Tuesday Talks: Monthly Speaker Series
The Cleveland Park Business Association and Cleveland & Woodley Park Village present Tuesday Talks, a monthly speaker series featuring some of our neighborhoods’ most fascinating residents.
Each Tuesday Talk will take place at 7 pm at the Cleveland Park Library at 3310 Connecticut Ave NW. These events are free and open to the public. Talks through May 2020 are scheduled and announced below (please note, there will not be a talk in December). Please use the links below each event to RSVP and let us know you’re coming! Seating is on a first come first serve basis, so please come early to get your choice of seats.
January 21, 2020
Simon Johnson, MIT Sloan School of Management
Science, Innovation, and Job Creation for a New Era –
Simon Johnson discusses his new book, Jump-Starting America, which proposes increased support for science to spread opportunities around the country, and to create an Innovation Dividend that puts cash in the pockets of all Americans.
Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is also head of the Global Economics and Management group and chair of the Sloan Fellows MBA Program Committee. He cofounded and currently leads the Global Entrepreneurship Lab (GLAB) course, which has jumpstarted start-up companies around the world. Johnson also works closely with MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative (DCI). Johnson is not an investor in Bitcoin or any cryptocurrency-related assets or startups, but he helps MIT students and others who want to build better companies. A senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Johnson is a cofounder of BaselineScenario.com, and a member since inception of the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the Financial Research Advisory Committee of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Financial Research. Johnson has also been a member of the Systemic Risk Council, a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Economic Advisers, and served as the International Monetary Fund’s Economic Counsellor (chief economist). Johnson has published pieces in major publications including the New York Times, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Republic, BusinessWeek, and The Financial Times. His best-selling book 13 Bankers: the Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown (with James Kwak) has become one of the mostly highly regarded books on the financial crisis. Their follow-up book, White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters for You, won praise across the political spectrum.
February 18, 2020
Joe and Embry Howell, World Travelers
Traveling the World Without Flying – During their 54 year marriage, the Howells have visited some 50 countries. In 2015, Embry got the idea of traveling around the world without flying. This turned into a four-month adventure traveling by train across Europe, central Asia and China, and crossing two oceans by ship. Hear about the planning, surprises and insights they learned along the way.
The Howells are long-time residents of Cleveland Park. Embry recently retired from the Urban Institute where she was a health policy researcher concentrating on maternal and child health. Joe is also retired. His company, Howell Associates, provided technical assistance to developers of affordable housing and seniors housing. He is the also the author of several books, including Hard Living on Clay Street, in continuous print since 1973, and is an avid photographer.
March 24, 2020
DC’s Nature + Ecology Panel with Tamara Belt, Megan Draheim and Yui Suzuki
Cleveland Park’s location alongside hundreds of acres of parkland – Rock Creek Park, Tregaron, Rosedale and more – provides unparalleled opportunities for urban residents to enjoy nature and wildlife in close proximity. Learn from neighborhood experts how climate change and urban development has affected ecology in our local gardens and wildlife.
Tamara Belt is an award-winning landscape designer and environmentalist who designs sustainable gardens in the DC metro area. She is the founder of Hawthorne Garden Design LLC and serves as the landscape chair and vice-chair of the Board of the Tregaron Conservancy.
Belt began her career as an environmental economist at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, where she focused on green projects, including afforestation, biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture. She completed the landscape design program at George Washington University in 2006.
Megan Draheim is a conservation ecologist who specializes in human-wildlife interactions and urban biodiversity conservation. She is on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, where she teaches in the Master of Natural Resources program. She is also the founder and director of the District Coyote Project, a new initiative with the twin goals of learning more about DC’s coyote and fox populations and conducting outreach to the DC community about how to coexist with these wild neighbors.
Yui Suzuki volunteers at City Wildlife, DC’s wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center that provides emergency and critical care to the District’s native wildlife. Working with the staff, volunteers, and animals there instilled in her a deep interest and fascination for the city’s rich ecosystem and its diverse wildlife. In her free time, she is working towards a wildlife rehabilitator permit. Suzuki was director of undergraduate studies and associate professor in art history and archaeology at the University of Maryland. A scholar of ancient and medieval Japanese Buddhist art, her most recent research interests have expanded to include the material culture of demons, ghosts, and monsters in both ancient and contemporary Japanese culture.
April 21, 2020
Gigi Bradford, Poet
Celebrating National Poetry Month: Learning How to Connect with this Illusive Art Form – Do you struggle finding meaning in poetry? Is it too artsy for you? Contemporary poetry has shucked off obligatory rhymes and obscurity. Poetry is more topical, urgent, and accessible than ever, and more people find it speaks to our present cultural condition. Come find out what the increased interest is about, and leave convinced that some poems are for you and that it’s okay not to enjoy others.
Gigi Bradford is the inaugural recipient of the Poets House Elizabeth Kray Award for Service to Literature. She has directed The Academy of American Poets, The Folger Shakespeare Library Poetry Program, the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Program, and the Center for Arts and Culture, the first think tank for the arts. Bradford received an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers Workshop, has taught extensively, published poems and essays, and edited books. Presently she is founding chair of the Folger Poetry Board, serves ex-officio on the Board of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC and on the Board of Governors of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. She has taught poetry reading and appreciation classes at Politics & Prose since 2006.
May 19, 2020
Juliet Eilperin, Correspondent, Washington Post
Where the Environment and Politics Intersect: Reflections from a Longtime Washington Post Correspondent – Juliet Eilperin has spent 15 years covering the environment at
The Washington Post, a job that has taken her from the halls of Congress to a seat on Air Force One and the wilds of the Alaskan tundra. She will reflect on how policy, politics and science intersect when it comes to climate change, public lands, and a range of other issues that shape our planet.
Juliet Eilperin has worked on The Washington Post’s national desk for more than two decades, covering the White House, Congress, the environment and a host of domestic and international policy matters. She now serves the Post’s senior national affairs correspondent, focusing on the environment and other domestic issues that shed light on how President Trump is transforming the federal government and many policies enacted under former President Obama.
She is the author of Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives and Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks. She received the D.C. Environmental Film Festival’s Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2019, the Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Media in 2011, and was youngest-ever McGraw Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.
Juliet will be interviewed by Charles Fishman, author of The Wal-Mart Effect, The Big Thirst, and One Giant Leap: the Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon. He is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious prize in business journalism.