National Press Club

Books & Brunch to discuss novel about World War I Saturday, March 15

March 2, 2014 | By Jack Williams | weatherjack@mac.com

The Club's Books & Brunch group will discuss ”The Sojourn” by Andrew Krivak at noon on Saturday, March 15, in the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

The book is a novel of brotherhood, survival, and coming-of-age. It tells the story of Jozef Vinich who returns with his father from a 19th century Colorado mining town to an impoverished shepherd’s life in rural Austria-Hungary only to be uprooted again by WWI.

Andrew Krivak is a faculty member in the Arts and Science Honors Program at Boston College He won the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for “The Sojourn.”

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Ukrainian protest leader to speak at Newsmaker Wednesday, March 5

March 2, 2014 | By Herb Perone | herb@peronecomm.com

One of Ukraine’s most internationally recognizable and politically active citizens will discuss the situation there at a Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday, March 5 at 3 p.m. in the club’s Conference Rooms.

The news conference featuring pop music star and former Ukrainian Parliament member Ruslana Lyzhychko – known simply as Ruslana – comes one day after she receives the U.S. Secretary of State’s international Women of Courage Award.

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Jazz Night in the Fourth Estate to celebrate Mardi Gras Tuesday, March 4

February 27, 2014 | By Susan Dilbert | sdilbert@press.org

On Tuesday, March 4 the Fourth Estate will host Jazz Night in a special Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras celebration.

The restaurant, in conjunction with Georgetown’ home for jazz, Blues Alley, hosts musicians from the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra at the beginning of each month, but Fat Tuesday calls for special recognition.

Jazz Night is usually the first Wednesday of every month, but the musicians and restaurant wanted to pass on the opportunity to hear a little jazz, eat food reminiscent of New Orleans and blow out the jams on the traditional last night of Mardi Gras.

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Club podcast on Affordable Care Act now available

February 27, 2014 | By Mike Hempen | mhempen204@comcast.net

As the end of the open enrollment period for health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)approaches, the Broadcast Committee's podcast series, Update-1, takes a look at where the law goes from here. Is there any real chance ACA will be repealed? And what changes, if any, might eventually be made to the law? National Press Club member and Sirius Radio White House Correspondent Jared Rizzi speaks to Dr. Aaron Carroll, professor of Pediatrics and director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University.

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Club award contest seeks best online journalism

February 27, 2014 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The National Press Club wants to recognize the best of cutting-edge online news coverage with the Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award.

The Press Club’s journalism contest looks for original reporting and those who have taken advantage of online technology, such as interactive databases, primary-source interviews, and accompanying charts and graphs, in order to provide a thorough and graphically attractive report. This competition recognizes the best journalism that uses online technology to provide a more compelling report than a print or broadcast story alone.

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Best-selling author Les McKeown to serve advice at communicators breakfast Wednesday, March 5

February 26, 2014 | By Tom McMahon | tom.mcmahon@motorolasolutions.com

Les McKeown, an advisor to companies and organizations on accelerated growth, will speak at the communicators breakfast on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 a.m., on how organizations can break through gridlock to achieve world-class success. Admission to the breakfast is free for members and $10 for guests. Click here to register.

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Club member Dickson to discuss latest book, 'Authorisms,' April 23

February 26, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with National Press Club member and lexicographer Paul Dickson as he discusses his latest book “Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers” Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m.

William Shakespeare’s written vocabulary consisted of 17,245 words, including hundreds that were coined or popularized by him. Some of the words never went further than their appearance in his plays, but others—like bedazzled, hurry, critical, and anchovy—are essential parts of our standard vocabulary today.

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Human rights activists to highlight global honor violence Monday, March 3

February 25, 2014 | By Herb Persone | herb@peronecomm.com

Two human rights activists will address honor violence – including forced marriage, disfigurement and female genital mutilation – at a Newsmakers news conference on Monday, March 3 at 10 a.m.

Their purpose is to draw attention to the prevalence of honor violence in advance of International Women’s Day, and to promote passage of the International Violence Against Women Act now pending in the House of Representatives,

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Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell to discuss world hot spots, Congress Tuesday, March 4

February 25, 2014 | By Herb Personne | herb@peronecomm.com

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell will address ongoing negotiations in world hot spots and the current state of politics and policy in Congress at a Newsmakers news conference on Tuesday, March 4 at 10 a.m.

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Author O'Brien enthralls children with tales of talking horses at family book event

February 24, 2014 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | dleinwand@usatoday.com

With her Irish lilt, tales of the magical, real-life town of Howth and talking horses, author Lara O’Brien enthralled children with a reading from her book, “Chesca and the Spirit of Grace,” Feb. 22 at the National Press Club.

O’Brien, who came with maps of Ireland and Howth and pictures of the town’s beautiful seaside cliffs, spoke about her childhood in Ireland, her fascination with Ireland’s national hero, a pirate queen named Grace O’Malley, and her love of horses.

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