American University’s Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Wednesday, January 25 from 10 AM - 3 PM, American University’s MLK Jr Day of Service - Activities for volunteers, neighbors and members of the AU community. The Center for Community Engagement and Service celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to service, offering neighbors and community members the opportunity to engage directly with the local community to address issues related to education, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, hunger, seniors, women's health, and youth development.More information at: and For additional information on volunteering, please call Jose Cadiz at 202-885-3627 or email jcadiz @ american dot edu.

Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30 PM, The Perna Family and Its Contributions to Tenleytown. Speaker: Peter Sefton, Architectural Historian. The Perna brothers, Francesco and Luigi, emigrated to the United States from Italy in the late 18th century and just a few years later were living in Tenleytown. They were accomplished stonecutters and masons and quickly established a successful business including the construction of houses. Their craftsmanship is evident in Tenleytown buildings and walls and throughout the city. Free - Reservations Required - Reply to tenleytownhistoricalsociety @ yahoo dot com. At Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Street NW. More info:

Thursday, January 26 from 10 - 11:30 AM, Washington National Opera as Classic, Contemporary, and American — Speaker: Francesca Zambello. A presentation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Acclaimed stage director and Washington National Opera (WNO) Artistic Director, Francesca Zambello, discusses WNO’s 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons and its mission to present an array of classic, contemporary, and American works. She will give a behind-the-scenes look at an artistic director’s work: how she decides which operas to present, how singers are chosen, how staging is determined, and how financial and artistic considerations are balanced. Free. Registration opens on Friday - go to: At the Katzen Arts Center at American University, Massachusetts Avenue, just northeast of Ward Circle.

Thursday, January 26 at 5 PM, “Climate Change: The Impact of We, the People.” The French Embassy is pleased to invite you to this new French Series panel discussion and film screening event featuring: Diane Wood: President of the National Environmental Education Foundation, and Joseph Romm: Senior Fellow at American Progress. Moderated by Lisa Friedman: Editor at ClimateWire. Film trailer at 5 PM; Panel discussion at 5:15; Cocktails at 6:15; Film at 6:45. Online registration is required at for this free admission event. At the Embassy of France, 4001 Reservoir Road NW. More info:

Thursday, January 26 from 7 - 9 PM, “Not a Time for Silence: Personal Reflections on a Nation in Transition.” Six AU faculty members speak from their personal and professional experience about the current political discourse, potential policies, and their implications. This event is structured to include as many perspectives as possible. Audience members may submit questions and offer comments or concerns prior to the event through the link at the site: The faculty will read as many comments as possible aloud and will make efforts to incorporate these comments into the evening. There will be two public comment periods as well. Register at: Free. At the Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

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