WDCSA Newsletter – March 2022

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

Events Calendar

  • Mar 13 • Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • Mar 14 • Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Stanford in the News

  • The Hoover Institution is increasing its collaborations and interaction with Stanford University, as detailed in a report to the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate also voted to approve a recommendation for the Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing grading policy from the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy (C-USP). Last year, members of the Faculty Senate expressed support for increased interaction with the Hoover Institution and asked Provost Persis Drell and Condoleezza Rice, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution, to provide an update on strategies to do so, following consultation with faculty and Hoover senior fellows.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, March 13, 5 pm
Zoom, Exact location information will be sent one week prior to the event.

The February book is Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah.

This historical novel is set in East Africa, during an undated time, possibly WWI.  The traditional ways are coming to an end. There is a retelling of the Quran’s story of Joseph– a young man from the interior is sold into bondage by his father to his uncle in payment of a debt. The novel is also a coming-of-age account and a sad love story in which different worlds and belief systems collide. Gurnah takes us into the world of caravan trading in what is now Tanzania in southeast Africa — a world of merchants from different parts of Africa, Arabia, and India under German colonial rule. 

This in-person meeting has a requirement for full COVID vaccination.  Attendees are also asked to bring a pot-luck food contribution. 

For further information, contact  Don Bieniewicz, MS ’75, at donbien@erols.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, March 14, 7:30 pm                   
Google Meet:  Registrants will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

We’re reading You’re Not Listening:  What You’re Missing and Why It Matters by Kate Murphy, selected by Joel Cavicchia.  

“In this always illuminating and often humorous deep dive, Murphy explains why we’re not listening, what it’s doing to us, and how we can reverse the trend. She makes accessible the psychology, neuroscience, and sociology of listening while also introducing us to some of the best listeners out there … Equal parts cultural observation, scientific exploration, and rousing call to action that’s full of practical advice.” (Amazon)

Our May 9th book is Head of School by Hilde Kahn, selected by Helene Myers.  The author will be joining us for the discussion!

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