AN OCCASIONAL COMPILATION OF FREE INTELLECTUAL AND CULTURAL EVENTS easily available to us in Cleveland Park.
How fortunate we are that so many outstanding cultural events are not only free, but are also relatively easily accessible by bus and metro. In continuing to list these events I depend primarily on four venues: Politics and Prose Bookstore, the Library of Congress, the National Archives and films at the National Gallery of Art.
Monday, October 7, 2019
Free cultural events for the week (and month) ahead
Wow! Just look at the free cultural events listed below. They are all at one venue, THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES. . And they are events at noon, and at night and even for families with young children. There are so many things going on and we in this city are so privileged to have them available to us. The problem is learning about them, and at 93 I find I can no longer keep up. BUT WHAT A FUN - AND REWARDING JOB - FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO DO. (Someone with a more enterprising mind than mine could probably make some money doing it.) Ever since THE CURRENT went out of business we have had no other complete listing of events. I'd be happy to help someone learn how simple it can be to discover those events that enables DCites to be among the best informed in the nation.
However I want to let you now that I don't plan to pass away YET. I'll plan to keep going with my other blog. I've had some success in the past communicating with a larger audience (particularly on REDDIT'S ASK ME ANY THING) and I'd like to try to continue with (particularly) the inter-generational dialogue that is so vital (and unfortunately limited) in the United States today. I'LL NOT BE SENDING OUT REMINDERS, but I plan to get my thoughts out almost weekly so I hope to see you, and establish dialogue with you at..........................................
Women in Leadership: The Impact of Women on the U.S. Congress
Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. William G. McGowan Theater
When the 116th Congress convened in 2019, a record number of women — 102 in the House of Representatives and 25 in the Senate — held seats. How has this historic increase changed the ethos of the institution? How do newly elected women interact with experienced members? How will the future of the Congress change as more women are elected? A distinguished panel, including Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rep. Debra Lesko (R-AZ), and Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) will discuss these topics and others. The discussion will be moderated by Brooke Baldwin from CNN.
MORE AT THE ARCHIVES Rightfully Hers now open in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery
The Cigarette: A Political History
Thursday, October 3 at 12:00 p.m. William G. McGowan Theater
Tobacco is the quintessential American product. From Jamestown to the Marlboro Man, the plant occupied the heart of the nation’s economy and expressed its enduring myths. In The Cigarette, professor Sarah Milov discusses the untold political story of the rise and fall of the most controversial consumer product in American history. A book signing follows the program.
Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant
Tuesday, October 8 at 12:00 p.m. William G. McGowan Theater
In the winter of 1969, young women from across the country sent in applications to Yale University for the first time. Yale’s landmark decision to admit women was a step forward for equality in education. In Yale Needs Women, author Anne Gardiner Perkins tells the story of how these young women fought against the male cultural traditions of a centuries-old institution and created the opportunities that would carry them into the future. A book signing follows the program.
Story Time in the ReSource Room for Pre-Schoolers and Adults
Thursday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. National Archives Museum
Join us for story time designed for 3-5 year olds and accompanying adults. Children will practice their listening skills, participate in group activities and create a craft. The theme for October is Native Americans.
The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes
Thursday, October 10 at 12:00 p.m. William G. McGowan Theater
In 1924, University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were young, rich, and looking for a thrill. The crime that came next—the brutal, cold-blood murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks—would come to captivate the country and unfold into what many dubbed the crime of the century. In The Leopold and Loeb Files, author Nina Barrett returns to the primary sources recounting the moves of the murder and sentencing hearing as well as addressing the questions that continue to fascinate—issues of morality, sanity, sexuality, religious assimilation, parental grief and responsibility, remorse, and the use of the death penalty. A book signing follows the program.
Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for American Independence
Tuesday, October 15 at 12:00 p.m. William G. McGowan Theater
From bestselling author and Founding Fathers’ biographer Harlow Giles Unger comes the astonishing biography of Thomas Paine, the man whose pen set America ablaze, inspiring its revolution, and whose ideas about reason and religion continue to try men’s souls. A book signing follows the program.
Women Suffragists and the Men Who Supported Them: The Suffragents and Their Role in the Struggle for the Vote
Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. William G. McGowan Theater
What role did men play in the women’s suffrage movement, and how did they aid in the fight for the 19th Amendment? At a time when public support for women’s issues could cause men ridicule, their backing of the movement was significant. A distinguished panel will discuss the men who involved themselves in the suffrage movement, including the Men’s League of Women’s Suffrage. Moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director, Women and Politics Institute, American University School of Public Affairs, panelists include Brooke Kroeger, author of The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote; Johanna Neuman, author of Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote; and Susan Ware, author of Why They Marched.
Presented in partnership with the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative and the One Woman, One Vote 2020 Festival.
The Credibility of the Fourth Estate, Past and Present
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. William G. McGowan Theater
What is the role of traditional media in our 21st century representative democracy? How are we receiving our political information and from which sources? If our information already has a partisan bend, how can we determine whether the information we received is news or rather an editorial? Join us for a panel discussion moderated by POLITICO Reporter Dan Lippman, with former Members of Congress, Scott Klug (R-WI), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), and Charlie Dent (R-PA); Denise Lenoir Tolliver, Communications Director for Rep. Brenda Lawrence; and Tom Glaisyer, Managing Director, Public Square/Democracy Fund.
Presented in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.
Washington, D.C. Premiere of Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare
Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. William G. McGowan Theater
In the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins as the first woman to serve in a Presidential Cabinet. Against overwhelming odds, she became the driving force behind Social Security, the 40-hour work week, the eight‐hour day, minimum wage and unemployment compensation. Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare features compelling interviews with David Brooks, Nancy Pelosi, Amy Klobuchar, Lawrence O’Donnell, and others while telling Perkins’ heroic story which explores the history of women in politics, Social Security, our attitudes toward immigration, poverty, Socialism, and the role of government.
Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back
Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. William G. McGowan Theater
Jackie Speier was 28 when she joined Congressman Leo Ryan’s delegation to rescue defectors from cult leader Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ryan was killed on the airstrip tarmac. Jackie was shot five times at point-blank range. While recovering, the choice to survive against unfathomable odds, empowered her with a resolve to become a fearless voice against injustice and inequality in the U.S. Congress. A book signing follows the program.
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Rightfully Hers is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, AT&T, Ford Motor Company Fund, Facebook, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, Google, HISTORY ®, and Jacqueline B. Mars. Additional support for National Outreach and Programs provided by Denise Gwyn Ferguson, BMO Financial Group, Hearst Foundations, Maris S. Cuneo Foundation, FedEx, Bernstein Family Foundation, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation/Ambassador Fay-Hartog Levin (Ret.).