National Press Club

UNESCO chief to assert that funding cuts hurt U.S. global influence, 9 am Dec. 16

December 15, 2011 | By Tejinder Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova will assert at a National Press Club Newsmaker at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, that the United States is undermining its influence in the world by reducing its contributions to the organization.

Three days after raising of the flag of Palestine in a ceremony at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Bokova will discuss the U.S. decision to cut funding to the organization following the vote of UNESCO’s General Conference to admit Palestine as a member state on Oct. 31.

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Cyprus foreign minister to discuss country's division, preview EU presidency , 2 pm Dec. 21

December 14, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, foreign minister of Cyprus, will discuss prospects for a solution to the country's division and how it would affect security, stability and cooperation in the southeast Mediterranean at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21.

She also will explore recent and upcoming meetings between leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot parties in the context of UN negotiations and developments in the regional energy sector and preview the Cyprus EU presidency set to begin in the second half of 2012.

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Investigative journalists to analyze looted antiquities, museum transparency, 6 pm Jan. 24

December 2, 2011 | By Keri Douglas | keridouglas@mac.com

Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, investigative journalists and authors of "Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum" will join Gary Vikan, director of the Walters Art Museum and Arthur Houghton, a former curator at the Getty Museum, to discuss looted antiquities and transparency in American museums at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in the National Press Club ballroom.

The event will be moderated by James Grimaldi, investigative reporter for the Washington Post.

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Club joins call for Supreme Court to broadcast health care argument

November 23, 2011 | By John Hughes | jhughes5@bloomberg.net

The National Press Club joined with numerous other media groups in asking U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. to allow audio and video recordings of oral arguments in three health care law cases.

``The American public's access to affordable health care is among the most significant issues to inform public debate in this country and to come before its highest Court in many years,'' states the letter to Roberts.

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Classic prime rib done as you like it at the Fourth Estate Restaurant, Nov. 18

November 15, 2011 | By Susan Delbert | SDelbert@press.org

Enjoy a class prime rib with the traditional accompaniments at the Fourth Estate Restaurant on Friday, Nov. 18.

The restaurant, on the National Press Club's 13th floor, will offer classic prime rib slow roasted on the bone and served to your specifications _ rare, medium or well done. Prime rib will be served with a Yorkshire pudding, a traditional English popover, horseradish sauce and spinach soufflé.

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Freelancing made simple at NPC workshop

November 14, 2011 | By Peggy Orchowski | porchowski@hotmail.com

Learn the key to freelancing – including how to make money – at a two-panel workshop Friday, Nov. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the National Press Club.

PANEL I:

Two successful freelance journalists Katherine Reynolds Lewis and Hazel Beker will share their experiences and wisdom about making money as a freelancer: thinking like a business owner, tracking income and expenses, budgeting, setting rates, contracting, and managing your clients.

PANEL 2:

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Book Fair Nov. 15: It was Col. Mustard in the drawing room with a candlestick

November 14, 2011 | By Julie Schoo | JSchoo@press.org

Mystery and Sports buffs will have plenty of choices at the 2011 Book Fair & Authors’ Night on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Former Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., will be there with “Keys to the Kingdom” along with April Smith and her newly released “White Shotgun: An FBI Special Agent Ana Grey Novel,” the fourth in her best-selling series.

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Something for every literary bent at NPC Book Fair, Nov. 15

November 13, 2011 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

You’ll find something for everyone on your literary holiday list at the 34th annual Book Fair & Authors’ Night on Tuesday, Nov. 15, especially in the Literature and Memoir & Bio sections.

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Russian businessmen and former government officials at Newsmaker, Nov. 18, to discuss U.S. relations

November 9, 2011 | By Peter J. Hickman | PJHIckman@hotmail.com

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet-American alliance in World War II, a panel of high-level Russian businessmen and former goverment officials will tell a 3 p.m. Newsmaker November 18 of their Washington meetings with American counterparts to discuss cooperation in political, business, economic, defense and other areas.

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Experience boutique Cognac, Monday, Dec. 12, Fourth Estate Restaurant

November 9, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | Dleinwand@usatoday.com

The president of the French Cognac house A. de Fussigny will share the secrets the impeccably aged eau de vie at a wine dinner 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Fourth Estate restaurant.

The multi-course dinner costs $85 for members and their guests and $100 for non-members. Each diner will receive a full-size bottle of Fussigny Selection VSOP (a $35 value).

A. de Fussigny's expert will guide diners through an elaborate tasting to discern the different notes in this unique beverage. Chef Susan Delbert will design courses to match. The menu will be available soon.

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