Events This Week

This Wednesday, we welcome a special guest all the way from France: Arthur Silvente will be here pouring bubblies from the famed Champagne house Duval-Leroy! Don't miss this special opportunity to taste these small-production Champagnes, including a very rare single-vineyard Champagne. Cheers, ZWK

Join ZWK for happy hour and enjoy our weekly pick of amazing new wines paired with our artisanal cheeses. Zola Wine & Kitchen 505 Ninth Street NW Wednesday, March 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Taste Champagne with Arthur Silvente of Duval-Leroy!
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Duval-Leroy Brut NV Clos des Bouveries 2004 Duval-Leroy Rosé Sec

Friday, March 9, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Oregon & Italian Wines with Andrew from Vino50!
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Route 99 Pinot Blanc Kellerei Kaltern Pinot Grigio Route 99 Pinot Noir Osél Ruchè

Elections and Political Unrest in Russia: Causes and Prospects March 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m. 5th Floor 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 RSVP:

In recent months Russia, previously seen as stable and even apathetic, has been rocked by mass protests against fraudulent elections and Vladimir Putin's rule. The biggest protest wave since collapse of the Soviet Union will be discussed with Oleg Kozlovsky, a Russian democratic activist and Director of Vision of Tomorrow Foundation.

Event Co-sponsors: History and Public Policy Program Cold War International History Project

You are cordially invited to attend an event for young professionals hosted by the Foreign Policy Initiative on the evening of March 7th.

Time to Attack Iran?
U.S. Policy and Iran's Nuclear Program
Wednesday, March 7 6:00 - 7:00 PM Networking Reception

7:00 - 8:30 PM Debate Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Participants: Participants: Participants: Participants: Participants: Participants: Moderator: Moderator:

Elbridge A. Colby CNA Jamie M. Fly Foreign Policy Initiative Dr. Matthew Kroenig Georgetown University Eli Lake Newsweek and The Daily Beast

To RSVP, click here.
Despite diplomatic negotiations, international condemnation, and harsh economic sanctions, Iran continues to violate its international obligations by pursuing nuclear weapons capability. While some are still holding out hope for a negotiated solution, a different debate has emerged in the United States over whether it is now time for the use of military force to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions. Join the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) as it hosts a debate over the use of the military option against Iran’s nuclear program with Elbridge A. Colby (research analyst at CNA), Jamie M. Fly (FPI executive director), and Matthew Kroenig (assistant professor at Georgetown University) on March 7, 2012, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW). Eli Lake, senior national security correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, will moderate the discussion.

Background Reading

 Dr. Matthew Kroenig, "Time to Attack Iran," Foreign Affairs, January/February 2012.  Elbridge A. Colby and Austin Long, "Why Not to Attack Iran," The National Interest, January 11, 2012.  Jamie M. Fly and Gary Schmitt, "The Case for Regime Change in Iran," Foreign Affairs, January 17, 2012.

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. FPI’s 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, D.C. 20036

Telephone: (202) 296-3322

lamont bishop gallery

Andrey Bogoslowski: Dark Matter
Opening Reception, March 7, 6:00 p.m. Lamont Bishop Gallery 1314 9th Street NW Washington DC 20001
On display until March 28th
On Wednesday evening, March 7th, Lamont Bishop Gallery will proudly celebrate the opening reception for Andrey Bogoslowsky as he presents a selection of 15 abstract paintings and various works on paper as Dark Matter, an inquiry into space, cosmology, and metaphysics. The exhibition will survey Andrey's progression from large scale, abstracted cosmology paintings into his current practice of figuration. Super novas, black holes, and nebulas

spontaneously splashed across energetically wrought canvases. Celestial bodies captured with vivid, expressionistic brush strokes. Embedded within these cosmic visualities, is a deeper, darker narrative of the nature of desire, eroticism, and the body. This body of work attempts to explore the possibilities of alternative galaxies and existences, through painterly showmanship and riveting formalism in abstraction. Born in Saratov, Russia in 1966, Andrey Bogoslowsky has painted for nearly three decades, and has studied and exhibited internationally, including Poland, Bulgaria, Spain, and New York City. For more information, patrons can find us on Twitter @Lamont_Bishop, or contact us via email at

The American Constitution Society for Law & Policy invites you to attend:

Toward a Unified Theory of Federalism: A Debate
On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, ACS will host Toward a Unified Theory of Federalism: A Debate. This event will be the first in a series of four debates intended to identify common ground through exploration of the fault lines within the progressive community on important topics of the day. On March 7th, two scholars will explore intra-progressive tensions in understanding federalism, the balance of power between the federal government and state/local governments. Historically and in many contemporary contexts (e.g., civil rights and voting rights), progressives have been vigorous defenders of national power, as opposed to state power. But within other contexts, particularly in the past decade, many progressive scholars have been articulating the need for a stronger vision of states’ rights, particularly because some attempts to address pressing problems (e.g., climate change) have been stymied at the federal level. In certain spaces, like immigration, progressives have both critiqued state initiatives as infringing upon federal prerogatives and applauded states/localities for other initiatives. How can such tensions be resolved, and what would a progressive theory of federalism look like? Opening Remarks: Praveen Fernandes, Director of Programs for National Security, Technology, Labor and the Environment; American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Moderator: Elizabeth B. Wydra, Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center Featured Scholars: Richard Thompson Ford, George E. Osborne Professor of Law, Stanford Law School Edward L. Rubin, Professor of Law and Political Science, Vanderbilt University Law School Lunch will be provided at 1:15 p.m.

Register Now
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Choate Room 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 American Constitution Society | 1333 H St, NW | Washington, DC 20005

Invasive Species: Impacts, Challenges, and Strategies for Management An RFF First Wednesday Seminar Wednesday, March 7, 12:45-2:00 p.m. A light lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. Resources for the Future 1616 P Street NW First Floor Conference Center

Invasive species pose significant economic, management, and policy challenges. Policymakers and managers must choose what strategies to employ and how much to invest to prevent new introductions, monitor for new invasions, and control established invaders. These decisions hinge on a variety of factors, including the magnitude of the damages caused by invasive species, the regions impacted, control methods available, and institutional context. It is difficult to quantify or value damages, however, and the spread of biological invasions can lead to increasing damages over time in ways that evade accurate prediction. Invasive species also can advance across political or jurisdictional boundaries, requiring coordination among multiple entities, exacerbating the difficulties of control. At this RFF First Wednesday Seminar, panelists will tackle these issues from a variety of perspectives, including examination of recent efforts to quantify the impacts of invasive species on the Great Lakes ecosystem, discussion of cost-efficient strategies to manage new and established invaders, and exploration of how cross-jurisdictional spread of invasive species hinders management. A global perspective will be provided in an overview of the U.S. State Department's engagement on these issues, and novel approaches for combating invasive species through market creation will be discussed. The seminar will engage expert panelists to help forge insight to improved management and new strategies for reducing the enormous economic and ecological impacts of invasive species.

Moderator: Becky Epanchin-Niell, Fellow, Resources for the Future

Panelists: Roger Cooke, Chauncey Starr Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future Becky Epanchin-Niell, Fellow, Resources for the Future Adrianna Muir, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Ocean and International Environmental and Scientific

Affairs, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs Jason Goldberg, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species

Registration is required. To RSVP for this event, please visit RFF's event registration page. This seminar will also be webcast live beginning at 12:45 p.m.
Have a question for the panel while watching the live webcast? Simply Tweet your question of fewer than 140 characters and include the hashtag #AskRFF. Watch the Q&A at the end of the event to see if it is selected.

At RFF's monthly First Wednesday Seminar series, scholars and experts exchange ideas and views with the RFF community on important energy, environmental, and natural resource topics.

You can't be what you can't see. MISS Representation - a documentary film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. A free screening and panel discussion of this important film! Thursday, March 8, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. E Street Cinema 555 11th Street NW Pre-registration is required. Contact (202) 724-7690 or Hosted by the DC Office on Women's Policy In celebration of International Women's Day!

The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad presents free concerts at National Geographic Society. featuring

Jed Levy Quartet

The Earth String Band

Join us for free concerts featuring two ensembles of The 2011-12 Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad Program at National Geographic Society, 1600 M Street NW

March 8, 2012 6:00 p.m. Jed Levy Quartet (jazz): Jed Levy Quartet began in NYC as four friends with a common musical aesthetic, and it developed a colorful, melodic, rhythmically compelling, and uniquely American perspective on music. The group exhibits a historically-informed contemporary sound which focuses on the leaders' diverse repertoire of over 300 original compositions as well as their arrangements of standards from jazz literature. Jed Levy, saxophone/flute; Alvester Garnett, drums; Thomson Kneeland, bass; Misha Tsiganov, piano

7:15 p.m. The Earth String Band (bluegrass): Earth String Band combines bluegrass and contemporary acoustic music with soulful songwriting and musicianship. Fiery and improvisational, the ensemble creates pulsing earthy rhythms and melodious hooks that form a unique, infective vibe. Stash Wyslouch, acoustic guitar; Sam Grisman, bass; Andy Reiner, fiddle/violin; Eric Robertson, mandolin Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance. Seating is general admission. Free parking available.

Presented with support from WPFW, 89.3FM

In honor ofInternational Women's Day The Embassy of theBolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S. andthe Cuban Interests Section

Invite you to the conference:

Women and the Bolivarian Revolution

With Deisi Pereira Fagúndez, First Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S.

And the presentation of the book: Women in Cuba:Making a Revolution in the Revolution By Mary-Alice Waters, President of Pathfinder Press and member of the National Committee of the Socialist Workers Party.

Thursday, March 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Embassy of Venezuela Bolivarian Hall 2443 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008 Light refreshments will be served. RSVP:

Copyright (C) 2012 Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela All rights reserved.

National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Avenue NW Washington, DC 20005 (202) 783-5000

The Lovejoy Group Thursday, March 8, 5:00-8:00 p.m Kogod Courtyard Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & F Streets NW Washington, DC 20004

The Lovejoy Group presents its organ quartet, featuring a fiery and soulful mix of energetic jazz, funky blues, and smooth Latin rhythms. Free admission; cafe items and art activities for a fee.

Presents "Ethnic Diversity and Ethnic Tolerance in Montenegro" with His Excellency Prof. Dr. Srdjan Darmanović, Ambassador of Montenegro

Thursday March 8, 2012
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Rumi Forum, 1150 17th Street NW Suite 408 Washington, DC 20036 Free and open to the public (registration required) Light lunch will be served
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Ambassador Prof. Dr. Srdjan Darmanović was born on July 18, 1961 in Cetinje, Montenegro. He Graduated in October 1985 in the Faculty of Political Science (division: International Relations) University of Belgrade. He holds an M.A. from June 1994 in the same Faculty of Political Science University of Belgrade with the thesis “Contemporary Liberal Theories on the Break of Realsocialism”. He also holds a PhD from October 2002 with the doctoral dissertation ”Democratic Transitions and Consolidations in Southern and Eastern Europe” defended in the Law Faculty at the University of Montenegro.

POGO is co-sponsoring a book reception on March 8 for the paperback release of Prophets of War.

Book Party with Bill Hartung Thursday, March 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Mott House 122 Maryland Avenue NE RSVP:

The Center for International Policy, the Project on Government Oversight, and Foreign Policy in Focus invite you to a reception to mark the paperback release of Bill Hartung's book: Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.
Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund says: "Hartung provides a detailed, thorough, and sometimes shocking account of the enormous influence the world's largest defense contractor has on American policy...This is must reading." Hartung will make brief remarks, and copies of the book will be available for sale.

For further information about directions, handicap accessibility or other details about the event contact Kelsey Gustafson at the Stewart R. Mott Foundation, at 202-546-3732 or

Show Room Grand Opening Reception Global Industries March 8, 5:00-8:00 p.m. 1130 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 1000 (10th floor) Washington, DC 20036 RSVP:

Avery Lawrence: Moving A Tree and Arranging Suitcases (March 9-April 21) Opening Reception Friday, March 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Heiner Contemporary 1675 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20007

Heiner Contemporary is proud to present Moving A Tree and Arranging Suitcases, projects by New Orleans-based artist Avery Lawrence. The exhibition revolves around two films, which are supplemented by drawings, installation, photography and artist-designed wallpaper. Transforming himself to play diverse characters, Lawrence builds the films' narratives around tasks, which he uses to trace intimate family histories. He mixes personal memory and mythology to convey ideas of loss, transition, and reinvention.

New for this show, Arranging Suitcases charts a physical and emotional journey, which evolves around the experiences of three protagonists whose stories interweave to transport and ultimately unite a set of suitcases and reveal their contents. For this film Lawrence draws on the artistic traditions of Merce Cunningham, Francis Alÿs, and Allora and Calzadilla. Hollywood as well as fine art films inform his film making as does a preoccupation with notions of futility and the absurd.

Moving A Tree documents and re-presents a performance centered on the story of a tree and the characters that destroy and then rebuild it. The narrative opens as the artist considers an ailing walnut tree and continues as he responds to a deep-seated drive to destroy it. Once the tree has been felled, Lawrence sets about rebuilding it piece by piece. He resurrects the tree through an enormous physical effort, but only in broken form. Through his destruction and rebuilding of the tree, Lawrence offers a poetic account of the ephemeral quality of all natural things.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A CONVERSATION / BRUNCH Saturday, March 10, 12:00-2:00 p.m. G Fine Art · 1350 Florida Avenue NE · Washington, DC 20002

Ian Whitmore and Luis Silva will discuss the content, process and references circulating throughout A Devil, The Shadow, the Notice of a Small Falling Leaf


Spring Arts Show Reception Saturday, March 10, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Arlington Arts Gallery 5179-B Lee Highway Arlington, VA 22207 (703) 532-4350

The newly renovated Arlington Arts Gallery is open, and I have brought out some favorite pieces for the inauguration.

Please join the Arlington Arts Gallery for the Spring Arts Show. Wine and food will be served! The gallery is in the same location as before, except now it is in the back of the shopping center with LOTS more parking! They have an expanded gallery area with many new artists.

"Points of Reference" A section of new snapshots and sketches by James Walker

To present a small glimpse into James Walker’s newest pieces, Art Whino has teamed up with Mayorga Coffee Roasters to create a “mini” exhibition at their location just two doors down from the gallery in National Harbor. These pieces offer a look into Walker's many sources of inspiration and his ever evolving use of mixed media.

Saturday, March 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m. :Art Whino Gallery 120 American Way National Harbor, MD 20745

Mayorga Coffee Roasters 150 American Way National Harbor, MD 20745 Live Music by Rachel

About the artist
…..I never made a conscious decision to become an artist, it’s something I’ve always done for as long as I can remember. I take pictures and draw and paint and collage debris and objects as intuitively as possible and I’ve never specialized in anything except making the best art that I can. Real artists don’t have a choice about making art, it’s simply a matter of satisfying an insatiable urgency to create…..


Steeplechasing in Virginia, oil on panel

Paradise Springs Winery is hosting ART UNCORKED!
Dear Alex,

Broadway Gallery will be featuring a new artist each month at Paradise Springs Winery. The Featured artist for March is local artist BUCK NELLIGAN. Join us for a glass of wine and some food for the soul from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and meet the artist in person.

Hope to see you there,

Paradise Springs Winery
13219 Yates Ford Road Clifton, VA 20124 (703) 830-WINE

Pair of Cows, oil on panel

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Making Latin America and the Caribbean a More Equitable Society: Economic Growth, Education, and Corporate Social Responsibility
There has been a marked effort to collaborate and share best practices with our hemispheric partners as a means to collectively improve the quality of life for our citizens, produce a highly-skilled workforce and labor pool, and create business climates conducive to healthy commercial development that helps the vast majority of the population and provides for consumers who can afford to purchase goods. This regional education conference will facilitate a robust dialogue and substantive exchange of ideas on these topics which will eventually feed into the upcoming Sixth Summit of the Americas scheduled to be held in Cartagena, Colombia on April 14-15, 2012. Georgetown University, with support from the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State, will host this regional education conference entitled, “Making Latin America and the Caribbean a More Equitable Society: Economic Growth, Education, and Corporate Social Responsibility” on March 12-13, 2012. The conference will bring together leaders from throughout the Western Hemisphere to discuss strategies to improve our educational institutions so that our workforce is better prepared to compete in the global marketplace. Participants will include government officials; thought-leaders from academic institutions; pioneers in the business community; and representatives from civil society and international organizations. March 12, 2012
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Dialogue on the Role of Corporations and Labor Organizations as Agents for Prosperity Welcome Reception


Georgetown University Gaston Hall 37th and O Streets, NW Washington, DC 20057

To see a draft agenda please click here: For more information contact Colleen Fisher at / 202-482-3372 or Sugeily Fernandez at 202-687-1040


At a Crossroads: Mexico's Pivotal Election

March 12, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

International Foundation for Electoral Systems 1850 K Street NW Fifth Floor Washington, DC 20006

In what promises to be one of the most closely watched elections in the western hemisphere, Mexicans will go to the polls on July 1 to elect a new president and representatives to the federal legislature.

Not only will the winners inherit a drug war that has claimed over 50,000 lives since 2006 and raised concern about safety along the United States' southern border, but the election will also provide clues to Mexico's democratic evolution.

Please join the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for a discussion on the importance of these elections to Mexico, the United States and the region.

Featured speakers:

Ambassador James R. Jones, Chairman & CEO of ManattJones Global Strategies, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Dr. Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, Electoral Advisor, Instituto Federal Electoral, Mexico Clara Dominguez, Managing Editor, Latin America Division, Voice of America

Moderated by Bill Sweeney, IFES President and CEO

Please RSVP by registering online.

Lunch will be served.


"Deradicalizing Islamist Extremists"

Angel M. Rabasa
Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation

Wednesday March 13, 2012
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. at Rumi Forum 1150 17th Street NW, Suite 408, Washington, D.C. 20036 Free and open to the public (registration required) Light lunch will be served Please Click to RSVP

Considerable effort has been devoted to understanding the process of violent Islamist radicalization, but far less research has explored the equally important process of deradicalization, or how individuals or groups abandon extremist groups and ideologies. Proactive measures to prevent vulnerable individuals from radicalizing and to rehabilitate those who have already embraced extremism have been implemented, to varying degrees, in several Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, and European countries. A key question is whether the objective of these programs should be disengagement (a change in behavior) or deradicalization (a change in beliefs) of militants. Rabasa will discuss the findings of the RAND monograph, Deradicalizing Islamist Extremists. The study analyzes deradicalization and counter-radicalization programs in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Europe assesses the strengths and weaknesses of these programs, and makes recommendations to governments on ways to promote and accelerate processes of deradicalization.

Dr. Angel M. Rabasa is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has written extensively about extremism, terrorism, and insurgency. He is the lead author of The Lessons of Mumbai (2009); Radical islam in East Africa (2009); The Rise of Political Islam in Turkey (2008); Ungoverned Territories: Understanding and Reducing Terrorism Risks (2007); Building Moderate Muslim Networks (2007); Beyond al-Qaeda, Part 1: The Global Jihadist Movement and Part 2: The Outer Rings of the Terrorist Universe (2006); and The Muslim World After 9/11 (2004). He has completed the research on patterns of Islamist radicalization and terrorism in Europe, and is currently working on a project on deradicalization of Islamist extremists. Other works include the international institute for Strategic Studies Adelphi Paper No. 358, Political Islam in Southeast Asia: Moderates, Radicals, and Terrorists(2003); The Military and Democracy in Indonesia: Challenges, Politics, and Power(2002), with John Haseman; and Indonesia's Transformation and the Stability of Southeast Asia (2001), with Peter Chalk. Before joining RAND, Rabasa served in the U.S. Departments of State and Defense. He is a member of the international institute for Strategic Studies, the international Studies Association, and the American Foreign Service Association. Rabasa has a B.A. and Ph.D. in

history from Harvard University and was a Knox Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and Progress 2050 at the Center for American Progress invite you to attend:

Still Dreaming: Continuing the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement through Criminal Justice Reform
On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 12:00 p.m., the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) and Progress 2050 at the Center for American Progress (CAP) will host Still Dreaming: Continuing the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement through Criminal Justice Reform. In March, the nation will commemorate “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma to Montgomery marches of the Civil Rights Movement. This Movement represented a monumental shift in both the legal policies and social consciousness of America, and resulted in passage of landmark legislation such as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. But almost half a century later, deep layers of oppression have yet to be uprooted, a reality that is starkly evident in our criminal justice system today. People of color are still disproportionately profiled, incarcerated, and sentenced to death at alarming rates, leaving Martin Luther King’s dream of full racial equality and freedom yet unfulfilled. These disparities have led many to believe that criminal justice reform should be the civil rights movement of the 21st Century. Are there in fact litigators, policy advocates, and academics who are devoting their professional lives to continuing the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement through criminal justice work? If Dr. King were alive, would he prioritize criminal justice reform? Do

criminal justice experts consider mass incarceration the new Jim Crow? Will this generation of civil rights and criminal justice advocates eradicate racial disparities in the criminal justice system in their lifetime? A panel of criminal justice and civil rights experts will consider these and other questions. Opening Remarks: Vanessa Cárdenas, Director, Progress 2050 at the Center for American Progress Introduction: Kanya Bennett, Director of Programs for Criminal and Civil Justice, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Panel Discussion will feature:      Moderator, Deborah Berry, Reporter, Gannett News Service David Domenici, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Aderson B. François, Associate Professor, Howard University School of Law Christina Swarns, Director of the Criminal Justice Practice, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Tracy Velázquez, Executive Director, Justice Policy Institute

Register Now
Thursday, March 13, 2012 12:00-1:30 p.m. Center for American Progress 1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005

The panel discussion will take place from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., with a light lunch being served at 11:30 a.m.

Arctic Cliffhangers Tuesday, March 13, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Embassy of Canada 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20001 RSVP: As part of the DC Environmental Film Festival Arctic Cliffhangers is the story of the cliff-dwelling inhabitants of the North, the prolific seabirds that represent

some of Canada’s most spectacular wildlife. Clambering over rugged coastal headlands and dangling into their precipitous and little-known world, an inquisitive biologist encounters an Arctic that is surprisingly colourful and teeming with life. He lives on the land with scientists and Inuit hunters, learning much about the dramatic complexity of the polar marine ecosystem. Through his adventures he discovers how today’s vanishing sea ice is influencing marine life in Arctic waters, altering the way of life of Northern peoples.

Canada’s Arctic seabirds are revealing much about the Earth’s changing oceans and climate. The film spotlights and interprets aspects of the biology and life history of seabirds, providing insights into the impacts of industrial pollution and the role that climate change plays in the transformation of marine ecosystems. In addition to communicating some of the latest scientific findings on polar marine research, Arctic Cliffhangers also documents the age-old hunting traditions carried on by Canada’s aboriginal subsistence hunters.
versioned in English, French & Inuktitut runtimes: 60 and 52 minutes shot and mastered in HD Winner Best Wildlife Film at 2010 San Francisco Ocean Film Festival John Muir Film Award at 2010 Yosemite Film Festival Official Selection 2010 Ocean Film Festival Wild & Scenic Film Festival PolarCinema Film Festival Blue Planet Film Festival

Immediately following the screening will be a short Q&A and reception. The 2 co-directors/producers, Julia Szucs and Stephen Smith will be attending. Also attending will be Adamie Magniuk, one of the aboriginal subsistence hunters, featured in the film. Reservations must be received by 12:00 noon the day prior to the screening. Full names are required for all attendees and government photo identification must be shown. Failure to provide proper identification will bar you for attending the event. Embassy theatre space is strictly limited. Seating will begin one half hour before screening. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before show time

The European-American Business Council & The Institute of World Politics cordially invite you to our

EABC + IWP European Ambassador Speaker Series 2012 Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos Ambassador of the Netherlands to the USA Wednesday, March 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Institute of World Politics 1521 16th Street NW Washington DC 20009 RSVP:

Agenda 4:30 p.m. Welcome by IWP President Lenczowski Introduction by Ambassador Louise Oliver (IWP) Ambassadorial Lecture - Ambassador Jones-Bos 5:00 p.m. Questions From Guests (Chatham House Rule) 5:30 p.m. Closing Comment By Ambassador Oliver Adjourn to Reception

Still a Better Deal: Private Investment vs. Social Security CAPITOL HILL BRIEFING Wednesday, March 14, 12:00 p.m. Lunch Included B-340 Rayburn House Office Building Cato events on Capitol Hill are free of charge and open to the public. To register for this event:

Featuring Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Laura Odato, Manager of Government Affairs, Cato Institute. Critics of private investment of Social Security taxes have long pointed to the supposed dangers of an unstable market as creating conditions too risky to allow workers personal choice in planning for retirement. Indeed, the financial crisis is often used to bolster the argument that retirement funds are best left in the safe hands of the state, but how true is this claim? In a new Cato study, "Still a Better Deal: Private Investment vs. Social Security," Cato Senior Fellow Michael Tanner demonstrates that actual investment returns over the past 40 years show that a system of private investment will, in fact, provide significantly higher rates of return than the current Social Security system. Please join us for a conversation with Michael as he discusses this latest policy analysis and challenges the myth of the superiority of the Social Security safety net.

Chair giveaway details: Color it Green Party Thursday, March 15, 6 to 8 p.m. Room & Board Washington, D.C. store 1840 14th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20009 202.729.8300 Get directions RSVP here

Thirteenth Annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture "Tsunamis: Are We Underestimating the Risk?" by Dr. Eddie Bernard Tuesday, March 20, 5:30 p.m. Baird Auditorium National Museum of Natural History 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. RSVP:

Edison Foundation is holding a conference and reception at Newseum for "Powering the People" registration form at

Congressional Reception & Innovation Alley Exhibits. March 22, 2012 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Newseum 6th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Opening Reception Friday, March 30, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Adlon Design 1028 33rd Street NW


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