WDCSA Newsletter – December 2023

Events Calendar

  • Dec 2 – Young Alumni Rubell Museum Visit
  • Dec 2 – Alumni Night at Studio Theatre: “Fat Ham”
  • Dec 3 – Smithsonian American Art Museum Third Floor Galleries Tour
  • Dec 6 – Boomers to Busters Vintage Game Night
  • Dec 7 – Stanford in Washington Hosts Professor Jennifer Burns
  • Dec 14 – WDCSA Holiday Party
  • Jan 14 – Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • Jan 15 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Upcoming Events

Young Alumni Rubell Museum Visit

Saturday, December 2nd 1 – 3:30 PM
Rubell Museum
65 I St SW, Washington, DC

WDCSA Young Alumni will visit the newly-updated Rubell Museum exhibition. The museum opened last year in a building that started as Cardozo Elementary School in 1906 and became Randall Junior High School in 1927. Come by anytime 1-3:30pm to check out the exhibition and meet fellow Stanford alumni. After touring the museum, stick around for coffee and conversation at Grace Street Coffee Roasters, which is located in the building.

Admission is free for DC Residents (with ID) and Bank of America Museums on Us customers. Otherwise, tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, and $10 for Students.

Register here.

Alumni Night at Studio Theatre: “Fat Ham”

Saturday, December 2nd 7 – 10 PM
Studio Theatre
1501 14th St NW, Washington, DC

Join Alumni Night at Studio Theatre in Logan Circle for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Fat Ham”! Enjoy a fabulous production, discounted tickets, and an opportunity to network with other local alumni organizations!

Written by James Ijames and directed by Taylor Reynolds, The Studio Theatre production of Fat Ham is described as Hamlet, but with more barbeque and disco. Swapping a Danish castle for a North Carolina BBQ pit, Fat Ham remakes Shakespeare’s story of murder and revenge into what the New York Times calls “a hilarious yet profound tragedy smothered in comedy.” Juicy, a Black queer Southern kid, has a lot on his plate already when his father’s ghost shows up, demanding vengeance. As generations clash at the family’s backyard barbeque, Juicy must face the legacies of violence he’s been raised with and shape the man he wants to be in James Ijames’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play fresh from its Tony-nominated Broadway run.

Register here.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Third Floor Galleries Tour

Sunday, December 3rd 1 – 2 PM
Smithsonian American Art Museum
G St NW and 8th St NW, Washington, DC

Stanford alumni will tour the newly-reopened Modern and Contemporary art galleries at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Melissa Clark, P’12, will lead a tour of the exhibit and explain the thinking behind the Lincoln Gallery spaces configuration, as well as some of the curatorial decisions to incorporate works by self-taught artists as well as craft pieces. We’ll see works by Kerry James Marshall, Theaster Gates, Audrey Flack, Tiffany Chung, Judith Scott and many others.

Space is limited to 12 people, but please sign up for the waitlist if you are interested.

Tour tickets will be limited to paid WDCSA members through November 10th.

Register here.

Boomers to Busters Vintage Game Night

Wednesday, December 6th, 2023
Game Night 5:30-8pm; Optional Prohibition Tour 5-6 pm
Woodrow Wilson House
2340 S Street NW, Washington, DC

Remember when Monopoly was a great rainy day activity? Play some games from earlier years with other people who were undergrads in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Munch on popcorn as you reminisce about how games were so much more fun before computers.

Look around the home of the 28th president, preserved as it was in the 1920s. Learn about Wilson’s complicated history, including his attempt to start the League of Nations and his segregation of African Americans in the federal workforce. View the museum exhibit on the women’s suffrage movement.

Tickets are $20 for the Game Night. This includes entrance to the museum, one drink ticket and munchies. Dinner is not included: plan to have it before or after the event.

Tickets may be combined with the Prohibition Tour of the wine cellar (usually $30) for a total of $40. BtoB will have reserved tables for Game Night, but the Prohibition Tour is public and we cannot be sure how many BtoBers will be on it.

You must be fully vaccinated to attend: by signing up you are attesting that you are.

For this event, you need to register directly with the Woodrow Wilson House. To register click here. Be sure to select December 6th, then choose the option you want. Under “How did you hear about us?” select “Boomers to Busters.” Also, please email us at boomerstobusters@gmail.com so we know to expect you.

The Woodrow Wilson House is a 15 minute walk from the Dupont Circle Metro and the closest garages. Street parking is tight along “embassy row.”

This event is sponsored by Boomers to Busters, which is sponsored by the University of Chicago Club of DC. It is targeted for alumni of all schools who were undergraduates from the 1970s to 1990s, and their spouses, partners, and guests. All are welcome to attend.

Schools advertising Boomers to Busters events include Amherst, Barnard, Berkeley, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Georgia Tech, Haverford, Kenyon, Michigan, MIT, Mount Holyoke, Northwestern, Penn State, Pomona, Princeton, Rutgers, Smith, Stanford, Tulane, Wellesley, Williams and Yale. Graduates of other institutions are equally welcome.

Follow us on Facebook – Boomers to Busters of Washington, DC. Open the attachments for more information on BtoB.

Stanford in Washington Hosts Professor Jennifer Burns

Thursday, December 7th 6 – 8 PM
Stanford in Washington
2661 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

Stanford in Washington is hosting a reception and conversation with Professor Jennifer Burns in celebration of the publication of the highly-praised biography Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative.

James Hohmann of the Washington Post (Stanford B.A. in History 2009) will facilitate this engaging conversation.

Jennifer Burns is an Associate Professor of History at Stanford University and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution

“Burns Shows that the ideas of Milton Friedman are still shaping our world. Wherever you sit on the political spectrum, there’s a lot to learn from this book. More than a biography of one controversial person, it’s an intellectual history of twentieth century economic thought.” – Greg Rosalesky, (NPR)

Register here.

WDCSA Holiday Party

Thursday, December 14th 6 – 9 PM
Wunder Garten
1101 First St NE, Washington, DC

Looking to add some Cardinal red to your holiday?

Plan to join your fellow Stanford alumni to celebrate the holiday season at Wunder Garten for our annual Holiday party. Registration includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. You may purchase additional subsidized drink tickets in advance. The drink tickets are good for any drinks with the exception of beer steins. You may also purchase drinks yourself at the bar. The venue is located two blocks from the NoMa Metro station (Red Line). The event will be in an open tent area with heaters, so dress accordingly.

  • Early Bird Rates:
    • Register before December 8th
    • $30 for Washington DC Stanford Association members and guests
    • $45 for non-members and guests
  • Regular Pricing:
    • After December 7th and at the door
    • $40 for all WDCSA members and guests after December 7th
    • $45 for non-members and guests
  • Refunds are available up to 10 days before the event.
  • Attire:
    • Festive (According to google: It is a combination of cocktail attire and dressy casual with a holiday flair)

We cannot wait to see you there!!

Register here.

2023 WDCSA Holiday Party Cardinal Cookie Contest!

Back by popular demand (or at least the tummies and tastebuds of past participants), add flavorful fun to this year’s WDCSA Holiday Party by bringing along your favorite holiday cookies, tarts, breads or biscotti. Whether you are dying for an excuse to make that favorite holiday treat or a to try something new you’ve come across but not just for you: invest in some baking soda and sprinkles, and share your success with fellow DMV Cardinal alums! Attendees will be given an opportunity to applaud entries that are the most Festive, Decadent, Unique or Stanford Spirited and their bakers/makers will win a token of holiday love from WDCSA.

Cookie Contestants: please fill out this form by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, December 12th (12/12 – easy to remember). We will prepare a mobile ballot for entries we receive for the onsite voting that will determine the winners. Plan to arrive at 5:45 so we can find a perfect spot for it on our display of goodies.

Questions? Contact Risa Shimoda, risa@theshimodagroup.com, 301-502-6548.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, January 14th 2- 4:30pm
Meeting at a private home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Exact location information will be sent one week prior to the event.

The January book is White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America, by Joan C. Williams; Harvard Business Review Press, 2020, 192 pages (131 pages of text).

This book is a short but exhilarating dive into the role of class resentment in contemporary politics. For purposes of her analysis, she categorizes Americans who are neither rich nor poor as those with household incomes above the bottom 30 percent but below the top 20 percent (the middle 50 percent), then adds families with higher incomes but no college graduate (3 percent) with 2015 family incomes ranging from $41,005 to $131,962. The top 17 percent are the professional/managerial “elite,” and the bottom 30 percent are the poor. Williams presents her examination of class differences in twelve chapters, including “Why Does the Working Class Resent the Poor?”

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

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, January 15th, 7:30 pm
Google Meet: Registrants will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

We are reading Seven Games: A Human History by Oliver Roeder.

The book is a group biography of checkers, backgammon, chess, Go, poker, scrabble, and bridge. “Roeder introduces thrilling competitors, such as evangelical minister Marion Tinsley, who across forty years lost only three games of checkers. Shusai, the Master, the last Go champion of imperial Japan, defending tradition against ‘modern rationalism’; and an IBM engineer who created a backgammon program so capable at self-learning that NASA used it on the space shuttle.

He delves into the history and lore of each game: backgammon boards in ancient Egypt, the Indian origins of chess, how certain shells from a particular beach in Japan make the finest white Go stones.” “Throughout, Roeder tells the compelling story of how humans, pursuing scientific glory and competitive advantage, have invented AI programs better than any human player, and what that means for the games—and for us.” (From book cover)

Our March 11th book is Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.

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