Washington DC Stanford Association October 2003 Newsletter

Calendar of Events - click to take you to that part of the newsletter)

Sun Oct. 12 DC Book Club Meeting
Sun Oct. 12 “Scaramouche” Performance
Thur Oct. 16 WDCSA hosts Ivy Singles
Sun Oct. 19 Families at Corcoran Gallery
Thur Oct. 30    Baltimore Book Club Meeting
Sun Nov. 9 DC Book Club Meeting
Fri Nov. 14 Steele & Marcus Reception
Sat Nov. 15 Psychology Dept. Day
Mon Nov. 17 “Die Walkure” Opera


DC Stanford Book Club:
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Sunday, October 12 5PM – 8 PM
Location: Home of member (announced via email list)

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

Join the DC Stanford Alumni Book Club! All alums and their friends are welcome. We meet one (usually second) Sunday each month. In October we’ll nominate and select books for the next six months: new members are encouraged to participate in the selection process.

We have a potluck at someone's home or we pick a restaurant/coffee shop. If you’d like to host a discussion and potluck in your home, please email Carina. Your home must be within walking distance from a metro and be wheelchair accessible.

Upcoming Discussions: Nov. 9, 5PM, Map of Love, by Ahdaf Soueif

To join:
http://groups.yahoo.com/subscribe/wdcsabooks For more information, contact: Carina Uraiqat at carinau@stanfordalumni.org

“Scaramouche” Performance and Reception
Sunday, October 12 2:00 – 4:30 PM
Washington Shakespeare Company's Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark Street, Arlington, VA (Crystal City)
Cost: $30, for ticket and reception after

We have a special opportunity to see this show, starring Stanford ’77 alumna Laurie Sherman, and have a chance to meet cast and production members at a reception immediately following the performance. The Rafael Sabatini novel has been adapted by playwright Barbara Field. Reviews thus far are terrific, both for kids and adults! Please RSVP to Risa Shimoda at risa@amwhitewater.org. Your tickets will be at the theater waiting for you.

For Directions please visit www.WashingtonShakespeare.org Plan to arrive early, as the theater is a bit tough to find.

Ivy Singles
Thursday, October 16 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Anzu, 2436 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC, (202) 462-8844

The Washington DC Stanford Association will host the Ivy Singles Social Club October Event at Anzu, the finest Italian Restaurant in Adams-Morgan. Delicious Italian Hors d’Oeuvres and Cash Bar

Reservations: $20 by check to J. C. Hyde, 2758 Viking Drive, Oak Hill, VA 20171, by 10/13, payable to "WDCSA" (note your school on the check)” Email reservations (by 10/15 to Stanford@ivysinglesdc.com). Walk-ins are $25. Space is limited to 90 people.

The restaurant is handicap accessible. For further info & directions, please visit the website at www.ivysinglesdc.com

Family Event at the Corcoran
Sunday, October 19 1:30 PM
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St, NW, Washington, DC

Bring your family to the Corcoran! Arranged by Stanford alumnus Michael Rourke, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, the Gallery will offer family activities and a free docent tour. Highlights will include the Seward Johnson 3-D Impressionism Show, praised for grownups and children alike!

The docent tour of the Seward Johnson exhibit will begin at 1:30 pm: look for the Stanford sweatshirt in the lobby as the organizing point. After the tour, painting, sculpting and drawing for children will be available in the Gallery ($5 per child).

Admission (payable at the door) to the Corcoran is: $5 for individuals; $4 for seniors; $3 for students (with student ID), and $8 for family groups of one or two parents and children under 18. Members and children under 12 are free.

You can also attend the famous Gospel Brunch prior to the tour, starting at 10:30. $21.95 for adults ($10.95 for children under 12) includes the buffet, a single mimosa, all other beverages and entry into the gallery. Seating is first-come, first-served. Reservations are accepted and encouraged for groups of six or more (202-639-1786).

PLEASE RSVP BY OCTOBER 16TH to Quinn McKew at qmckew@npca.org.

Baltimore Stanford Book Club:
Inaugural Meeting
Thursday, October 30 7PM, 1201 William St., Baltimore

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

Please join us for the kick-off of the Stanford Alumni Baltimore Book Club (postponed from Sept.). We will alternate between fiction and non-fiction every other month and book selection will be vote. Each month, we'll decide about the food we want and when & where we'll meet.

Please be in touch with Sarah Clever, '91, 410-685-7558, for directions to the October meeting. slclever@earthlink.net

Stanford Psychology Reception
Friday, November 14, 6:30 – 8:30PM
Faculty Reception in Washington DC for Claude Steele and Hazel Markus
Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
1800 K Street, NW, Farrugut West Metro

Early-Bird Reservations: $15 for WDCSA and SBAA-DC members; $20 for non-members. Send checks to SBAA-DC, 1058 48th Place, NE, Washington, DC 20019 (payable to SBAA-DC) by 11/7, or email your RSVP to sbaadc@stanfordalumni.org by 11/12. Walk-ins: $20. Space is limited.. Beverages, hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Is affirmative action in admissions appropriate, effective? Why do some minority groups perform poorly academically as compared to other groups? What can be done to improve this? Join us as faculty from Stanford's renowned Psychology Department share some of their ground breaking work discussing these questions and more. Claude Steele and Hazel Markus – both honorees at the Smithsonian Associates’ “Great Schools” event on the 15th -– will guide us in exploring their research on “Stereotype Threat” and Black College Students.

Stanford Psychology Department Honored at the Smithsonian
Saturday, Nov. 15 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Stanford's renowned Psychology Department will be honored in the day-long Smithsonian Associates' "Great Schools" program, which honors schools and departments that shine through the importance of their research, the renown of their faculty, and the legacy of their scholarship. Professors Albert Bandura, Eleanor Maccoby, Claude Steele, Hazel Markus and Philip Zimbardo are honorees. WDCSA & Black Alumni Club members will be able to participate for $85 instead of the $135 public fee. Visit http://residentassociates.org/com/psych.asp

The Washington Opera - Die Walkure
Monday, November 17 6:30PM
DAR Constitution Hall, Orchestra Seats only – 10 at $136.50/ticket

Placido Domingo as Siegmund. We have ten Prime Tier seats (Section G) to view this popular Wagner Ring opera. Send requests and your check with a self addressed stamped envelope to WDCSA Opera c/o C. Taplett, 6620 North 32nd Street, Arlington, VA 22213-1608. Requests may be emailed to: taplett@juno.com, and will be fulfilled when the check arrives.

Hiking in the DC Area
Fall-Winter 2003 - 2004

Given this region’s beautiful scenic areas, we are considering organizing hiking trips for WDCSA. Please email interest to Vered Sharon at vered_sharon@hotmail.com, or call 301-765-0868, noting your preferences for hiking difficulty, trip duration, or suggested hiking areas.

Note new mailing address for club below


Co-Presidents:    Risa Shimoda 77, risa@amwhitewater.org Events; Garry Tyran 75, gktyran@aol.com University Contact and Outreach
Treasurer:  Jim Finucane 61, jim.finucane@eia.doe.gov
Webmaster/Membership:   Bill Pegram, BA 73, MBA 77, williampegram@stanfordalumni.org, 703-486-0952
Newsletter Editor:      MJ Hermes 83, mhermes@bbandt.com
Club Mailing Address:  815 South 18th #400, Arlington, VA 22202
Website:    www.stanfordclub.org/dc