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<p>Events This Week</p> <p>Georgetown UniversityThe Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies invites you to Ensuring Democracy through Written &amp; 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.</p> <p>Wednesday, March 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Georgetown University ICC Room # 550 37th &amp; O Streets NW Please RSVP to canz@georgetown.edu - Reception to follow</p> <p>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</p> <p>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</p> <p>presented in cooperation with the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Washington, DC Chapter.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>"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&amp;event_id=654234</p> <p>DC Young Nonprofit Professionals (YNPNdc) March Happy HourEvent Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm RSVP: RSVP Recommended</p> <p>Public BarVenue Address: 1214 18th Street NW Washington, DC 20036 United States See map: Google Maps</p> <p>www.publicbardc.com</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 &amp; 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.</p> <p>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</p> <p>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</p> <p>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</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The Foreign Policy Initiative 11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 325 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 296-3322</p> <p>DCist Exposed Photography ShowEvent Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm Price: $10.00</p> <p>Long View GalleryVenue Address: 1234 Ninth St. NW. Washington, DC 20005 United States See map: Google Maps</p> <p>www.longviewgallery.com</p> <p>DCist.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 Nights</p> <p>Yuengling, 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.</p> <p>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.aspx</p> <p>On 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 issues</p> <p>The 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.</p> <p>"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 &amp; Pennsylvania Avenue NW RSVP: infoshopevents@worldbank.org Light lunch will be served</p> <p>CHAIR 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).</p> <p>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 20001</p> <p>Featuring the author C. Bradley Thompson, Clemson University; with comments by Tod Lindberg, Hoover Institution; moderated by David Boaz, Cato Institute.</p> <p>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 "philo...</p>