National Press Club

Bestselling author John Perkins to speak Sept. 27

August 30, 2012 | By Anthony Shop | anthony@socialdriver.com

John Perkins, bestselling author of "Hoodwinked" and "Confessions of an Economic Hitman," will speak at the National Press Club at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the ballroom.

Drawing on experiences described in his two blockbuster books, Perkins describes the post-WWII era as one that created history's first truly global empire -- mostly through economics, rather than the military.

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Armstrong outlined top 20th Century engineering achievements at 2000 Club luncheon

August 27, 2012

Neil Armstong, the first man to walk on the moon, outlined the top engineering achievements in the 20th Century at a National Press Club luncheon on Feb. 22, 2000, nearly 31 years after his historic lunar moment.

His speech, entitled "The Engineered Century," analyzed the National Academy of Engineering's top 20 choices. Topping the list were electronics, water purification, the airplane, the automobile and electrification.

View the video of the event here.

Armstrong died at 82 on Aug. 25.

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Taiwan's minister of culture so speak on Taiwan-China relations

August 24, 2012 | By Patti Giglio | patti@psgcom.net

Minister of Culture Lung Yingtai of Taiwan will speak on the soft power of Taiwan and mainland China relations at a Newsmaker Wednesday, August 29 at 3 p.m.

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Seven journalists to air convention warm-up live from Truman Lounge Friday

August 24, 2012 | By Norma Jean Reck | njreck@cs.com

Julie Mason, White House reporter and now host of the SiriusXM™ radio program "Press Pool," will host "Politics Straight Up" live from the Press Club's Truman Lounge Friday, Aug. 24,from 7-9 p.m. This convention warm-up show will feature casual conversations with seven journalists. The show will air live only on POTUS (Politics of the United States for the People of the United States) on SiriusXM channel 124.

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See “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins” and meet Kathleen Turner, Sept. 13

August 22, 2012 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute at Arena Stage for an evening of theater and a private conversation after the performance with Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner. Light refreshments will be served.

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Veteran reporters to broadcast from Truman Lounge Friday, Aug. 24

August 22, 2012 | By Ken Mellgren | kmellgren3@comcast.net

Join veteran reporter Julie Mason for a very casual conversation over drinks in the Truman Lounge Friday, Aug. 24,7-9 p.m. "Politics Straight Up" is a discussion by great reporters over a couple of drinks, the kind of conversation only available at the National Press Club and on POTUS - Politics of the United States for the People of the United States - on SiriusXM channel 124. For two hours, uninterrupted by commercials, Julie and a rotating list of some of the best political journalists in the business talk the 2012 election on the eve of the political conventions.

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Maraniss to toast Woodward

August 22, 2012 | By Sylvia Smith | ssmith@aarp.org

David Maraniss, The Washington Post associate editor, will toast his Post colleague, Bob Woodward, at the Fourth Estate Award dinner Friday, Sept. 21.

Maraniss, like Woodward, is a Pulitzer Prize winner. Other Post executives who will pay tribute to Woodward are publisher Katharine Weymouth and Donald Graham, CEO and chairman of the Washington Post Co.

Through Sept. 14, club members may buy two tickets for $125 apiece. Other tickets are $200 apiece.

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Club extends McCarren contract

August 22, 2012 | By John Hughes | jhughes5@bloomberg.net

The Board of Governors of the National Press Club announced an agreement with Executive Director William C. McCarren to continue directing the business side of the 104-year-old institution through 2015. McCarren was hired as General Manager of the Club in July 2007 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2009.

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Head of family research council to speak on 'biblical values' at Sept. 12 luncheon

August 22, 2012 | By Marilyn Geewax | MGeewax@npr.org

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), will speak at a Sept. 12 luncheon on the role of "biblical values" in the November elections. Perkins plans to discuss what he regards as threats to religious liberties, traditional marriage and the unborn.

The FRC defines itself as a "Christian organization promoting the traditional family unit and the Judeo-Christian value system." The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the FRC as a hate group, a label disputed by Perkins.

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Newsmaker panel to address school choice, Thursday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m.

August 22, 2012 | By Patti Giglio | patti@psgcom.net

A Newsmaker panel will address school choice Thursday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m.

Members of the panel are Kevin Welner, Director of the National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado; Gary Miron, Western Michigan University; Alex Medler, vice president, policy and advocacy, for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers; Mary Filardo, executive director, District of Columbia’s 21st Century School Fund; and Adam Schaeffer, policy analyst, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.

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