May 2019 Lecture Series


All lectures are from 10:00-11:00 AM and will be held in the Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, in Room A on the First Floor.

Reservations Required

Due to limited seating, reservations through Eventbrite are required to attend lectures.

Member Reservations: We e-mail the registration link to current members at 8:30 AM on the Tuesday preceding the next week’s lectures.

Non-Member Reservations: We e-mail the registration link to non-members at 8:30 AM on the Wednesday preceding the next week’s lectures. The registration link is also placed at that time on the website (below).

Each registrant may reserve one seat. Your name must be on the list of registrants to enter the lecture and you must be in your seat five minutes before the lecture starts to guarantee your seat.


TUESDAY January 8, 2019—Marvin Kalb
Enemy of the People

President Trump’s description of the press as the enemy of the people was a familiar tactic for 20th Century despots such as Benito Mussolini and Mao Zedong. Kalb argues that demeaning the press, which he experienced when he was branded a nattering nabob of negativism in the Nixon administration, undermines one of the fundamental pillars of democracy.  

Marvin Kalb was the last newsman recruited by Edward Murrow to join CBS news.  He spent 30 years as a commentator and analyst for CBS and NBC, where he was chief diplomatic correspondent and host of Meet the Press.  He was founding director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and is now a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and the author of 16 books.

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, Martha Cutts, Lesley Diaz (Staff Liaison), Chuck Edson,
Judith Havemann (Chair), Lynne Heneson, Jeanne Kent, Mary Moore, Stan Newman, Diane Renfroe,
Richard Ringell, Steve Sherman, Delbert Spurlock, and Ray Squitieri.