WDCSA Newsletter – January 2024

Events Calendar

  • Jan 14 – Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • Jan 15 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion
  • Feb 11 – WDCSA Lunar New Year Dim Sum 2024

Upcoming Events

WDCSA Lunar New Year Dim Sum 2024

Sunday, February 11th 11 AM
Da Hong Pao
1409 14th St NW, Washington, DC

Join WDCSA as we celebrate the Lunar New Year with dim sum! Attendees are responsible for the costs of their food. Individual tables generally split the checks among themselves. Expect to spend ~$25-40.

Register here by February 3rd.

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