WDCSA Newsletter – March 2020

This month’s newsletter is available for download in PDF format.

Events Calendar

  • March 8 – Washington, DC Book Club Discussion
  • March 9 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion
  • March 20 – Boomers to Busters Tenth Anniversary Celebration
  • April 27 – Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh: Climate Change

Upcoming Events

Boomers to Busters Tenth Anniversary Celebration

Friday, March 20, 6-8 pm
The Mansion
2020 O Street NW, Washington, DC

Ten years ago BtoB started with a “wing and a prayer.”  We had our kick-off at the Mansion in March 2010 and kept our fingers crossed.  Ten years later we are a thriving group and have held numerous successful events. We are going back to where it all started!  Come celebrate the year 2020 at the Mansion at 2020 O Street, which National Geographic called “one of DC’s hidden gems.”  Passed hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

Early Bird registration is $40 (limited number); Regular Registration is $50 until March 15th; after that Late Registration is $60 until March 18th.  Walk-ins (if available) are $75. To register click here.
The Mansion at 2020 O Street is two blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro, south exit.  Street parking is tight but there are commercial lots nearby. For more information about the Mansion: https://www.omansion.com

For more information about BtoB:  https://dc.uchicagoalumni.org/boomerstobusters

If you have questions, contact boomerstobusters@gmail.com.

Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh: Climate Change

Monday, April 27, 6:30-8 pm
Hoover Institution
1399 New York Ave NW #500, Washington, DC

Join WDCSA for an evening with Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh.  

Professor Diffenbaugh is the the Kara J Foundation Professor of Earth System Science and the Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute. He studies the climate system, including the processes by which climate change could impact agriculture, water resources, and human health. Dr. Diffenbaugh has been an Editor of the peer-review journal Geophysical Research Letters since 2009, including a four-year term as Editor-in-Chief from 2014-2018. He has served as a Lead Author for Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and has provided testimony and scientific expertise to Federal, State and local officials. Dr. Diffenbaugh is a recipient of the James R. Holton Award from the American Geophysical Union, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, and a Terman Fellowship from Stanford University. He has also been recognized as a Kavli Fellow by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and as a Google Science Communication Fellow.

A reservation link with ticket pricing will be emailed to all WDCSA members and available at www.wdcsa.org approximately March 15. The evening reception will include appetizers and drinks, followed by the featured presentation, and Q&A session.  

Please contact Risa Shimoda at risa@theshimodagroup.com or Patricia Arty at patriciaarty@alumni.stanford.edu for more information.

Get Involved

Stanford Alumni Softball 

Softball 2020! Come play for the DMV’s Stanford alumni softball team in the CAN alumni league. We compete against other alumni groups in the area.  All levels welcome. 

Games are often on weeknights with a few weekend double headers thrown in. We have gloves and bats, you just need to bring yourself and a Cardinal shirt! Sign up at  https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=32303

Email ingridj@alumni.stanford.edu with any questions.

Stanford In the News

  • Harry J. Elam, Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford University, has been selected as the 16th president of Occidental College, the college’s board of trustees announced today. As Stanford’s vice provost for the past decade, Elam has been responsible for nearly all policies and programs relating to the university’s 7,200 undergraduate students.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, March 8, 5-7:45 pm
Annandale, Va

The book group will discuss They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei, Justin Eisinger (editor), Steven Scott (writer), and Harmony Becker (artist). 

In 1942, after war was declared against Japan, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered that every person of Japanese descent on the West Coast be rounded up and shipped miles from their home to one of ten relocation centers, where they would be held for years under armed guard. Takei was only 5 years old and a United States citizen—as was everyone in his family except his father, who had been living in the U.S. for decades—when the government forced his family to leave their home and possessions and move to a concentration camp along with hundreds of others. 

Takei pivots between showing through his child’s eyes the years in internment and expressing his later understanding of how deeply his parents suffered during and after their imprisonment. Takei recounts the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s tough choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences informed his adult future. The straight­forward illustrations make this graphic memoir a comfortable read, even as the memories depicted range from unsettling to infuriating. 

It would be easy to consider Takei’s story simply a colorful glimpse of the misbegotten past. Like John Lewis’ March trilogy, this book persuades the reader to consider how much we’ve really changed since Franklin D. Roosevelt and Earl Warren decided to imprison families based on unsupported fears.

For more information, contact Suzanne Harris at szharris56@gmail.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, March 9, 7:30 pm
The Hull Street Blues Cafe, 1122 Hull St, Baltimore, MD

Our March selection is Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving by Mo Rocca, an Emmy winning writer.  This book, the current Amazon #1 best seller in References and Collections of Biographies, complements the author’s Podcast with the same name, now in its third season.  These are the insightful obituaries of people, things, events, places, etc. that did not get the spotlight they deserved.

The May selection is Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal.

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