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      Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.


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      Humanitini Spring for a Humanitini, at the Smart Happy Hour! - 876 Cafe



      To coincide with the coming warmer weather and time change, stop by 876 Cafe at 4221-B Connecticut Ave NW (Van Ness-UDC Metro Station) for drinks, dinner, and lively conversation. As always, we will bring the hot topics and our host of authorities to extemporize and socialize with participants! 



      10% of the evening's food and drink proceeds will support the Humanities Council! 


      Click on the titles below to register for any or all of these FREE programs.

      Please note the topics and dates were not matched properly in last week's newsletter. They have been updated and corrected below.   

      The Ethics of 'Stand Your Ground' and 'Gun Control'

      Wednesday, March 20

      From tragic local stories of young lives threatened by drive-by gun fire to the disaster in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, headlines about gun violence have dominated in local and national media. Whether you have had a conversation with family, friends or co-workers, we the people are at the center of this debate. Add your perspective, and gain new ones by mingling with a panel of experts on gun policy, gun control and "stand your ground" laws.

      Led by Allison R. Brown, Civil Rights Attorney and President of Allison Brown Consulting (ABC)


      Punk and Go-Go: DC's Art of Choice during the 80's, 90's, and Today

      Wednesday, March 27 

      This Humanitini will explore the history of, D.C.'s native sound, Go-Go, and the city's world-renowned punk and hardcore scene. A fun and exciting mix of local historians and artists will share their stories based on research and personal experiences. They will discuss the recent resurgence and appreciation for Go-Go and Punk music. Panel and audience will become one as our experts engage with, and learn from your musical experiences - no matter what part of the country you are from! Stick around to try out some go-go dance moves and to hear what got hardcore punk "Banned in D.C.!"  

      Led by Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D., Journalist, Author, Scholar and Historic Preservationist

      The Washington Redskins - Are you offended, or do you defend it?

      Wednesday, April 3

      A recent Smithsonian symposium and a flurry of Washington Post articles have reignited the debate over the Washington Redskins historic name and logo. Is it tradition or is it racism? No matter which point of view you support, join in on the discussion by engaging a panel of experts as we discuss the issue at this lively and enlightening mixer.

      Humanitini, the Council's happy-hour think and drink, adds a cerebral element to the typical after-work social scene! Grab a Humanitini (yep, it's a real drink) and some friends, and come talk with us! 


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      DC Community Heritage Ambassadors' Workshop


      One workshop remains! The digital preservation workshop will take place on March 14 at the Benning Library Branch and will be led by an archivist from the Library of Congress. The session will last from 6:30-8:30pm. 


      Technology changes rapidly. If you don't actively care for your digital memories you may lose access to them. Learn to care for your digital photos, personal recordings, digital videos, correspondence, and documents -and why it is important to preserve them.


      Learn some simple, practical tips and tools to help you organize your digital files and create your own personal digital archive.


      Follow the link for more information and to register!

                                              Digital Preservation Workshop


      This program is sponsored by the DC Historic Preservation Office.


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      HouseHistoryDayCultural Diplomacy: The Art of Statecraft - Thursday, March 21st


      This panel discussion will explore the value of cultural diplomacy as an avenue to peace and understanding between nations. Specifically, the panel will address how a balanced and sensitive approach to transfers of culture can prevent violence, encourage understanding, and catalyze innovative international projects.


      This discussion will be moderated by: Marianne Scott, Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State and Immediate Past Chair and current Member of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC's Board of Directors.


      The featured panelists are:


      His Excellency Dr. Neil Parsan, DVM, MBA, CACM, RFC 
      Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United  States of America and Mexico
      Dr. Robert Soppelsa 
      Senior Curator, Office of Art in Embassies 
      Bureau of Overseas Building Operations 
      Department of State
      Ms. Micele Peregrin 
      Program Officer 
      Cultural Programs Division 
      Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs 
      Department of State
      Ms. Karol Escalante 
      Press and Cultural Affairs 
      Embassy of Honduras


      This Humanities Council program is presented in partnership with The International Glass and Clay exhibition organized by Artomatic, Inc. in cooperation with the DC Sister City Sunderland, England. www.glassandclay.org



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      CommemorationandR2013 Live to Read Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of 1963


      Save the Date - May 1st - 15th will mark the council's annual citywide reading initiative and campaign, Live to Read. This year's books are "Bombingham" by Anthony Grooms and "The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis. Please order your copy or check it out from your local DC Public Library branch and start reading today! Stay tuned to our website and newsletters in April for more information.


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      WhosWho's a Washingtonian? Professional development for DC's Educators


      Who is a Washingtonian anyway you may ask? Well, in this city, that is a difficult question to answer. Particularly in a city with a strong 'native' population, constant influx from political transients and rapid inflow of newcomers; we live in an ever changing community. 


      This professional development session led by Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D., will help teachers explore some of the social, cultural and political dynamics that have altered Washington, D.C.'s landscape over the past two decades. Through a session of readings, short film clips and music, participants will better understand what it means to be a Washingtonian and the multi-dimensional ways in which one identifies with its community. 


      Teaching resources will be provided and DCPS educators will be eligible to earn two (2) professional learning units as a result of full participation. This seminar is open to DC public and charter school educators.


      For more information, register here: Who's a Washingtonian?

                                                                    April 10, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 pm

                                                                    Charles Sumner School and Museum

                                                                    1201 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

      For more information, please contact:

      Mark W. E. Smith

      Director of Grants and Special Projects

      Humanities Council of Washington, DC

      925 U Street, NW

      Washington, DC 20001

      (202) 387-8391

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