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Georgetown UniversityThe Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies invites you to Ensuring Democracy through Written & Unwritten Constitutions By Christopher Gallavin, PhDWith significant domestic upheaval in numerous African and Middle Eastern states the spotlight will soon turn on the ability of a state to ensure democratic governance under the rule of law through the implementation of constitutional protections. I contend that despite ensuring the transparent division of government, the formalistic protection of human rights and enshrining of a countrys ideals and vision, the single most effective protection against tyrannical government is the establishment of a politically independent judiciary. Drawing on elements of the current debate between parliamentary sovereignty versus constitutional supremacy in New Zealand and the United Kingdom I will, in this paper, attempt to draw links between a strong judiciary and effective democratic government. Christopher Gallavin, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law at Canterbury University in New Zealand. Dr. Gallavin is teaching at Georgetown University as a Fulbright Scholar for the Spring 2011 semester.

Wednesday, March 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Georgetown University ICC Room # 550 37th & O Streets NW Please RSVP to canz@georgetown.edu - Reception to follow

The Embassy of the Czech Republic will screen the documentary film "Forgotten Transports to Estonia" March 16, 6:30 p.m. Embassy of the Czech Republic 3900 Spring of Freedom Street NW Washington, DC 20008 Light refreshments will be served after the screening. RSVP: czech_events@yahoo.com by March 15

The film will be introduced by Dr. Peter Black, Senior Historian of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, followed by a discussion with Dr. Black and Ms. Margit Meissner, author of the book Margits Story. The event is

presented in cooperation with the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Washington, DC Chapter.

The event is part of the project Democracy and Human Rights: Lessons from the Past for the Current Czech Foreign Policy, organized by the Embassy of the Czech Republic from January through June 2011.

About the film Forgotten Transports to Estonia The film about Estonia offers a fascinating story of a group of young women and girls whothanks to their youthful naivety, friendship, mutual help and giving up individual thinkingmanaged to pass through the camps while remaining oblivious to the genocide around them.

Documentary Series Forgotten Transports When the Holocaust is mentioned, most people recall images of tattooed numbers on forearms, footage of children in striped uniforms in Auschwitz, or Hitlers speeches. Dispelling our notions of a Holocaust documentary, the Forgotten Transports Series has none of that. Based on 400 hours of interviews recorded in twenty countries on five continents and ten years of work, each of the four films describes one destination of Nazi transports and one unique mode of survival in extreme conditions told, for the first time, by Czech and Central European Jews deported to unknown ghettos and camps in Latvia, Belarus, Estonia, and Poland. Employing no commentary or contemporary footage, only true, time-andplace precise images, the director (political scientist and historian) Lukas Pribyl documents every word of the witnesses utilizing researched visual materials pictures exchanged for bottles of vodka, found in albums of former SS men, fetched from KGB holdings, or through film fragments selected from over 1600 hours of footage. The people speaking in the films can be seen in images taken almost seventy years ago. From an astonishing story of concentration camp Romeo and Juliet, to that of a man locked up in the same prison three times, always under a different identity, this montage of personal points of view and never seen materials paints a life-affirming picture of survival through luck, wisdom, ingenuity, and sheer will, showing the Holocaust as we dont know it." The Forgotten Transports to Poland part of the Forgotten Transports Series received the Czech Lion Award for Best Documentary (2009), the highest film award in the Czech Republic.

About Lukas Pribyl Lukas Pribyl (born 1973, Ostrava, Czech Republic) studied politics and Near Eastern studies at Brandeis University and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, religion and human rights at SIPA at Columbia University in New York, history at Central European University in Budapest and Jewish religion and philosophy in Sweden. Except for various politics-related projects (particularly in the U.S.), he has published on various aspects of Jewish history and curated exhibitions at the Jewish Museum in Prague. The Forgotten Transports Series is his first film project.

Margit Meissner and Margits Story Margits Story is an engrossing autobiography of a remarkable woman born into an assimilated Jewish upper-class in preWorld War II Austria. After a hair-raising escape from the Nazis, she came penniless to the United States. Beginning as a

dress finisher, her varied career took her to Hollywood, the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, the American consulates in Budapest, Hungary, and Alexandria, Egypt, and the United Nations in Argentina. She eventually settled in the Washington, DC suburbs where she worked for 20 years for the Montgomery County school system. When she retired, she was saluted as an outstanding advocate for children with disabilities. This candidly told story describes the risk and daring of one womans triumph over adversity.

Czech Republic and Human Rights Based on her own historic experience, the Czech Republic holds human rights and democracy very dear. Calling upon the international community to follow suit, the Czech Republic is a staunch advocate of respect for human rights and democracy in various places in the world where these are under threat. The numerous activities in this field, where the Czech Republic is involved, are portrayed in the Embassys project Democracy and Human Rights: Lessons from the Past for the Current Czech Foreign Policy. The various events put together within this project include exhibitions, conferences, documentary and feature film screenings, and lectures focusing namely on the countrys totalitarian past, its current human-rights-promotion priorities and, topically, on the rights of women and children.

"When China Met Africa" March 16, 12:00-2:00 p.m. 6th Floor Flom Auditorium Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center One Woodrow Wilson Plaza 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004-3027 Allow time for routine security procedures. A photo ID is required for entry. RSVP: http://wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.event_rsvp&event_id=654234

DC Young Nonprofit Professionals (YNPNdc) March Happy HourEvent Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm RSVP: RSVP Recommended

Public BarVenue Address: 1214 18th Street NW Washington, DC 20036 United States See map: Google Maps

www.publicbardc.com

Do you want to expand your network this year? How about building relationships with other young nonprofit professionals? Join YNPNdc for our monthly networking Happy Hour! Our happy hours are casual, bringing together long-time members as well as new people at every event. And if you're new to YNPNdc--or new to our happy hours--feel free to find a Board member and ask him/her about what we do and how to get more involved. There is no charge to attend this event. Registration is requested. More about YNPNdc.

69th SEASON OF CONCERTS National Gallery of Art New Music EnsembleWednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:10 p.m. West Building Rotunda National Gallery of Art 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20565 Music by Antosca, Shatin, and other composers Presented in honor of the 70th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art Sponsored in part by the Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Fund Concerts at the National Gallery of Art are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Democratization in the Middle East?Implications of the Arab SpringYou are cordially invited to attend an event hosted by the Foreign Policy Initiative Wednesday, March 16 1:00-4:00 p.m. National Press Club 529 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20045 To RSVP, please visit our website

1:00 PM: The Middle East in Transformation Panelists: Michele Dunne Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Reuel Marc Gerecht Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies Moderator: Robert Kagan Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution Director, Foreign Policy Initiative

2:30 PM: Implications for U.S. Policy Panelists: Elliott Abrams Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations Aaron David Miller Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Moderator: William Kristol Editor, The Weekly Standard Director, Foreign Policy Initiative

In recent months, the world has witnessed the beginning of a dramatic revolution in the Middle East. What began as a 26-year old Tunisian market vendor lighting himself on fire has triggered widespread popular uprisings that have already overthrown two dictatorships. Many of Americas authoritarian allies now fear for their regimes security. This event will analyze the aftermath of the downfalls of Ben Ali and Mubarak, and assess the prospects for democratization in the region. Leading experts will also examine the Obama administrations response to these events, and debate what Americas role in this crisis should be moving forward.

About the Foreign Policy Initiative FPI is a non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. FPI seeks to promote an active U.S. f