WDCSA Newsletter – August 2017

August 2017

Cardinal Young Alumni Happy Hour
Thursday, August 10 6:15-8:30 pm
Penn Social
801 E St NW,
Washington, DC

WDCSA is looking for young alumni (’07 – ’17) to join a Cardinal Young Alumni committee. The committee will help plan events for young alumni in the Washington, DC area throughout the year. Come out to the happy hour to learn how you can get involved. If you are not interested in joining the committee, you can still come out to meet and gather with other alumni in the Washington, DC area.

For more information, contact Patricia Arty ’10, patriciaarty@alumni.stanford.edu

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, August 13 5-7:45 pm
Silver Spring, Md

The book group will discuss The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. All are welcome to join the discussion and participate in the potluck dinner.

Set in the near future, the novel describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a mono-theocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force.

Reasons why we should read it: There has been some buzz about the recent Hulu TV series that tells this story.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Presley, MA ’78, Ph.D. ’81 at Jenniferbpresley@gmail.com.

9th Annual WDCSA Potomac River Cruise
Thursday, August 17 7:15-9:30 pm
Washington Harbour, Georgetown
Washington, DC (31st and K streets NW)

Join WDCSA for a sunset cruise past the monuments!

We’ve rented a beautiful boat for the exclusive use of DC Stanford alumni. Mix and mingle with your fellow alums, enjoying happy hour food and a premium open bar.
-Regular registration for WDCSA members and guests: $59
-Regular registration for Non-Members and guests: $79
Reserve your ticket today:http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event24385

Washington Harbour is located across from the Riverside Grille on the dock.

Please arrive no later than 7:15, as the boat will sail shortly thereafter with or without ticket holders. WDCSA subsidizes this special event as a "thank you" to our members.

To join the WDCSA, please visit: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/groups/overview/?group_id=0038990539.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Kass ’01 at mkass01@gmail.com.

Ivy / Seven Sisters Indoor Tennis Party
Saturday, August 26 6:50-11:50 pm
Four Seasons Tennis Club
3010 Williams Dr.,
Merrifield, Va

The Harvard Club of Washington, DC invites Stanford alumni to join the Ivy schools plus the Seven Sisters for one of its most popular events. The Tennis Party is an enjoyable way to socialize, meet potential partners, and network with alumni members and their guests.

Admission for players with advance registration is $25. Door admission for players is $30 and is payable by cash or check, no credit card. Admission is $10 for non-players. Register at www.harvard-dc.org by August 25 to receive the advance registration rates. Refund requests must be received by 3pm on August 25.

For any questions, please contact Kuni Matsuda (Harvard), 240 294 5736 (w), 703-622-7999 (m),Stardust@smart.net.

Stanford Football Viewing Parties
Fall 2017
Ventnor Sports Cafe,
2411 18th St. NW,
Washington, DC

Come join WDCSA and fellow alumni to cheer on the Cardinal this season at our official bar, Ventnor Sports Cafe in Adams Morgan. Ventnor is accessible by public transit on the Red Line (DuPont Circle and Woodley Park) or the Green/Yellow Line (Columbia Heights and U Street). The first football game is August 26th at 10 PM ET versus Rice. Since the game is being held in Australia, get ready for an Aussiethemed Football Watch at Ventnor Sports Cafe!

August and September Schedule:
Sat, Aug 26 : Vs Rice – 10:00 PM ET
Sat, Sept 9 : Vs. USC- 8:30 PM ET
Sat, Sept 16 : Vs. San Diego State -10:30 PM ET
Sat, Sept 23 : Vs UCLA – TBD
Sat, Sept 30 : Vs Arizona State- TBD
For more information, contact Patricia Arty ’10,

Ivy/Seven Sisters Chess Social
Wednesday, August 30 6:45-9 pm
Marrakesh Restaurant,
2147 P Street, NW
Washington, DC

Join IVY/Seven Sisters alumni for a chess social for players of all levels and ages.
Advance registration for player / observer: $10 per person by check or credit card
Door admission for player and observer: $15 per person by check or cash only.
Cash bar/restaurant menu available.

All payments must be received by August 29th to qualify for the advance registration price. Requests for refunds must be received by 3 pm on August 29th.

There will be chess sets available at the event, but guests are encouraged to bring their own sets; please email the organizers if you plan to do so. There will also be a learning session from 7-7:30 pm.

Registration and Payment methods:
Mail Registration with a Check: Harvard Club of Washington D.C.
3220 N Street, NW #295, Washington DC 20007
Credit Card Registration and Payment: http://www.harvard-dc.org (please indicate playing level on RSVP fields).

For more information, contact Kuni Matsuda at Stardust@smart.net or 240 294 5736 (w)
Bob Kolodney, BobkoLive@gmail.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, September 18 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille,
1113 S. Charles St.,
Baltimore, Md

The September selection is A Gentleman In Moscow by
Amor Towles. This New York Times bestseller is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by over 3,000 Amazon readers. This is a story about an aristocrat who was sentenced by a Bolshevik tribunal to house arrest in a luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin. The November selection is Letters Home from Stanford by
Alison Carpenter Davis, and Alison will be present at our November meeting!

Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, at cedarhouse@comcast.net.

Stanford at the Opera
Saturday, September 23 7-10 pm
Nationals Park,
1500 South Capitol Street SE,
Washington, DC

Join local Stanford alums as we enjoy a FREE live broadcast of Verdi’s masterpiece ‘Aida’ at Nationals Park! Gates open at 5pm, so arrive early for preshow entertainment and activities including a Costume Studio dress-up section for young and old. This is an opera for everyone. Bring a picnic and the whole family. There will be a special reserved Stanford section. Ask a group representative as you enter the park for the Stanford location.

Stay tuned for more information on an upcoming May 2018 performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘CANDIDE’ including a private back stage tour.

For more information, contact Betty Byrne at bettybyrne@verizon.net.

Stanford at the African American History Museum
Saturday, November 4 7-10 pm
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC

Save the date! Join the Stanford community for a special night at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

The museum will be open exclusively for the Stanford community, so you will not want to miss out!

Registration opens Tuesday, September 19. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email inviting you to register. The event will be limited to the first 1,000 people and, as we expect high demand, registrants will be allowed to purchase a maximum of two tickets.

Tickets are $85 per person, $60 for young alumni (’08-’17 undergrad, ’13-’17 grad) and include dinner, unlimited bar (beer and wine), faculty talk, and full access to the galleries.

Contact Claudia Knight knight50@stanford.edu.

Stanford In the News

  • Items from the Pacific region gathered by Jane Stanford and faculty members are on display as part of a new exhibition at the Stanford Archaeology Center curated and installed by students under the instruction of Christina Hodge, academic curator and collections manager for archaeology collections.

Get Involved

WDCSA Social Media Chair Opening
WDCSA is searching for a creative and dedicated alum to help enhance and manage its social networking and media activities. If you’re interested in learning more about this role, please contact Kevin Coyne at kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org.

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