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February, 2023

Thursday
2
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As the 118th Congress begins, it is apparent that the deeply divided Republican majority will have difficulties governing. The Senate will continue to function with a narrow Democratic majority. What can get done in this environment? Meanwhile, political observers are eyeing who the likely candidates are for the 2024 Presidential race. Will Biden run again? If not, what does the Democratic primary field look like? Who will challenge Trump for the Republican nomination? Join us as Eleanor Clift shares her perspective on the forces shaping these issues. For nearly five decades, Eleanor Clift has been writing about politics and policy in Washington and the partisan clashes that make governing almost impossible. She is currently a columnist for the Daily Beast, an online publication, while also teaching a hugely popular course for John Hopkins University. Clift is best known as a panelist on the syndicated talk show, “The McLaughlin Group,” which ended a 34-year run in 2016. Formerly Newsweek’s White House correspondent, Clift has covered every presidential campaign since 1976. Clift has authored or co-authored 5 books. Clift and her late husband, Tom Brazaitis, who was a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wrote two books together, War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics and Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling. Clift’s book, Founding Sisters, is about the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the vote (2003). Selecting a President, written with Matthew Spieler (2012), examines the process that for all its flaws looks better than the alternative. Her book, Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics, is about the loss of her husband together with an examination of how we deal with death in America. In it she wrote, “Religion and politics are supposed to be separate.” Host Village: Northwest Neighbors Village Limited to 100. Registration deadline: February 1, 2023 Zoom link will be sent the day before.
Tuesday
7
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Christy Bowe, one of the few women still photographers who has covered five consecutive White House administrations, will give a riveting lecture showcasing some of her award winning pictures and the behind the scenes stories that took place while capturing them.

Christy, a member of the White House Press Corps, is currently covering the Biden White House and is also a credentialed member of the House and Senate Press Photographers’ Gallery.

Her book, EYES THAT SPEAK: One Woman News Photographer’s Journey with History Makers (available for purchase at Politics and Prose or Amazon) captures some of the world's most recognizable people/events against the backdrops of historical occurrences, pivotal moments and celebratory occasions, including:
•An eyewitness account during the events of January 6th 2021 at
the U.S. Capitol
•The Inaugurations of five U. S. Presidents and the changes that
take place in covering new administrations at The White House
•The Confirmation Hearings of eight U. S. Supreme Court
Justices
•The ins and outs of covering U.S Presidential Impeachments
•Behind the scenes pictures and stories from the coverage of
Royalty, Popes and some of the legendary movie stars and Rock and Rollers of our time

See a sneak peak here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J31MkTAaoCg

Open to all village members and friends and neighbors. RSVP to director@bmavillage.org for the Zoom link.
Thursday
9
Potomac Community Center
10:30 AM
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Potomac Community Village present a virtual, live docent tour from the National Gallery: American Stories. American art can tell complex stories about evolving national identities in the United States. Join us as we look closely at American art from the colonial period to the early 20th century, engaging in conversation and exploring different perspectives with these works from the Gallery collection.
Thursday
9
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One of the most important and satisfying tasks of elderhood is telling the story of how you came to be the unique person you are. A fun and creative way of telling this story is by drawing your life’s journey as a map. Maps use images to symbolize where we’ve been, what’s impacted us, what we’ve learned, and how we’ve changed. Peaks of accomplishment and swamps of despair, crossroads of big decisions and shores of new beginnings – images are truly worth 1000 words! David Oldfield will share stories and illustrations from his recent book, An Atlas of Aging, which features the life maps of 20 older adults from around the world. David Oldfield is founder and director of Farther On, a movement dedicated to reframing the later years of life as an adventure to be lived rather than a problem to be solved (www.fartheron.org). David has spent the last 35 years designing transformational experiences and toolboxes to help people through threshold times in the lifecycle--adolescence, midlife, retirement, and the final threshold of our deaths.    David’s guidebooks and programs address these profound transitions and have been used around the world.  Additionally, he is devoted to helping corporations and organizations through their own threshold moments of growth and renewal.  His work is grounded in the timeless wisdom of world mythology. Host Village: Northwest Neighbors Village Limited to 100. Registration is required by February 8, 2023. Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before.
Thursday
9
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More than 6 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease. This number is expected to increase around 10 percent over the next decade.  Statistics aside, we all need to be aware that the disease might strike us, a loved one, or a friend and do what we can to forestall or mitigate its impact on our lives. Our presenter will share the major warning signs of Alzheimer’s and then hold a Q&A period, starting with a few pre-identified questions and followed by participant comments and questions. Interested parties are encouraged to submit any existing questions when RSVPing for the session. Presenter: Bob Bell, Volunteer, Alzheimer‘s Association of National Capital Area.  RSVP: park21217@aol.com for Zoom link.
Monday
13
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Memorials to presidents abound in the nation‘s capital, of course, but lesser-known reminders of presidents are equally prevalent -- if you know where to look. Do you know where to find the first memorials to George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt? And why can Montgomery County claim one of the most important connections to Abraham Lincoln? This richly illustrated talk will -- hopefully -- leave you saying, "I never knew that!" Ralph Buglass is a frequent speaker for Montgomery History on a variety of local history topics and a volunteer researcher for Peerless Rockville, the nonprofit historic preservation organization for Montgomery County’s seat of government. In 2020, with Peerless Rockville, he co-authored Images of America: Rockville, a pictorial history of the city’s 250 years. He also teaches lifelong learning courses at American University, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery College, and Frederick Community College. A Montgomery County native, he graduated from Winston Churchill High School, then earned a BA in American history from Cornell University and an MA in journalism from American University. Chevy Chase At Home is delighted to co-sponsor this program with Bethesda Metro Area Village and Bradley Hills Village. This event is open to the community. Register in advance to get the Zoom link at info@chevychaseathome.org.
Tuesday
14
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Son of a New Jersey butcher, Lewis M. Simons became an intrepid foreign correspondent, covering 5 decades of wars, revolutions, upheavals and famines throughout Asia and the Middle East. Lew won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigation that led to toppling the corrupt Marcos regime in the Philippines. In his new book, To Tell the Truth, My Life as a Foreign Correspondent, with a forward by the Dalai Lama, Lew recollects his adventures covering more than a dozen countries, including India, Afghanistan, China, North and South Korea, and the former Soviet Union. With America‘s free press under unprecedented assault, To Tell the Truth appears at precisely the right moment. Join us to learn about Lew‘s extraordinary career. Simons began his career as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press in 1967 at the height of the Vietnam War. He went on to international postings for The Washington Post, Time, and Knight-Ridder Newspapers. He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1986 for exposing the billions the Marcos family looted from the Philippines. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism named the series one of the 50 Great Stories of the Century. He has received numerous other journalism awards. Simons‘ op-ed and analytical articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Atlantic, and Smithsonian magazines. He has contributed frequently to National Geographic and USA Today, where he is a member of its Board of Contributors, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and Daily Kos. He has appeared on ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and CBC. Lew is the author of Worth Dying For, co-author with Senator Christopher S. Bond of The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam, and a contributing author of half a dozen books on war and international affairs. Host Village: Northwest Neighbors Village Limited to 100. Registration deadline: 2/13/23 Zoom link will be sent 2/12/23
Wednesday
15
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Jeff Burton, Executive Director of the Bethesda Urban Partnership will tell us what is coming up this spring and summer in Bethesda - events that BUP works on, as well as construction developments in the pipeline. We will also learn more about how BUP came to be. Come with your questions on what is happening in Bethesda! Contact director@bmavillage.org for the Zoom link.
Wednesday
15
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Presented by the Greater Stonegate Village: Join Rollin Fraser of GSV as he discusses how the origins of documentary photography come from the basic human desire to capture and change our world. For decades, artists and storytellers have used the camera as a medium to evoke social change and document important events. At the last decades of the 19th Century and the early decades of the 20th Century, journalists began to see the camera as a tool for social change, using it to shed light on injustice, inequality, and the marginalized aspects of society. Reformers began to harness photography – still a relatively new technology – to further their various causes. Two of the best known and most talented photographers to lend their skills to social reform were Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine. A Danish immigrant, Jacob Riis was a journalist who honed his photographic skills depicting children and delinquent teens on the streets of New York’s lower east side while Lewis Hine, a Wisconsin born reformer, great cause, was child labor, particularly in the anthracite coal fields and inside New England and southern textile mills as well as immigrants arriving at Ellis Island. Join GSV on February 15 at 4 PM on Zoom as we explore these two revolutionary photographic journalists and their lasting impact on society. Zoom information will be sent out the day before the event.
Thursday
16
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Palestinians and Israelis each have a national narrative in which the Arab-Jewish conflict plays a critical part. These narratives are the histories that are taught in the schools and reflected in the media, literature, art, and personal discourse in the two societies. The two narratives are dramatically different in content, yet each is understood to be the whole truth by most people in each society. We will talk about how that history is depicted in the Israeli and in Palestinian narratives. The talk will be augmented by slides and followed by a spirited group discussion.
Thursday
16
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Join us for an informative presentation by historian and lawyer Jim Johnston, author of “From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family”, about a former enslaved African entrepreneur and property owner in Georgetown. Johnston‘s work details the little-known but fascinating life of Yarrow Mamout, a man who came to Maryland on a slave ship, won his freedom and became perhaps the most prominent African American in Washington in the early 1800s.
Thursday
16
This is an online program. The link to join the program will be sent to registrants the week of the
5:30 PM
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Join us for an informative presentation by historian and lawyer Jim Johnston, author of “From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family”, about a former enslaved African entrepreneur and property owner in Georgetown. Johnston‘s work details the little-known but fascinating life of Yarrow Mamout, a man who came to Maryland on a slave ship, won his freedom and became perhaps the most prominent African American in Washington in the early 1800s. This program is free and open to the community. Invite your friends!
Tuesday
21
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Historian Elisabeth Griffith is an academic, activist, author, and expert on American women’s history.

Her biography of suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, IN HER OWN RIGHT, was hailed by both Oprah and the Wall Street Journal as “one of the five best books on women’s history.” It was the basis of Ken Burns’ documentary on Stanton and Anthony, NOT FOR OURSELVES ALONE, his only film about women’s history.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Betsy’s new book, FORMIDABLE: AMERICAN WOMEN AND THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY, 1920-2020, is a “thorough and thoughtful” account of the struggles of white and Black women to expand their rights.

The New York Times review found FORMIDABLE an “engaging, relevant, sweeping chronicle. [Griffith delivers a] multiracial, inclusive timeline of the struggles and triumphs of both Black and white women. A profoundly illuminating tour de force.”

A graduate of Wellesley College with a doctorate from American University, Betsy has been teaching women’s history for forty years. She marched for women’s rights in the 1970s with the National Women’s Political Caucus, before she led the Women’s Campaign Fund, a forerunner of Emily’s List. Her twenty-two-year tenure as headmistress of the Madeira School, a girls’ boarding and day school in McLean, Virginia, earned the Washington Post’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award. A member of the Society of American Historians and Veteran Feminists of America, she has been a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard and a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia.

Open to all village members and friends and neighbors. RSVP to director@bmavillage.org for the Zoom link.
Wednesday
22
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Presented by the Greater Stonegate Village Join GSV and sustainable farmer Benny Erez as he discusses the principles, techniques, & benefits of composting food waste. Benny considers the utilization of composting to be one of the key elements in food security and sustainability for the 21st century. In his current position as Senior Technical Advisor at the non-profit organization ECO City Farms, he runs the composting effort and teaches composting to college students, interns, and the public at large. Born and raised on a kibbutz (communal farm) in Israel, he moved to the US in 1974 and is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park and of the Controlled Microbial Compost Course in Austria. He has 28 years of experience at the University of Maryland’s Research and Education Center (CMREC), where he conducted animal science research. In that capacity, he designed and managed the CMREC Composting Facility and taught practical techniques in composting for the Better Composting School of Maryland. Before taking his current position at ECO city farms he spent a year abroad carrying out research on composting with the Technical University of Munich in Germany and paid extended visits to several composting enterprises in Germany and Austria. His experience spans the range of composting techniques including windrow, aerated pile, static pile, and vermiculture composting. Zoom information will be sent out the day before the event.
Thursday
23
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Award-winning photographer Harry Naltchayan (1925–1994) was born in Beirut, Lebanon. As a teenager, he sold his photographs to local newspapers and later freelanced for Time, Newsweek, and several European magazines. Naltchayan came to the United States in 1958 as a refugee during the Lebanese Civil War and almost immediately began working for The Washington Post. During the 35 years he was with the newspaper, Naltchayan covered nine U.S. presidents, from Eisenhower to Clinton. His daughter, Joyce Naltchayan Boghosian, continued his legacy by photographing six U.S. presidents. Boghosian has worked on both sides of the velvet rope as an official White House photographer as well as a member of the White House Press Corps for Agence France-Presse (AFP), an international wire service. She will share stories going back to her father‘s early days photographing historic events in Lebanon and the Middle East and his experiences at The Washington Post that inspired her own photographic journey through the White House spanning more than two decades from 1988 to 2021. Boghosian recalls first using her father’s Leica, a high-end German camera, when she went on a field trip in the fifth grade. In their youth, she and her brothers, also photographers, tagged along with their father on occasional assignments when photographing celebrities or special events. As the high school yearbook photographer, she was front and center with the press to capture President Ronald Reagan’s visit, where he addressed the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. This moment catapulted her desire to pursue a career in photography. Host Village: Northwest Neighbors Village Limited to 100. Registration is required by February 22, 2023. Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before.
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