Speaker Schedule by Month


Winter / Spring 2017 
Speaker Schedule



February 2017


February 8 -
 A longtime Iranian correspondent for the New York Times, Nazila Fathi has also reported from the country for TIME and Agence France Press. She has been an associate at Harvard’s Belfer Center at the Kennedy School of Government and held fellowships at the Shorenstein Center for Press and Politics and the Nieman Foundation. Nazila’s memoir, THE LONELY WAR: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran, blends her own story with historical analysis and interviews with Iranian intellectuals, dissidents, and politicians. She reveals how the Iranian Revolution divided the country’s people and might unite them again. Read more by clicking here.
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February 15  - 
 Greek-American Dr. Daphne Keshishian is a board-certified internist with an active practice, a mother, a wife and competitive golfer. She was raised preparing Mediterranean-based meals as a lifestyle habit and has studied at the Institute of Culinary Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine where she was intrigued with the focus of a teaching kitchen designed for medical professionals. Daphne created her web site to celebrate the field of culinary medicine, exploring the concept of food as medicine, and helping people prepare simple, nutritious meals. To read more, visit Dr. Keshishian's web site.

February 22 - 
Diane Saltzman is the Director of Survivor and Council Stewardship at the United States Holocaust Museum. Previously, she served as Director for the Initiative on Holocaust Denial and State-Sponsored Anti-Semitism and was director of the museum’s Collections Division and chief curator. For more than thirty years, Diane has been involved with curatorial work, developing policies and procedures for collections management and managing numerous exhibitions on Jewish history, art and culture. Visit the USHMM web site.


March 1
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The authors of Capital City, Lee Hurwitz and Tim Treanor, live and work in DC. Lee’s background, serving nearly eleven years in the inner workings of the DC City Government during the turbulent Marion Barry years, provided much of the framework for their novel. Tim is a trial lawyer for the federal government, has been active in politics, authored and produced a play, and has appeared in dozens of theatrical productions. 
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March 8 - Physician and Georgetown University Law School professor Dr. Kate Sugarman works with people that have survived abuse and trauma, including many refugees. She has particular experience in diagnosing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder through her practice at a public community health clinic, which focuses on minority and immigrant patients, many of whom suffer from physical and mental disorders. Now, as asylum seekers may be feeling more fearful, she is exponentially more devoted to their plight.

March 15 - What did a high school varsity basketball team and a nine-year-old boy with cancer have to do with each other during the 2010–2011 season? The players didn’t know anything about the boy other than the fact that he was a big fan. This became the story of how the Magruder High School basketball team helped Kathy Boehlert's son, Patrick, through the difficult chemotherapy he was receiving to treat stage three acute lymphoblastic lymphoma and was chronicled in The Little Things That Matter in the Big Game. All thirteen players reached out to him in special ways during that tender season. 
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March 22
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As a genetic counselor, Diane Baker knows firsthand about the impact of illness on patients and their families. She is deeply committed to finding cures through biomedical research, serving on the boards of directors of The Children’s Inn and Friends of Patients at NIH. Diane’s husband, geneticist and physician Francis Collins, led the NIH’s effort to decode the human genome in the 1990s and early 2000s and has served as NIH director since 2009. He is known for identifying the genes for a number of genetic disorders and for being a compelling spokesperson for biomedical research, often with a guitar in hand. 

March 29 - The Adah Rose Gallery promotes artists living in the United States and beyond with rotating exhibits and artist talks. Gallery founder and independent curator Adah Rose Bitterbaum began her career as a lawyer also working in public health, education and college counseling. The gallery is a dynamic place and hosts artists talks, panels on issues in the art world, maintains an active intern program and shows art in a variety of spaces including law firms, pop ups and a number of art fairs each year including PULSE New York, The Silicon Valley Art Fair and the Dallas Art Fair. Visit the Adah Rose Gallery web site to read more.



April 5
 
- It’s nearly Earth Day! Bicky Corman has dedicated her career to all aspects of environmental and energy law, litigation, regulation and policy, primarily in public service working for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice and as staff to the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. Bicky’s many accomplishments include authoring regulations to institute the $0.05 bag tax and obtaining a first-of-its-kind ruling favorable to renewable energy in Massachusetts. She also serves as the Mayor-appointed Acting Chair of the DC Sustainable Energy Utility Advisory Board and on the Advisory Board to the forthcoming Climate Museum in Manhattan.

April 12
 -  Spring Break - No Meeting

April 19 Who among us doesn’t like to read?  But, how to choose among the myriad books out there? Come learn from the maestro – Ron Charles, Editor of Book World for the Washington Post.  A former American literature teacher, Ron switched to journalism when the thought of spending his life grading papers started to push him over the edge. In addition to his print work, Ron is featured in the satirical series, The Totally Hip Video Book Review, produced by his cinematographer wife. 
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April 26 
White House Correspondent April Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held since the Clinton era. On behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks, and through her Fabric of America news blog, she delivers her readership and listeners a “unique urban and minority perspective in news.” Her newest book, At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White, interweaves a series of stories from iconic figures such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Kerry Kennedy and Harry Belafonte about what their mothers told them regarding race.
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May 3 - Katherine Newell Smith is the president emerita of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), a philanthropic society of women leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industries, where she helped create LDEI’s Green Tables farm-to-table community outreach initiative. She currently owns a public relations firm that specializes in creatively promoting food-related companies, including Chipotle, Balducci’s, and DC Central Kitchen --- she also created the nation’s first in-patient gourmet meal program, Get Well Gourmet!
 
May 10 - Rosemary Reed Miller owned Toast and Strawberries, a small boutique in Dupont Circle where she helped shape the Washington fashion scene. Her book, The Threads of Time: The Fabric of History, profiles 38 African American designers from 1850 to the present and their mark in the industry. Rosemary has taught at various colleges and presently manages the Book and Literary series at the Historical Society of Washington, DC. 
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May 17 - Over the past 30 years, Patrick Gallagher has built a strong reputation globally as a leader in the field of Museum Planning and Design. He has worked with every kind of collection from microscopic stardust, to hundreds of vintage military tanks and aircraft, in institutions ranging from cultural history and natural science to sports, music and the arts. Patrick is a past president of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design and has served on the board of numerous professional design organizations. Read more about Patrick Gallagher.

May 24Emergency room pediatrician Dr. Nadia Hashimi made her first trip to Afghanistan with her parents who had not returned to their homeland since leaving in the 1970s. It was a bittersweet experience for everyone, finding relics of childhood homes and reuniting with loved ones. Her upbringing, experiences and love for reading came together in the form of stories based in the country of her parents and four novels (all received 4.5 stars or higher on Amazon). From writing between shifts in the ER at Children’s National Medical Center to global best-selling author! Read more about Dr. Hashimi by visiting her web site
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May 31Have you been to the Library of Congress recently?  Ever wonder what’s behind all that marble and those exhibition cases? Jackie Coleburn has been a rare book librarian at the Library for over two decades and most recently cataloged its collection of rare American children’s books. Using illustrations from the collection, Jackie highlights virtual and in-person opportunities (adult and children alike) for reading and research as well as how we have taught our children to read through the centuries. Visit the Library of Congress web site


June 2017


June 7 Psychiatrist Dr. Allen Childs was a medical student at Parkland Hospital in Dallas when President JFK was brought in on the fateful day in 1963. In his historic recount, We Were There, he brings together the memories interns, residents and attendings who were eyewitnesses as the tragedy unfolded before them. The government is expected to release the remaining assassination papers this year, which the Justice Department has refused to do previously on the grounds of "national security." 
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June 14 - 
And you thought your mother was nuts. Leanna Conley has been telling stories, as a performer and writer, for her entire life. Starting her career at age 7, she played the role of Sneezy in Snow White and performed alongside Tim Meadows and Chris Farley on The Second City stage in Chicago. She has also been featured in the Broads of Broadway and Full Metal Mamas stand-up comedy troupes. Her memoir, The Daily Janet, chronicles being raised by a 1960s fashionista before the Devil had even heard of Prada. 
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