May 2018 Lecture Series


All lectures are from 10:00 - 11:30 AM and will be held in the Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, either in Room A on the First Floor or Room 601 on the Sixth Floor.

Reservations Required

Reservations are required. We email a reminder when registration opens. Registration for members opens at 8:30 am on the Wednesday preceding each week’s lectures. Registration for non-members opens at 8:30 am on the Friday preceding each week’s lectures. Each registrant may reserve one seat. Your name must be on the list of registrants to enter the lecture and you must be in your seat five minutes before the lecture starts to guarantee your seat.


Tuesday, May 22 — Julie Kent
In Pursuit—A Ballerina Reflects on Her Artistic Journey
Julie Kent, Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet, will discuss the past, the future, and the plans for this 72-year-old Washington institution. Prior to this position, Kent was the longest-serving ballerina in the American Ballet Theatre’s history. She has returned to her DC-area roots with a mission: to ensure the excellence of the professional performance company, to develop the next generation of dancers, to aid the evolution of the art form by commissioning new works, and to serve the community through robust community engagement programs.
Kent began her training at Hortensia Fonseca’s Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet in Bethesda. In 1986, she became a member of the American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet. She starred in the film Dancers opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1987, became a soloist in 1990, and a principal dancer in 1993. She has a repertoire of over 100 ballets. Among those who have created roles for her are John Newmeier, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky, Nacho Duato, Stanton Welch, James Kudelka, Jorma Elo, David Parsons, Jessica Lang, and Natalie Weir. She is married to Victor Barbee, Associate Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet.

Wednesday, May 23 — Stuart Eizenstat
President Carter, The White House Years
Stuart E. Eizenstat will discuss his newly published book, President Carter, The White House Years. It is the ultimate insider’s revealing account of the Carter presidency. Eizenstat calls it a revisionist view. Reviewer Jay Nordlinger says that open minded readers will find Carter, “… startling, hard to pin down. An interesting man, an interesting president with a streak of tragedy in him, and a streak of nobility (and a streak of insufferability.)”
Stuart E. Eizenstat was President Jimmy Carter’s chief domestic policy adviser from 1977 to 1981. He served as United States ambassador to the European Union, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs under President Bill Clinton, and Special Advisor for Holocaust Issues under President Barack Obama. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School, and is a partner and head of international practice at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC.

Thursday, May 24 — Judge Milton C. Lee Jr.
The Fathering Court
Judge Milton C. “Tony” Lee spearheaded the development of the Fathering Court, part of the DC Superior Court System where men returning from prison learn to connect with their children and get along with their children’s mothers. Judge Lee will discuss the challenges and successes of this partnership between the court, numerous government agencies and the private sector to create opportunities for non-custodial parents to become meaningful contributors to the development of their children.
Judge Lee was appointed to the District of Columbia Superior Court in 2010 by President Barack Obama. He is the presiding judge of the criminal division.  A graduate of American University and a native of the District, he was awarded his law degree from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.  Judge Lee has been a public defender and has taught at the former District of Columbia School of Law, at Georgetown University Law Center, and in the Harvard Trial Advocacy Program.  In March of this year, he was appointed Chair of the District of Columbia Sentencing Commission. In his role as law school professor, he has three times received the Professor of the Year award from his students.

Tuesday, May 29 — Charles Lane
American Dream or Nightmare? Home Ownership Reconsidered

Charles Lane is a Washington Post editorial writer specializing in economic and fiscal policy, a weekly columnist, and a contributor to the PostPartisan blog. In 2009, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing. He is the author of two books, The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction and Stay of Execution: Saving the Death Penalty from Itself.
Lane joined in 2000 as an editorial writer, did a stint as The Post’s Supreme Court reporter, then rejoined the editorial board in 2007. Previously, he was editor and a senior editor of  The New Republic from 1993 to 1999 and a foreign correspondent for  Newsweek from 1987 to 1993. Lane studied at the Yale Law School and Harvard College. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Thursday, May 31 — Amat Alsoswa
Yemen: An Update

In a world buffeted by civil war, insurgency, and political turmoil in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Libya, Somalia, and Venezuela, there is one country that stands out. According to the United Nations, the most urgent humanitarian crisis in the world is occurring now in Yemen. Roughly 80 percent of its 27 million people are in desperate need of assistance.
Amat Alsoswa is a former Yemeni diplomat, Yemen’s first Minister of Human Rights, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and consultant to the World Bank. Alsoswa is a graduate of the School of International Service at American University and she holds an MA in International Communications. Her story is a first-person account of the “forgotten war,” in what was already the Arab world’s poorest country. Alsoswa is the recipient of numerous awards, including the French Legion d’Honneur, and, in 2005, was named one of the five most influential Arab women by Newsweek magazine’s Arabic edition.

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:
Sue Boley, Paul Brown, Martha Cutts, Chuck Edson, Judith Havemann (Chair), Lynne Heneson,
Jeanne Kent, Mary Fran Miklitsch (Staff Liaison), Mary Moore, Stan Newman, Diane Renfroe,
Richard Ringell, Barbara Rollinson, Steve Sherman, Delbert Spurlock, and Ray Squitieri.