National Press Club

Forget the cherry tree; event explores Washington's role in whiskey industry, 6:30 pm Nov. 7

November 2, 2011 | By Tim Young | timyoungjd@gmail.com

Author Dennis Pogue will discuss his book, "Founding Spirits: George
Washington and the Beginnings of the American Whiskey Industry," at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the First Amendment Lounge.

The talk, sponsored by the Young Members and Book & Author committees, will be accompanied by multiple whiskey and cocktail tastings, which are provided by the National Distilled Spirits Council.

Tickets are only $5. Proceeds benefit the Club's Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library.

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Four Club members highlight Business section of Book Fair, 5:30 pm Nov. 15

November 2, 2011 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

National Press Club members Alan Bjerga, Vanessa Fox, Jim McTague and Richard Torrenzano will participate in the Business section of the 2011 Book Fair & Authors' Night from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

They will be among nearly 100 nationally known writers autographing and selling their books at the festive event.

Jim Lehrer will serve as the honorary chair of the Book Fair and will be one of the authors featured in the Politics and Current Affairs section, along with Pamela Constable, Ronald Suskind and Ann Coulter.

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Saudi prince to discuss Iran assassination plot, women's rights, Palestinian UN membership, 11:30 am Nov. 15

November 1, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Prince Turki al-Faisal al Sa'ud of Saudi Arabia, former Saudi ambassador to the United States and former head of the Saudi intelligence service, will discuss an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the current Saudi ambassador. The Newsmaker will take place at an 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Turki also will address the evolving role and rights of women in Saudi Arabia -- including King Abdullah's decision to enfranchise women starting in 2015 -- and Saudi Arabia's support for Palestinian United Nations membership and statehood recognition.

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Filmmaker examines Afghanistan over last decade, 4 pm Nov. 10

November 1, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

Anglo-American filmmaker Phil Grabsky, director of the documentary "The Boy Mir," which covers the period in Afghanistan from the fall of the Taliban in 2002 to the present, will discuss his work at a 4 p.m. Newsmaker Thursday, Nov.10. The film follows the history of the country for 10 years from when Mir was age 8.

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French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to outline platform, 6 p.m. Nov. 2

October 31, 2011 | By Keith Hill | KHill@bna.com

Marine Le Pen, a candidate for the French presidency and a member of the European Union Parliament, will outline her economic and political vision for France at a National Press Club Newsmaker at 6 p.m. Wedneday, Nov. 2, in the Lisagor Room.

Her economic plan includes a balanced-budget amendment and a restructuring or total elimination of the euro system, which she says harms France through the financial irresponsibility of other E.U. nations.

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Foreign Service Officer rails against State Dept. for 'money, lives wasted' in Iraq

October 28, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

U.S. Foreign Service Officer Peter Van Buren accused the State Department of wasting millions of dollars in Iraq on projects poorly conceived and seldom finished at an Oct. 27 National Press Club Newsmaker press conference.

"I saw a lot of money and lives being wasted," said Van Buren, whose book, "We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People," has just been published. He was sent to Iraq in 2009.

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Top journalists, authors highlight Politics and Current Affairs section at Club Book Fair, 5:30 pm Nov. 15

October 27, 2011 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

PBS anchor Jim Lehrer will serve as the honorary chair of the National Press Club’s 34th annual Book Fair & Authors’ Night on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Lehrer will be one of the authors featured in the Politics and Current Affairs category, along with Pamela Constable, Ronald Suskind and Ann Coulter. Admission to the fair is free for Club members and $5 for non-members.

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Byrd, Bookman celebrate longest Club tenures -- 73 years

October 26, 2011 | By Arthur Wiese | artwiese@gmail.com

Seen in hindsight, 1938 seems a very, very long time ago. German troops annexed Austria and invaded Czechoslovakia that year, even as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain promised "peace in our time."

Thornton Wilder's classic "Our Town" premiered on Broadway, Walt Disney's ground-breaking "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" enthralled movie audiences and Orson Welles' infamous broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" terrified radio listeners.

Oil was discovered for the first time in Saudi Arabia in 1938, the minimum wage was

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Hamrick explores 'digital transition' in Kansas visits, highlights Oct. 24 luncheon speaker, TMZ's Levin

October 20, 2011

Journalism students, practitioners and news consumers are all concerned about the digital transition in the media industry, National Press Club President Mark Hamrick found during a recent visit to his native Kansas and his alma mater, the University of Kansas.

"It became clear to me that the tremendous shifts in technology we're all experiencing are also causing more than just a little stress," Hamrick writes in his latest blog post, which can be found on the Club homepage (www.press.org) in the From the President's Desk section.

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Volunteers needed for National Press Club's 34th annual Book Fair & Authors' Night

October 14, 2011 | By Joe Luchok | joseph.luchok@verizon.net

Volunteers are needed for the 34th annual National Press Club Book Fair scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Club's ballroom.

If you would like to volunteer for this year's Book Fair, please contact Joseph Luchok, volunteer coordinator, at joseph.luchok@verizon.net.

Most volunteers work with specific authors to ensure they have their needs met. A few volunteers will be asked to work the entry doors, welcome and direct people from the elevators, and help with other specific areas.

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