March 2012 Newsletter

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PAC-12 Happy Hour and Tournament and Stanford Basketball Game Watch
Wednesday, March 7 5:30-8:30 pm, Stanford game 9:10PM
RFD 810 7th St. NW Washington, DC

Join us for the PAC-12 Tournament Happy Hour, the latest all PAC-12 alumni networking event in DC!

We've arranged the following specials (and we're working on more!): $5 BEERS - Bear Republic, Sierra, Rogue and Widmere

We have a private room reserved for the evening so grab your PAC-12 friends and join us as we tip off the tournament and watch Stanford play Arizona State at 9:10PM Eastern time.

Gary SeguraThe Latino Electorate and the 2012 Election
Thursday, March 8 Reception at 6:30 pm, Discussion at 7:30 pm
The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center
2661 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC

Stanford in Washington presents The Latino Electorate and the 2012 Election: A Discussion with Professor Gary Segura. Segura is a Political Science professor at Stanford, chair of the Chicana/o Studies Program, principal investigator with American National Election Studies 2012, and visiting faculty at Stanford in Washington

If you wish to attend, please contact Carmi Schickler at or (202) 332-6235.

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, March 11 5-8 pm
Potomac, Md.

The book club will meet at at the home of Jody Thayer to discuss the novel Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. The April book is Most Human Human by Brian Christian. For information on the book club, email Alison Westfall at

Boomers to Busters: 2nd Anniversary Party
Friday, March 23 6-8 pm
The Mansion 2020 O St. NW, Washington, DC

Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar

Do You Remember When It Was "Neat" to be "Cool?" If so, come to the Boomers to Busters 2nd Anniversary Party. Boomers to Busters is targeted for undergraduate and graduate alumni from the mid-1970s to mid-1990s, and their spouses, partners, and guests.

Join us where the group started! Talk about how not much has changed in your life during the past two years with people who remember when lots happened in less time. Enjoy one of Washington's hidden gems with over 100 rooms. Disappear behind a few hidden doors and admire amazing antiques.

Online registration is $30 at (, Connect & Learn, Events, By Region, DC) or Boomers_to_Busters_March_2012 until Tuesday, March 20th. Email reservations and walk-ins are $40. Schools advertising Boomers to Busters events include Amherst, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Carnegie-Mellon, Chicago, Haverford, MIT, Mount Holyoke, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Pomona, Smith, Stanford, Swarthmore, Tulane, Vassar, Wellesley, and Williams. Others are welcome.


Patricia Marby Harrison, BA '91, was never quite the same after she participated in the Stanford Programme in Oxford her junior year. Having caught the travel bug during her two quarters of study abroad, Patricia's career and personal life have reflected her passion for cross-cultural experience and global engagement. She headed to London directly after graduation to work in a bookstore before grad school, then eventually lived in Germany and Australia before returning to the US. After a detour through academia, earning a PhD in English from UC Santa Barbara and teaching at UCSB and Clemson University, Patricia transitioned to the nonprofit sector after volunteering to teach English to recent immigrants in South Carolina.

Currently, Patricia is a manager of international professional exchange programs at World Learning, an international development nonprofit in DC. She designs projects for the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, which brings emerging leaders from around the world to the US for professional development. A member of the Stanford Associates and a Class Correspondent for Stanford Magazine's Class Notes, Patricia also serves as the Treasurer for WDCSA. She is married to Graham Harrison, BS '91, who works for the National Science Foundation; they have an eleven year-old son and live in Arlington.

Marsh McCallHow to Lead the Good Life: Lessons from the Ancient Greeks
Tuesday, April 10 6:30-8:30pm
Embassy of Greece
2217 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008

If one talk could change the way you approach your life, this might be it!

Dr. McCall, one of the storied professors and speakers on campus, will share and encourage discussion about the core ethical beliefs of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Epicureans, and the Stoics. Together, we will consider how these philosophers and philosophical schools confront the fundamental human issues of justice, absolute versus relative morality, fear of death, fate versus free will, and the relationship between humans and the divine. Handouts will be provided.

Dr. McCall is the founding dean of the Continuing Studies Program. He received his doctorate in Classics at Harvard in 1965 and taught at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Berkeley before arriving at Stanford in 1976. His research lies in the areas of Greek tragedy, ancient rhetoric, and textual criticism.

He has received Stanford's greatest honors ... the Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding service to undergraduate education in 1991, and Stanford's Phi Beta Kappa Teacher of the Year award in 2000. In 2006, he received the Richard W. Lyman Award for exceptional volunteer service to the university from the Stanford Alumni Association.

Light refreshments will be provided, including wine generously provided by the Greek Embassy's Office of Cultural Affairs. The cost of this event is $20 for WDCSA members and $25 for non-members. Please register by Tuesday, April 3, 2012 here: goto/event8919reg.

Questions: Email Chris Shinkman at or Risa Shimoda at

Directions: The Embassy of Greece is located three blocks northwest of the Dupont Metro Station (Red Line). This event is a part of the WDCSA Faculty Speaker Series, and it is presented jointly with the Stanford Alumni Association.

The Greek Embassy in Washington hosts a variety of cultural, intellectual, and social events, many of which are free of charge. If you would like to receive email announcements of these events, please write to Zoe Kosmidou, PhD, Minister Counselor, Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Greece, and USA Office Director, Hellenic Foundation for Culture, at

Stanford fans at Wizards Knicks Game Stanford fans Stanford fans at Wizards game

WDCSA members received an exclusive and rare invitation to watch Washington Wizards and New York Knicks players up close during pre-game warm-ups at the Verizon Center on February 8th. About 50 Cardinal fans were in for a special treat as they watched Stanford class of 2010 alum Landry Fields, Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks defeat the Wizards 107-93. More photos

Stanford Day at the Races
Sunday, April 29 1pm
Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Races
Glenwood Park Middleburg, VA

Get out your hat and binoculars for a day at the Middleburg Races!

Rain or shine

The admission price of $25.00 per person will cover tasty tailgate picnic and libations in a patron space overlooking the finish line. Children under 12 are free.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by April 21 with a check payable to WDCSA and send to Margaret "Maggie" New, P.O. Box 933, Middleburg, VA 20118-0933. Tickets and directions will be mailed to you.

For further information, call Margaret "Maggie" New 703-298-2525 or email

National Museum of the American IndianStanford at the National Museum of the American Indian
Sunday, April 29 6:30-9:30pm
300 Maryland Avenue SW Washington, D.C.

An Evening of Native American History

Join us for cocktails, Native American-inspired hors d'oeuvres, and a talk with Stanford archaeologist Laura Jones at an exclusive reception alongside one of the world's most extensive collections of Native American arts and artifacts.

Ranging from ancient Paleoindian arrowheads to contemporary fine arts, the National Museum of the American Indian collections include works of aesthetic, religious, and historical significance representing virtually all tribes in the United States, most of those of Canada, and a significant number of cultures from Middle and South America and the Caribbean.

Price: $30 per person, $25 young alumni (undergrads '02-'12; grads '07-'11) includes exhibit access, talk and reception. Price will increase $5/person on April 9 and no onsite registration is permitted due to museum policy. Space is limited. Register early! To learn more and register, visit Space is limited; do not delay! Questions: Contact Jessica Fitting at

Stanford at the Opera
Thursday, May 10 7:30 pm
Kennedy Center


Verdi's powerful blockbuster about the defeat, enslavement, and exile of the ancient Babylonian Jews by King Nabucco features a grand and gorgeous score. Thaddeus Strassberger's new production will transport you to the lost wonders of the world to witness a royal family at odds with their nation and each other. Buy tickets now! Deadline for ordering is April 5th. Prime Orchestra $146.50; 2nd Tier $ 79. For tickets - send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington DC 20010. Contact Betty @ or 202.483.4048. All performances are by the Washington National Opera (WNO) and are at the Kennedy Center.

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Treasurer: Patricia Marby Harrison, '91,
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Membership Initiatives: Risa Shimoda, '77,
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Newsletter Editor: Sarena McRae, '06,
Young Alumni: Nina Rodriguez, MS '05,; Jackie Crespo, '05,
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Community Service: Sumana Chatterjee, MA '04, Elena Rivera, '11,
Capitol Alumni Network: Chris Shinkman, P ‘98,, Greg Billings '88
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Admissions Office Liaisons: Andrea Hirsch, '78 Carolina Gutierrez, '05, MA '06

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Revised: March 6, 2012