National Press Club

Battle Hymn of Journalism: Event analyzes Civil War's impact on Fourth Estate, 6:30 pm April 11

March 18, 2011 | By Arthur Wiese |

The National Press Club will examine the impact the Civil War had in transforming journalism in the United States -- and worldwide -- when Harold Holzer, one of the world's leading authorities on the political culture of that era and on Abraham Lincoln, addresses a special Book and Author Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Holeman Lounge.

Not coincidentally, that evening is the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter, S.C. -- the first shots fired in what remains America's bloodiest war.

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Hospital CEO explores health care reform, innovation, 10 am March 31

March 18, 2011 | By Ron Baygents |

Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-sectarian hospital, will discuss how to achieve health care reform through innovation at a Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 31.

Dr. Pardes will explore the impact of the U.S. health care reform law on academic medical centers and medical advances.

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Photoshop classes scheduled for April 6, 13; $20

March 17, 2011 | By Julie Schoo |

Snap, download -- then what? Sign up now for a hands-on Photoshop workshop next month at the National Press Club.

Beginning Photoshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, and intermediate Photoshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Participants can attend either session or both.

Participants will need to bring a couple of recent digital photos on a thumbdrive; laptops will be provided or participants may bring their own as long as they have Photoshop software.

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IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman Talks Taxes, April 6

March 17, 2011 | By Suzanne Struglinski |

As Americans are completing their taxes, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman will address a National Press Club luncheon on April 6.

Shulman, now in his third year of a five-year term, will outline his agenda in a speech entitled “On the Horizon: A Vision for the Future of Our Tax System.”

The 47th IRS commissioner, Shulman is responsible for collecting $2.4 trillion in tax revenues.

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Massachusetts Gov. Patrick introduces new book, April 13

March 16, 2011 | By Bea Snyder |

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will introduce his new book, "A Reason to Believe: Lessons From an Improbable Life," at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.

In January 2007, Patrick became the first African American governor of Massachusetts, one of only two African American governors elected in American history.

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Eat, Meet, Love? Wine dinner with Washington Post's "Cooking for One" columnist, March 29, $70

March 16, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand |

Join the Washington Post Food section's Joe Yonan for a six-course meal featuring recipes from Yonan's new cookbook, "Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One," at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the Fourth Estate restaurant.

Yonan, who has two James Beard Awards, will share his methods for creating simply good food in great variety and in portions to suit the 31 million single adults feeding themselves every day.

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Find out how to get your stories found online, 6:30 pm March 16

March 16, 2011 | By Julie Schoo |

Vanessa Fox, a former Google staffer and founder of Webmaster Central, will discuss search engine optimization at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Murrow Room.


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Thriller author discusses "Devil's Light," 6:30 pm May 4

March 14, 2011

Author Richard North Patterson will discuss his latest thriller, The Devil's Light, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4.

A nuclear bomb is about to explode in a major city whose streets will turn bright with the light of a thousand suns. That's the setting for a novel in which Patterson slips into the minds of the mad and messianic and explores what it will mean for all of us if we allow an apocalyptic nightmare to become tomorrow's history-bending reality.

Reservations are required. RSVP at or call 202-662-7523.

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Journalists go for laughs at Comedia dell Media, 7 pm April 1; $12

March 9, 2011

Forget Pulitzer, Polk and Peabody. This year’s most highly-sought media award will be bestowed Commedia dell Media at the National Press Club at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1.

Twelve competitors are lined up to vie for the title of D.C.’s Funniest Journalist at the third annual charity extravaganza.

Cost is $12 until Friday, March 11, when the price will go up to $15 online and $20 at the door. Tickets are available online at

Club members receive a $2 discount on all tickets and can receive the discount code by emailing Joshua Funk at

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Rep. Conyers to discuss guns, health care, workers' rights 10 am, March 14

March 7, 2011

Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Michigan, ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, will address congressional inaction on guns and also discuss health care, Afghanistan, jobs, workers’ rights and what he views as the U.S. Supreme Court’s threat to voting rights, at a Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Monday, March 14.

-- Ron Baygents,

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