Spring 2020 Lecture Series


Lectures are held in the Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, in Room A off the lobby on the first floor. Spring lectures are held on Fridays from 1:30 - 2:30 PM.

Reservations Required

Due to limited seating, reservations are required to attend lectures. Reservations can be made through Eventbrite via one of two ways described below:

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

  • Non-Member Reservations: The registration link is placed on the website (below) at 8:30 AM on the Wednesday preceding the next week's lecture.

  • 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.


March 6
Jason DeParle, International Migration Through the Eyes of One Family

Jason DeParle is a reporter for The New York Times and has written extensively about poverty and immigration. His book, American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare was a New York Times Notable Book and won the Helen Bernstein Award from the New York City Library. He was an Emerson Fellow at New America. He is a recipient of the George Polk Award and is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century.

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-6-olli-lecture-jason-deparle-tickets-95710429471

March 13
Nathan Billig, On Growing Older and Wiser and Joining a Village

 Nathan Billig is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is the author of two books on the subject of geriatric psychiatry for the general public. He was a founder, Vice President, and President and Board member of Chevy Chase At Home, a Village formed to assist older adults in the Chevy Chase area to continue to live at home with a variety of practical services, transportation, and social, cultural and physical activity programs. Billig is a graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York (BA) and the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse (MD). He did post graduate training in a pediatrics internship and psychiatry residency at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center/Albert Einstein Medical Center and at the Georgetown University Medical Center, and served as a Captain and Medical Officer in the US Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base.

March 20
Glenn Frankel, The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of High Noon

 Glenn Frankel is an author and journalist. Most recently, he was director of the School of Journalism and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He also spent four years as a visiting journalism professor at Stanford University. He was a longtime Washington Post reporter, editor, and bureau chief in London, Southern Africa, and Jerusalem, where he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for “balanced and sensitive reporting” of Israel and the first Palestinian uprising. He is the author of Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel, Rivonia’s Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa, and The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend (a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and a Library Journal Top Ten book for 2013). His new book explores the Hollywood blacklist and the making of the classic western High Noon.

March 27
Laura Roulet

Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the initial 5x5, a major public art initiative in Washington DC. She has recently curated exhibits at the American University Museum, Katzen Center; the Mexican Cultural Institute; Huntington Museum of Art, WV; and the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK. International exhibits include the OAS Art Museum of the Americas, as well as exhibits in Mexico City and Puerto Rico. She is a regular contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her other publications include many catalogue essays, articles in American Art, Art Journal, and Art Nexus, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art: the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite.

April 3

April 17
Joel Charny

 Joel R. Charny is the Executive Director of Norwegian Refugee Council USA (NRC USA). He is responsible for providing overall leadership to the organization, which focuses on fundraising and humanitarian advocacy in the US on behalf of Oslo-based NRC. Prior to joining NRC USA, Charny was Vice President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice at InterAction, the alliance of US-based relief and development organizations for five years. He led  InterAction’s work on humanitarian response, which involved engaging with the US government, the United Nations, and member non-governmental organizations on both practical and policy matters, including funding availability, impact and effectiveness, and reform efforts in the sector. Charny previously held senior positions with Refugees International, the CARERE project of the United Nations Development Program in Cambodia, and Oxfam America. He has an AB in European History from Brown University and a Master’s in international education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

April 24
Jason Samenow, How Is Climate Changing Affecting Washington’s Weather?

 Is it warming up and how are rain and snow changing? What do the latest climate change simulations project for the region? Jason Samenow is The Washington Post’s weather editor and chief meteorologist for its Capital Weather Gang. He also produces forecasts for WAMU, 88.5, Washington, DC’s NPR affiliate. Samenow has loved weather since he was a child. From 2000 to September 2010, he worked as a climate change analyst for the federal government, monitoring, analyzing, and communicating the science of climate change. He founded CapitalWeather.com in early 2004, the first professional weather blog on the Internet, which became part of The Post in 2008. At the University of Virginia, he earned a degree in environmental science, focusing in atmospheric science. He went on to earn a master’s in atmospheric science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Samenow is a past chairman of the DC Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and earned the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

May 1
Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Thoughts on Journalism and Diversity: A Conversation with Judy Havemann

 During her distinguished career, Dorothy Gilliam has become a revered icon in American journalism, a fierce advocate for women’s rights, a fervent civil rights activist, and a renowned author. “Journalism took me places that I would not normally go,” Gilliam says. She began her career in the segregated South, as a reporter for the Memphis Tri-State Defender, a black-owned newspaper. There, she covered major civil rights events, including the Little Rock Nine, the federally enforced integration of Arkansas’ public schools. In 1961, she became The Washington Post’s first female black reporter. An early assignment was covering James Meredith’s integration of Ole Miss. At the time, Mississippi was infamously known in American black circles as “The Land of Black Death.” On the assignment, skirting Klu Klux Klan members, Gilliam literally “slept with the dead,” catching a few hours of rest nightly in a black funeral parlor. Over 30 years at The Post, Gilliam moved from reporter to editor to columnist. She also served as president of the National Association of Black Journalists and founding director of the Young Journalists Development Project, The Post’s long-term initiative to educate, cultivate, and hire aspiring young minority journalists. Gilliam’s most recent book is her memoir, Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More like America. She earned her bachelor’s in journalism from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., and her master’s at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

May 8
Judith Welles, Grit and Gusto: Farmerettes and Suffragettes on the Homefront in WWI

 Judith Welles is a writer and former journalist who has authored local history books about the area in which she lives including Potomac and Cabin John: Legends and Life of an Uncommon Place, and a biography, Lilly Stone. She also wrote a worklife e-book for Kindle, Get a Life, Try This! Judy has been a speechwriter for US Cabinet members and communications manager for federal agencies and major corporations, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM. She has been a Board member of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trust for the national park, chaired the Montgomery County Commission on Aging, and is a speaker for Montgomery History (the Montgomery County historical society). She is a graduate of Vassar College.

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,
Lynne Heneson, Jeanne Kent, Mary Fran Miklitsch (Staff), Mark Nadel (Chair), Stan Newman,
Diane Renfroe, Richard Ringell, Steve Sherman, Delbert Spurlock, and Ray Squitieri.