WDCSA Newsletter – April 1997


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

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
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,

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

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

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

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
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
or visit their Web site at

Make reservations by contacting:

David Sobelsohn

(202) 484-8303

Email: dsobelso@capaccess.org.

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