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The DACOR Bacon House will be closed for President's Day.

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2/17/2020 


Enjoy a delicious buffet, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Self-serve coffee & tea included. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase at the table.

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2/18/202012:00pm to 2:00pmDACOR


If you have an interest in Africa or want to learn more, join DACOR members at the monthly Africa Discussion Group. Discussions are organized around theme, country, region or on a selected speaker’s interests.

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2/18/202012:00pm to 1:30pmAmb. Christopher Goldthwait


Come to exchange views and analysis of significant current events, foreign and domestic. Some weeks, a pre-chosen topic will be discussed after an initiator launches the discussion with a brief (~5 minutes) framing of a topic, after which free-wheeling discussion follows. Other weeks, the discussion will revolve around what currently piques attendees’ interests.

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2/20/202011:00am to 12:00pmDACOR Programs


Join us in welcoming new DACOR members to the DACOR community and our home.

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2/20/202012:00pm to 1:30pmDACOR


Dr. Terry Walz is an independent scholar working in Washington DC. For many years he was executive director of the American Research Center in Egypt, a non-profit organization helping American scholars work in Egypt. He received his doctorate in African history from Boston University, and is the author of two books: Trade between Egypt and Bilad as-Sudan, 1700-1820, on the pre-modern trade between Egypt and its African neighbours to the south, and Race and Slavery in the Middle East, co-edited with Kenneth M. Cuno of the University of Illinois, dealing with new research on enslaved peoples in the Middle East in the 19th century.
 
More recently he was asked to work on the history of DACOR Bacon House leading up to the 200th anniversary in 2025.  (This challenge was initiated by Smithsonian NMAAHC Associate Director Rex Ellis during an earlier Black History Month dinner program.)  He has focused in the initial stages on the history of all the inhabitants of the house in the period from its construction in 1825 to 1895, when Mrs. Carroll, the second owner of the house, died.  
 
Walz's talk will focus on the enslaved men and women in the house then known as the Ringgold-Carroll House during that period whose existence was scarcely known, much less appreciated, until recently.

This event, in honor of Black History Month, is co-hosted by ABAA, ACI, BPIA, DACOR and TLG.
 

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2/20/20206:30pm to 9:30pmDACOR Programs


Enjoy a delicious buffet, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Self-serve coffee & tea included. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase at the table.

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2/25/202012:00pm to 2:00pmDACOR


Come to exchange views and analysis of significant current events, foreign and domestic. Some weeks, a pre-chosen topic will be discussed after an initiator launches the discussion with a brief (~5 minutes) framing of a topic, after which free-wheeling discussion follows. Other weeks, the discussion will revolve around what currently piques attendees’ interests.

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2/27/202011:00am to 12:00pmDACOR Programs


Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wanted the Axis diplomats in Washington, D.C. out of their embassies, and tasked the State Department with making suitable arrangements. Eventually more than a thousand diplomats and dependents from the U.S. as well as Central and South American countries were interned at remote luxury hotels until their repatriation in exchange for U.S. diplomats trapped abroad. Such Splendid Prisons (Potomac Books, 2020) tells this forgotten story: a vivid wartime tale of deluxe detention, public outrage, hidden agendas, political calculations and diplomatic machinations.

Harvey Solomon is a freelance writer based in Takoma Park. He has written speeches, video scripts, and online and print materials for trade associations, corporate and nonprofit clients. His journalistic credits include hundreds of articles for publications including Adweek, The Los Angeles Times and Variety. He has also written for Law & Order. Harvey holds a B.A. from Clark University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

His recent book talk at Politics & Prose is available online on C-SPAN, and upcoming events include the Library of Congress, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and Smithsonian Associates. Such Splendid Prisons is his first, and hopefully not his last book about World War II — especially since his shelves at home are groaning under the weight of an ever-expanding collection of war-related books and clippings.

The event will be followed by Members' Lunch ($30/person) - attendees are invited to stay for lunch and to speak further with the author.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
 

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2/27/202011:00am to 12:30pmDACOR Programs


A delicious lunch with the choice of the special of the week or a vegetarian option. The meal also includes dessert, coffee/tea and House wine. Premium wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase at the table.

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2/27/202012:30pm to 1:30pmDACOR


Interested in keeping up with your French? Join the French Conversation Group!

Formed to help French-speaking members maintain their proficiency, the group meets monthly for lunchtime conversation involving foreign relations, diplomatic history, cultural activities, travel, and - of course! - French food and wine.

The DACOR cash bar opens at 12 noon and the group moves to a reserved table at Members' Buffet Lunch at 12:30 pm. Only French is spoken during lunch.

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3/3/202012:00pm to 1:30pmDACOR Programs


Enjoy a delicious buffet, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Self-serve coffee & tea included. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase at the table.

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3/3/202012:00pm to 2:00pmDACOR


Luncheon Date:  Wednesday, March 4
 
Drinks:  11:45 a.m., Lunch: 12:15 p.m., Program:  1:00 p.m.
 
Speaker:  Michael Mochizuki, professor holding the Japan-U.S. Relations Chair at The George Washington University
 
Topic:  Shinz? Abe's Diplomatic Legacy in East Asia: China, the Koreas, and Russia
 
Bio:  Mike M. Mochizuki holds the Japan-U.S. Relations Chair in Memory of Gaston Sigur in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He directs the Elliott School’s undergraduate degree programs and co-directs the “Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific” project of the Sigur Center.  Professor Mochizuki was associate dean for academic programs at the Elliott School from 2010 to 2014 and director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies from 2001 to 2005.  Previously he was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.  His recent books include Memory, Identity, and Commemorations of World War II: Anniversary Politics in Asia Pacific (co-editor and co-author, 2018); Energy Security in Asia and Eurasia (co-editor and co-author, 2017); Nuclear Debates in Asia: The Role of Geopolitics and Domestic Processes (co-editor and author, 2016); and The Okinawa Question: Futenma, the US-Japan Alliance, and Regional Security (editor and author, 2013). 
 
Please Note:
  • As of January 1, 2020, the “no-show” fee that FELG charges to members who reserve a luncheon place but then fail to make a timely cancellation will increase from $15 to $20.  This change is made to keep pace with the increase in the DACOR lunch fee from $25 to $30. 
  • If your attendance plans change after you have made a reservation, please always contact us to cancel. If you email/call before 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the day before the luncheon, you will not be charged for the cancellation. If you contact us after that time, you will be charged $20. Please contact us in any event as under the arrangement with DACOR, the cancellation, until noon on Wednesday, will open a slot for a potential last-minute attendee.
  • FELG welcomes your guests at lunch, but reminds members that our contractual arrangements with DACOR obligate us to pay, out of your dues, additional payments, e.g. for the open bar and for service, for each meal served. In the case of guests, FELG asks that members pay those additional charges, in the form of a $10 guest fee assessed after the lunch (and not collected at the door). The result is that the cost of a guest's lunch is effectively $40 rather than $30.  
We look forward to seeing you at the FELG luncheon and meeting. Please RSVP by clicking the registration button or emailing DACOR's Program Assistant, Amanda, at programs@dacorbacon.org or by calling 202.682.0500 ext. 20.
 

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3/4/202011:45am to 2:00pm


Come to exchange views and analysis of significant current events, foreign and domestic. Some weeks, a pre-chosen topic will be discussed after an initiator launches the discussion with a brief (~5 minutes) framing of a topic, after which free-wheeling discussion follows. Other weeks, the discussion will revolve around what currently piques attendees’ interests.

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3/5/202011:00am to 12:00pmDACOR Programs


A delicious lunch with the choice of the special of the week or a vegetarian option. The meal also includes dessert, coffee/tea and House wine. Premium wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase at the table.

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3/5/202012:30pm to 1:30pmDACOR


Hank Cohen draws on the documentary record and his years of on-the-ground experience as the State Department's "Mr. Africa" to provide a uniquely comprehensive survey and interpretation of the evolution of U.S. Africa policy since 1942. "A concise and invaluable diplomatic history of U.S. relations with Africa. . . . Few individuals have Cohen's experience and perspective." So says Witney Schneidman, former DAS for African Affairs. And former ambassador to Botswana David Passage says, "No one interested in U.S. relations with Africa should fail to read this lively account." Just published by Lynne Rienner in hardcover @ $95 and paperback @ $35 ($31 for DACOR members). Preorder paperbacks from admin@adst.org.

While there is no charge for this event, it will feature a cash bar.

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3/5/20206:00pm to 7:30pmDACOR Programs


Hanchien Lee, piano, and  Katherine Needleman, oboe, present the second in our new series on Women Composers. Seven artists are featured: we will hear three Romances by Clara Schumann (1819-1896), and, by the young Alyssa Morris (b.1984), "Four Personalities... Yellow, White, Blue and Red." The five other composers are Vivian Fine (1913-2000), Marina Dranishnikova (1929-94), Thea Musgrave (b. 1928), Jean Coulthard (1908-2000) and Hsu Chiayu (b. 1976). Ms. Needleman is principal oboist with the Baltimore Symphony, and Ms. Lee, a graduate of the Curtis Institute, earned her doctorate in Musical Arts from Peabody Conservatory, and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.  

Please join us to welcome the Spring season with works composed for this unusual combination of instruments. Tea & sherry are served at intermission.
 

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3/8/20203:00pm to 5:00pmDACOR Programs


Enjoy a delicious buffet, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Self-serve coffee & tea included. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase at the table.

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3/10/202012:00pm to 2:00pmDACOR


Come to exchange views and analysis of significant current events, foreign and domestic. Some weeks, a pre-chosen topic will be discussed after an initiator launches the discussion with a brief (~5 minutes) framing of a topic, after which free-wheeling discussion follows. Other weeks, the discussion will revolve around what currently piques attendees’ interests.

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3/12/202011:00am to 12:00pmDACOR Programs


A delicious lunch with the choice of the special of the week or a vegetarian option. The meal also includes dessert, coffee/tea and House wine. Premium wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase at the table.

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3/12/202012:30pm to 1:30pmDACOR


If you have an interest in Africa or want to learn more, join DACOR members at the monthly Africa Discussion Group. Discussions are organized around theme, country, region or on a selected speaker’s interests.

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3/17/202012:00pm to 1:30pmAmb. Christopher Goldthwait


Enjoy a delicious buffet, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Self-serve coffee & tea included. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase at the table.

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3/17/202012:00pm to 2:00pmDACOR


Chester Crocker, former Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, says Joyce Leader's book "is destined to become a definitive history of what what wrong, why, and when ... [and] belongs at the center of literature on this important episode in Africa's modern history." As deputy to the U.S. ambassador in Rwanda, Joyce Leader witnessed the tumultuous prelude to genocide—a period of political wrangling, human rights abuses, and many levels of ominous, ever-escalating violence. From Hope to Horror offers her insider’s account of the nation’s efforts to move toward democracy and peace and analyzes the challenges of conducting diplomacy in settings prone to—or engaged in—armed conflict. To be published by Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press in March, in hardcover at $50 ($42.50 for DACOR members), with 440 pages,  map, chronology and index.

While there is no charge for this event, it will feature a cash bar.

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3/17/20206:00pm to 7:30pmDACOR Programs


Come to exchange views and analysis of significant current events, foreign and domestic. Some weeks, a pre-chosen topic will be discussed after an initiator launches the discussion with a brief (~5 minutes) framing of a topic, after which free-wheeling discussion follows. Other weeks, the discussion will revolve around what currently piques attendees’ interests.

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3/19/202011:00am to 12:00pmDACOR Programs


Join us in welcoming new DACOR members to the DACOR community and our home.

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3/19/202012:00pm to 1:30pmDACOR


Enjoy a delicious buffet, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Self-serve coffee & tea included. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase at the table.

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3/24/202012:00pm to 2:00pmDACOR


Come to exchange views and analysis of significant current events, foreign and domestic. Some weeks, a pre-chosen topic will be discussed after an initiator launches the discussion with a brief (~5 minutes) framing of a topic, after which free-wheeling discussion follows. Other weeks, the discussion will revolve around what currently piques attendees’ interests.

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3/26/202011:00am to 12:00pmDACOR Programs


A delicious lunch with the choice of the special of the week or a vegetarian option. The meal also includes dessert, coffee/tea and House wine. Premium wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase at the table.

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3/26/202012:30pm to 1:30pmDACOR


Enjoy a delicious buffet, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Self-serve coffee & tea included. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase at the table.

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3/31/202012:00pm to 2:00pmDACOR


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