National Press Club

International Cultural Event to highlight Club's cultural diversity with music, food, dance Nov. 19

October 23, 2014 | By Allyson Cannon |

An International Cultural Evening featuring energetic dance troups, vibrant musical performances and tasty delicacies from different regions around the world will turn the National Press Club Ballroom into a multi-cultural showcase from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Registration is required. Ticket prices are $35 for the public and $25 for Club members. Early bookings are recommended as the event is expected to sell out.

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Julia Child's favorite baker, Dorie Greenspan, featured at brunch Nov. 22

October 22, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger |

A few tickets are still available for the multi-course brunch featuring award-winning cookbook author and Julia Child’s favorite baker, Dorie Greenspan, on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

The brunch will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Greenspan, whose ground-breaking bestseller “Around My French Table” won top accolades, will introduce her newest cookbook, “Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere.” The book explores the universe of French desserts, drawing on seasonal ingredients and adapted for the home cook.

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VA secretary to speak at NPC luncheon Nov. 7

October 20, 2014 | By Jerry Zremski |

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald will describe his efforts to improve services to America’s veterans at a National Press Club Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 7, four days before Veterans Day.

Nominated by President Barack Obama earlier this year, McDonald was confirmed by the Senate as the eighth Secretary of Veterans Affairs on July 29. A former chairman of Proctor and Gamble, McDonald took over management of the VA amid a series of scandals involving treatment delays at the government’s veterans hospitals.

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Scholars to explain how literature creates a sense of home Nov. 5

October 20, 2014 | By Janice Law |

National Press Club member Janice Law will host University of Michigan scholar Michelle McClellan, who studies Laura Ingalls Wilder, and American University professor Angie Chuang Wednesday, Nov. 5 at noon in the McLendon room. The scholars will explain how places in fiction and nonfiction from American prairies to Taiwan cities, create our sense of home. The presentation is sponsored by American Women Writers National Museum and cosponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council and South Dakota Center for the Book.

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U.S. Olympic committee chief to speak at Oct. 21 NPC luncheon

October 16, 2014 | By Jerry Zremski |

Scott Blackmun, chief executive officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Blackmun, who has served as the USOC's top officer since 2010, is substituting for Bob Bowlsby, the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, who had to cancel his NPC appearance because of a minor health issue that is preventing him from traveling.

The NPC luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and Blackmun’s remarks will begin just after 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session.

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Veteran broadcast journalist to offer tips for video and audio production, Nov. 5

October 15, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Veteran broadcast journalist Tom Hendrick will offer practical tips for producing quality video and audio, whether you’re using an iPhone or more sophisticated video equipment, at a National Press Club Journalism Institute event on November 5.

The professional development training session will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the NPC's Bloomberg Room. It is intended for print journalists as well as young reporters who may not have had formal training.

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Defying Vatican, dissident Catholic priest to bring reform message to NPC Newsmaker

October 15, 2014 | By Herb Perone |

The Vatican has ordered Fr. Tony Flannery to remain silent and forbidden him to minister as a priest because his views ran afoul of the Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

But the dissident priest is speaking out about the need for inclusiveness in the 21st Century Catholic Church. He will address a Newsmakers news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. in the National Press Club's Zenger Room.

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Saltzman presents Washington reporters in movies and TV, Nov. 13

October 15, 2014 | By Gilbert Klein |

Even before Jimmy Stewart invaded the National Press Club bar to try to beat up a reporter in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” Washington reporters have been portrayed countless times in the movies and on television.

Joe Saltzman, a journalism historian at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, has studied this in detail. He will report his findings to the Club in an entertaining presentation on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

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The secret life of food, revealed by Shirley O. Corriher Oct. 22

October 15, 2014 | By Joan Coyle |

The NPC Events Committee is offering an exciting opportunity to see the One, the Only, the Irrepressible Shirley O. Corriher in action at the Club on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6:00 PM!!

Corriher is a James Beard award-winning cookbook author, renowned cook/baker and television personality.

Even better, she is teaming up with NPC’s Executive Chef Susan Delbert, who is preparing five delicious appetizers and sangria for you to sample.

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American Legion Post 20 to host Marvin Kalb at Vietnam War event, Nov. 20

October 14, 2014 | By Thomas Young |

Longtime CBS and NBC journalist Marvin Kalb will discuss on Nov. 20 the ways in which the Vietnam War has impacted presidential decision-making.

The event, to take place at 6:30 p.m. in the National Press Club's Murrow Room, is part of the official commemoration of the 50th anniversary of major events in the Vietnam War.

Kalb is the author of two books on the subject, `The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed' and `Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama.'

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