WDCSA Newsletter – September 2021

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

Events Calendar

  • Sep 13 • Baltimore Book Club Discussion
  • Oct 10 • Washington DC Book Club Discussion

WDCSA Covid-19 Update

We are Back!! WDCSA has been working on some exciting in-person events for September and October. Stay tuned for a mid-month update. All events will be in accordance with local health guidelines.

If you are interested in getting involved with WDCSA, contact Patricia Arty, Stephanie Tan, James Yan or Megan McKoy. 

Stanford in the News

  • In the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, Stanford University led the pack and earned the distinction as the university with the most Olympic medals in the United States, with 26. Of the 626 total athletes on the U.S. Olympic Team at the Games, 131 were past, present or future students or current coaches at Pac-12 institutions (20.9 percent).  Among the 39 U.S. gold medalists at this year’s Olympic Games, ten were awarded to U.S. teams and 29 individual awards were won by 25 different individuals. Stanford tied for first place with USC for the most gold medalists among U.S. colleges. Those Stanford gold medalists included:  Valarie Allman (discus); Alix Klineman (beach volleyball); Katie Ladecky (two golds in swimming); Aria Fischer, Mackenzie Fischer, Jamie Neushul, Melissa Seidemann, Maggie Steffens, (women’s water polo); Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson and Kathyrn Plummer (women’s volleyball).
  • After a national search, the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) has appointed Lerone A. Martin as the next faculty director for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. Martin will be only the second faculty director of the institute, replacing Clayborne Carson, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor, Emeritus, who retired in 2020 after more than 40 years in the role. Martin will join Stanford in January 2022 as an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies and as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor. Martin is currently an associate professor of religion and politics in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, as well as associate professor of African and African-American studies, and director of American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, October 10, 5 pm
Bethesda, Md

Exact location information will be sent one week prior to the event.

The October book is Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live by Danielle Dreilinger.  

The term “home economics” may conjure bad memories of sewing pillows or baking muffins, but this common conception obscures the story of the revolutionary science of better living. The field exploded opportunities for women in the twentieth century by reducing domestic work and providing jobs as professors, engineers, chemists, and businesspeople. This book tells the unexpected story of how home economics began as an intellectual haven for smart women―White as well as Black―who were otherwise blocked from studying science. This book argues that this field of study should be restored to its proper place in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all. 

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, September 13, 7:30 pm
Google Meet:  Everyone will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

The novel Normal People by Sally Rooney is a coming-of-age story which is also made into a 12 episode series shown on Hulu.  “Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there.  At School, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner.  But when the two strike up a conversation – awkward but electrifying – something life changing begins … Normal People is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love.  It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find that they can’t.” (Amazon)

The November 15th selection is Hitler on Trial:  Alan Cranston, Mein Kampf, and the Court of World Opinion by Lorraine Tong.

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