All Spring 2017 lectures are on Fridays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.
All of the Spring 2017 Lectures will be held at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, the Spring Valley Building, in Room A (101) on the first floor.
To manage seating, reservations are required to attend a lecture. At 9:00 am on the Wednesday before each Friday's lecture, we open seating. You can make a reservation by following the directions below. Attendees may reserve up to two seats. 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 guarantee your seat is not given away. Read more below about using Eventbrite.
SPRING 2017 LECTURES
Friday, March 10 – Donnie McKethan
The American Songbook: The Singers, the Songwriters, and the Songs
The American Songbook genre preserves the work of great composers and the artists who sing or perform their works. Much of this iconic music comes from films and Broadway plays and many jazz artists have interpreted these tunes. For example, “Green Dolphin Street,” written by Bronislaw Kaper for the 1947 film of the same name, was performed many years later by Miles Davis, who inspired other artists to include the song in their repertoires.
A native Washingtonian and graduate of Dunbar High School and the University of California at Los Angeles, Donnie McKethan retired from the IBM Corporation after a successful business career. He is programmer on radio Station WPFW 89.3 FM and hosts the “American Songbook” program Sunday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-donnie-mckethan-tickets-32352318656
Friday, March 24 – James E. Boasberg
Making the Tough Calls: A Federal Judge’s Views and His Controversial Cases
A US District Judge on the US District Court for DC, James “Jeb” Boasberg has ruled on a range of high-profile matters, including recovery of Hillary Clinton’s emails, release of the photos of Osama bin Laden’s death, and the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline contested by Native American tribes. He also serves on the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the secret court that authorizes US spying operations. Boasberg will discuss some of the cases that have come before him including the controversial ones in which his decisions end up in the morning headlines.
Prior to his appointment to the federal bench by President Obama in 2011, Boasberg was an Associate Judge of the DC Superior Court, where he served in the Civil and Criminal Divisions and the Domestic Violence Branch. He also worked in the US Attorney’s Office for DC. He is a graduate of Yale College, Oxford University, and Yale Law School.
Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-james-e-boasberg-tickets-32352641622
Friday, March 31 – Dan
Hamilton: Man and Musical
Alexander Hamilton always has been known as a central player in America’s early history, but the smash Broadway musical, Hamilton, has focused new attention on his life and career. This multimedia presentation will draw on both Hamilton’s biography and the stage depiction to review his accomplishments, his relationship with Aaron Burr, and the accuracy and influence of the musical. Participants may wish to read Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton and listen to the show’s soundtrack before attending.
Dan Sherman has taught OLLI courses through George Mason University on a range of topics, including American theater music and opera. He holds a PhD in economics from Cornell University and is a managing director at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, DC.
Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-dan-sherman-tickets-32352877327
Friday, April 7 – ANNUAL MEETING
Friday, April 14 – Paul Taylor
The Next America: Demographic Change and Political Polarization
The America of the near future will look nothing like the America of the recent past. Two profound demographic transformations are occurring: our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time that a record share is going gray. These changes have created huge generation gaps. Young and old do not look alike, think alike, vote alike, or use technology alike. Taylor will discuss what this means for our families, politics, economy, and sense of social cohesion.
Paul Taylor is the author of The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown and serves as senior fellow at Encore.org, a nonprofit that mobilizes older adults to help children and youth thrive. He is a former executive vice president of The Pew Research Center and a former reporter at The Washington Post, where he covered US presidential campaigns and was South Africa bureau chief during the transition from apartheid to democracy.
Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-paul-taylor-tickets-32353286551
Friday, April 21 – Philip Klein
The New Anti-Semitism in America
The 2016 election brought renewed focus on white supremacist movements in America, but this has distracted from the threat to American Jews. Known as the New Anti-Semitism, this type of prejudice traffics traditional anti-Jewish stereotypes, but camouflages poisonous rhetoric as mere criticism of Israeli policies. Triggering a wave of attacks in Europe, this New Anti-Semitism has swept through US college campuses, has spread through social media, and is gaining traction among the American Left. At a time when FBI statistics show US Jews are disproportionately the targets of hate crimes, this disturbing trend deserves the attention of those concerned about the future of US Jewry.
Philip Klein is managing editor of the Washington Examiner. He is a frequent guest on television and his work has appeared or been cited in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Before joining the Examiner, Klein served as Washington correspondent for The American Spectator and covered financial news for Reuters.
Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-philip-klein-tickets-32353310623
Friday, April 28 – Peter Edelman
The Criminalization of Poverty
Through money bail systems, fees and fines, laws and regulations against behavior that largely affect the homeless, and the substitution of prisons and jails for the mental hospitals that traditionally served the impoverished, we have effectively made it a crime to be poor in the US, one of the world's richest nations. School discipline in poor communities, child support policies affecting the poor, public housing ordinances, addiction treatment, and the specter of public benefits fraud also contribute to a retributive system that locks whole communities into inescapable cycles of poverty.
Peter Edelman is Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center and Faculty Director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality. He has researched and written extensively on public assistance to poor families and children, disadvantaged young men, and subsidized employment. Edelman graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-peter-edelman-tickets-32353380833
Friday, May 5 – Joe Cirincione
Trump and the Bomb: Nuclear Risks and Opportunities for the New President
While President Trump’s unpredictability and temperament create real concerns as he assumes control of the US nuclear arsenal, Joe Cirincione also sees chances for the new president to make positive breakthroughs. In line with his desire for close relations with Russia, President Trump could agree with Vladimir Putin to deep cuts in US and Russian nuclear arms. He could enter into talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to cap that country’s nuclear program. Or he might recognize that the Iran nuclear deal is in American security interests and work to strengthen it, not dismantle it. The dangers are real and the stakes are high, but opportunities exist to make the world a safer place.
Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he served as vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress, served as director for non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and served on the International Security Advisory Board for Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Cirincione has written several books on nuclear security and his commentary appears frequently in broadcast and print media.
Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olli-lecture-joe-cirincione-tickets-32353491163
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.
How to Use Eventbrite
- After registration opens, click on the link above for the lecture for which you want to register.
- On the Eventbrite lecture page, click on the green "REGISTER" button on the lower right.
- A pop-up window with the lecture name will appear. Select whether you
want 1 or 2 tickets. Click on the green "CHECKOUT" button.
- 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: Paul Brown, Lew Cohen, 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.