Join Marlene DeMaio, M.D., CAPT, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy (ret.) for a discussion of her research and development of improved protective military equipment including body armor and helmet technologies. Currently Dr. DeMaio is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Co-Director of the Arthritis Clinic at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. For more information call (301) 319-3303 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/552416298894556/
Author Jim Johnston will give a talk on his new book Murder, Inc., which tells the story of the CIA’s assassination operations under Kennedy up to his own assassination and beyond. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A and book signing for attendees who bring their own copy of the book.
This event is free and open to the public!
James H. Johnston was a lawyer for the Senate Intelligence Committee in 1975, which investigated and first reported on the Castro assassination plots and their relation to Kennedy’s murder. Johnston examines how the CIA steered the Warren Commission and later investigations away from connecting its own assassination operations to Kennedy’s murder. He also looks at the effect this strategy had on the Warren Commission’s conclusions that assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and that there was no foreign conspiracy.
St. John’s Episcopal Church presents an evening with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, human rights and peace activist:
A five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish has been crossing the lines in the sand that divide Israelis and Palestinians for most of his life — as a physician who treats patients on both sides of the line, as a humanitarian who sees the need for improved health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East.
A Harvard-trained Palestinian doctor, Dr. Abuelaish was raised in Gaza’s Jabalia refugee camp. In 2009, three of his young daughters died in an Israeli tank strike. His profound response to this tragedy made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world.
Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, Dr. Abuelaish called for the people in the region to start talking to each other. His deepest hope is that his daughters will be “the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis.” He founded Daughters for Life Foundation, which empowers girls and young women to become agents of change for the betterment of life throughout the Middle East by providing educational scholarships and awards.
After the talk, a dessert reception will be held after the Q&A segment. Signed copies of Dr. Abuelaish’s book, “I Shall Not Hate,” will be available for a contribution of $20 or more to his charity, Daughters of Life.
The Electoral College is part of Article II in the US Constitution and has been used since then to select the US President. It is receiving increased scrutiny today for various reasons. Does my vote count if sparsely populated states have greater weight than more populous states? Do swing states get too much attention at election time? Should the popular vote decide the election? Join us for a fascinating and timely conversation about the Electoral College.
Our guest speaker is Elaine Apter, Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Maryland.
Special International Holocaust Remembrance Day Program
Lessans Family Literary Series
A Conversation with Michael Dobbs
The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between
Monday, January 27, 2020
Reception 6:30 PM
Conversation 7:00 PM
A Holocaust story that is both German and American, Dobbs describes the deportation of German Jews to France in October 1940, along with their continuing quest for American visas.
Book signing post event.
“A heartbreaking and timely read…. With a reporter’s eye for narrative and a historian’s attention to detail and context, Dobbs…follows these Jewish families through harrowing cycles of deportation and desperation as they attempt to flee to safety.”–The Washington Post
Return to President Obama’s White House in this New York Times bestselling anthology for young women by young women, featuring stories from ten inspiring young staffers who joined his administration in their 20s with the hope of making a difference.
YES SHE CAN is an intimate look at Obama’s presidency through the eyes of some of the most successful, and completely relatable, young women who were there. Full of wisdom they wish they could impart to their younger selves and a message about the need for more girls in government, these recollections are about stepping out into the spotlight and up to the challenge–something every girl can do.
Book signing post event.
“There is nothing more powerful than an army of young women and their combined voices. Smart and sharply written, this is an excellent guide to the how and why of a life of public service.” —Amy Poehler, creator of Smart Girls