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The Future Project's DC Launch Party Wednesday, May 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Tabaq Bistro (Rooftop Glass Terrace) 1336 U Street NW Free food. Discounted drinks.

This, dear friend, is your invitation To change a life; to change our nation. This Wednesday nighton 13th and U, The Future Project hereby calls on you: To share your passion. To meet new friends. To be crazy enough to think you can change trends Oh! The places we'll go, if only we join together as one. Think big projects. Big ideas. Big movement. Big fun. And so this, o' friend, is also a life-changing dare To dream again. Hallelujah! Will we see you there? Fifty years after the Peace Corps called on young people to serve overseas, a new national education movement is daring us to transform schools and cities at home. Imagine one passion. Imagine one creative way you can use that passion to build a project that improves this city. And, now, imagine creating that project with one local high-school student. Imagine changing a future.

Internews Open House and World Press Freedom CelebrationFeaturing Susan Abbott and her newest book release: Measures of Press Freedom and Media Contributions to Development: Evaluating the Evaluators

Wednesday, May 4, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Internews 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036

RSVP online by May 3Dear Friends, As many of you know, World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) is celebrated annually on May 3; this year the United States is hosting the official UNESCO celebration of this day with a series of events in Washington, DC and New York City. Internews is pleased to be taking part in these celebrations, given the central role press freedom plays in realizing our mission of empowering individuals and organizations to access, produce, consume and distribute local, accurate and relevant news and information in their communities. In honor of WPFD and because we love seeing you our friends, supporters, and colleagues Internews will host an open house and reception on Wednesday, May 4 at 4:30 p.m. Please consider this your official invitation. Beyond celebrating this important day, this will be a time for Internews to honor our very own Susan Abbott, Deputy Director of Program Development at Internews and co-author of the just released book, Measures of Press Freedom and Media Contributions to Development: Evaluating the Evaluators. The new book is coauthored and edited with Monroe Price, Director of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, and Libby Morgan, Associate Director of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication. Aligning with our ongoing focus on results driven project design and management, Measures of Press Freedom examines commonly used monitoring and evaluation indicators, offering a critical reflection on the theories and tools of measurements that are used by the academic, donor, and civil society communities. Susan Abbott is Deputy Director of Program Development at Internews Network, an international media development organization, and is responsible for working with Internews programs worldwide on program design, research, and monitoring and evaluation. Abbott was previously Associate Director of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that she was a program officer in the Media Development Division at the International Research and Exchanges Board in Washington, DC.

Canada's May 2nd National Election: Time for Political Reform?

May 4, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center Hudson Institute 1015 15th Street NW 6th Floor Washington, DC 20005 RSVP: events@hudson.org Complimentary lunch will be served.

Since 2004, Canadians have had minority governments in Ottawa, in which no party has held a majority in the House of Commons. Many Canadians wonder if the system of Parliamentary government in Canada is broken? Is reform even possible?

Canadian author John Pepall has written an important new book on what is right and what is wrong with Canada's political institutions and current proposals for reform many of which have been advanced (without success) by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. From election reform, Senate reform, fixed election dates, parliamentary review of judicial appointments, recall of politicians, referenda, to changes to the strict party discipline that limits the independence of individual MPsJohn Pepall is against all of them.

Hudson is pleased to welcome John Pepall to present and debate his new book, Against Reform (Centre for Public Management, University of Toronto Press) in light of the outcome of Canada's current national election. Hudson Senior Fellow Christopher Sands will present an analysis of the election outcome as well as the political prospects for various reform proposals. Hudson Senior Fellow Paul Marshall will moderate.

Join The Angels Network for a Rooftop Cocktail Reception overlooking the White House to raise funds for Alternative House - The Abused & Homeless Chidlren's Refuge. Cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres

Wednesday May 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. First Citizens Bank 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW RSVP to events@theangelsnetwork.org

The Embassy of Uruguay & The Embassy of Paraguay

In honor of their Bicentennial

request the pleasure of your company

at the Harp concert by

PEDRO GAONA

And CESAR AQUINO in the Guitar

Wednesday, May 4, 6.30 p.m. Embassy of Uruguay Sala de las Artes 1913 I Street NW Washington, DC 20006

A light cocktail will follow the concert

RSVP: (202) 331-1313, ext. 30 or cultural@uruwashi.org

Human Rights in Turkmenistan: Bleak and Getting Bleaker May 4, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Open Society Institute 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 7th Floor Washington DC 20006 Lunch will be served RSVP: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/washington/events/human-rights-turkmenistan-20110504/event_rsvp

Conditions in Turkmenistan for civil society and human rights deteriorated dramatically last year. The Turkmen government continues to implement repressive measures to control education, freedom of movement, public health, and access to information. Even given President Berdymukhamedov's greater openness to diplomacy and foreign energydriven investment, the country cannot claim substantive progress compared to the previous regime of President Niyazov.

Please join us for a discussion with the authors of three recent reports on repressions and abuses in Turkmenistan.

Crude Accountabilitys Reform in Turkmenistan: A Convenient Faade reviews the current human rights situation in Turkmenistan and the reaction of Western governments and institutions to President Berdymukhamedovs regime.

"The Dashoguz Women's Prison Colony," a report by Turkmen activists supported by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, provides a rare look into everyday life in a prison camp with over 2000 female inmates in the north of Turkmenistan. The prison is overcrowded, provides insufficient medical services, and is rife with corruption and conditions that amount to illtreatment and torture.

Forum 18s Violations of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Turkmenistan documents Turkmenistans strict government control over all religious activity and details how Turkmenistans systematic violation of freedom of religion interlocks with violations of other fundamental human rights.

Felix Corley, Editor, Forum 18 News Service Ivar Dale, Advisor, Norwegian Helsinki Committee Kate Watters, Executive Director, Crude Accountability Jeff Goldstein, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations (moderator)

Canada's May 2nd National Election: Time for Political Reform? May 4, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Complimentary lunch will be served. Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center Hudson Institute 1015 15th Street NW 6th Floor Washington, DC 20005 RSVP: events@hudson.org

Since 2004, Canadians have had minority governments in Ottawa, in which no party has held a majority in the House of Commons. Many Canadians wonder if the system of Parliamentary government in Canada is broken? Is reform even possible?

Canadian author John Pepall has written an important new book on what is right and what is wrong with Canada's political institutions and current proposals for reform - many of which have been advanced (without success) by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. From election reform, Senate reform, fixed election dates, parliamentary review of judicial appointments, recall of politicians, referenda, to changes to the strict party discipline that limits the independence of individual MPs - John Pepall is against all of them.

Hudson is pleased to welcome John Pepall to present and debate his new book, Against Reform (Centre for Public Management, University of Toronto Press) in light of the outcome of Canada's current national election. Hudson Senior Fellow Christopher Sands will present an analysis of the election outcome as well as the political prospects for various reform proposals. Hudson Senior Fellow Paul Marshall will moderate.

The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Invites you to the event

Afro-Venezuelans and the Struggle for Equality in VenezuelaFeaturing Congressman Modesto Ruiz

Wednesday, May 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Embassy of Venezuela

Bolivarian Hall 2443 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20007

In Venezuela, the month of May is designated as Africa Month, while the national day of Afro-Venezuelaniety, which was created by the National Assembly in 2005, is celebrated on May 10. In honor of these important celebrations, we are pleased to invite you to a special discussion with Venezuelan Congressman Modesto Ruiz Espinoza, President of th