Fall 2020 Lectures


Fall lectures will be held online via Zoom Webinar on Fridays from 1:30 - 2:30 PM. We will include the Zoom link in the 10:00 AM Friday newsletter the day of the lecture.

Reservations not Required

Reservations are not required to receive the Zoom link and attend lectures this fall. We will include the Zoom link in the 10:00 AM Friday newsletter the day of the lecture. Each newsletter will also have information about the following Friday's lecture.

Zoom webinar

We will be using Zoom Webinar for the Fall lecture series. Webinars provide for a more seamless experience for both speakers and participants when there is a large number in attendance. We will be using the following format:

  • You will only see the lecturer and person introducing him/her on the screen. You will not see yourself or other attendees.
  • Attendees microphones will be kept muted.
  • Questions will be taken at the end of the lecture for the speaker and managed through the Chat function.

You can find the Chat function at the bottom of your Zoom screen in the middle. Above the word "Chat" is an icon of a quote bubble. If you’d like to ask a question during the lecture, click on "Chat." A white dialogue box will appear to the right. Type a question and hit "Enter."


September 25
W. Neil Eggleston, Reflections on Attorney General Barr’s 2019 speeches to Notre Dame and the Federalist Society

The lecture will address Attorney General Barr’s world view as expressed in his Notre Dame and Federalist Society speeches in 2019. Neil Eggleston is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Neil has a distinguished record of public service, and has held a number of senior government roles. He was White House Counsel to President Obama from 2014 to 2017, and advised the president on all legal and constitutional issues across a broad spectrum of domestic and foreign policy matters. Earlier in his career, Neil served as Associate Counsel to President Clinton from 1993 to 1994. He also served as Deputy Chief Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee Investigating the Iran/Contra Affair (1987-1988); Assistant U.S. Attorney (1981-1987); and Chief Appellate Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1986-1987). Neil served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1978-1979) and for Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on the U.S. Supreme Court (1979-1980). Neil taught a seminar in Presidential Power at Harvard Law School in 2017 and at Yale Law School in 2018.
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October 2
George Derek Musgrove, Race and Police Reform in the Nation's Capital

As the country experiences a nationwide protest movement against police violence, it is worth looking back at previous efforts to address the issue to inform our current predicament. Here in Washington, D.C. African Americans have struggled for police accountability for more than 200 years. Identifying specific flashpoints in this struggle, G. Derek Musgrove will draw out several lessons for today. George Derek Musgrove, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics and co-author, with Chris Myers Asch, of Chocolate City, A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital. He is currently working on a web-based map of Black Power Activism in Washington, D.C., broadly conceived as stretching from 1961 to 1998, and a book project tentatively titled We Must Take to the Streets Again: The Black Power Resurgence in Conservative America, 1980-97.
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October 9
Joel Charny

Joel R. Charny is the Executive Director of Norwegian Refugee Council USA (NRC USA). He is responsible for providing overall leadership to the organization, which focuses on fundraising and humanitarian advocacy in the US on behalf of Oslo-based NRC. Prior to joining NRC USA, Charny was Vice President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice at InterAction, the alliance of US-based relief and development organizations for five years. He led InterAction’s work on humanitarian response, which involved engaging with the US government, the United Nations, and member non-governmental organizations on both practical and policy matters, including funding availability, impact and effectiveness, and reform efforts in the sector. Charny previously held senior positions with Refugees International, the CARERE project of the United Nations Development Program in Cambodia, and Oxfam America. He has an AB in European History from Brown University and a Master’s in international education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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October 16
Ambassador E. Michael Southwick, Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

Mr. Southwick was the United States Ambassador to Uganda from 1994 until 1997.  He had previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Kenya from 1990 until 1994. In 2001, he led the US delegation to the World Conference Against Racism in Durban. He retired in 2004 and gives seminars at the US Institute of Peace.
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October 23

October 30

Glenn Frankel, The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of High Noon
Glenn Frankel is an author and journalist. Most recently, he was director of the School of Journalism and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He also spent four years as a visiting journalism professor at Stanford University. He was a longtime Washington Post reporter, editor, and bureau chief in London, Southern Africa, and Jerusalem, where he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for “balanced and sensitive reporting” of Israel and the first Palestinian uprising. He is the author of Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel, Rivonia’s Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa, and The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend (a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and a Library Journal Top Ten book for 2013). His new book, High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic explores the Hollywood blacklist and the making of the classic western High Noon.
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November 6
Jason Samenow, How Is Climate Changing Affecting Washington’s Weather?
Is it warming up and how are rain and snow changing? What do the latest climate change simulations project for the region? The Washington Post’s weather editor and chief meteorologist for its Capital Weather Gang, Jason Samenow, will walk you through the data and discuss the implications. He also produces forecasts for WAMU, 88.5, Washington, DC’s NPR affiliate. Samenow has loved weather since he was a child. From 2000 to September 2010, he worked as a climate change analyst for the federal government, monitoring, analyzing, and communicating the science of climate change. He founded CapitalWeather.com in early 2004, the first professional weather blog on the Internet, which became part of The Post in 2008. At the University of Virginia, he earned a degree in environmental science, focusing in atmospheric science. He went on to earn a master’s in atmospheric science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Samenow is a past chairman of the DC Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and earned the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
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November 13
Fanchon Silberstein, Art inSight: Understanding Art and Why it Matters

In an illustrated talk, Fanchon will discuss ways to collaborate with artists by describing what we see. Close attention can create a dialogue that leads to insights into diverse ways of interpreting the world among individuals and across cultures. She looks forward to hearing your thoughts and questions.
      Fanchon Silberstein is an educator and writer who designed an innovative workshop, “Art and Intercultural Communication” for international audiences. She was Director of the US Department of State’s Overseas Briefing Center where she designed and taught workshops for employees and families to prepare them for service abroad. She served on the board of the National MultiCultural Institute, and was a docent for the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum, chairing the program during her tenure and assisting museum educators in training new docents. She holds a BA in English and Art History from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Special Education from George Washington University. She lived and worked in Southeast Asia, Pakistan and Brazil.
     Fanchon’s recently published book, Art inSight, explores pathways to understanding art when, as beholders, we engage in direct and active observation. The book delves into art from many times and cultures to explore ways its makers saw the world and how contemporary artists see ours. An encounter with art is like meeting a stranger, and questioning strangeness can lead to greater understanding of ourselves and others.
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November 20
Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Thoughts on Journalism and Diversity: A Conversation with Judy Havemann

During her distinguished career, Dorothy Gilliam has become a revered icon in American journalism, a fierce advocate for women’s rights, a fervent civil rights activist, and a renowned author. “Journalism took me places that I would not normally go,” Gilliam says. She began her career in the segregated South, as a reporter for the Memphis Tri-State Defender, a black-owned newspaper. There, she covered major civil rights events, including the Little Rock Nine, the federally enforced integration of Arkansas’ public schools. In 1961, she became The Washington Post’s first female black reporter. An early assignment was covering James Meredith’s integration of Ole Miss. At the time, Mississippi was infamously known in American black circles as “The Land of Black Death.” On the assignment, skirting Klu Klux Klan members, Gilliam literally “slept with the dead,” catching a few hours of rest nightly in a black funeral parlor.
     Over 30 years at The Post, Gilliam moved from reporter to editor to columnist. She also served as president of the National Association of Black Journalists and founding director of the Young Journalists Development Project, The Post’s long-term initiative to educate, cultivate, and hire aspiring young minority journalists. Gilliam’s most recent book is her memoir, Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More like America. She earned her bachelor’s in journalism from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., and her master’s at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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December 4
Judith Welles, Grit and Gusto: Farmerettes and Suffragettes on the Homefront in WWI

Judith Welles is a writer and former journalist who has authored local history books about the area in which she lives including Potomac and Cabin John: Legends and Life of an Uncommon Place, and a biography, Lilly Stone. She also wrote a worklife e-book for Kindle, Get a Life, Try This! Judy has been a speechwriter for US Cabinet members and communications manager for federal agencies and major corporations, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM. She has been a Board member of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trust for the national park, chaired the Montgomery County Commission on Aging, and is a speaker for Montgomery History (the Montgomery County historical society). She is a graduate of Vassar College.

OLLI does not endorse any of the viewpoints expressed by the speakers in its series.

We thank the Lecture Committee and all those who suggested and contacted speakers:
Paul Brown, Martha Cutts, Lesley Diaz (Staff Liaison), Chuck Edson, Judith Havemann,
Lynne Heneson, Jeanne Kent, Mary Fran Miklitsch (Staff), Mark Nadel (Chair), Stan Newman,
Diane Renfroe, Richard Ringell, Steve Sherman, Delbert Spurlock, and Ray Squitieri.