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<p>Events This Week</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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</p> <p>Wednesday, May 4, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Internews 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Canada's May 2nd National Election: Time for Political Reform?</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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?</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Join The Angels Network for a Rooftop Cocktail Reception overlooking the White House to raise funds for Alternative House - The Abused &amp; Homeless Chidlren's Refuge. Cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres</p> <p>Wednesday May 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. First Citizens Bank 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW RSVP to events@theangelsnetwork.org</p> <p>The Embassy of Uruguay &amp; The Embassy of Paraguay</p> <p>In honor of their Bicentennial</p> <p>request the pleasure of your company</p> <p>at the Harp concert by</p> <p>PEDRO GAONA</p> <p>And CESAR AQUINO in the Guitar</p> <p>Wednesday, May 4, 6.30 p.m. Embassy of Uruguay Sala de las Artes 1913 I Street NW Washington, DC 20006</p> <p>A light cocktail will follow the concert</p> <p>RSVP: (202) 331-1313, ext. 30 or cultural@uruwashi.org</p> <p>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</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Please join us for a discussion with the authors of three recent reports on repressions and abuses in Turkmenistan.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>"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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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)</p> <p>Canada's May 2nd National Election: Time for Political Reform? May 4, 12:00-1:30 p.m.</p> <p>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</p> <p>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?</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Invites you to the event</p> <p>Afro-Venezuelans and the Struggle for Equality in VenezuelaFeaturing Congressman Modesto Ruiz</p> <p>Wednesday, May 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Embassy of Venezuela</p> <p>Bolivarian Hall 2443 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20007</p> <p>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 the Subcommittee on Legislation, Participation, Warranties, Duties and Rights of African Descendants in the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Modesto Ruiz has been a deputy from the state of Miranda, which encompasses the historically Afro-Venezuelan region of the country known as Barlovento, since 2006. In 2009 he became the President of the Subcommittee on Legislation, Participation, Warranties, Duties and Rights of African descendants. In that capacity, he was recently responsible for the drafting of a national law against racial discrimination and intolerance that is expected to be passed this May. He has also been involved in the move to include recognition of Afro-Venezuelans as a distinct group for the purposes of the 2011 Census in Venezuela and has been a member of the Network of Afro-Venezuelan Organizations since 2007. Deputy Ruiz will discuss the advancements as well as the problems in the struggle for racial justice and social inclusion in Venezuela.</p> <p>Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Saudi Arabia Wednesday, May 4, 5:00-6:30 p.m. A reception will follow the event at 6:00 p.m. George Washington University The Elliott School of International Affairs Lindner Family Commons, Room 602 1957 E Street NW A limited number of copies of the book will be available for GW students to be signed by the author following the event. Please RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/36jr9p6</p> <p>Stephane Lacroix, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po)</p> <p>Stephane Lacroix will present remarks on his latest book, Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>Sponsored by Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) and the Institute for Middle East Studies</p> <p>UPCOMING EVENTThe Palestine Center invites you to the</p> <p>Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture "Israel-Palestine: The Consequences of the Conflict"with The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that does educational and humanitarian work on behalf of Palestinians, particularly those living in the Occupied Territory and surrounding refugee camps.</p> <p>Amb. Chas Freeman</p> <p>The Palestine Center is an independent think-tank committed to communicating reliable and timely information about the Palestinian political experience to American policy-makers, journalists, students and the general public. Established in 1991, it is the educational program of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development.</p> <p>Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Lunch is served from 12:30-1:00 p.m. The lecture and live webcast begin at 1:00 p.m. The Palestine Center 2425 Virginia Avenue NW Washington, DC 20037</p> <p>Click here to RSVP now!Ambassador Chas Freeman discusses the impact of the ongoing conflict on the region and what it means in a revolutionary Arab World. Amb. Chas Freeman began his government service in 1965, when he entered the United States Foreign Service. After three years in India, he entered a long period of involvement with China, serving in Taiwan and as the principal American interpreter during</p> <p>President Nixons historic 1972 visit to Beijing. From 1979 to 1981, he directed Chinese Affairs at the Department of State. He served as Charg and Deputy Chief of Mission at the American embassy in Beijing (198184). After similarly heading up the U.S. embassy in Bangkok (198486), Amb. Freeman returned to Washington as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1986 to 1989. He became U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 1989, serving in that capacity through the Gulf War and leading an effort that more than doubled non-military exports to the Kingdom as he managed the largest diplomatic mission in the world under crisis conditions. His last government position before he took up his current corporate and other responsibilities, was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (199394), responsible for managing the defense relations of the United States with all regions of the world except the former Soviet Union. In 2009, Ambassador Freeman was nominated by President Obama to chair the National Intelligence Council but Freeman eventually withdrew from consideration after backlash to his nomination from pro-Israel interest groups.</p> <p>Allan Bromley Memorial LectureWednesday, May 4, 5:30-8:00 p.m.</p> <p>George Washington UniversityThe Elliott School of International Affairs Room 113 1957 E Street NW Please send RSVP to: cistp@gwu.edu</p> <p>John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology; Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President Introductory Remarks: William Bonvillian, Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Washington DC Office</p> <p>Since 2005 the University of Ottawa in cooperation with The George Washington University have carried the annual Alan Bromley Memorial Lecture in memory of Dr. D. Allan Bromley, a native of Westmeath, Ontario, who played a critical role in science and technology policy in the United States in both the Regan and Bush administrations. The memorial lectur...</p>