NNV Salons: a great way to support the village
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Enjoy an enchanting afternoon with Adam Gopnik, the nationally-acclaimed American writer, essayist, and storyteller. Mr. Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. His books, featuring essay collections about Paris, food, and family life, include Paris to the Moon (2000), The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food (2011) and his new memoir, At the Strangers’ Gate (2017), which captures the romance of New York City in the 1980s. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March of 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Republic. This event is hosted by NNV volunteer Morgan Gopnik and will include light refreshments.
Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017 4:00-6:00 PM
Host: Morgan Gopnik (DC)
Seats available: sold out
Aaron Miller is the Vice President of New Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson Center, an American Middle East analyst, author and negotiator; He has served both republican and democratic Secretaries of State. Currently a Global Affairs Analyst for CNN. In 2014 Miller published his fifth book "The End of Greatness: Why American Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President. Prior to the Wilson Center, Miller spent 24 years as a key State Department middle east negotiator who helped structure the US role in Arab-Israel negotiations through the Oslo accords and Camp David Peace Summit. Aaron will share deep insights into the role of our presidency and our political situation, from a historical context that also provides a window into our future. Chatting with Aaron is a mix of a substantive, informal and engaging dialogue and conversation, replete with humor. Refreshments Served.
Date: Sunday, January 7th 10am-12 noon;
Host: Judie and Jake Fien-Helfman (DC)
Seats available: 6
Join Rabbi David Saperstein in an evocative and stimulating conversation on the pursuit of justice, advocacy and human rights. David is a global humanitarian, whose life work reflect his values and compassion for others. Designated by Newsweek Magazine as the most influential rabbi in America and by the Washington Post as the “quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill,” David Saperstein, for decades, directed the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest segment of American Jewry, to Congress and the Administration. For over two years (through Jan. 2017), Rabbi Saperstein served our nation as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, carrying out his responsibilities as the country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues. Also an attorney, he taught seminars on Church –State law and Jewish Law for 35 years at Georgetown University Law Center. During his career, Rabbi Saperstein has served as the chair or co-chair of several national inter-religious coalitions including the Coalition to Preserve Religious Liberty and served on the boards or executive committees of numerous national organizations including the NAACP, People for The American Way, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Religious Partnership on the Environment and the World Faith Development Dialogue. Refreshments served.
Date: Wednesday, January 17th; 7:00 -9:00 PM
Host: Judie and Jake Fien-Helfman (DC)
Seats available: 3
Sari Horwitz is a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning member of The Washington Post's investigation unit. A reporter for The Washington Post since 1984, she has covered crime, homeland security, federal law enforcement, education, social services, and the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2015, she won the American Society of News Editors Distinguished Writing on Diversity Award and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for her series on justice on Native American lands. Her 2014 series was also compiled in an e-book, “Justice in Indian Country.” She was a member of the team of reporters who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech. Horwitz co-authored the 2003 book, Sniper: Inside the Hunt for the Killers Who Terrorized the Nation. In 2002, she shared the Pulitzer for investigative reporting for a series exposing the District of Columbia's role in the neglect and deaths of 229 children placed in protective care. The series prompted an overhaul of the child welfare system and a new wing of D.C. Superior Court for children and families. Horwitz also co-wrote an investigation of D.C. police shootings that won the 1999 Pulitzer for public service and the 1999 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting. Get the scoop on investigative reporting and issues facing DC. Refreshments served.
Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018; 10:00 am - 12 noon
Host: Merilee Janssen and David Oldfield (DC)
Seats available: 3
Go Backstage with Ryan Rilette, Artistic Director of Round House Theatre since August 2012. During his tenure at RHT, the International Centre for Women Playwrights awarded RHT its prestigious 50/50 Applause Award for achieving gender parity, and the Helen Hayes Awards have nominated RHT productions for 19 awards and awarded them six, including Outstanding New Play or Musical in 2016. Prior to joining Round House, Mr. Rilette served five years as the Producing Director of Marin Theatre Company (MTC), a LORT D theater in the San Francisco Bay Area that has a $3.2M budget and produces a combination of classic and new plays. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Rilette served as Producing Artistic Director of Southern Rep Theatre, the leading professional theater in New Orleans. He is also the cofounder and former Executive Artistic Director of Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company in New York City, which he ran from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Rilette is also the past President of the National New Play Network, the country's leading alliance of theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays for the American theatre, and a former professor at Tulane University and at Loyola University of New Orleans. He holds an MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theatre. Refreshments will be served.
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:00-9:00 PM
Host: TBA (DC)
Seats available: 7
Join Esther Safran Foer on an engaging and passionate family history lesson. Learn how to research your family's past using modern technology and other tools. Esther is the recently retired Executive Director of Sixth and I, an innovative and ground breaking cultural institution in Penn Quarter. She has long been fascinated and intrigued by her family's past in the Ukraine. Her son, Jonathan Foer, wrote Everything is Illuminated, a fictional story, to address his disappointment in not finding his family's roots in the Ukraine following a trip there. Not to be deterred, Esther dug deeper and along the way learned different ways to unearth family information. She is currently writing a book about her family's history and legacy in the Ukraine and has discovered new members of her family tree as well. Come along for a wondrous roller coaster ride of humor, determination, and insights. You'll leave the conversation anxious to start exploring and learning about your own family. Refreshments served.
Date: Sunday, February 4; 10am-12 noon;
Host: Sal and Andrea Selvaggio (DC)
Seats available: 5