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Events This WeekChocolate Talk and TastingEvent Date: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 12:00pm - 2:00pmChocolate ChocolateVenue Address: 1130 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036 United States See map: Google Maps Join Chocolate Chocolate on Monday, July 11 from Noon-2pm as world-renown Chef Jeff Shepherd, creator of Lillie Belle Farms, comes to meet & greet customers. Voted one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the country by Dessert Professional magazine, the Chef will also be toting a few of his decadent samples; so don't miss the event of the summer!Developing Science, Technology, and Innovation Indicators for the Future July 11-12, 2011 20 F Street NW Conference Center Washington, DC 20001 If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open to the public or need more information please contact: Anthony Mann: or (202) 334-3266Agenda: DAY 1: Monday, July 11, 2011 8:00-9:00 a.m. - REGISTRATION IN LOBBY (Breakfast available in main foyer) 9:00-9:10 a.m. - WELCOME AND OVERVIEWChairs: Robert Litan (Kauffman Foundation) and Andrew Wyckoff (OECD) Connie Citro (National Academies/CNSTAT) Steve Merrill (National Academies/STEP) 9:10-10:35 a.m. - SESSION I: NEXT-GENERATION STI STATISTICSFRAMEWORKS AND DATA Objective: Identify what the federal statistical system can produce now regarding science, technology and innovation trends. Specific measures of business and university inputs and outputs, and related outcomes and impacts are welcomed. What can be done now with existing surveys and administrative data? What do users want that requires new methods of gathering and disseminating data (types of data, linkages of agency surveys and periodicity)? What should NCSES produce to meet demand? Chair: Bob Litan (Kauffman Foundation) Discussant: John Rolph (USC) Presenters: John Haltiwanger (U. Maryland) Matthieu Delescluse (European Commission) Alicia Robb (Kauffman Foundation) Stefano Bertuzzi (NIH) 10:35-10:45 a.m. - BREAK (refreshments available in lobby) 10:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. SESSION II: INTERNATIONAL STI INDICATORS: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS Objective: Identify recent developments in measuring STI and what is currently planned for the future. Discussion should reveal what has been successfully and unsuccessfully measured. What are critical bottlenecks and perceived opportunities? Policy relevance of indicators is key. What global STI metrics and indicators should NCSES develop in the near and medium term (the next 5-10 years)? Chair: Michael Mandel (U. Penn) Discussant: Andrew Wyckoff (OECD) Presenters: Jonathan Haskel (Imperial College Business School, UK) Brian MacAulay (NESTA, UK) Hugo Hollanders (UNU-MERIT, Netherlands) Shinichi Akaike (Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University, Japan) Cheonsik Woo (Korean Development Institute) 12:45-1:45 p.m. LUNCH (in main foyer) 1:45-3:45 p.m. SESSION III: NEXT-GENERATION STI STATISTICS: FRONTIER METHODS Objective: Identify frameworks and tools beyond survey instruments that yield measurements of research and commercialization productivity. Details on how a statistical agency can utilize these tools are key. Which tools are ripe for applications that NCSES should use to produce new STI indicators? Chair: Geoff Davis (Google) Discussant: Richard Freeman (Harvard U.) Presenters: Erik Brynjolfsson (MIT) Lee Giles (Penn State U.) Carl Bergstrom (U. Washington) Richard Price ( 3:45-4:00 p.m. BREAK (refreshments available in lobby) 4:00-5:00 p.m. SESSION IV: ROUNDTABLE: INDUSTRY, ACADEMIC AND GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVES Objective: Identify what firms, universities and statistical agencies can be expected to contribute to data inputs for STI indicators. Determine new uses for STI indicators at firms, particularly multinationals. Establish what policymakers and university SPO/technology transfer managers need to know in their respective decision-making processes. Where will the indicators be used and why, and why have they not already been developed? What are the new data inputs and new statistical outputs that should be the laser focus for NCSES in the 5-10 years? Chairs: Barbara Fraumeni (U. Southern Maine) Discussants: Nick Donofrio (IBM) Richard Freeman (Harvard U.) David Goldston (Natural Resources Defense Council) 5:00-5:10 p.m. - WRAP-UP Chairs: Robert Litan and Andrew Wyckoff Study Director: Kaye Husbands Fealing (National Academies/CNSTAT) 5:10-7:30 p.m.- RECEPTION (in main foyer) 7:30 p.m. - ADJOURNDAY 2: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:00-8:30 a.m. - REGISTRATION IN LOBBY (Breakfast available in main foyer) 8:30-10:45 a.m. - SESSION V: INTERNATIONAL STI INDICATORSNEW REGIONS Objective: Identify new STI indicators initiatives. Includes presentations on emerging economies measurement of STI diffusion and impacts. Discussion of service sector measures and measures of design activities. What indicators should NCSES develop to measure technological diffusion and design? Chair: Carl Dahlman (Georgetown U.) Discussant: Fred Gault (UNU-Merit) Presenters: Howard Alper (Science, Technology and Innovation Council, Canada) Changlin Gao (Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development) Philippe Mawoko (NEPAD, South Africa) Gustavo Crespi (Inter American Development Bank; Uruguay) Jayanta Chatterjee (Indian Institute of Technology) 10:45-11:00 a.m. - BREAK (refreshments available in lobby) 11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. - SESSION VI: SUB-NATIONAL STI INDICATORS Objective: Identify state and regional indicators of entrepreneurial activities and hot-spots of innovation. What indicators should NCSES develop to measure state and regional STI and diffusion activities? Chair: Lee Wilkinson (SYSTAT) Discussant: David Goldston (Natural Resources Defense Council) Presenters: Andrew Reamer (George Washington U.) Robert Atkinson (Information Technology and Innovation Foundation) Maryann Feldman (North Carolina) David Winwood (APLU presenter)/ Robert Samors & Dana Bostrom (by telephone for Q&A) 12:45-12:50 p.m. - Wrap-up Chairs: Robert Litan (Kauffman Foundation) and Andrew Wyckoff (OECD) 12:50-2:00 p.m. - LUNCH (in main foyer) 2:00 p.m. ADJOURNThe Inter-American Development Bank Staff Association is pleased to invite you to theFabricio Lara Exhibit Opening Reception Monday, July 11, 6:00 p.m. Inter-American Development Bank Staff Association Gallery (13th Street entrance) 1300 New York Avenue NW (202) 623-2217The exhibit will remain open to the public until the afternoon of Friday, July 22, 2011Monday through Friday, 12:00pm to 6:00pm - No IDB parking availableTravel by metro is recommended - The closest metro stop is Metro CenterUSGLC is pleased to announce Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the latest addition to its Annual ConferenceSecretary Clinton will address the impact of development and diplomacy on Americas economic prosperity. Space is limited, so RSVP today.July 12-13, 2011 Grand Hyatt Washington 1000 H Street NW Washington, DC 20001Visit our Conference Pages Online If you have any questions, please contact Molly Lester at (202) 730-4156.Innovation isnt just about the latest new gadget; its the vital spark that improves the quality of our lives. At Innovation Works, National Journal will look at the link between new cutting-edge innovations and the public policy environment that incubates these new technologies. Join us as we discuss how best to tap tomorrows hottest innovations with the potential to spur job growth throughout the economy. CONFERENCE AGENDA 8:00a.m. 8:30a.m. 8:30a.m. Registration and Innovation Station Showcase Welcome and Introductions8:35a.m. 9:30a.m. Foreshadowing the Future The top five innovations that will drive economic growth in the next 10 years and what government and the private sector are doing to drive these innovations Moderated by:Jim Tankersley, Economic Correspondent, National JournalFeaturing:Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation Ceci Connolly, Senior Adviser, McKinsey Center for Health Reform Ronald A. Klain, President, Case Holdings Dr. Arun Majumdar, Director, Advanced Research Projects AgencyEnergy, United States Department of Energy Simon J. Tripp, Senior Director of Technology Partnership Practice, Battelle9:30a.m -10:00a.m Moderated by:Keynote Speech: Boosting U.S. Competitiveness Through InnovationMichael Hirsh, Chief Correspondent, National JournalFeaturing:John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)10:00a.m. 11:00a.m. What Best Drives Innovation? An agenda of deregulation and tax cuts or an agenda of public investments, loan guarantees and mandates? Moderated by:Matt Cooper, Editor, National Journal DailyFeaturing: Reed E. Hundt, Principal, REH Advisors Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Member, U.S. House of Representatives Daniel Pacthod, Director, McKinsey & Company Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association11:00a.m. 11:15a.m.Re-Charge/Re-Fuel Break11:15a.m. 12:15a.m. Innovation Idea Labs 1. One-on-One Keynote Interview: View from the Hill Idea Lab Key Innovation Initiatives and Legislation in the 112th Congress Moderated by:Major Garrett,Congressional Correspondent, National JournalFeaturing:Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Majority Whip, U.S. House of Representatives2. Telecommunications Idea Lab This lab will discuss how changes in spectrum policy are impacting broadband, wireless and broadcast and the development of next generation technologies. Moderated by:Bruce Gottlieb, General Counsel, National JournalFeaturing:Rebecca Arbogast, Head, Communications Regulatory Practice, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc Susan Crawford, Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University Christopher Guttman-McCabe, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, CTIA John K. Hane, Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist, Progressive Policy InstitueBruce Mehlman, Founder and Partner, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc.3. Social Media Idea Lab This innovation lab will explore how federal, state and local governments as well as campaigns and elected officials are using social media to communicate with citizens in real time and respond to their needs and desire for civic engagement. Moderated by:David Beard, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Digital, National JournalFeaturing:Sheila Campbell, Acting Director of the Center for New Media and Citizen Engagement, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, GSAMark Drapeau, Ph.D., Director of Innovative Social Engagement, Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Nicco Mele, Founder and Resident Futurist, Echo Ditto Adam Sharp, Manager, Government and Political Partnerships, Twitter, Inc. Robert Willington, CEO, Swift Current Strategies12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m.Creative Genius: How Art and Culture Drive Innovation A luncheon session for Washingtons most influential policymakers on how innovation takes place from some of Americas most creative minds. A firsthand conversation on what top innovators need to thrive. Moderated by:Linda Douglass, Vice President, Head of Corporate Strategic Communications, Atlantic Media CompanyFeaturing: Jos Andrs, Owner, THINKfoodGroup Marc Kushner, Chief Executive Officer, Architizer.comWith Special Thanks to Our Underwriters:Note to Government Employees: In deference to the letter and spirit of applicable ethics regulations, this educational event is not intended for politically-appointed federal branch employees or for state and local government employees. A description of this event - written for government ethics office review - may be requested by writing"Life in a Day" film advance screening Tuesday, July 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Grosvenor Auditorium National Geographic Society 1600 M Street NW Washington, DC 20036 RSVP: lifeinadaydc@gmail.comThe Carnegie Endowment cordially invites you to attend a special advance screening of Life in a Day on July 12, 2011.What happens when you send a request out to the world to chronicle, via video, a single day on Earth? You get 80,000 submissions and 4,500 hours of footage from 192 countries, all shot on the same day. Producer Ridley Scott and Oscarwinning director Kevin Macdonald took this raw material and created Life in a Day, a groundbreaking, feature-length documentary that portrays this kaleidoscope of images we call life. Prepare to be amazed.White House News Photographers Associations 2011 Exhibit Opening Reception Tuesday, July 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Pepcos Edison Place Gallery 702 Eighth Street NW Eyes of History, the White House News Photographers Associations 2011 Exhibit, featuring award winning photographs will be on display July 12 through August 12.The White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) was organized on June 13, 1921. In 1941, the association established an annual contest bringing forward the best of the best in photojournalism. The WHNPA now recognizes four top awards annually - Photographer of the Year, Television Photographer of the Year, Television Editor of the Year and Political Photo of the Year. The winners of the 2011 contest are featured in the exhibit. WHNPAs main goal is to protect and promote photographers interests inpursuing their missions. Members of the organization cover events and activities of major world importance, traveling with presidents, photographing royalty, diplomats and newsmakers.Pepcos Edison Place Gallery is located at 702 Eighth Street NW, between G and H streets, one block west of the Verizon Center. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Edison Place Gallery is Pepco Holdings, Inc. space dedicated to non-profit arts organizations. Our mission is to sponsor diverse, high quality exhibitions on behalf of the community we serve.This Email message and any attachment may contain information that is proprietary, legally privileged, confidential and/or subject to copyright belonging to Pepco Holdings, Inc. or its affiliates ("PHI"). This Email is intended solely for the use of the person(s) to which it is addressed. If you are not an intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivery of this Email to the intended recipient(s), you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this Email is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please immediately notify the sender and permanently delete this Email and any copies. PHI policies expressly prohibit employees from making defamatory or offensive statements and infringing any copyright or any other legal right by Email communication. PHI will not accept any liability in respect of such communications.Information Exchangewith Visiting Curator Jau-lan Guo Public Talk Tuesday, July 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m.Washington Project for the Arts 2023 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008 Email to RSVP for the talk/reception Washington Project for the Arts is excited to announce an upcoming public talk with Taiwanese curator Jau-lan Guo. Guo visits DC as part of Information Exchange, an informal partnership between Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) and the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York. During her public talk, Guo will discuss her experiences as a curator in Taiwan, including her involvement with CO2 Avant-Garde Documenta and the role of cultural activism in her curatorial practice. Begun in 2008, Information Exchange brings international curators in residence at ISCP to DC to present recent and upcoming projects and meet with WPA members. By bringing international curators to DC, WPA hopes to initiate challenging conversations and create a forum for artists and curators to engage with each other's work. About the Curator Jau-lan Guo is a curator and an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program in the Fine Arts Department of National University of the Arts. Her dissertation "Robert Rauschenberg's art in 1960s: Toward Postmodern" explored the intersections of Rauschenberg's art and postmodern theories and criticism of the 1980s through queer studies, postmodern, and cross-disciplinary methods. While trained as an art historian in American art since 1960, her studies have been extended to contemporary art. Her work is based on her study of new media art and globalization in relation to contemporary art. Her recent curatorial projects are situated within cultural activism, taking the view that curating can also interfere in political reality. Her curatorial projects include Polyphonic Mosaic: CO6 Avant-Garde Documenta, Exercise of 0 and 1, Anti-type: Floating over the Stereotype, Nostalgia for Future, and Somnambulism: Phantasmagoric Fugue.WPA is supported by its members, Board of Directors, invaluable volunteers, and by generous contributions from numerous individuals and The William C. Paley Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Susan & Dixon Butler, Gallery O/H, Carolyn Alper, Abramson Family Foundation, Akridge, ALKS + Associates, Arent Fox LLP, Bernstein Family Foundation, Capitol Drywall, Inc., Liz & Tim Cullen, James G. Davis Construction Corporation (DAVIS), D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Design Cuisine, Doyle New York, Sandy & James Fitzpatrick, Fox Management Alternatives, Henry Goldberg & Carol Brown Goldberg, Corri Goldman & Michael Spivey, Haleh Design, Handle With Care, Inc., Hickok Cole Architects, Gisela & Benjamin Huberman, KPMG Washington Foundation, Betsy Karel, Yvette Kraft, Stephanie & Keith Lemer/WellNet Healthcare, Marshfield Associates, Mid-Atlantic Floors, MOI, Inc., Peacock Cafe, Pensky Family Foundation, Susan Pillsbury, Heather & Tony Podesta, Sidley Austin Foundation, Robert Shields Interiors, TTR Sotheby's International Realty, TriVistaUSA, Vivo Design, Rod & Alexia von Lipsey, and The Washington Post Company.Public Surveillance Cameras: A Clear-Eyed Look at Their Implementation and Impact Tuesday, July 12, 9:15-11:00 a.m. Breakfast will be provided at 9:15 a.m. The forum begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. The Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW 5th Floor Washington, DC 20037 Register: Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior counsel, Constitution ProjectNancy La Vigne, director, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute Jonathan Lewin, managing deputy director, City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications Mike Semel, deputy local editor, news and investigations, Washington Post (moderator)Cities are increasingly turning to surveillance cameras to reduce crime, but do they stop wrongdoing in its tracks or simply push it into other neighborhoods? If the cameras perform as intended, what are their costs to police budgets and citizen rights?To fill the knowledge gap, the Urban Institutes Justice Policy Center studied surveillance systems in Baltimore, Chicago, and Washington DC. The results of that three-year study - Evaluating the Use of Public Surveillance Cameras for Crime Control and Prevention - will be detailed, discussed, and debated at this special Urban Institute forum.In theory, surveillance cameras deter potential offenders, alert police to dangerous situations, generate evidence to help identify suspects and witnesses, and make people feel safer. Join us to find out how well theory works in real life.The Middle East Institute and International Relief and Development PresentHumanitarian Disaster in the Making? A Status Report on the Humanitarian Situation on the Ground in Libyafeaturing a Keynote Address byAmb. Gene KretzUS Ambassador to Libyafollowed by a panel discussion withMark WardDeputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, USAIDandAdam KoonsDirector of Relief and Humanitarian Aid, IRDTuesday, July 12 9:00-11:00 a.m. The National Press Club 529 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20045*A light breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.The Middle East Institute (MEI) and International Relief and Development are proud to host a Keynote Address and discussion on the humanitarian dimension of the ongoing crisis in Libya. As the conflict between Qaddhafi's entrenched regime and opposition forces rages on, shortages of fuel, food, and medical supplies are being felt by the civilian and military populations alike. US Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz will examine the domestic and regional implications of the deteriorating humanitarian situation, followed by a panel discussion by Mark Ward and Adam Koons on the conditions on the ground in Libya.Bios Amb. Gene A. Cretz joined the Department of State in 1981. His first Foreign Service tour was as General Services Officer and Consular Officer in Islamabad, Pakistan (1982-84). From 1986-88, Mr. Cretz was a political officer in Damascus, Syria, followed by a tour as a political officer in New Delhi, India (1988-91). After leaving India, Mr. Cretz served in Tel Aviv (1991-94) where he was responsible for Arab affairs, including the Gaza Strip. His second Washington assignment was in the Bureau of International Organizations as the officer responsible for Middle East Affairs at the United Nations. From 1998-2001, he served in Beijing, where he was in charge of China's External Affairs portfolio. In 2001 he transferred to Cairo, where he served as Minister-Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs. He returned to Damascus in 2003 as Deputy Chief of Mission and subsequently served as Charg d'Affaires of the Embassy until 2004. Most recently he has been the Deputy Chief of Mission in Tel Aviv from August 2004 until August 2007. Mr. Cretz was nominated by the President on July 11, 2007 to serve as Ambassador to Libya, and was confirmed by the Senate to serve as Ambassador on November 20, 2008. Mark S. Ward is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC and a Career Minister in the Senior Foreign Service. He focuses on disaster preparedness and response and civil-military cooperation. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Ward was Acting Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance at USAID. Before returning toWashington, DC, Mr. Ward was the Special Advisor on Development to the head of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), based in Kabul, from October 2008 until July 2010. Prior to the position in Kabul, Mr. Ward was Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Asia at USAID. Mr. Ward's most recent overseas post with USAID was in Pakistan as the Mission Director, serving from July 2002 through December 2003. Prior to that, he was the Director of USAID's Office of Procurement in Washington, DC.Adam Koons, Director of Relief for IRD, has been working in development and relief for 26 years. Dr. Koons has worked for a wide variety of humanitarian agencies, including the US Peace Corps, USAID, CARE International, Save the Children, the United Nations, and President Carter's Presidential Commission on World Hunger, as well as on numerous consulting assign-ments. Before joining IRD, he served for over three years as the Sudan Country Director for Save the Children. Dr. Koons specializes in food security, economic development, and disaster relief, and has over 15 years of overseas experience in countries such as Haiti, Niger, Sudan, and Kenya, holding a number of different positions, including technical training coordinator, evaluation director, food aid advisor, project and program manager, and agency country director. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Economics and Applied Anthropology from American University in Washington, DC.To RSVP for this event, please click here.Due to the popularity of MEI programs and limited seating, MEI anticipates a capacity audience for the program. MEI wishes to accommodate all registered guests but will give MEI members and supporters priority seating. We encourage you to become an MEI member if you wish to avoid sitting in the overflow room. Early arrival for all is encouraged.Yingluck Shinawatra and The Future of Thai Politics July 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m. The Cinnabar Room Whittemore House 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW, 2nd Floor Free and open to the public. RSVP: asw3@asiasoc.orgYingluck Shinawatra (L), Thailand's first female Prime Minister, with her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (R).On July 3rd, the elections in Thailand resulted in Yingluck Shinawatra and her Phua Thai party winning a landslide victory, and Ms. Shinawatra is now poised to become her country's first female prime minister. However, many questions remain as to how she will lead her country and what the role of her elder brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (pictured, left, with Ms. Shinawatra), will be.Please join Catharin Dalpino, Professor of International Relations at Simmons College and Visiting Scholar in Southeast Asian Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Karl Jackson, director of Asian Studies and Southeast Asian Studies at SAIS, for an informative discussion about the aftermath of the July 3rd elections. Catharin Dalpino is a Visiting Associate Professor and Director of Thai Studies in the Asian Studies Program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is also Director of the Aspen Institutes Program on Agent Orange in Vietnam, and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States, where she directs a US-Europe-Southeast Asia Dialogue. A former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and former Brookings Institution Fellow, Professor Dalpino specializes in Southeast Asian security, international relations and domestic politics. She is the author of three books about US policy in Asia and numerous book chapters, journal articles and op eds. Karl Jackson is the director of Asian Studies and Southeast Asian Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He served as the national security advisor to the Vice President of the United States from 1991-1993, special assistant to the President and senior director for Asia at the National Security Council, 1989-91, and deputy assistant secretary of Defense for East Asia 1986-1989. In the business world, Dr. Jackson has held positions as managing director, International Foreign Exchange Concepts, New York, N.Y., 1993-96, senior advisor at Cerberus Capital Partners, New York, N.Y., 2000-2004, and president of the U.S.-Thailand Business Council, 1994-2005.General Butt Naked?????The Center for Global Development presents a Global Development Matters Movie Night with The Redemption of General Butt Naked Featuring Daniele Anastasion Director/Producer Eric Strauss Director/Producer Hosted by Ben Leo Research Fellow, Center for Global Development Wednesday, July 13, 2011 6:00-8:00 p.m. *Light refreshments provided* at Center for Global Development 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW Third Floor *Please bring photo identification* RSVP: Milton Blahyi - also known as General Butt Naked - was a ruthless and feared warlord during Liberia's first civil war who was known for his use of child soldiers and his fondness for fighting in nothing more than his boots and his AK47. This film follows his transformation to an evangelist preacher and his five-year, nation-wide quest for forgiveness from the people he victimized.Eric Strauss has been creating documentary films for more than a decade, shooting, writing and producing for broadcasters such as National Geographic, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and A&E. Daniele Anastasion has worked regularly on documentaries for National Geographic and Frontline/WORLD. The Redemption of General Butt Naked is their first feature film.Summer in the City!6 of Separacin- BASTILLE STYLEHudson & Nicole Siobal present: A social networking event to relax, have fun and connect with other young professionals in the District. Come out and join us for an Al Fresco night to celebrate Bastille Day at Hudson's patio on Thursday, July 14, 8:00 p.m.- 1:00 a.m. - Outside Lounge Patio - Complimentary crepe station from 8-9pm (featuring chicken, mushroom, strawberry and blueberry crepes) - Special cocktails - International beats by DJ George K ***Featured Specials*** Beaujolais Nouveau, Chablis, Champagne & Kronenbourg Beer $6 Skyy & Stoli Vodka, Bacardi, Plymouth, Jim Beam $5 Amstel & Peroni Drafts $7 Select White & Red Wines Perk of the night: Drop your business card to win a 3 course meal! Event is FREE & open to the public. Hudson Restaurant & Lounge 2030 M St NW Washington, DC 20036 No lines, no guest list! A night to just relax and mingle with some of DC's finest!Bastille Day Baguette Relay RaceEvent Date: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pmPAUL Bakery and Caf (Penn Qtr. location)Venue Address: 801 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004 United States Phone: 202-524-4500 See map: Google (Read Anita's spotlight on PAUL here). Remember when restaurant Les Halles used to have its Bastille Bartender Race down Pennsylvania Ave? All of DC came out and had a blast watching the bartenders race down the street holding an open bottle of champagne on a tray. Well, sadly, Les Halles is gone, but, fortunate for us, theres a new FRENCH establishment on Pennsylvania Avenue, PAUL Bakery and Caf, and they're creating a new Bastille Day tradition! Thursday, July 14th, PAUL will throw a Bastille Day Baguette Relay Race and the public is invited to join in the fun and participate! To commemorate Frances National Holiday, the Baguette Relay Race will take place in front of PAUL in Penn Quarter, where relay team members will take turns running a lap around the plaza of the US Navy Memorial with a fresh baguette in hand, in lieu of a traditional baton. We'll divide up racers into teams of six people. Each team will be led by a PAUL employee. Each racer will do one lap around the circle of the US Navy Memorial and then hand off his/her baguette (baton) to the next teammate. All members of the winning team will get a $25 gift card to PAUL. We'll be encouraging relay racers to sign up in advance on our FB page: Thursday Art Night: Alive with HistoryThursday, July 14, 6:00-9:00 p.m. FREE EventBrowse open studios, interact with artists, and enjoy refreshments! Artist of the Year reception in Target Gallery The Art League Gallery reception for the All-Media Membership Show and Prints in Pieces: Views of the South Country Bluegrass performance by The Higher Ground String Band Historical photobooth and DIY Buttons Historic Alexandria Discovery Cart Click here for more information.Christmas in JulyJuly 15-17Join Union Street businesses for a festive summer celebration filled with holiday delights! At The Torpedo Factory: July 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - "Meet the Visiting Artists" Reception July 16: 10% off of Nativity Sculptures by Lisa Schumaier, Studio 16 July 15-17: Special pricing on hand-painted ornaments at The Art League Gallery. Click here for more information.Target Gallery: Tory Cowles - Living LARGE!July 2 - August 14Tory Cowles, the Friends of the Torpedo Factory's 2011 Artist of the Year, presents a show of large, abstract paintings. Reception: Second Thursday Art Night, July 14, 6-8pm Awards Ceremony & Artist Talk: 7pm during reception Art Panel: "Why does art move you?", July 28, 6-8pm Kids' Art Activity: July 30, 11am-1pm Click here for more information. Click here to view the artwork online!Gallery Shows and Other EventsThe Art League Gallery Room 21 All-Media Membership Show (July 7-August 8) Works of all media and subject matter by Art League artists, with an emphasis on sculpture. Reception: Second Thursday Art Night, July 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Prints in Pieces: Views of the South Country Francis Borchardt's Solo Show (July 7 - August 8) Reception: Second Thursday Art Night, July 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Frances Borchardt captures the people and places along Maryland's Eastern Shore, dissecting photographs into mosaic-like pieces, which are then positioned into empty printers' type cases to create an intriguing display of repetitions and patterns.Torpedo Factory Art Center 105 North Union Street Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 838-4565...TO OUR PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS Thursday, July 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m.BoConcept, the urban Danish furniture and accessories brand, recently partnered with DC-based professional photographer Moshe Zusman to present our first ever BoConcept Photography Masterclass.Come and join us for a workshop presented by Moshe Zusman followed by a Q&A session where Moshe will speak about photography techniques, his personal style, the use of color and light and much more. Pick up some great tricks on how to snap the perfect summer shot, whether you're on 'staycation' here in DC or going away from the city. Guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers and refreshing drinks from Duvel. Every guest will have the opportunity to enter our free raffle for a chance to win several prizes, including a canvas print of one of Moshe's photographs.To secure your spot for this event, don't hesitate to email us today at Georgetown@BoConcept-USA.comBoConcept Georgetown 3342 M Street NW Washington, DC 20007 (202) 333 5656Nearly four months ago, the March 11th Great East Japan Earthquake rocked Japan, destroying lives and infrastructure, and triggering a devastating tsunami and nuclear reactor crisis. Please join us Thursday, July 14, as prominent Japanese experts reflect on the aftermath of the triple disasters and discuss Japans options for reconstructing and reforming essential public health services and managing the long term radiation impacts.Roundtable Discussion on the Health Implications of Japans "Triple DisasterThursday, July 14 11:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Center for Strategic and International StudiesConference Room B1 A/B 1800 K Street NW Washington, DC 20006 *Please arrive at 11:45 a.m. in order to obtain lunch* Please RSVP at: remarks will be provided by the Japanese ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, and Michael Green, CSIS Senior Adviser and Japan Chair. J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, will moderate the event. The panel will feature: Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Chairman, Health and Global Policy Institute; Hiromi Murakami, Director, Health and Global Policy Institute; Naoki Ikegami, Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Keio University School of Medicine; Toshio Nagase, Merck (speaking in his personal capacity); Tsuyoshi Akiyama, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Tokyo University;Please RSVP at: Thinking Ahead to the Transition Thursday, July 14, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Carnegie endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036Register: Fadel Lamen, Esam Omiesh, Marina OttawayMost spectators agree that it is only a matter of time until Muammar Qaddafi will be forced to exit Libyas political scene. After his departure, Libya will face the daunting challenge of rebuilding its political system from the ground up. Many people inside and outside Libya have already started thinking about potential transitional mechanisms and which groups will play important roles during the transitional phase.Esam Omiesh, director of the Libyan Emergency Task Force in Washington, will discuss how the transition may unfold from the perspective of the Transitional National Council. Fadel Lamen, president of the American Libyan Council, will consider potential roles that the United States and other outside actors can take during the transition. Carnegies Marina Ottaway will moderate.2nd Annual Malthus Lecture: "Feeding the World Sustainably: Reflections, Issues, and Suggestions" July 14, 12:15-1:45 p.m. (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 a.m.) International Food Policy Research Institute 2033 K Street NW Fourth Floor Conference Facility Washington, DC 20006 RSVP: or (202) 862-8107Presenter: Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of AlexandriaEnsuring global food security is a major challenge, but it is not beyond the ken of human ingenuity and determination. Through sustainable and equitable systems of production and consumption, we must meet the needs of the worlds current 6.7 billion inhabitants, as well as the additional 2 to 3 billion expected in coming decades, while recognizing the challenges posed by changing diets and continued production on stressed environmental systems. We must accomplish this using roughly the same amount of land and water as we use today. Knowledge will be key. Research and dissemination of current best practices will show how to close yield gaps, how to produce more for less, how to improve management and reduce waste along the entire supply chain, and how not to confuse the urgent necessity of humanitarian aid with the fundamentally important developmental questions of transforming global agriculture and the food-processing and distribution system. With these actions, we can face the exciting prospect of finally abolishing hunger in our lifetime.The Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus has become widely known for his theories published in the early 19th century that sooner or later population gets checked by famine and disease. Since then the debate is on whether our planet can sustainably feed an ever growing population: important questions that are at the crossroad of food policy anddemography. We are grateful for Montague (Monty) Yudelman who initiated and supports this lecture series organized once a year by the International Food Policy Research Institute and The Population Reference In conjunction with the PresentsCongressional Peak Oil Caucus "Economics of Americas Oil Dependence"A Luncheon Discussion Impending World Thursday, July 14, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Energy Mess 2325 Rayburn House Office Building Seating is limited. Please RSVP to by July 12th. Featuring The Honorable J. Bennett Johnston Retired U.S. Senator from Louisiana; Chairman, Johnston Associates Eyal Aronoff Co-Founder, Quest Software; Member, Set America Free CoalitionRoger Bezdek President, Management Information Systems; Co-Author, TheYossie Hollander (Moderator) Founder & Chairman From industrial productivity to the daily commute to putting food on the table, the price of oil has a huge impact on the American people and economy. Oil prices correlate to food prices and home foreclosures; and oil price shocks tend to precede - and many suspect cause - recessions and spikes in unemployment. Factor in government incentives, geopolitical realities, environmental impacts, and the military deployments needed to keep the oil flowing, and the true cost of America's reliance on oil starts to come into focus. Join Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Peak Oil Caucus, for an expert discussion of the economics of Americas oil dependence.Cross MacKenzie Gallery2026 R Street NWWashington, DC 20009"Summer Selections" Join us for summer cocktails in our new gallery space July 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m.Demystifying Social Security: Academy for Interns 2011 July 14, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Conference Center 1330 G Street NW Washington, DC 20005 RSVP: Do you know what Social Security is or how it works? Have you ever wondered why, whenever there is a discussion about the nations debt and deficits Social Security becomes a part of the conversation? Can we improve Social Securitybenefits for the vulnerable individuals who need it most? Would you like to know if, how, or when Social Security might run out of money?The answers may surprise you. For answers to these questions and more, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) offers interns, students, and and young professionals an opportunity to discuss and debate the future of Social Security at Demystifying Social Security: Academy for Interns 2011.Attendees will gain a better understanding of the challenges facing the White House and Congress as they work to modify Social Security. The free, day-long event features prominent guest speakers, expert panels, and interactive activities, plus opportunities for networking.Lunch will be provided and door prizes will be awarded at the end of the day. Door prizes include two tickets to a DC United game and more.So join us on July 14, 2011 for a discussion of the present and future of Social Security at Demystifying Social Security.Sessions Include: Why is Social Security Important? Hilary Doe, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network Social Security: How Does it Work? Kathleen Romig, Social Security Administration Scott Szymendera, Congressional Research Service Ashley Carson Cottingham, US Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and PensionsSocial Security: How Big is the Financing Problem, and How Can We Pay for What We Want? Stephen Goss, Social Security Administration Ben Veghte, National Academy of Social InsuranceThe Intern Solution For Social Security Interactive Activity (Part I) What Are Your Solutions For Social Security? Interactive Activity (Part II) Unfiltered: Straight Talk on Social Security Kathryn Edwards, Economic Policy Institute Marc Goldwein, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, New America FoundationNow What? - How Can I Use This Information and Experience? Jane Farrell, Center for Economic and Policy Research Allessia Owens, Howard University School of Social Work Doctoral StudentWe are excited to celebrate two years in our beautiful Georgetown showroom on Thursday, July 14th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Please join us at 1010 Wisconsin Avenue NW (Suite 201, ground floor) for refreshments (including bubbly of course), laughter, and the opening of an exhibition of art by students of the Corcoran College of Art + Design. As you know, at Alchimie Forever, we strive to make the world a more beautiful place, a mission that drives our involvement in the contemporary art world. To help us celebrate two years in our showroom, four students from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Julia Benton, Jordi Hall, Aselin Lands, and Maggie Winters, are showcasing their work in our showroom, centered around the theme "two." The image to the right (Rachel, by Julia Benton) gives you a preview of the beautiful show we have put together for this occasion. I look forward to seeing you there and to celebrating with you. With love,.Young and Displaced: A Multinational Look at Youth on Their Own, as Refugees, on the Run, and in Need of Help Thursday, July 14, 8:45-10:30 a.m. Breakfast will be provided at 8:45 a.m. The forum begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. The Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW 5th Floor Washington, DC 20037 Register: Juan Carlos Lara-Armienta, head of regional and Hispanic affairs, Embassy of MexicoLavinia Limn, president & CEO, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants John Monahan, special adviser for global health partnerships, U.S. Department of State Matthew Stagner, executive director, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago Olivia Golden, Institute fellow, Urban Institute; former assistant secretary for children and families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (moderator)Childhood and adolescence are supposed to be times to play, grow, and explore in peace. But for countless millions of young people around the globe, their early years are plagued by war, conflict, extreme poverty, disease, abuse, and other woes. Many children and youth - abroad and here, with their families or unaccompanied - flee their toxic surroundings, hoping to find new homes elsewhere and create new lives. With a panel of experts whose knowledge spans the globe, this forum will plumb the experiences of vulnerable youth who are displaced or on the move and examine ways to protect them, sparking an overdue exchange on policy lessons from America and abroad.Talk about a hunch paying off. A call for art and...voila!Artists off Rhode - an enticing glimpse into thewell of artistic resourcefulness to be tapped along the Rhode Island corridor.Opening Reception Friday, July 15, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Off-Rhode Studio @ Art Enables 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE Entrance at the back off 22nd street Free and open to the publicArt Enables is proud to host 13 uncommon artists who will inaugurate our OFF-RHODE STUDIO with a show that combines solid artistic integrity with a refreshing absence of uniformityDino Almaguer Ninette Axelson-Dean Don Burns Suzanne Des Marals Susan Downs Derran Eaddy Sheila Freeman Jason Haber Hope Hodges Emily Locke Gracy Obuchowicz Charles Reiher Lindsay StoneThe show will be up through July 29, 2011. Visitors are welcome M-F, 9am to 4pm. For more information: (202) 554-9455Subsidy Funds Could Grow Ag R&D Friday, July 15, 8:45-10:30 a.m. Tenth Floor American Enterprise Institute 1150 17 Street NWWashington, DC 20036 Register: in agricultural R&D has proved extraordinarily successful, with a benefit-cost ratio around 20:1. But federal spending for agriculture has declined over the past several decades, even though R&D spending could have been doubled in 2009 with a 20 percent reduction in farm subsidies. Philip G. Pardey of the University of Minnesota will explain why investment in R&D is so important for increasing agricultural productivity and keeping food prices low.Agenda8:45 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast 9:00 a.m. - Panelist Philip G. Pardey Moderator Vincent H. Smith 10:15 a.m. - Question and Answer 10:30 a.m. - AdjournmentNot So Sweet: Sugar, Milk Programs Are Sour for Families Friday, July 15, 12:15-2:00 p.m. US Capitol Visitors Center Congressional Meeting Room South Washington, DC 20515 Register: a result of federal policies, US families pay nearly twice the world price for sugar and other sweeteners. US sugar programs cost the average family $40 per year in higher food costs, and these increased costs have created the highfructose corn syrup industry. Gary Brester of Montana State University will argue that the sugar programs should be repealed. As for dairy policy, government policies increase the price of milk for US consumers and increase the income of some milk producers. These programs hurt large, efficient dairy farmers and limit innovation, and they should be substantially reformed.Agenda 12:15 p.m. - Registration and Luncheon12:30 p.m. - Panelists Gary Brester, Montana State University Joseph V. Balagtas, Purdue University Daniel A. Sumner, University of California-DavisJack Roney, American Sugar AllianceModerator Barry K. Goodwin, North Carolina State University1:45 p.m. - Question and Answer2:00 p.m. - AdjournmentOpen House Friday, July 15, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Institute of World Politics 1521 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20036-1464 Register: cordially welcomes you to attend one of our Open Houses. These events are excellent opportunities to meet some of our professors and students, as well as learn more about the Institute's unique programs and courses. Additionally, the $100 Application for Admission fee will be waived if you attend an Open House.All Open Houses begin around 5:30 p.m. with a reception and hors d'oeuvres; the information program follows about 45 minutes later.Weekend Concert Series July 15 Latin Night Orquesta Le Leyenda Verny Varela and his Orchestra Rudy Gonzalez y su Locura July 22 Neo Soul Beat Night Carolyn Malachi Navasha Daya Ayanna Gregory All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Carter Barron Amphitheatre (in Rock Creek Park) 16th street & Colorado Avenue NW Free. Up to 4 tickets per person available on the day of performance at: Washington Post 1150 15th Street NW beginning at 8:30 a.m.or Carter Barron Box Office 16th Street & Colorado Avenue NW beginning at 12:00 p.m."Natural Cure" Elizabethan Garden Tours Saturday, July 16, 10:00 & 11:00 a.m. Folger Shakespeare Library 201 East Capitol Street SE Washington, DC 20003 Free, no advance reservations required. Join us for a docent-guided tour of the Elizabethan Garden for insights into how plants were used for everything from cooking and cosmetics to medicine in Shakespeare's day. Many remedies from the period prominently feature herbal ingredients, such as the recipe for "plague water" below that includes sage, rosemary, rue, mint, and other plants.Join Black men from Ward 7 in a day of fellowship and unity for a neighborhood clean-up in the River Terrace Park and Community. Youth are welcome to participate and can receive community service hours. Hosted by FFOIP (Family & Friends of Incarcerated People) and Greater DC Cares' Neighboring Now Initiative. This event is rain or shine! When: Satruday July 16, 2011 Time: 9:30am-1pm(registration/sign-in starts at 9:30am)Where: River Terrace Park(Registration/Sign-in will take place at the Gazeebo in River Terrace Park near Anacostia Ave NE & Dix Street NE ) Group Registration: Submit the amount of tickets you want (up to 10). Each ticket needs to include a first and last name a number or email address to contact that person. Please contact Brandon at with volunteer registration questions. If you have questions about the day and/or how your group can donate to this event please contact Jackie Mckinney (202) 777-4459Hudson Institute Book Forum onThe History of the Future: The Shape of the World to Come Is Visible TodayMonday, July 18, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center Hudson Institute 1015 15th Street NW Sixth Floor Washington, DC 20005Lunch will be served Register: character has always been shaped by struggles against poverty, tyranny, and war. Hudson Institute cofounder and Senior Fellow Max Singer's new book, The History of the Future: The Shape of the World to Come Is Visible Today (Lexington Books), argues that poverty, tyranny, and war will be largely eliminated in the future. Without the struggles that have plagued humanity throughout history, Singer says we will have to find new ways to shape character. In this work which continues the research into the future that Singer began with Herman Kahn a half-century ago, Singer asks the important question: will people really be better off when the whole world has become wealthy, free, and peaceful?Bruce Bueno de Mesquita of New York University said that "anyone who wants to understand where the world of politics, economics, and freedom is headed must read this book."Singer is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute and at the BESA Institute of Bar Ilan University in Israel. He is the author of Passage to a Human World: the Dynamics of Creating Global Wealth, with a foreword by Irving Kristol (Transaction Publishers, 2d ed. 1989); and of The REAL World Order: Zones of Peace/Zones of Turmoil, with Aaron Wildavsky (Chatham House, rev'd ed. 1996),Hudson Institute has convened an illustrious panel to offer their thoughts on Singer's insightful new work. Joining Singer to discuss the book will be Hillel Fradkin, Hudson Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World, and Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. HudsonPresident and CEO Kenneth Weinstein will host and provide introductions for the event.Books will be available for purchaseThe Calmus Ensemble Leipzig July 19, 7:00 p.m. The Town Hall Mayer Brown LLP 1999 K Street NW The concert will be followed by a reception. RSVP: concert@wash.diplo.deCalmus Ensemble ( Calmus) Leipzig, the Saxon metropolis of music is not only home to the famous Gewandhaus but also of the distinguished Thomasschule, a source of multifaceted vocal endeavors. In 1999, five former members of the St. Thomas Boys Choir (Thomanerchor) became a vocal quintet right after graduating. They soon found Anja Lipfert, who with her bright soprano voice, is a member of Calmus since 2001. As the Calmus Ensemble expanded its stylistic variety to music, it also expanded its repertoire. Whether it be music of the Gregorian period, of Machaut, Palestrina, Bach, Verdi or contemporary sacred music, or, the great variety of profane music extending from madrigals to folksongs or rock these singers from Leipzig are at home in all styles but add their own personal touch as well. Not limiting themselves to traditional repertoire, they have a series of their own arrangements as well as commissioned works in their repertoire. Apart from a cappella music, they take active interest in breaking down barriers in the periods from the Baroque to experimental Jazz. An active concert schedule has already led the Ensemble to all parts of Germany, many European countres, and North and South America. The Ensemble has participated in renowned music festivals such as the Bach-Festival Leipzig, the International a cappella Week in Hannover and the Schleswig-Holstein-Music Festival, where they gave a final polishing to their sound in the Master Class of the Kings Singers. The astounding stylistic spectrum of the present Ensemble of five members, the flawless intonation, the vocal homogeneity, and last but not least the large palette of varied sonic colors, are documented in a series of CDs. The young singers have received many well-known awards. In 2002 the Calmus Ensemble was chosen to participate in the national Konzerte Junger Knstler (concerts of selected prize-winning young German musicians). At the 4th International Robert Schumann Choral Competition they took the first place, just as they did in the finale of the national a cappella competition Jugend Kulturell (Cultural Youth), the International Contest for Vocal Ensembles in Tampere/Finland and the 37th Tolosa Choral Contest in Tolosa/Spain. Calmus Ensemble Leipzig Anja Lipfert, Soprano Sebastian Krause, Countertenor Tobias Pche, Tenor Ludwig Bhme, Baritone Joe Roesler, Bass This event is part of the "do Deutsch" series of events on German culture and language organized by the German missions and the Goethe-Institut locations in the US. Cato Institute invites you to a Book ForumIs this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.The Cato Institute invites you to a Book Forum July 21, 2011The Ethics of Voting(Princeton University Press, 2011)featuring the authorJason Brennan Georgetown Universitywith comments byBryan Caplan George Mason University Author, The Myth of the Rational Votermoderated byJohn Samples Cato InstitutePurchase BookNothing is more integral to democracy than voting. Most people believe that every citizen has the civic duty or moral obligation to vote, that any sincere vote is morally acceptable, and that buying, selling, or trading votes is inherently wrong. Jason Brennan argues that voting is not a duty for most citizens in fact, he argues, many people owe it to the rest of us not to vote. Bad choices at the polls can result in unjust laws, needless wars, and calamitous economic policies. Brennan shows why voters have duties to make informed decisions in the voting booth, to base their decisions on sound evidence for what will create the best possible policies, and to promote the common good rather than their own self-interest. They should vote well or not vote at all. He argues that voting is not necessarily the best way for citizens to exercise their civic duty, and why some citizens need to stay away from the polls to protect the democratic process from their uninformed, irrational, or immoral votes. In a democracy, every citizen has the right to vote. Come hear Jason Brennan reveal why it's sometimes best if they don't.Thursday, July 21, 2011 4:00 p.m. (Reception to follow)F. A. Hayek Auditorium Cato Institute 1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20001To register, visit, fax (202) 371-0841, or call (202) 789-5229 by noon on Wednesday, July 20, 2011. News media inquiries only (no registrations), please call (202) 789-5200. If you can't make it to the Cato Institute, watch this Forum live online at 2011 Cato Institute 1000 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001"Afghanistan and Pakistan: Conflict, Extremism, and Resistance to Modernity" book launch July 27, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center One Woodrow Wilson Plaza 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004 No RSVP given Photo ID required to enter the RR building.Event Details Author and speaker: Riaz Mohammad Khan, former foreign secretary of Pakistan and former Wilson Center Pakistan Scholar