Lecture Series

IMPORTANT information

All January lectures are from 10:00-11:30 am.

Some of the January 2017 Lectures will be held  in 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, the Spring Valley Building.  Others will be in the Abramson Recital Hall in the Katzen Center. The location is noted next to each lecture's title.

To manage seating, reservations are required to attend a lecture. The Friday before each week's lectures, we will open seating. You can make a reservation by following the directions below. Attendees may make two reservations per order. Your name must be on the Reservations list in order to enter the lecture and you must be in your seat five minutes before the lecture starts to ensure your seat is not given away. Read more about using Eventbrite.

january 2017 LECTURES

Tuesday, January 10 — Nicholas Bonard, SPRING VALLEY BUILDING
Weathering the Storm: Flooding in the Nation’s Capital
Did you know Washington has its own levee system? Or that many memorials and monuments on the National Mall and buildings in Federal Triangle are prone to flooding? Just 11 years ago, the National Archives, the Justice Department, and the IRS were flooded after a severe rainstorm, costing the Federal government millions of dollars. Nick Bonard, a planner at the National Capital Planning Commission, will illustrate the city’s history of flooding and describe some of the collaborative flood protection projects undertaken in the past few years.
Nick Bonard is the Climate Adaptation Lead at the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), the federal planning agency for Washington. Nick leads the interagency Monumental Core Climate Adaptation working group and manages NCPC’s initiatives on storm water management and flooding. He has a Master’s in Urban Planning from Harvard and a Bachelor’s in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.
To register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-nicholas-bonard-tickets-30492141817

Wednesday, January 11 — Jack Bray, SPRING VALLEY BUILDING
The Tudor Wolfpack and the Roots of Irish America
Jack Bray’s story of England’s governance of Ireland begins at the 12th century Norman invasion, covers the Irish nobles’ alliances during the Wars of the Roses, the ominous changes in the governance of Ireland under the Tudors and Stuarts, and the resulting Ulster rebellion. In his recent book, Bray recounts the land confiscations that accompanied English rule and their results: severe poverty, a 19th-century wave of emigration of millions of Irish to America and elsewhere, and the birth of the movement that led to Irish independence from Britain.
Jack Bray has practiced law in Washington for 53 years, was a Senior Partner at King & Spalding, and is the author of a history of 16th century English rule of Ireland, The Tudor Wolfpack and the Roots of Irish America. His work related to the British investigation of the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings in Northern Ireland received favorable mention in debates in the British Parliament.
To register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-jack-bray-tickets-30492311324

Tuesday, January 17 — Michelle Egan, KATZEN
Brexit and Its Aftermath: Challenges in Europe in an Era of Populism
With the June 2016 stunning result of the Brexit referendum, the surge of populist sentiment has led to declining vote shares of traditional centrist parties all over Europe. The anti-establishment backlash has prompted debate about European integration, the transatlantic relationship, and security and economic challenges facing Europe. Egan places the referendum in a larger political and social context, as nationalism and populism coupled with immigration, austerity, and growth are central issues in the debate.
Michelle Egan is a Professor in SIS at AU and author of the recent book, Single Markets, Economic integration in Europe and the United States, which was awarded the Larry Neal Prize in EU Studies. She has recently spent a year at the Wilson Center working on a new book on the free trade agreements between the US and EU.
To register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-michelle-egan-tickets-30586852098

Wednesday, January 18 — James Zogby, SPRING VALLEY BUILDING
Polling the Middle East: What Do They Really Think?
James Zogby has recently returned from the Middle East with fresh results from face-to-face opinion polling across six Arab countries, Iran, and Turkey. Residents in the region told Zogby pollsters what they think of the war in Syria; the roles of the United States, Russia, and Iran in the region; and the causes of violence, extremism, and instability. Through an analysis of the polling numbers, Zogby will consider strategies for the path forward.
James Zogby is the Managing Director of Zobgy Research Services, specializing in large-scale public opinion polling in the Arab world. He co-founded the Arab American Institute in 1985 and continues as its president.
To register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-james-zogby-tickets-30586942368

Thursday, January 19 — Martin Baron, KATZEN
The Return of Martin Baron
The executive editor of The Washington Post and hero of the 2016 Oscar-winning movie, “Spotlight,” gives an OLLI encore interview. He’ll tell the story of the film and discuss journalism in the current environment of competition, change, and President-elect Donald J. Trump.
Marty Baron became editor of The Washington Post in 2013 after having worked at the Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Boston Globe. While editor of the Globe, Baron directed an investigation of a decades-long cover up of sexual abuse by priests, the Boston Archdiocese, and the Catholic Church. His working motto is “Adapt or fail.”
To Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-martin-baron-tickets-30587172055

Tuesday, January 24 — Donald E. Graham, KATZEN
The Dreamers’ Story
Donald E. Graham, former chairman of the board of The Washington Post Company, co-founded TheDream.US in 2013 to fund college scholarships for needy immigrants temporarily protected from deportation by a policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). He has raised $91 million to help Dreamers attend college, and his lecture will tell their story.
Donald Graham is the grandson and son of Washington Post publishers. He graduated from Harvard where he was president of The Harvard Crimson. He served in Vietnam and in DC MPD as a patrol officer. He headed DC’s College Access Program, which helped double the number of DC public high school students going to college.
To register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-donald-graham-tickets-30588485985

Wednesday, January 25 — Ronald Smith, SPRING VALLEY BUILDING
A Silent Problem: How Excessive Alcohol and Drug Use has Affected Washington Policy Making
Ronald Smith will discuss how undiagnosed alcohol and drug use in government’s highest levels and its effects on war, foreign policy, and leadership. Drawing on recent biographies, he will address the effects of heavy drinking, which gave rise to the McCarthy Hearings, precipitated suicides in the CIA and Dept. of Defense, damaged our intelligence services, and caused the loss of the White House.
Ron Smith, MD, served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the National Naval Medical Center, developed alcohol treatment programs for the US Navy, and served as the US Senate and House Psychiatric Consultant. A leader in addiction medicine, he continues to teach on post-traumatic growth, adult development, and growth in recovery.
To register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-ronald-smith-tickets-30588537138

Thursday, January 26 — Francesca Zambello, KATZEN
Washington National Opera as Classic, Contemporary, and American
Acclaimed stage director and Washington National Opera (WNO) Artistic Director, Francesca Zambello, discusses WNO’s 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons and its mission to present an array of classic, contemporary, and American works. She will give a behind-the-scenes look at an artistic director’s work: how she decides which operas to present, how singers are chosen, how staging is determined, and how financial and artistic considerations are balanced.
Francesca Zambello is Artistic Director of the WNO. She has received many prestigious cultural and theatrical awards and has directed productions in many of the world’s most acclaimed opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera House, and the Bavarian State Opera.
To register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-francesca-zambello-tickets-30588962410

Monday, January 30 — Nancy Jo Snider, KATZEN
A Visitor’s Guide to Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
Johann Sebastian Bach wrote his St. Matthew Passion in 1727 to present the Passion story in music at Good Friday services in Leipzig’s St. Thomas’s Church. Nearly three centuries later, this masterpiece is regarded as a pillar of Western sacred music. Nancy Jo Snider, OLLI’s beloved music mentor who will perform the piece in March with the Washington Bach Consort, will guide her audience through the music that relates the journey of Jesus to the cross with poetic scope and a spiritual depth that transcends religion.
Cellist Nancy Jo Snider is the Director of the Music Program at AU and Senior Professorial Lecturer. She is active as a performer, educator, and administrator in the Washington area and internationally.
To register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-nancy-jo-snider-tickets-30589189088

Tuesday, January 31 — Kenneth Feinberg, KATZEN
Who Gets What: Victim Compensation After Tragedy
The September 11 attacks, the BP oil spill, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the Orlando night club shootings: each was a disaster in its own right requiring compensation for lives lost, bodies maimed, or ecosystems upended. How does society compensate innocent victims? How do policy makers tailor the law to respond to unique catastrophes? How do they address practical and philosophical issues of using money to atone for loss and reflect individual worth? Usually they call Compensation Czar Kenneth Feinberg.
Kenneth Feinberg was the Special Master of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund and the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Fund and administered the victim assistance fund for the Boston Marathon Bombings. He practices law in Washington, DC, and currently is a special employee of departments of Treasury and Justice.
To register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-kenneth-feinberg-tickets-30589242247

Thursday, February 2 — George Solomon, SPRING VALLEY BUILDING
The Changing Face of American Sports
From the “Golden Age” of the 1920s to the current state of mega contracts, billion-dollar television deals, and major athletes as national celebrities, George Solomon will discuss how big sports have become big business in America. For more than 40 years, Solomon has reported on the shifting professional sports landscape that today is defined by mergers, expansions, broadcast revenues, and market valuation.
One of the leading sports journalists in the country, George Solomon was Assistant Managing Editor in charge of the sports section of The Washington Post from 1975 to 2003, where he built a formidable daily section that transcended sports. He is currently Director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland.
To register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-george-solomon-tickets-30589298415


Why We Are Using Eventbrite
We have been having overflow crowds at many of our lectures. Due to fire code, we have to limit the number of people who can attend. Rather than turn people away at the door,  we have decided to use Eventbrite, which is a free, widely used event-management website and app. Please take the time to read the directions below thoroughly.

Reservations Required
To manage seating, reservations are required to attend a lecture. The Friday before each week's lectures, we will open seating. You can make a reservation by following the directions below. Attendees may make two reservations per order. Your name must be on the Reservations list in order to enter the lecture and you must be in your seat five minutes before the lecture starts to ensure your seat is not given away.

How to Use Eventbrite

  1. After registration opens, click on the link above for the lecture for which you want to register.

  2. On the Eventbrite lecture page, click on the green "REGISTER" button on the lower right.

  3. A pop-up window with the lecture name will appear. Select whether you want 1 or 2 tickets. Click on the green "CHECKOUT" button.

  4. You will have 8 minutes to finish your registration. Enter your first name, last name, email address, and confirm your email address. Click on the green "Complete Registration" button. A confirmation screen wlll appear and you will receive an email with your ticket(s). You are done.

You do not need to bring your ticket to the door. We will have a list at the door of individuals with reservations.


OLLI does not endorse any of the viewpoints expressed by the speakers in its series.


We thank the Lecture Committee and all those who suggested and contacted speakers: Chuck Edson, Ken Guenther, Judith Havemann, Tina Fried Heller, Lynne Heneson, Jeanne Kent, Denise Liebowitz (Chair), Dorothy Marschak, Mary Fran Miklitsch, Stan Newman, Diane Renfroe, Richard Ringell, Barbara Rollinson, and Steve Sherman.