Washington D.C. Stanford Association Newsletter

Last updated 4/12/97

April 1997

April 16 The Modern Drama Discussion Group
April 17 Professor Jerry Porras
April 23 French Cooking Class
April 25 Over 30's Singles Event
April 26 Christmas in April
April 27 Washington Careers Event
May 17 Faculty Speaker Event: Richard Vinograd
May, June, July Events The Modern Drama Discussion Group

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Dinner & Discussion
April 16
6:30 (dinner)
7:30 (discussion)

Love! Valour! Compassion

The Modern Drama Discussion Group begins a new series-plays about friendship--with Love! Valour! Compassion! (1994) by Terrence McNally. Winner of the Obie, the Tony, & the Drama Desk awards, Love! follows 8 gay friends over 3 holiday weekends at a remote lake house in upstate New York. We will meet at Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW (3 blocks east of Dupont Circle). Director John Going, whose production of the play opens at the Studio Theatre April 30, will join our discussion.

Make reservations by contacting:

David Sobelsohn
(202) 484-8303

Schedule of events for May, June, July

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Thursday, April 17
author of Built to Last:
Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

6:30-7:15, Reception and Snacks
7:15 Professor Porras,
with Q/A session following
Federal National Mortgage Association
Executive Meeting Room
3900 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Parking: Upper level in back of building

In Built to Last, Professor Jerry Porras of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford and co-author Jim Collins (a very popular former lecturer at the GSB) provide new insights and give practical guidance to those who would like to build landmark companies that stand the test of time.

In the book, now translated into 9 languages, Porras and Collins selected eighteen long-lasting companies with exceptional performance, and studied each one in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. "We set out to discover the timeless management principles that have consistently distinguished outstanding companies." For more information on this book, check out its listing on www.amazon.com.

Professor Porras teaches courses in leadership, interpersonal dynamics, and organizational development and change and also directs Stanford's Executive Program in Organizational Change.

Please send check for $8 payable to SBSAA* to:

Robert Cole
3003 Van Ness St. NW, #W814
Washington DC 20008

* Please include name(s), class year(s), and phone number. $10 at the door. This event is put on by the Stanford Business School Alumni Association (Washington/Baltimore chapter).

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Wednesday, April 23
Time: 7-10 pm
Cost: $35 per person
L'Academie de Cuisine
5021 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814

Come cook, sip wine, eat the food you have prepared and visit with Stanford friends at the premier L'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, Maryland.

This class will be taught by Francois Dionot, the director of L'Academie and a superb instructor. The food--watercress salad with pears and goat cheese, roasted cod with saffron potatoes, orange tart with crystallized orange zest--promises to be delicious.

Payment must be received by Saturday, April 19, to ensure a place. Please make your check payable to L'Academie de Cuisine. Please note, your payment is nonrefundable after April 21 as we must prepay to hold each reservation. If the class fills, Stacey will call you immediately to tell you she is returning your check.

Please mail your reservation* to:

Stacey FitzSimmons
4711 Langdrup Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
h 301-951-1820
w 301-951-4422

*include your name, number of people, day phone, and evening phone

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Friday, April 25
at Stanford In Washington
2661 Connecticut Avenue, NW
(at Woodley, across the street from
the Woodley Park Metro (Red Line))

Cash bar and light food. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Joint with Harvard, Yale, and Princeton..

Send checks payable to WDCSA to:

Bill Pegram
815 S. 18th, Apt. 400
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 486-0952

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Saturday, April 26
Time: 8:00 am
Place: 5328 East Capitol Street, NE
Washington DC

Christmas in April's goal is to improve the lives of low-income, elderly and disabled District homeowners by strengthening community partnerships, and bringing neighbors together across economic and ethnic boundaries to make our city a healthier and more hopeful place to live. Each year in April, thousands of professional skilled trade workers and other volunteers donate their time and expertise to rebuild homes and to create a brighter, safer and more livable environment in the Washington, DC area.

This year the WDCSA will be working together with the Xerox community service department to help repair and rehabilitate the home of an elderly woman and her grandchildren in northeast Washington, DC at this year's Christmas (and Sukkot) in April. People with painting, carpentry, plumbing and electrical experience are encouraged to participate (and anyone else who wants to learn!).

For information and to sign up, please call:

Kendall Andrews
(301) 718-6483

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Sunday, April 27
Time: 1:00-3:30 pm
Place: Rockefeller Room
Stanford in Washington
2661 Connecticut Ave., NW
Woodley Park Metro

In conjunction with Stanford in Washington, the Washington DC Stanford Association is pleased to sponsor Washington Careers. This event is intended for Stanford graduates and current Stanford students seeking a variety of perspectives on career paths in the Washington DC area. The Stanford graduates listed below will each speak about their careers and will then answer questions. This is a unique opportunity to hear from a broad range of professionals. Seating is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to Stephen Heifetz (202-686-6095)

Speakers include:

Dr. John Alger (PhD '76)
Chief Scientist, Kaman Sciences Corporation
Former Dean, School of Information Warfare & Strategy, National Defense University

Mr. Kent Allen (BA '82)
National Copy Editor, The Washington Post

Ms. Mary G. Clark (BA '67)
Partner, Williams & Connolly

Mr. Fuad El-Hibri (BA '80)
President, East West Resources Corporation

Mr. Bill Grady (BA '82)
Chief of Staff, Congressman George Brown (D-CA)

Ms. Florence Setzer (BS '66)
Senior Economist, Federal Communications Commission

Ms. Marguerite H. Sullivan (BA '68, MA '71)
Director, Washington Office, State of New Jersey Former Assistant to Vice President Quayle and Chief of Staff for Marilyn Quayle

This event is FREE but to reserve space, please RSVP to:

Stephen Heifetz (202) 686-6095

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Saturday May 17
Richard Vinograd
6:15-9:30 pm
Walters Art Gallery
Baltimore, MD
600 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 547-9000

Faculty Speaker Event: Richard Vinograd, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art
Program Schedule

6:15: Event Registration (Outside Graham Auditorium, Lower Lobby Entrance)
6:45: Faculty lecture (Graham Auditorium)
7:45: Reception (Lower Lobby)
8:30: Viewing of
The First Emperor: Treasures from Ancient China (3rd Floor Gallery)

About the Museum Exhibit:

This exhibition is the first ever in the United States to focus on the brilliant First Emperor of China (Emperor Qin Shihuangdi; 259-210 B.C.), the man who established the country of China and built the Great Wall. Highlights include 14 spectacular life-size terra cotta tomb figures from what is recognized as the archeological find of the century the discovery in 1974 in Xian, China of the magnificent buried army of the First Emperor. The First Emperor: Treasures from Ancient China will be an unforgettable experience of one of the most remarkable times and legacies the world has ever known. This evening is the last that the blockbuster exhibit will be open; afterwards, the statues return to China forever. This evening, Stanford has reserved a premium timed entrance slot for alumni and friends. Don’t miss this opportunity to see, learn, and be entertained.


Walters Art Gallery is located in Midtown Baltimore at 600 North Charles Street, one half mile north of The Inner Harbor.

(From Washington DC) I-95 North past Baltimore Beltway to 395 North, Take Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Exit, MLK North approximately 1 mile, Turn right at Druid Hill Avenue, Four blocks down on the left.

Parking: Street and pay-lot parking are available.

Event Cost: $17 per person, includes faculty lecture, reception, and viewing of the Special Exhibit, First Emperor: Treasures from Ancient China

Or, $7, includes faculty lecture and reception.

Please send check payable to WDCSA to:

Dell Wilkinson
6401 N. 27th Street
Arlington, VA 22207

Please reply by Friday, May 9, 1997. We regret no refunds thereafter. Reservations that include gallery admission are limited to the first 150 persons. Please reply early to avoid disappointment. Tickets will not be mailed; your name will be held at the door. For additional event information, please call Dell Wilkinson (‘86): (703) 237-4818.

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Ongoing Events...
Dinner & Discussion
Spring/Summer 1997 Dates
May 15
June 16
June 29
July 15
6:30 (dinner)
7:30 (discussion)

May 15: The Heidi Chronicles

The Heidi Chronicles (1989), the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Wendy Wasserstein. Heidi follows an art historian and her friends from the turbulent '60s through the go-go '80s. The previous evening, May 14 at 7 p.m., Wasserstein will lecture on Life in the Theatre at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St., SE. The Drama Discussion Group has discount tickets for Wasserstein's lecture for $7.50 each. Make your check out to Robin Larkin & mail to 5403 Nibud Ct., Rockville, MD 20852.

June 16: Lanford Wilson's 5th of July (See the play with the Group on June 29) at the Washington Shakespeare Company at a discount. When we attend a play we always stay after the performance to discuss the play a second time, this time with members of the cast.)

July 15: Jean Anouilh's Becket, (we will attend the play which opens at the Olney Theatre July 22 at a date yet to be determined). We also are hoping the directors of 5th of July & Becket will join us for our June & July meetings, but we have not confirmed that just yet.

To receive messages on-line about the drama discussion group send the message "join theatre" (without the quotation marks) to theatre-req@jskay-consulting.com or visit their Web site at http://www.jskay-consulting.com/theatre/ .

Make reservations by contacting:

David Sobelsohn
(202) 484-8303
Email: dsobelso@capaccess.org.

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