WDCSA Newsletter – May 2000

May 18 Third Thursday at the Big Hunt
May 19 Prof. McCall at Carnegie Endowment
May 23 Breakfast Briefing w/Ernest Moniz
June 4 Swamp Romp at Wolf Trap
June 6 French Embassy Panel and Reception
June 8 Canoe Lessons and Picnic
June 29 Ragtime at Wolf Trap
July 15 The Flying Karamazov Brothers/National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap
July 22 Shenandoah Park Hike

Third Thursdays
May 18
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This month’s Third Thursday event will be held at the Big Hunt, at 1345 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Take the Red Line Metro to Dupont Circle. Exit at 19th and N, and walk south on Connecticut for half a block. The bar will be on your left. From 4 to 7:30 P.M., all drinks are $1 off. We will either be on the rooftop patio or in one of the upstairs rooms. For more information, or to offer suggestions on locations, contact Callista Chen at (202) 319-1841 or

Faculty Speaker Event and Dessert Reception
Going to the Theater in Ancient Athens: Opening Day at Medea with Classics Professor Marsh McCall
Friday, May 19
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Lecture

The event and reception will be held in the Root Room on the second floor of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Space is limited; please respond early to guarantee a reservation.

Professor McCall received his Ph.D. in Classics (Greek and Latin literature) from Harvard in 1965. His research is concentrated in Greek tragedy, ancient rhetoric and literary criticism, and the transmission of texts. Dr. McCall has taught at Stanford for 23 years and served as the founding dean of Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program from its inception in 1988 to 1999, and also as Dean of Summer Session. A renowned teacher, Dr. McCall received the Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Education in 1991. At Stanford, Professor McCall has rekindled interest in the world of ancient Greece and the universal themes in Greek drama in his wildly popular courses for undergraduates and alumni.

Directions: Parking in the Dupont Circle area is limited. We encourage you to arrive by Metro. Exit at the south end of the Dupont Circle stop on the Red Line and walk counterclockwise 1/4 of the way around Dupont Circle to Massachusetts Ave. The Carnegie building is 1.5 blocks down Massachusetts Ave. on the left side of the street.

Parking: For those driving, a 24-hour parking garage is located at the corner of Dupont Circle and New Hampshire Avenue. (The address is 11 Dupont Circle, but the entrance is off of New Hampshire Avenue.) A flat fee of $6 is charged for entry to the parking garage after 5:00 p.m. Please contact Charles Hokanson if you need more detailed driving directions at (202) 223-1807 or charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org.

Cost: $15/person for WDCSA members and their guests; $20/person for nonmembers.

RSVP: Please send your check, payable to WDCSA, to Lisa Dawe at 1910 Belmont Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 by May 15.

Breakfast Briefing
Tuesday, May 23
7:45 – 9:00 a.m.

The Washington D.C. Stanford Association invites you to a “breakfast briefing” with:

ERNEST MONIZ (Stanford Ph.D ’71)
Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy


Russia-Among Other Nations-and Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Dr. Ernest Moniz, confirmed by the U.S. Senate in late 1997 as Under Secretary of Energy, advises the Secretary and oversees DOE’s research and development portfolio, including energy and environmental technologies, fundamental science and national security. He oversees the national laboratory system and national 
security programs, including stockpile stewardship and nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.

Dr. Moniz, who earned a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford in 1971, was professor of physics and head of the department of physics at MIT before joining DOE. He joined the MIT faculty in 1973. His previous federal service was as Associate Director for Science of the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in President Clinton’s first term.

Dr. Moniz’s principal research interests are in theoretical physics. He has served numerous universities, national laboratories, professional societies and government agencies in advisory roles in a variety of major public-policy matters.

The Department of Energy among its many roles has major responsibilities domestically and internationally for federal nuclear materials, particularly related to national defense purposes and needs. Since DOE was not in existence during and well after World War II, it has inherited much of its role from earlier organizations with a range of missions, including some that have diminished or been overtaken by major global changes such as the end of the Cold War. Concomitantly, the Department has been tasked and challenged with the consequences of these earlier missions and programs. Advancing nuclear nonproliferation among the nations of the world is one such responsibility for DOE and its Under Secretary Dr. Moniz.

Please join us in this timely, informative-and off-the-record-briefing dealing with one of the major international problems of our times.

Place: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th Street, N.W.
Metro: Metro Center (13th and G Streets, N.W.)
Date: Tuesday, May 23
Time: 7:45 to 9:00 a.m.
Menu: Continental breakfast
Cost: $13.00 per person

Make checks payable to Washington DC Stanford Association and send them by May 22 to: Terry Adlhock c/o Florida Power Corporation, Suite 250, 801 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington DC 20004, tel. (202) 783-5560, e-mail:

An Evening at the French Embassy
Tuesday, June 6
6 – 6:30 p.m. Registration
6:30 — 7:30 p.m. Panel
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Champagne Reception

On Tuesday, June 6, Stanford in Washington and the WDCSA will host an evening speakers panel event and reception, Election 2000: Prospects for the “New” Economy at the French Embassy. Panelists will include United States Representative Robert Matsui, (D-California); United States Representative Jim Kolbe, (R-Arizona); Stanford Professor of Economics Joseph Stiglitz, former Chief Economist at the Word Bank, and former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors; and Stanford Professor of Economics John Taylor.

Following the panel, Stanford History Professor David Kennedy will propose a toast in honor of the 56th anniversary of D-Day. Professor Kennedy was recently awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book,
Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945. A champagne reception will begin after Professor Kennedy’s toast.

Look for your invitation in the mail. The invitation will provide an RSVP card. Please RSVP as soon as possible; space is very limited. The cost is $25/person, and $15/person for graduates from 1995-1999. For more information, contact Suzanne Miller at Stanford in Washington, at (202) 332-6235 or
smiller@siw.edu. RSVPs will not be taken over the phone.

Canoe Lessons and Picnic
Thursday, June 8
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

A canoe class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Swains Lock on the C & O Canal in Potomac, Maryland. The class covers canoeing at all levels-on a particularly beautiful stretch of the C & O Canal. A “communal picnic” (bring stuff to share) will follow. Directions: Take Exit 39W from the Beltway to River Road, heading west toward Potomac. Go 5.5 miles on River Road and turn left on Swains Lock Road. Drive to the end and park (sometimes quite difficult). Class starts at 6:30 sharp – allow time to drive in rush hour traffic. Cost is $2/person (for canoe, paddle, lifejacket, and lessons). For more details, contact Jim Finucane at (301) 365-3485 anytime before 9 p.m. daily.

Trail Work on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Northern Shenandoah 
National Park (SNP)
Saturday, July 22

We will spend a couple of hours working on a short section of the Appalachian Trail, including carrying out modest repairs (clipping of vegetation). After a picnic lunch, we’ll go on an afternoon hike down the Rose River Canyon in the Central SNP. The Rose River Canyon is spectacular and offers great swimming opportunities. Bring a lunch, liquids to drink and a swimming suit (optional). Meet at the Oakton Shopping Center at 8:00 a.m. to form carpools. Please contact Jim Finucane at (301) 365-3485 anytime before 9 p.m. daily to RSVP.

WDCSA Goes to Wolf Trap!

The Washington DC Stanford Association has purchased 30 tickets to each of the following performances at Wolf Trap:

(1) Swamp Romp (Sunday, June 4, 2PM. $15)
(2) Ragtime (Thursday, June 29th, 8PM, Front Orchestra, $40), and
(3) The Flying Karamazov Brothers/National Symphony Orchestra 
(Saturday, July 15th, 8:15p.m., Front Orchestra, $30).

The prices are the same as the corresponding tickets at Wolf Trap, except that we do not include a service charge and are passing along the group discount we received for the evening performances. We will organize a bring-your-own picnic prior to the evening performances, with details sent with your tickets. Please make check payable to WDCSA, and send to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th, #400, Arlington, VA 22202. If you are ordering seats for more than one performance,
please write a separate check for each performance.

Baseball, Anyone?

The WDCSA has a standing invite from the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Oriole AA farm club) to attend one of their home games at Prince George’s Stadium, conveniently located at routes 50 and 301 in Bowie. There is always something special (fireworks, Harley Davidson Day, etc.) and we get group rates of $2 off the normally cheap ticket price. If there is enough interest, we’ll set up a date. Give Bob Krahe a call-(301) 236-0570, e-mail:
robert.krahe@lmco.com-if you’d like an evening at the ball park.