National Press Club

P.J. O’Rourke to discuss new work at Book Rap Tuesday, Nov. 10

September 28, 2015 | By Joe Luchok |

Humorist P. J. O'Rourke plans to discuss his new book, "Thrown Under the Omnibus," at a National Press Club Book Rap at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Tickets -- $5 for Club members, $10 for the public -- can be purchased online.

Books can also be purchased along with tickets or at the event. This is a fundraiser for the nonprofit NPC Journalism Institute, so no outside books or memorabilia are permitted.

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NEA chairman to speak on 'Creativity Connects' at Sept. 28 NPC breakfast

September 24, 2015 | By Nik Apostoledes |

Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will outline her plans for the Arts Endowment’s 50th anniversary activities at a National Press Club Newsmaker breakfast on Monday, Sept. 28.

The 11th chairman of the NEA, Chu will use her talk to launch a number of new initiatives, including “Creativity Connects.”

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Mary McGrory book talk rescheduled for Oct. 15

September 24, 2015 | By Angela Greiling Keane |

There's a new date for the Book Rap for "Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism." The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, after being rescheduled due to a conflict with the pope's visit to Washington.

National Press Club member Dan Balz plans to interview author John Norris about his biography of legendary journalist Mary McGrory at a Club Book Rap.

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Dr. Ben Carson, GOP presidential contender, to speak at Oct. 9 Club luncheon

September 23, 2015 | By Pat Host |

Dr. Ben Carson, one of the leading contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, will discuss his new book at an Oct. 9 National Press Club luncheon.

Carson's new book, which he wrote with his wife, Candy Carson, is titled: "A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties."

Tickets for this event are limited to Club members and their guests only.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m.

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Latvia President Vējonis to speak at National Press Club luncheon, Oct. 1

September 23, 2015 | By Kasia Klimasinska |

Raimonds Vējonis, who became president of Latvia in July, will discuss European security issues and strategic challenges with emphasis on the geopolitical situation in Europe and in the Baltic Sea region at a National Press Club luncheon Thursday, Oct 1.

Lunch will be served at 12 p.m., with remarks beginning at 12:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 1:30 p.m.

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Amnesty International urges Obama to press Chinese counterpart on human rights

September 23, 2015 | By Peter Hickman |

A senior official of Amnesty International told a Sept. 22 National Press Club Newsmaker audience that when President Barack Obama meets with Chinese president Xi Jinping later this week that Obama should press him to improve China's human rights situation, which he said is "deteriorating."

The Amnesty International official, T Kumar, said that in China "hundreds of lawyers have been arrested and some have disappeared." He also asserted that approximately 500,000 people are arbitrarily detained without being charged or put on trial.

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NPC Book Fair author submissions deadline: Sept. 25

September 21, 2015 | By Crystal White |

The region’s premier holiday book event, the National Press Club Book Fair and Authors' Night, is accepting author applications until 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25.

Applications and materials received after this period will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified of committee decisions via email by Oct. 9. All literary genres are considered; however, self-published books and books only available in e-format will not be accepted.

The application fee of $75 for Club members and $150 for non members is due and payable upon acceptance to the Book Fair.

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Shift toward shareable online video crucial, news orgs say

September 21, 2015 | By Yasmine El-Sabawi |

The average news consumer no longer visits a homepage to browse the day’s headlines, opting instead for a social media app where the news comes to them, a panel of top multimedia editors from three of the largest news organizations in the country said at a National Press Club event Sept. 16.

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"Opportunity Gap” to be focus of Education Secretary at Sept. 30 NPC luncheon

September 18, 2015 | By Debra Silimeo |

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will address how he’ll work to close what he calls the "Opportunity Gap” in education during the remaining time of the Obama Administration, at a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday, September 30.

Duncan’s recent focus has been on early childhood learning and access to higher education, and he will have just completed his sixth annual “back to school” bus tour. Once back in D.C., he’ll be dealing with reauthorization of the legislation best known as "No Child Left Behind.”

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Chinese President Xi’s U.S. visit: Will President Obama press on human rights?

September 18, 2015 | By Herb Perone |

Amnesty International (AI) is pushing the Obama administration to use President Barack Obama’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping September 24-25 to advance the cause of human rights in China.

M.T. Kumar, international advocacy director of Amnesty International, will discuss the potential for that meeting – and what Kumar sees as the deteriorating state of human rights in China – at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. in the Zenger Room.

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