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Events This WeekGeorgetown 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 followThe 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 15The 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 ispresented 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 adress 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=654234DC Young Nonprofit Professionals (YNPNdc) March Happy HourEvent Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm RSVP: RSVP RecommendedPublic BarVenue Address: 1214 18th Street NW Washington, DC 20036 United States See map: Google Mapswww.publicbardc.comDo 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 website1:00 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 Initiative2:30 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 InitiativeIn 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. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America's global economic competitiveness. The organization was founded in 2009 and is led by Executive Director Jamie Fly. FPIs Board of Directors consists of Eric Edelman, Robert Kagan, William Kristol, and Dan Senor.The Foreign Policy Initiative 11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 325 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 296-3322DCist Exposed Photography ShowEvent Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm Price: $10.00Long View GalleryVenue Address: 1234 Ninth St. NW. Washington, DC 20005 United States See map: Google Mapswww.longviewgallery.comDCist.com presents the fifth annual DCist Exposed Photography Show at Long View Gallery. Opening Receptions: Tuesday March 15 and Wednesday March 16, 6pm to 10pm. Admission: $10 advance ticket at http://dcistexposed.eventbrite.com/ (a limited number of $15 tickets will be available at the door - advanced ticket holders will have priority admission) The show runs from March 15 to March 27, 2011 (Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday* 11am - 6pm, Sunday noon 5pm (free). *Closed Friday March 18). The Show From more than 1,000 individual entries submitted through Flickr.com, 43 winning images were selected by a panel of judges. DCist.com prides itself on engaging and promoting emerging local photographers through its daily use of images from the popular, reader-generated DCist Flickr photo pool. Each day, DCist.com selects photos from the pool for use in its daily coverage of local news, arts and entertainment, food and sports. All photographs selected and displayed at DCist Exposed will be for sale at prices well below traditional gallery shows. Opening NightsYuengling, America's oldest brewery, has generously donated Yuengling Lager, Yuengling Light Lager, the Spring seasonal Yuengling Bock, and Lord Chesterfield Ale. A selection of complimentary wine will also be available. (You must be 21 or older with valid ID to consume beer or wine at the event.)Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Sequoia.Defense Challenges and Future Opportunities Wednesday, March 16, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Falk Auditorium The Brookings Institution 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036 Register: https://www.cvent.com/events/defense-challenges-and-future-opportunities/registrationf2d888e3b18f45f98c6d5e6aff7725a6.aspxOn March 16, the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings will host its second annual Military and Federal Fellow Research Symposium, featuring the independent research produced by the members of each military service, and key federal agencies, who have spent the last year serving at think tanks and universities across the nation. Organized by the fellows themselves, it is intended to provide a platform for building greater awareness of the cutting-edge work that Americas military and governmental leaders are producing on key policy issuesThe theme of this symposium will be "Defense Challenges and Future Opportunities." After a brief introduction by Peter Singer, director, 21st Century Defense Initiative, panel discussions will focus on the fellows research findings in the areas of emerging governance, regional insecurity, Department of Defense efforts to harness cyberspace, alliance and regional partnerships, and new challenges in the maritime domain. Major General Lori Robinson, director of Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, and former Brookings federal executive fellow, will give the lunchtime address. After each panel, the speakers will take audience questions."Population Aging: Is Latin America Ready?" book launch Wednesday, March 16, 12:00-2:00 p.m. World Bank J Building J1-050 Auditorium 18th & Pennsylvania Avenue NW RSVP: infoshopevents@worldbank.org Light lunch will be servedCHAIR Augusto de la Torre, Chief Economist, Latin American and the Caribbean, World Bank Mr. de la Torre is the World Banks Chief Economist for Latin American and the Caribbean, joining the World Bank in 1997. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. de la Torre was the head of the Central Bank of Ecuador, and in November 1996 was chosen by Euromoney Magazine as the years "Best Latin Central Banker." From 1986 to 1992 he worked at the International Monetary Fund, where, among other positions, he was the IMFs Resident Representative in Venezuela (1991-1992).Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea(Paradigm Publishers, 2010)BOOK FORUM Wednesday, March 16, 12:00 p.m. Luncheon to Follow The Cato Institute 1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20001Featuring the author C. Bradley Thompson, Clemson University; with comments by Tod Lindberg, Hoover Institution; moderated by David Boaz, Cato Institute.Purchase book C. Bradley Thompson, professor of political science and executive director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, has written (with Yaron Brook) a comprehensive and original analysis of neoconservatism. Neoconservatism probes what neoconservatives call their "philosophy of governance" their plan for governing America. It explicates the deepest philosophic principles of neoconservatism, traces the intellectual relationship between the political philosopher Leo Strauss and contemporary neoconservative political actors, and provides a trenchant critique of neoconservatism from the perspective of America's founding principles. What makes this book so compelling is that Thompson actually lived for many years in the Straussian/neoconservative intellectual world. Neoconservatism therefore fits into the "breaking ranks" tradition of scholarly criticism. Thompson charges that neoconservatism is a species of anti-Americanism, a claim sure to draw strong opposition probably from Tod Lindberg, editor of Policy Review and a member of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society.Cato events, unless otherwise noted, are free of charge. To register for this event, please email events@cato.org or call (202) 789-5229 by noon, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Please arrive early. Seating is limited and not guaranteed.Dear Mary,Join us Wednesday and explore the vineyards of South Africa as we present our South African wine selection. Try the Indaba Chenin Blanc or perhaps the Bosman Adama; vote for yourfavorite! On Friday, celebrate the return of spring with Justin from Country Vintner. Theres always something happening at Zola Wine & Kitchen!COMPLIMENTARY WINE TASTINGSJoin ZWK for happy hour and enjoy our weekly pick of amazing new wines paried with our artisanal cheeses. Zola Wine & Kitchen 505 Ninth Street NW Wednesday, March 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m. ZWK Presents: South African Wines Indaba Chenin Blanc 7 Sisters Bukettraube Bosman AdamaFriday, March 18, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Welcome Spring with Justin from Country Vintner! Arido Sauvignon Blanc Cendrillon Touraine A to Z Rose David Bruce Pinot NoirReconsidering America's China Policy: Engaging Party and People The Project 2049 Institute Thursday, March 17, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. American Enterprise Institute 1150 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20036 RSVP: http://www.aei.org/event/100380Dramatic changes in Sino-American relations have left the longstanding US policy of "engagement" with China outmoded and ineffective. China's economic, political, and military ascension has led to a more assertive and muscular Beijing, complicating American attempts at diplomatic engagement on key issues. Too often, "engaging" China has meant engagement only with the Chinese Communist Party, with modest results on human rights issues to show for the effort.AEI and the Project 2049 Institute, which seeks to guide decision makers toward a more secure Asia by the century's midpoint, will cohost a conference examining US policy toward China, particularly American engagement of Chinese civil society. With new dynamics shaping Chinese and American interests, the conference will evaluate the prospect of adiplomatic strategy both more effective and better aligned with US interests and values.Agenda8:45 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast 9:00 a.m. - Introduction: Randall Schriver, Project 2049 Institute 9:15 a.m. - Panel I: A Review of Engagement Panelists: Carolyn Bartholomew, US-China Economic and Security Review Commission Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch Derek Scissors, Heritage Foundation Mark Stokes, Project 2049 Institute Moderator: Dan Blumenthal, AEI Question and Answer 10:45 a.m. - Panel II: Engaging Civil Society and Reaching the People Panelists: Sharon Hom, Human Rights in China Ho-Fung Hung, Indiana University Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation and Global Voices Online Jennifer Turner, Woodrow Wilson International Center Moderator: Kelley Currie, Project 2049 Institute Question and Answer 12:15 p.m. - AdjournmentLuck o' the Irish with Luke's WingsThursday, March 17, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm Cost Price: $20.00L2 LoungeVenue Address: 3315 Cady's Alley, NW Washington, DC 20007 United States See map: Google Mapswww.l2lounge.com (L2 is located in Cady's Alley. The entrance is on M street, between 33rd and 34th streets. Walk down the steps to Leopolds Cafe; the entrance to L2 is on the right).Join us for the best party in town on St. Patrick's Day at DC's most exclusive private members club. Doors open to everyone - 7pm to Midnight. -Guinness Garden -Kissing Booth -Prizes and raffles -Wear your best outfits and costumes$20 at the door - cash or credit card. Host Committee: Fletcher Gill, Sarah Wingfield, Rachael Glaws, Lindsay Kin, Kristen Murdock, Tanya Good, Mackenzie Miles, Leah Dyrud, Jason Sickels, John Ennis, Eric Lund, Charlie Paret, Lindsey Mask, Chadleon Booker, Sam Sanders, and JC McCray. Special Thanks to Ladies DC for their support! 100% of all door proceeds benefit Luke's Wings.COMPLIMENTARY WINE TASTINGSPotenza Wine 15th & H Streets NW Join us at Potenza for a weekly tasting and enjoy a variety of amazing new wines, paired with our artisanal cheeses.Thursday, March 17, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Potenza Wine Presents: Cheers to Spring! Annalisa Sparkling Moscato Talamonti Rose Clos Robert Oregon Pinot Noir Brancaia 'Tre' SupertuscanBEER SPECIALPoet Oatmeal Stout on sale for $9.00 and Bohemia Pilsner on sale for $7.00March 14 April 22, 2011Opening Reception Thursday, March 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sitar Arts Center 1700 Kalorama Road NW Suite 101Washington, DC 20009Join us to see Josh Gibsons vibrant images of Washington DC and Paris, France that explore the unusual and the usual from an unusual perspective. Josh has been involved with Sitar Arts center for over ten years as a supporter, a board member, the husband of a former staff member, the parent of an Early Childhood student and now as an artist. Josh has committed to donating 100% of his proceeds from the exhibit to Sitar Arts Center!RSVP to Loretta Thompson loretta@sitarartscenter.org (202) 797-2145 x117Artist Statement I have been taking photographs all my life, but have only recently started to do so with an active artistic intent. My particular interest is to take photos of unusual subjects, or of the usual subjects from an unusual, whimsical or humorous perspective. The majority of my photos feature Washington and Paris, two cities I am proud to have called home. In November of 2008, my photographs were exhibited for the first time in a show at Tryst Coffeehouse in Adams Morgan. Josh Gibson10 Years of Celebrating Kids, Arts and CommunityIntegration: An Evening of Fresh Scenes Thursday-Friday, March 17-18, 7:00 p.m. Schoenbaum Rehearsal Studio, Room 3732 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center University of Maryland University Boulevard and Stadium Drive College Park, MD (301) 405-2787 Free For two nights, Fresh Produce, a University of Maryland theater group, puts on selected scenes from some of the most renowned and provocative playwrights in the business that strike at the heart of such topics as race, gender and love. The scenes will be performed by the universitys new class of theater majors.Please register for this event online at: www.aei.org/event/100366.Should Schools De-Track? A Debate about the Policy and Practice of Student Tracking Thursday, March 17, 3:30-5:00 p.m. American Enterprise Institute 12th Floor 1150 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20036 Recent decades have been marked by heated debates about whether secondary schools should educate students of all achievement levels in the same classroom or set up different "tracks" for high, average, and low achievers. Those who favor "tracking" believe it allows schools to more effectively educate each student, while critics argue that it promotes inequities and actually impedes classroom learning. Join usfor a lively discussion featuring four prominent thinkers on this issue. School principal and influential researcher Carol Burris and University of Colorado professor Kevin Welner will make the case against tracking, explaining how schools can de-track effectively. The Brookings Institution's Tom Loveless and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Michael Petrilli will explore the pernicious effects of de-tracking, especially for high-achieving students. 3:15 p.m. - Registration 3:30 p.m. - Panelists: CAROL BURRIS, South Side High School, New York TOM LOVELESS, Brookings Institution MICHAEL PETRILLI, Thomas B. Fordham Institute KEVIN WELNER, University of Colorado at Boulder Moderator: FREDERICK M. HESS, AEI 5:00 p.m. - Adjournment and ReceptionChildren and Federal-State Budget TradeOffs Thursday, March 17, 8:45-10:30 a.m. Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW 5th Floor Breakfast will be provided at 8:45 a.m. The forum begins promptly at 9:00.Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1399888103Panelists: Harriet Dichter, national director, First Five Years Fund; former secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare; founding deputy secretary, Office of Child Development and Early Learning Olivia Golden, Institute fellow, Urban Institute; former assistant secretary for children and families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; author, Reforming Child Welfare (moderator) Roy Meyers, professor of political science, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; former analyst, Congressional Budget Office; editor, Handbook of Government Budgeting Scott Pattison, executive director, National Association of State Budget OfficersTHE RAINBOW WARRIORS OF WAIHEKE ISLANDThe Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island March 17, 6:30 p.m. Reception follows screening Royal Netherlands Embassy Auditorium 4200 Linnean Avenue NW Ticket/Reservation Info: FREE. Reservations required. Please contact Jeannettine Veldhuijzen by email at DutchFilm@aol.com or call 202-274-2730 by March 15 (email reservations preferred).A group of Greenpeace pioneers look back on their lives as environmental activists. Once they belonged to the crew of the famous ship Rainbow Warrior and took part in a series of successful actions until a bomb attack put an end to it. Now they are living together on Waiheke, a small New Zealand island. Have their ideals proven to be tenable, and what has their activist past achieved for the world and for themselves? Directed by Suzanne Raes. Produced by Lennart Pijnenborg.It's the day that we've been rehearsing all year for, and on this day McFadden's will open the doors at 8:00 a.m. with a complimentary breakfast buffet until 10:00 a.m.! Drink specials will run all day! Contests and cash giveaways every hour until we close the doors! Sign of the Whale will be throwing the party in midtown starting 11am! A bus will be running between the 2 stores from 4pm-7pm to make sure that everyone experiences the best party in the city!C2YN (Countdown to Yuri's Night) Local Artists Explore Human Spaceflight (March 15 - April 30)OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, March 17, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Mezz Gallery Artisphere 1101 Wilson Boulevard Arlington , VA 22209 (703) 875-1100Curated by Jared Davis, 19 artists exhibit work centered on the theme of Man's journey into space, by exploring both science-fact and science-fiction, these artists deliver unique perspectives on the cosmos. C2YN (Countdown to Yuri'sNight) launches the 50th anniversary of Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's first human spaceflight, which will be celebrated at the Artisphere on April 9, 2011.Opening Reception Friday, March 18, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Principle Gallery 208 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 739-9326March is upon us and that means that a fresh batch of paintings from Kevin Fitzgerald will be in the gallery shortly!Kevin will be in attendance to talk with collectors about his fresh new works, documentary experience, and two books -- 'Selected Works I' and 'Selected Works II'.Our friends at new Old Town hot spot Red Rocks will be providing small bites from their delicious menu at the opening on March 18th! They've been a staple in DC's Columbia Heights since 2007 and just expanded to Alexandria at the end of last summer. Already a neighborhood favorite for us: firebrick pizza, house cured meats, locally grown produce, and excellent libations.Chesapeake ColorA special show and sale of works byto benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Opening Reception Friday, March 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.Stephen DaySusan Calloway Fine Arts 1643 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20007(202) 965-4601Chesapeake Glow II oil on canvas 48 x 36In Stephen Day's abstract-realist seascapes, color--and in some cases texture--are the media and the message. Day's considerable domestic and international travel provides a continuous flow of subject matter, which he views through his semi-realist lens. Day's recent work focuses largely on the Chesapeake Bay and the abstract fusion of sky, land, and water.Chesapeake Color is on view March 16-26.During the reception for Chesapeake Color, Susan Calloway Fine Arts will be pleased to donate 35% of proceeds from sales of Day's Chesapeake Bay paintings to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.Susan Calloway Fine Arts specializes in contemporary art by local, regional, and international artists, antique American and European oil paintings, and a carefully chosen selection of 17th-19th century prints. The gallery also specializes in conservation framing using archival-quality materials and techniques, and in traditional French mat decoration. The gallery provides extensive art consulting services for business and residential clients and collaborates with architecture and design trades.Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10-5, Sunday and Monday by appointmentcrossmackenziegalleryCINDY KANE "Covered"New Paintings on Magazine CoversOpening Reception March 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Cross MacKenzie Gallery 1054 31st Street NW (Canal Square) Washington, DC 20007 (202) 337-7970Cross MacKenzie Gallery is pleased to present new paintings on magazine covers by artist, Cindy Kane. A DC area native, Kane was brought up in a politically active family and remains keenly attuned to current affairs and its coverage. In her paintings on magazine covers, she engages in a dialogue with the coverage of the headlines as she juxtaposes her images with the magazine titles and all the publications' subject implies. Her observations and commentaries are sometimes poignant, often whimsical and always timely. A favorite is her exquisite painting of butterfly wings on the cover of "Worth" magazine - her meaning is clear - it is not the financial matters normally profiled within, that truly hold real value. On "Art in America" she renders a most delicate bird portrait, reminding us that no matter how skilled the artist, the work doesn't approach the magnificent art in nature. "TIME" magazine is transformed by her depiction of a humming bird whose wings beat at a rate unfathomable in a human's understanding of time and space. She addresses the bear and bull markets with close-ups of the beasts on "Economist" covers, she paints melting glaciers on "Coastal Living" and renders oceans ablaze on "Fortune" magazine. In addition to riffing on the national publications, Kane has painted on our local DC magazines such as DC, Capitol File, National Geographic, the Economist, The Atlantic and DC Luxury. Working directly on the magazines was a natural outgrowth of the artist's interest in collage and her earlier paintings incorporated maps, sheet music and children's drawings.Cindy Kane is a prolific artist whose work has shown from California to NY and is included in numerous private and corporate collections across the country. Her artwork reflects the broad range of her interests from her children's innocent fantasy worlds to the serious issues in the news like the devastating wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The power in her work lies in her ability to combine these worlds by delivering up their clashing content and opposing messages into a visually cohesive universe, weaving these human complexities into one idea. One is equally disturbed and comforted at the same time.Kane's 2009 installation work, "The Helmet Project" incorporates written artifacts from contemporary journalists' coverage of the news, into her painted sculptures of soldiers' helmets hanging in the round from the ceiling. She paid tribute to dozens of foreign correspondents that she admired by inviting them to contribute their actual notes, airline tickets, and other written evidence of their news coverage, for her 50 helmet collages. The names of her collaborators are familiar: Jacki Lyden, Scott Simon, Neal Conan, Geraldine Brooks, Charlayne Hunter- Gault, Dana Priest, Martha Raddatz among others.Cindy Kane's magazine cover paintings continue her artistic dialogue with journalists and grounds her sophisticated painting in the germane contemporary issues covered. "My work reflects my sense of balance or instability as I observe the political and environmental tumult of our times. I am fascinated by migration patterns and the forces of nature, and I try to incorporate these issues into my paintings" - says the artist.Bell Wine & Spirits1821 M Street NW Washington, DC 20036 (202) 223-4727 Wine Tastings Friday, March 18, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 12:00-3:00 p.m.Friday, March 25, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 12:00-3:00 p.m.You are cordially invited to a book event for Ten African Heroes: The Sweep of Independence in Black Africa With authors Ambassador Thomas Patrick Melady and Dr. Margaret Badum MeladyFriday, March 18, 6:00-7:30 p.m. The Institute of World Politics 1521 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20036 Please RSVP to kbridges@iwp.eduUp close and personal, this book takes a look at African leaders who ignited independence in Black Africa during the 1960s through the eyes of two American forerunners who knew them well. Thomas Melady, a legendary diplomat, went with his wife Margaret to Africa as a young man to serve others and found himself involved with leaders who would change the face of the continent. Everyone interested in the history, politics, and religion of this great continent will enjoy their journeys. Amb. Melady is an authority on Sub-Saharan Africa and Balkan Affairs and earned his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. Margaret Melady is currently President of Melady Associates, a firm specializing in public affairs and educational counseling.Founded in 2008, FotoWeek DC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has evolved from a citycentric photography festival to FotoDC, a multi-season tribute to photography in all its forms. FotoDC celebrates the transformative power of photography through the exhibition of inspiring and provocative images, diverse programming, and collaboration with the local and international community. FotoWeek DC continues to play a central role in FotoDC programming, with its annual festival in November.New York Times columnist David Brooks discusses his new book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement (Random House). Friday, March 18, 12:00-2:00 p.m. The Aspen Institute One Dupont Circle NW Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 736-5800 RSVP: devon.rodonets@aspeninstitute.org Moderator: Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute"Plastic Planet" Friday March 18, 7:30 p.m. Embassy of Austria 3524 International Court NW Washington, DC 20008 Admission free RSVP required: www.acfdc.org/events-registration or (202) 895-6776 We will start off the Environmental Film Festival with a screening of Plastic Planet, a movie by Austrian Director Werner Boote. Boote himself will also attend the screening. The documentary will give us an insight into the controversial and fascinating story of how an everyday material has made its way into our daily life: plastic. PlasticPlanet takes its viewers on a tour across Europe, the United States, China, and India, while Boote interviews manufacturers, government officials, and top experts on biology, pharmacology, and genetics in order to discuss the perils of plastic and the threat it poses to both environmental and human health.The IDB Cultural Center joins the DC Environmental Film Festivalto screen the Washington DC premiere ofEarth KeepersA Survival Guide for a Planet in Peril(Canada, 2010, 83 min.) http://films.nfb.ca/earth-keepers/In this documentary written and directed by Sylvie Van Brabant, and set to slam poetry, we meet the young Qubcois activist Mikael Rioux (at left) who founded chofte, Quebecs first environmental festival. He takes us on a journey to meet seven visionaries:The iconic Christian de Laet, and Ashok Khosla, the charismatic president of Development Alternatives, the largest alternative development NGO in the world; as well as Karl-Henrik Robrt, the brilliant Swedish oncologist turned sustainable development guru.Please join the Center for American Progress and OpenTheGovernment.org for a special presentation:Sunshine Week 2011: The Road Forward on Open GovernmentMarch 18, 12:00-1:30 p.m. A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. Space is extremely limited. RSVP required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed. Center for American Progress 1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005 RSVP to attend this eventThe day after his inauguration, President Barack Obama committed his administration "to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government." For this event during Sunshine Weeka yearly event to raise awareness of the importance of open governmentOpenTheGovernment.org and the Center forAmerican Progress are bringing together transparency experts from inside and outside government to discuss how far the administration's efforts have moved us, two years into the effort, to that goal. The event will assess progress from both a policy and a technical standpoint, and what more we can and should expect the administration to do to meet its goal. Panelists will also take questions from the live and viewing audience. The first panel will cover the policy aspects of the administration's Open Government Initiative. During the second panel, panelists will discuss the effect of technology on the way people get and use information, how the government is trying to fill that need, and the strengths and limitations of the administration's approach. Welcoming remarks: Reece Rushing , Director of Government Reform, Center for American Progress Panel one: Steven P. Croley, Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council Gary Bass, Executive Director, OMB Watch David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States Panel two: Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics Jennifer LaFleur, Director of Computer-Assisted Reporting, ProPublica Tom Lee, Director, Sunlight Labs, Sunlight Foundation Moderated by: Patrice McDermott, Director, OpenTheGovernment.orgNearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro CenterFor more information, call 202-682-1611.Art and Jewelry Show with Barbara Coleman and Ozlem Yildirim Friday, March 18, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Caramel 1603 U Street NW Washington, DC 20009Washington-based artist, designer and art dealer Barbara (Barbie) Coleman will present an exciting series of limited edition hand-tinted etchings by awardwinning Slovakian artist, Katarina Vavrova, and several original turn of the century NOH Theatre Japanese Woodblock Prints by the famed Tsukioka Kogyo.As an artist, Barbie lived, lectured and exhibited her art in South America in the 1970s. Traveling extensively, she assembled a massive collection of both contemporary art and artifacts, and today deals in Japanese art and Asian artifacts. She's the go-to-gal for young collectors trying to find some art that's both fun and a good investment, too. Barbie has a strong sense of design and can help you pull off a sophisticated, eclectic look that will add a touch of international flair to those big empty loft walls.Ozlem Yildirim is a jewelry designer based in Washington D.C. Originally from Turkey, her work has a certain middle eastern influence. She works mainly with gemstones and various metals that she brings back from her travels. Each piece of work contains gemstones and metals from different parts of the world making each piece unique, interesting and beautiful."Love of Siam" Saturday, March 19, 6:00-8:30 p.m. The Royal Thai Embassy 1024 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20007 refreshments served Free RSVP Required: thaifilmweek@gmail.com"Love of Siam" Director: Matthew Chookiat Sakveerakul Writer: Matthew Chookiat Sakveerakul Cast: Sinjai Plengpanich, Chermarn Boonyasak, Mario Maurer, Songsit Roongnophakunsri Runtime: 150 minsMew and Tong were best friends as children, and Tong's sister, Tang, was a close confidant to them both but disappeared mysteriously. Years later, Mew became a professional musician and happened to meet Tong for the first time in years. The two waste no time getting reacquainted; while both of them have girlfriends, it becomes clear that there's a bond between them that they've never felt with other people, and their friendship begins to grow into something deeper.OPENING EXHIBITIONSZOE CHARLTON: Paladins and Tourists MIA FEUER: Stress Cone COBLE/RILEY PROJECTS: Ascension / ImmersionZo Charlton: detail Paladins and Tourists 2011, graphite + gouache on paper.Opening Reception Saturday, March 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Conner Contemporary Art 1358 Florida Avenue NE Washington, DC 20002 in the Historic Atlas/H Street Area. Gallery hours are Tuesday Saturday 10-5pmZo Charlton: Paladins and Tourists Mia Feuer: Stress Cone Coble/Riley Projects: Ascension / Immersion (March 19-April 30) Conner Contemporary Art is pleased to present concurrent exhibitions of Paladins and Tourists, featuring new drawings and video by Zo Charlton; Stress Cone, a new sculptural installation by Mia Feuer; and the premier of Ascension/Immersion, a collaborative video project by Mary Coble and Blithe Riley. ZOE CHARLTON Zo Charlton, best known for depicting sexualized bodies of black women, presents a new series of nude white male figures in her second solo exhibition with the Gallery, Paladins and Tourists. The themes of these large-scale drawings were inspired by the artists interactions with young white male art models. Charlton observed, It was interesting that some of the men made efforts to define themselves in relation to me as a black female artist. They seemed eager to align themselves with me by telling me about certain interests, like Reggae music, or about causes they support, like Water for Africa. Charltons experiences led her to conceive of her subjects as modern day paladins, or knights - who, instead of going into battle, volunteer and donate money - and as tourists - who sample unfamiliar, exotic cultures. Charlton adorned her bare, white male models with tokens of their social beliefs, or souvenirs of their cultural adventures. Rather than toting weapons and saddlebags, the paladins carry water bottles, and shoulder bags. The tourists wear passport pouches and African emblems. To symbolically enhance their male power, the artist posed the models in provocative stances and, in her depictions, increased the size of their sex organs. The theme of dominance interacts with that of exotic souvenir collecting to evoke historical traditions, including European colonization of foreign lands and the collecting culture of the Grand Tour. As these precedents reverberate in the predominance of Western paradigms in todays culture industry, Charltons drawings suggest a cultural critique.Charlton delves further into a personal examination of colonialism and exotic objectification in Untitled (Sarah Baartman) a new video animation about Sarah Baartman (a South African slave who, in the early 19th century, was exhibited for public entertainment in England and France as a specimen of curiosity known as the Hottentot Venus). In the video, Charlton reverses the focus from Baartmans body to her consumer audience, re-imagining the way Baartman felt her difference as crowds of European spectators openly gawked at her onstage. MIA FEUER Mia Feuers Stress Cone is a special *gogo art projects exhibition featuring a large, site-specific sculptural installation modeled on electrical transformer stations. Feuer stated that she drew conceptual inspiration for this work from Michelangelos depiction of matter receiving the spark of life in the Creation scene on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. By suspending a complex structure of muscular forms from the gallerys ceiling, the artist created a disarming presence in the gallery that may feel to viewers both familiar and disorienting. Feuer punctuated her industrial imagery, combining protruding vertical beams and pressure tanks, that allude to biological generation, with hot-colored elements and electrical insulators that may trigger emotional associations. She further enlivened the massive structure by representing clusters of water-dwelling leaches that appear to cling to and spread over the electrical structure. COBLE / RILEY PROJECTS Mary Coble and Blithe Riley make their collaborative debut with the Gallery as Coble/Riley Projects in their two-channel video Ascension/Immersion. On-site in the woods of Maine, the artist team transformed an abandoned decaying, spring house into a platform for performance by cutting two large holes in the roof, which allowed a sole performer (Coble) to enter the structure from above and then exit from below. We watch and listen as the protagonist repeatedly drops 5 feet into a pool of water inside the spring house, then climbs outside through the roof, to drop in the water yet again, with no explicit goal. The performers sequential actions of emergence and ascension are visible simultaneously on the split screen, creating a sense of dislocated time. The continuous unfolding of an unexplained ritual within the format of Ascension/Immersion generates an absorbing visual rhythm, while the ambiguity of the videos imagery gives rise to various possible meanings that can attend the oscillation between internal and exterior states."Kutiyattam" Saturday, March 19, 1:00 p.m. Freer Gallery Meyer Auditorium Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW Free. Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each show. In Person: Adoor Gopalakrishnan, director Kutiyattam Sanskrit theater originated in the Indian state of Kerala more than 2,000 years ago. With its stylized gestures and colorful makeup and costumes, Kutiyattam is a mesmerizing and utterly unique theatrical tradition. Actors must undergo at least ten years of training to master the sophisticated breath control and subtle muscular movements required for its repertoire of performances, which can last up to 40 days. Renowned filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan (subject of a 2003 Freer retrospective) was granted special access to a famous 16thcentury Kutiyattam performance space (or Koothambala) to capture the essence of this fascinating form of cultural expression. The resulting documentary follows performers through the rigorous training, meticulous preparation, and dazzling performances that moved UNESCO to recognize Kutiyattam as part of the worlds intangible cultural heritage. (dir.: Adoor Gopalakrishnan, India, 2001, 180 min., video, Sanskrit and Malayalam with English subtitles)STAN SQUIREWELL: INTERCONNECTED(March 19- April 23)Opening Reception Saturday, March 19, 6:30-9:00 p.m.International Visions Gallery 2629 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008 (202) 234-5112The Seven Signs of Arrival. Pigment print, 14 x 28" (2011)INTERNATIONAL VISIONS GALLERYGlobal Water and Population Films and Panel Discussion to Mark World Water Day March 21, 6:00 p.m. Carnegie Institution for Science Elihu Root Auditorium 1530 P Street NW Ticket/Reservation Info: FREE. RSVP appreciated at http://dceff-pulitzer.eventbrite.com. Reception follows programDHAKAS CHALLENGE: A MEGACITY STRUGGLES WITH WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE (Bangladesh, 2011, 7 min.) Over 1,000 people move to Dhaka every day, but almost two-thirds of Dhakas sewage is untreated and left to seep into waterways and the ground. Tens of thousands of people die each year of cholera, diarrhea and other waterborne diseases in Bangladesh but the country is also an innovator in promising new approaches to providing clean water and decent sanitation for all. Produced by Emmy Award Winner Stephen Sapienza.DONGTING HU: A LAKE IN FLUX (China, 2011, 5 min.) The surface area of Dongting Lake has fallen by half in the last 70 years. Lying off of the great Yangtze River, it is one of China's most important lakes. Land reclamation, pollution and over-fishing threaten its existence. Produced by National Geographic China, Photographer Sean Gallagher.WATER SCARCITY ON THE INDUS RIVER (India/ Pakistan, 2010, 7 min.) The recent Indus flood focused attention on too much water, but Pakistan's real problem is too little and too many people. This PBS NewsHour segment investigates how the impending water crisis might be related to population growth and poorly planned development. Reporting by PBS NewsHour Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro.CHATTAHOOCHEE: FROM WATER WAR TO WATER VISION(USA, 2010, 8 min. clip) For 20 years Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been locked in a fierce battle over one river the Chattahoochee. Through the eyes of ordinary people up and down its banks, the film explores what's at stake and asks the question: Can differences be resolved before the waters run dry? Produced by Rhett Turner and Jonathan Wickham for Georgia Public Broadcasting.Discussion with Katherine Bliss, Director, Global Water Policy Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and filmmakers Stephen Sapienza, Rhett Turner, Jonathan Wickham and Fred de Sam Lazaro, follows screening. Moderated by Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.Bodmer's Journey (Bodmers Reise) March 21, 7:00 p.m. Wine reception follows screening Embassy of Switzerland 2900 Cathedral Avenue NW (Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo/ Adams Morgan, Connecticut Ave. exit. Red line) (Metrobuses: 96, X3, L1, L2, L4) Ticket/Reservation Info: FREE. Reservations required. Please email was.events@eda.admin.ch. Washington, D.C. Premiere On May 17, 1832 the German ethnologist and naturalist Prince Maximilian zu Wied and the young Swiss artist Karl Bodmer set out on a long and adventurous journey into the vast prairies of North America to explore and document the Native Americans. Bodmers depictions of the tribal peoples he encountered are considered to be some of the most accurate and detailed western images of contemporary Indian life. They were incorporated into Maximilians published journal, Travels in the Interior of North America. Using entries from the journal, filmmaker Luke Gasser recreates Bodmers adventures. Directed by Luke Gasser. Produced by Danny Ming. Introduced by Norbert Brlocher, Counselor, Head of Communications and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Switzerland. Discussion with filmmaker Luke Gasser follows screening.The New Health Care Law: What a Difference a Year Makes Monday, March 21, 1:00-5:30 p.m. Cato Institute 1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20001 When President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, few would have predicted what happened in the following year. Opposition to the law has led to Republican gains in Congress, a House vote to repeal it, and two federal courts striking down part or all of the law as unconstitutional. At this special half-day conference, being held one year after the House of Representatives passed the law, health care experts will debate how the law has already affected America's health care sector, labor markets, and the federal budget, and what impact it will have in the future. In addition, constitutional scholars will debate the meritsof the two dozen legal challenges that have been brought against the law and their likelihood of success before the Supreme Court.1:00 p.m. Opening Keynote Address David Rivkin, Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP, and attorney for plaintiffs in Florida v. HHS Moderated by Edward H. Crane, President, Cato Institute 1:45 p.m. Impact on Health Care, Labor Markets, and Government Budgets Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum; former Director, Congressional Budget Office Kavita Patel, M.D., Managing Director of Delivery-System Reform at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Brookings Institution; former Director of Policy for the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs; and former Deputy Staff Director for the Senate HELP Committee chairman Senator Edward Kennedy 3:00 p.m. Break 3:15 p.m. Legal Challenges to the New Health Care Law Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute Neera Tanden, Chief Operating Officer, Center for American Progress 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Closing ReceptionThis conference and reception are free of charge. To register: http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=7909&utm_source=upcoming_event&utm_medium=email&utm_c ontent=110321_Conf&utm_campaign=110321_Conf_Cannon or call (202) 789-5229 by noon, Friday, March 18.A Government Thumb on the Election Scale?POLICY FORUM Tuesday, March 22, 4:00 p.m. Reception To Follow The Cato Institute 1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20001Featuring Nick Dranias, Director, Center for Constitutional Government, Goldwater Institute; and David H. Gans, Director, Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Citizenship Program, Constitutional Accountability Center; moderated by Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute.Cato events, unless otherwise noted, are free of charge. To register for this event, please email events@cato.org or call (202) 789-5229 by noon, Monday, March 21, 2011. Please arrive early. Seating is limited and not guaranteed.The District of Columbia Library AssociationSpring LectureBarrie HowardNATIONAL DIGITAL INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE AND PRESERVATION PROGRAM, LIBRARY OF CONGRESSTuesday, March 22, 2011 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. ALA Washington Office 1615 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.Metro: DuPont Circle~light refreshments~This program is free of charge; all are welcome Please register at dcla.org/EventsThe Center for Latin American Studies cordially invites you toCan Argentina Free Itself from Chavismo? Tuesday, March 22, 12:00-3:00 p.m. Complimentary lunch will be available. Besty and Walter Stern Conference Center Hudson Institute 1015 15th Street NW 6th Floor Washington, DC 20005 RSVP: isaratsis@hudson.orgOnce considered the "Jewel of South America," Argentina is now suffering from runaway inflation and declining regional influence. Argentina's foreign policy has taken an increasingly anti-American direction. President Cristina Kirchner has taken cues from Hugo Chvez by attacking and intimidating private companies, adopting statist anti-market policies. Moreover, Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman speaks in increasingly anti-American rhetoric. Argentina, in short, is in step with Venezuela.Please join us for an in-depth discussion of the internal and external situation in Argentina. What should the role of the U.S. be toward Argentina? How should a new U.S. Congress help foster democracy and economic growth, development, and good governance towards our neighbors in the Hemisphere?Panel I---President Cristina Kirchner's Tilt toward Chavez? Hugo Alconada, Author and lead investigative journalist for La Nacon (Buenos Aires), Martin Bohmer, Professor and Dean of the School of Law, University of San Andrs, Argentina Arturo Contreras, Professor, Inter-American Defense College; retired Colonel, Chilean ArmyPanel IIArgentine-U.S. Relations Dan Fisk, VP for Policy and Strategy Planning, International Republican Institute Lino Gutierez, CEO, Gutierrez Global LLC, and former U.S. Ambassador to Argentina James Roberts, Research Fellow for Economic Freedom and Growth, Heritage FoundationTALK: "Learning by Playing" Wednesday, March 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m., including refreshments House of Sweden 2900 K Street NW Washington, DC 20007 RSVP required: rsvp-hos@foreign.ministry.se Do our children get enough play time? In a culture of over-scheduling, do we allow enough free time in our childrenseveryday lives? How can we combine traditional academic learning and learning through play? Join us for an interactive evening discussion with leaders from Kulturhuset childrens center in Stockholm and the Childrens Museum in Washington, D.C., and gain a deeper understanding of the power of the educational benefits of play.SPIRITUAL SYMBOLS:A stunning exhibition of photographs by internationally renowned photojournalistTILAK HETTIGEExhibit Inauguration with Chief Guest: His Excellency Jaliya Wickramasuriya Ambassador of Sri Lanka Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m.Click below to attend the exhibit opening and reception. R.S.V.P This exhibit of photographs depicting the symbols of the saffron robe and tilak (red dot or spiritual third eye) will be on display from March 23 through April 30 in the Gandhi Center. After the inauguration, the exhibit may be viewed on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment.Gandhi Memorial Center 4748 Western Avenue Bethesda, MD 20816(301) 320-687169th SEASON OF CONCERTS Tanya Anisimova, cellist Lydia Frumkin, pianistWednesday, March 23, 12:10 p.m. East Building Auditorium National Gallery of Art 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20565 Music by Anisimova and Schubert Presented in honor of Women's History Month Concerts at the National Gallery of Art are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis.German Policy in Afghanistan - Between Multilateral Reflex and Domestic Limitationswith Pia Niedermeier, DAAD/AICGS Fellow comments by Heather Conley, Director and Senior Fellow of the Europe Program, CSIS moderated by, Dr. Gale A. Mattox, Professor, U.S. Naval Academy/AICGSWednesday, March 23, 12:00-1:30 p.m. American Institute for Contemporary German Studies RGL Conference Room 1755 Massachusetts Avenue NW Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036 Register: http://www.aicgs.org/eventregistration/add.aspxPlease join AICGS for a discussion with Pia Niedermeier, DAAD/AICGS Fellow and Research Assistant at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), a Berlin-based foreign policy think tank, on "German Policy in Afghanistan - Between Multilateral Reflex and Domestic Limitations." The discussion will take place on Wednesday, March 23, 2011; a light luncheon will be served.Under the Volcano: An Evening with Semiconductor March 24, 8:00 p.m. Ring Auditorium Hirshhorn Museum 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW Admission is free, but seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.As Smithsonian Artist Research Fellows, Semiconductor (UK-based Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) spent three months at the Smithsonian Mineral Sciences Lab. Their insights into volcanoes, meteorites, and those who study them are at the core of a three-screen work-in-progress, Worlds in the Making. The artists, who recently performed at After Hours and whose Magnetic Movie, 2007, entered the Museums collection from Black Box, will screen and talk about their latest projects. Presented in conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nations Capital.How to Fix the CLASS Act Thursday, March 24, 8:45-10:30 a.m. 2100 M Street NW 5th Floor Breakfast will be provided at 8:45 a.m. The forum begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Register http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1390281369Panelists: Marty Ford, co-chair, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Long Term Services and Supports Task Force Howard Gleckman, resident fellow, Urban Institute; author, Caring for Our Parents Richard Johnson, director, Program on Retirement Policy, Urban Institute (moderator) Rhonda Richards, senior legislative representative, AARP Allen Schmitz, principal and consulting actuary, Milliman, Inc. Brenda Spillman, senior fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute The Community Living Assistance and Supports (CLASS) Act, a provision of the landmark 2010 health law, would create a government-run, voluntary long-term care insurance program. To its supporters, CLASS is a major step towards a sustainable financing system for the care of both the frail elderly and younger adults with disabilities. But many experts believe the CLASS design is deeply flawed. They fear that few consumers will buy the insurance and the program will fail. Can CLASS be fixed? What changes are needed? Our panel of experts will debate the various proposals.Register: http://www.johnniewalker.com/enus/mainevents/eventVenue/?venue=135&sourceId=C3#fbid=gygDWkuFw8HDEAR JOHNNIEA Secret Society of Whisky SippingThe only thing better than a club with a secret handshake: an inner circle with an exclusive scotch tasting. Enter Johnnie Walkers House of Walker event. Expect whisky sipping, insider secrets and a chance to master your own blend.Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium 1301 Constitution Avenue NWWashington, DC 20004Thursday, March 24, 6:30 pm 8:30 pmFriday, March 25 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 10:00 pmSaturday, March 26 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 10:00 pmBourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960 Thursday, March 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m. lectures begins at 6:30 p.m. refreshments will be served from 6:00-6:30 p.m. German Historical Institute 1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW Washington DC 20009 RSVP: (202) 387-3355 or events@ghi-dc.orgSpeaker: Carol Anderson (Emory University) African American civil rights activists early on conceived of their struggle for racial equality as part of a larger struggle against colonialism in Africa, Asia, and South America. This lecture series brings together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to reflect on this booming field of African America history and to shed light on how both African Americans' quest for equality and the responses to it transcended the borders of the United States. Focusing on new actors and geographic regions, the series will offer a more comprehensive perspective on the civil rights movement. In 1993, shortly after his release from Robben Island, future President of South Africa Nelson Mandela addressed the NAACP annual convention. Mandela told the Association members, who "had contributed everything from $20 bills to $1,000 checks in a fund-raiser for the ANC", that "We have come as a component part of the historic coalition of organizations, to which the NAACP and the ANC belong that has fought for the emancipation of black people everywhere.'" Indeed, many of the strategies that brought about the collapse of apartheid - the isolation of South Africa in the UN, boycotts, divestment, and media attention focused on the brutality of white supremacy - were designed by a transnational team of activists in the late 1940s and early 1950s. One of the first sustained skirmishes occurred when South Africa, swimming against the tide of colonial and racial history, attempted in 1946 to annex the adjacent international mandate of South West Africa (current-day Namibia). Pretoria was confident of UN approval for such an unprecedented move. Yet, into the breach -and intothe United Nations - stepped an unlikely duo, the Reverend Michael Scott and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, to stop the absorption of 350,000 Africans into a white supremacist state. This seemingly odd couple, a maverick, communist-leaning Anglican minister and a staid, staunchly anticommunist bureaucratic organization, launched a skillful assault in the UN by linking the destructiveness of colonialism with white supremacist domestic rule. Within the span of five hard-fought years, the NAACP and Scott, wielding one human rights charter after the next, had carved out the political space in the UN for nongovernmental organizations to debunk the myth of the white man's burden and to challenge the legitimacy of apartheid. In her talk, Professor Anderson will explore the intersection of domestic and international history, recapturing the vision and the actions of the black political center in the anti-colonial and global freedom movements. About: Carol Anderson is an Associate Professor of African American Studies. She received A.B. degrees in Political Science and History and an M.A. in Political Science/International Relations from Miami University. She earned her Ph.D. in History from Ohio State University.GRAND OPENING OF ZIPPIN CHICKEN 2851 GEORGIA AVENUE NW (CORNER OF GEORGIA AVENUE AND HARVARD STREET) Zippin Chicken, located at 2851 Georgia Avenue NW, is proud to announce its grand opening, Friday, March 25, providing takeout Grilled, Bar-B-Que, and Fried Chicken, and meals at an affordable cost, serving the Howard University and surrounding residential area. During the grand opening Zippin Chicken is offering a complimentary 1 piece chicken dinner from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Owner Douglas Jordan, who is also the owner of At Home Catering, is a leader in the Washington DC Public Charter School family, and has provided healthy and nutritional meals to several DC Public Charter Schools for the past nine year. At Home Catering is also located on Georgia Avenue at Harvard Street ."Thai Film Week" "Demon Warriors" Friday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. The Royal Thai Embassy 1024 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20007 refreshments served Free. RSVP Required: thaifilmweek@gmail.com "Demon Warriors" Director(s): Thanakorn Pongsuwan Writer(s): Yukonthon Kaewtong, Thanakorn Pongsuwan Cast: Somchai Khemglad, Shahkrit Yamnarm, Ray MacDonald. Runtime: 106 mins Opapatikas are extraordinary humans who have died and resurrected with special powers and immortality. Each opapatika possess a unique power that other opapatikas dont have. Techit, a police detective, sacrifices his own life to become one in order to fight other demon opapatikas who are trying to control the worldHudson Institute cordially invites you to a discussion on...How Should the U.S. Respond to the Prospect of Islamist Governments?Friday, March 2512:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch will be served Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center Hudson Institute 1015 15th Street NW 6th Floor Washington, DC 20005 RSVP: events@hudson.orgWith the fall of governments in Egypt and Tunisia and unrest in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Oman, policymakers are considering the future political landscape in these and other Middle Eastern countries. Recent press reports indicate that the Obama administration is preparing for the prospect of Islamist governments.Is it possible to work with Islamist groups to further democracy in the Middle East? To what extent should the United States accept the rise of Islamist political forces? What will be the interplay between Islam and democratic ideals? Would Islamistled governments accept women and non-Muslims as equal under the law? Would they allow freedom of religion and expression? Panelists will include: Ed Husain, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations Hedieh Mirahmadi, President, World Organization for Resource Development Hillel Fradkin, Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World, Hudson Institute Moderator: Nina Shea, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson InstituteWashington Studio School is pleased to present A Drawing Exhibition ofDeborah KahnMarch 21 to April 23Join us Friday, March 25 for Events with the Artist:Reception: 6:00-8:00 p.m.Washington Studio School 2129 S Street NW Washington, DC 20008 202) 234-3030 Located a few blocks north of Dupont Circle metroIn addition to the drawings that will be on exhibit at Washington Studio School, Deborah Kahn's paintings will be on view at the Bowery Gallery in New York City, April 26 through May 21.Deborah Kahn graduated with an MFA in painting from Yale University in 1978. She has exhibited in New York at the Bowery Gallery and The Painting Center. For the past two years she has been included in group exhibitions at the Toyota Municipal Museum in Nagoya, Japan. Her work has been included in exhibitions in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. She is represented by Les Yeux du Monde Gallery in Charlottesville, VA, and in September 2010 exhibited paintings at the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia. In 2004 she was a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Grant. She has been teaching at American University since 1989. She has also taught at Dartmouth College, The New York Studio School, Yale University, Queens College, and Indiana University Bloomington.Deborah Kahn writes: "I believe that art, like emotion, contains coexisting contradictions. My paintings are an attempt to make this idea concrete. Forms in the paintings move from one reality to another. Images appear masculine yet feminine. Feelings are intense yet quietly stated. Figures merge, becoming one. Movement created by fluctuating space is a metaphor for the mind's fluid movement between consciousness and the unconscious. Painting for me is a controlled connection to an inner world.The pressure I put on myself is to make paintings where there is no separation between color anddrawing, where space has no beginning and no end. Nothing can be separate -- everything is part of a continuous space. Images, the skin of the paint, the colored marks must be one. The work must be whole, unified and full. The paintings must appear like living things: masses that cannot be penetrated. The hope is that I am creating work that represents my piece of the truth, my worldview, and my mind on the canvas."Deborah Kahn's graphite and ink drawings are primarily abstract. Crosshatching and weaving line, Kahn builds densely formed graphite and ink drawings. Her imagery moves from figuration to abstraction. Always concerned with creating movement and space, Kahn constructs drawings that seem fluid and whole. Her work expresses her desire to create drawings where lines become volumes and shapes become moving forms.It is through her drawing that Kahn continues the lifelong process of learning about the language of painting and drawing. The walls of her studio are filled with pencil and ink drawings. These drawings are worked from old master reproductions, from objects and space around her, and from her imagination. By drawing from old master reproductions, she examines how painters and sculptors construct space. It is through drawing that she discovers about the inner workings of her own painting process. Her drawings are not preparations for painting, but rather are complete thoughts. Often, they are made at the end of a painting day or when a break is needed from the act of painting. They are drawings in the true sense of the words "to draw from" or "extract" because they simultaneously draw from the lessons of the old masters and from the traces of thought, exploration, memory and possibilities in Kahn's own work. They are their own entities meditations, depositories, and works of art.23 Things They Don't Tell You About CapitalismA Book Event with Ha-Joon ChangOn March 25th, please join the New America Foundation and the Center for Economic Policy and Research as Ha-Joon Chang discusses his latest book, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism (Bloomsbury USA, January 2011). Friday, March 25, 12:15-1:45 p.m. New America Foundation 1899 L Street NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036With the help of the 'Dead Presidents' on U.S. currency, Walt Disney's Rescuers, an Indian bus driver named Ram, and sheep-burning French farmers, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism tells the story of capitalism as it is, and shows how capitalism as we know it can be -- and should be -- made better.Ha-Joon Chang teaches in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge. His books include the international bestseller Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism and Kicking Away the Ladder, winner of the 2003 Myrdal Prize. In 2005, Chang was awarded the Leontief Prizefor Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.Light refreshments will be provided.Featured Speaker Ha-Joon Chang, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge Author, Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism and Kicking Away the LadderModerator Michael Lind, Policy Director, Economic Growth Program New America FoundationTo RSVP for the event, click on the red button or go to the event page: http://newamerica.net/events/2011/23_thingsFor questions, contact Stephanie Gunter at (202) 596-3367 or gunter@newamerica.net.Part of "Thai Film Week""Dynamite Warrior" Saturday, March 26. 3:00 p.m. The Royal Thai Embassy 1024 Wisconsin Avenue NWWashington, DC 20007 refreshments served Free RSVP Required: thaifilmweek@gmail.com"Dynamite Warrior" Director : Chalerm Wongpim Writer: Chalerm Wongpim Cast : Dan Chupong, Panna Rittikrai Runtime: 99 minsAfter seeing his parents murdered by a tattoo-covered killer with supernatural martial art powers, Siang vows to avenge their tragic deaths. When Siang learns that the murderous maniac who slew his parents also runs with a group of cattle rustlers, his mission of vengeance takes on a larger task of stopping the group's illegal activities.Culture Wars: Then and Now" Saturday, March 26 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Corcoran 500 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20006 Free. Pre-registration encouraged: https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/culturewars Presented in partnership by Transformer, The National Coalition Against Censorship, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design. In light of recent censorship by the Smithsonian Institution and threats from some congressional leaders to pull arts funding from national arts institutions (including the National Endowment for the Arts), this day of panels and presentations examines the Culture Wars of the late 1980s and early 1990s, and how freedom of expression and public support for the arts are currently being debated. Panel discussions include: Censorship Examined; Culture Wars Redux; Give Me a Revolution: Artist Responses to Censorship; Free Speech and Arts Funding.The Sixtieth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts: "The Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from Ancient Rome to Salvador Dal" by Mary Beard, professor and chair of the faculty board of classics, University of Cambridge Sunday, March 27, 2:00 p.m. East Building Concourse, Auditorium National Gallery of Art 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20565Mary Beard, professor of classics, University of Cambridge, delivers the 60th Mellon lectures. The six-part series explores the astonishing variety of images of Roman emperors, from ancient to modern. Beard also discusses how striking and sometimes disturbing these images of ancient power still are, from the hints of luxury and excess they convey to the idea that any ineffectual modern politician is like a new emperor Nero fiddling while Rome burns.Gender in Development Workgroup Event: "Women Confronting Violence and Impunity in Guatemala" For Women's Right to Live-2011 Speakers Tour with Sandra Morn Monday, March 28, 12:00-1:15 p.m. The QED Group, LLC 1250 Eye Street NW Suite 1100 A light lunch will be provided by Jurez & Associates, Inc. RSVP: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=wdcsid&formId= 96774 Please join the SID-Washington Gender in Development Workgroup at an event featuring internationally recognized human rights activist, Sandra Morn. Ms. Morn has worked with the Guatemalan women's and feminist movement for the past 20 years and is a founder of the Sector de Mujeres (Women's Sector), an alliance of 33 women's organizations throughout Guatemala. As a representative of the Sector de Mujeres, Ms. Morn was the driving force and founder of the National Women's Forum, a body that generated participation and proposals for women's public policy after the 1996 Peace Accords were signed to end the 36-year internal conflict.The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA (GHRC) launched the For Women's Right to Live campaign in 2005 to end the brutal violence against women in Guatemala that has claimed the lives of over 5,000 young women since 2000. There have been fewer than 30 firm court sentences, including both convictions and acquittals.Kelsey Alford-Jones, Acting Director of GHRC, will accompany the 2011 Speakers Tour, interpret for Ms. Morn, and provide action steps for audiences to support women's rights in Guatemala, under GHRC's campaign For Women's Right to Live.Speakers: Sandra Morn, Director, Sector de Mujeres, Guatemala Kelsey Alford-Jones, Acting Director, Guatemala Human Rights CommissionFor more information about this event, please e-mail Janel Poch at jpoche@juarezassociates.com.Salon Contra with Sharon Louden Artist Sharon Louden and Peggy Parsons, Curator of Film at the NGA, discuss "Carrier" (which will be screened at the National Gallery of Art this month). Monday March 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. @ Pink Line HQ, location mailed upon RSVP RSVP: carrier@pinklineproject.comMAURICIO NDER (PIANO)TOQUE LATINOAMERICANO! Sonatas and Dances from Latin America March 29, 7:00 p.m. Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20009 Blocks from Columbia Metro Station | Street parking available after 6:30 p.m. FREE ADMISSION. SEATING IS LIMITED. RSVP RECOMMENDED: cdiaz@instituteofmexicodc.orgMusic by Ponce (Mexico), Villa-Lobos (Brazil), Lpez Gaviln (Cuba), del guila (Uruguay), Aranda* (Mexico) and Ginastera (Argentina).Mexican pianist Mauricio Nder (b. 1967) presented his first piano recital at the age of nine years old and ten years later debuted at Mexico's Palacio de Bellas Artes as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra. Winner of the First Prize in the International "Bartk-Kabalevsky" Piano Competition (1996), Mr. Nder studied at the National Music Conservatory (Mexico), the University of Houston (BM) and the Eastman Schoolof Music (MM), where he was unanimously awarded the Performers' Certificate. He studied under Carlos Bueno, Mara Teresa Rodrguez, Nancy Weems and Anton Nel.NATIONAL JOURNAL INSIDERS CONFERENCEEvery week, National Journal subscribers consult the Insiders for a revealing survey of what's really on the minds of Washington. This vital insight will now inform a half-day conference featuring insiders from a variety of sectors sharing their unique perspectives on the issues destined to shape the political and legislative agenda in 2011 and beyond. From energy and education to technology and national security to what's next for the economy and the 2012 races, the Insiders conference brings to life one of the most popular features of the magazine.The conference will also feature an economy focused breakout workshop entitled "Deficit Reduction v. Investment: How to Spur Economic Growth". Jim Tankersley, Economics Correspondent for National Journal, and a panel of experts will take an in-depth look at the major economic policy battles likely to come before Congress this year and the choices Republicans and Democrats, Congress and the Obama administration will face in a polarized Washington.March 29 8:00am - 1:30pm Grand Hyatt Washington Independance Ballroom 1000 H Street, NW Washington, DCLight breakfast and lunch will be servedFor free event registration, please visit: http://njinsiders.eventbrite.comCONFERENCE AGENDA:8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m.Registration8:30 a.m.Welcome and Introductions8:35 a.m. 9:15 a.m.Keynote RemarksRep. Steny Hoyer, Democratic Whip, U.S. House of Representatives 9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Center Stage: Cooperation or Confrontation?An in-depth look at the major legislative battles likely to come before the 112 th Congress and the choices Republicans and Democrats will face in a polarized Washington.11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.Breakout Workshops1.Economy Deficit Reduction v. Investment: How to Spur Economic Growth2. Energy Energy Security: The Role of Government and the Private Sector in Developing Alternative Fuels3. National Security The Defense Budget and Future Force Structure12:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m.Center Stage: Looking Forward to 2012National Journal and a panel of experts will explore Republicans and Democrats face their respective political challenges heading into the 2012 campaign cycle.MODERATORS: James A. Barnes Insiders Poll Director, National Journal Coral Davenport Energy and Environment Correspondent, National Journal James Kitfield Senior Correspondent, National Journal Jim Tankersley Economics Correspondent, National Journal Major Garrett Congressional Correspondent, National JournalFEATURING: Rep. Steny Hoyer Democratic Whip, U.S. House of Representatives Gov. Howard Dean Senior Strategic Advisor, McKenna Long & Aldridge Rep. Thomas Davis, III Director of Federal Government Affairs, Deloitte Sara Fagen Founder, BlueFront Strategies Carl Forti Political Director, American Crossroads Steve Elmendorf President, Elmendorf Strategies Inc. Tad Devine President, Devine Mulvey LLC Dean BakerDirector, Center for Economic and Policy Gordon Adams Professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, School of International Service, American University David Berteau Senior Adviser and Director of Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group, CSISMark Mellman President & CEO, The Mellman GroupMichael Ettlinger Vice President for Economic Policy, Center for American ProgressJacquesGansler Graduate Professor, University of MarylandNote to Government Employees: In deference to the letter and spirit of applicable ethics regulations, this educational event is not intended for politically-appointed federal executive branch officials or state and local government employees. A description of this event - written for government ethics office review - may be requested by writing NREDMOND@NATIONALJOURNAL.COM.Women, Reconstruction, and the Challenges of Civil Society in Afghanistan Wednesday, March 30, 6:30-8:00 p.m. George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs Room 505 1957 E Street NW RSVP: http://womenandreconstruction.eventbrite.com/Rangina Hamidi, Founder, Kandahar Treasure Palwasha Hassan, Women's Rights Activist; Founder, Afghan Women's Network; Fellow, United States Institute of Peace Patricia Liedl, Journalist; Independent Media Consultant Mariam Atash Nawabi, Founding Member, Afghanistan Advocacy Group Barmak Pahzwak, Afghanistan Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace; Former Senior International Adviser to the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, AfghanistanThis roundtable features speakers from Afghanistan, Canada, and the U.S. who will discuss the challenges, successes, and failures of various aspects of reconstruction in Afghanistan as it relates in particular to women and girls. The war in Afghanistan has become a staple of daily news in the U.S., yet there has been comparatively less discussion about thesuccesses and failures of non-military strategies for stabilizing and rebuilding Afghanistan that are being pursued. Even less discussion has revolved around the question of how women have contributed to these pursuits, and with what results.The discussion pivots on five thematic points: building civil society, political participation, security, advocacy, and business and enterprise. Sponsored by Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, Department of Religion, the Women's Studies Program, the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA), the Afghan Students' Association (ASA)Georgetown UniversityThe Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies invites you to"A View from Inside: How Australia Avoided Recession" with Chris Barrett, Wilson Center Australian ScholarWednesday, March 30, 12:00-1:30 p.m. ICC Room #232 Please RSVP to canz@georgetown.edu Lunch providedAustralia was one of the very few economies to avoid recession during the global financial crisis. Commentators cite several possible reasons for this performance, including a significant loosening of monetary policy, relatively strong growth in China, the resilience of Australias banking system and the legacy of two decades of economic reforms. But it is also the case that Australia implemented one of the largest and earliest fiscal stimulus packages of any advanced economy. Chris Barrett will discuss the contribution made by fiscal policy to this strong economic performance; what this says about the effectiveness of fiscal stimulus more generally; and the lessons policymakers have learnt from this episode.Chris Barrett is the Australian Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, conducting a research project examining the origins, design, and implementation of the Australian government's fiscal stimulus packages in response to the global financial crisis of 2008-09. Chris was chief of staff to Wayne Swan, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer of Australia from 2007 to 2010. He previously served as deputy secretary and head of cabinet office in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and prior to that as a senior adviser to the Hon Kim Beazley as Leader of the Federal Opposition. He has a Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, as well as Master of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Melbourne.You are cordially invited to a lecture on The Intellectual Challenge of Islamism with Professor Douglas E. StreusandWednesday, March 30, 4:30-6:00 p.m.The Institute of World Politics 1521 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20036Please RSVP to kbridges@iwp.edu.Allie Dryden Administrative Assistant for Business Functions School of Library and Information Science Catholic University Washington, DC 20064 Tel: 202-319-6138The 27th AnnualMarvin Gaye Day CelebrationSaturday, April 2, 2011 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.The Historical Society of Washington DC801 K Street NW Washington , DC 20001Presented by The African American Music Association, Inc.& the Historical Society of Washington , DCProject Create annual art auction Reception and silent auction April 7, 6:30 p.m. Paul Hastings 875 15th Street NWREYES+DAVIS 2853 Ontario Road NW, Washington DC 20009Structure Gallery at the Artery Plaza Building 7200 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda MD April 8 May 13, 2011"The Portrayal of America through Austrian Literature" lecture by Dr. Wolfgang Mller-Funk Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Embassy of Austria 3524 International Court NW Washington DC 20008 Admission free RSVP required: www.acfdc.org/events-registration or (202) 895-6776Dr. Mller-Funk is a learned Austrian Literature and Cultural Scientist, who studied German, History, Philosophy and Spanish at the University of Munich. Since 1993, Dr. Mller-Funk has been teaching at the Universities of Vienna and Klagenfurt. From 1998- 2002 he was Professor for German Studies at the University of Birmingham and at the moment he is Professor for Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna. Wolfgang Mller-Funk will hold a lecture on The Portrayal of America through Austrian Literature. This event is part of the Zeitgeist series, a contemporary German-Language Literature circle initiated by Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.