Fulbright Association - Diplomatic Reception 2017
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

Fulbright Association - Diplomatic Reception 2017

The Fulbright Association and the NCAC present:
The Fulbright Association Diplomatic Reception 2017

Saturday, November 4 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM | Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

We invite you to a diplomatic reception at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill celebrating the Fulbright Association's 40th Annual Conference and its theme: Fulbright: Now More Than Ever. Over 200 attendees from all over the world will come to Washington D.C. to celebrate the legacy of Senator Fulbright and the Fulbright Community.

Join us for an evening of stimulating conversation, a presentation by the President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, Mary Ellen Iskenderian, and a keynote address and opera performance by Fulbrightalumna Charity Tillemann-Dick. This event offers a fantastic opportunity to network with Fulbrighters from all over the world.

This event is co-sponsored by the Fulbright Association and the National Capital Area Chapter. The reception will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Business attire is requested.

Tickets are limited, so purchase yours now!

Additionally, if you are interested in attending the full conference, please visit the Fulbright Association's website.

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Fulbright NCAC - International Relations Discussion Group
Oct
14
4:00 PM16:00

Fulbright NCAC - International Relations Discussion Group

Please join us on Saturday, October 14, 2017 for the official launch of the Fulbright NCAC International Relations Discussion Group event series—“A Fulbright Journey around the World”—in which we will discuss the Evolving Geopolitics of Latin America and the Caribbean:

    • What effect have NAFTA, CAFTA-DR, and U.S. bilateral free trade agreements with Chile, Peru, and Colombia had on the social, economic, and political development of the region?
    • Is the tendency toward left-wing, economically populist political parties the result of presistently high economic inequality and low social mobility throughout the region?
    • Why has this region failed to develop strong social, economic, and political institutions—as evidenced by the presence of corruption, drug trafficking, emigration, and armed conflict throughout the region? Is this the result of the region's history of European colonialism and its close geographic proximity to the United States?
    • Historically, the World Bank, IMF, and Inter-American Development Bank have been the primary sources of outside funding for large-scale infrastructure projects throughout the region. To what extent has the introduction of Chinese foreign direct investment shifted the geopolitics of the region?
    • Are Mercosur, Andean Community, Organization of American States, and the Union of South American Nations the precursors to an ambitious state-building effort in South Americasimilar to the creation of the European Union & Euro in Europe?

    The goal is to create a fun, social atmosphere while discussing issues of domestic and international importance, so we will be serving plenty of food and drinks to help facilitate the discussion.

    Mario Hosario (Colombia, Fulbright 2017) has generously offered to host this discussion group session at his apartment. He has a lovely backyard and will grill up some delicious South American "asado" (i.e., South American BBQ) for discussion participants. Vegetarian and halal options will be served as well.

    RSVP is required.

    ** All ticket sales cover the purchase of food and drinks for this event. **

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    Alumni Spotlight - Adam Levin: Masters of Spanish Guitar
    Oct
    22
    2:00 PM14:00

    Alumni Spotlight - Adam Levin: Masters of Spanish Guitar

    • 2801 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)
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    We invite you to join us on Saturday afternoon, October 22 for a solo concert featuring a member of the Fulbright community.

    Fulbright Scholar and acclaimed American guitarist Adam Levin will perform at the historic Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain in Columbia Heights.

    Praised as an “exciting and powerful player who takes chances” by Soundboard Magazine, Adam received a Fulbright scholarship to explore contemporary Spanish guitar repertoire in Madrid. His three-year residency resulted in a major collaboration with 30 Spanish composers spanning four generations, each of whom wrote works dedicated to him.

    In an event co-sponsored by SPAIN Arts & Culture and the National Capital Area Chapter of the Fulbright Association, Adam will present an afternoon of classical guitar music that unites beloved Spanish classics with works from today’s modern masters.


    Additional information about the concert is available here. Tickets are limited. Please register using SPAIN Arts & Culture's Eventbrite page.

    We hope you can join us for this exciting event!

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    Oct
    2
    10:00 AM10:00

    Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis Brunch

    Come for Sunday appetizers and drinks at the elegant Eastport Yacht Club in historic downtown Annapolis to engage in lively conversations and network with other Fulbrighters. Afterwards, guests will have a chance tour the historic city and the Naval Academy on their own. Appetizers and your first drink are covered by your registration fee. The event is limited to 15 guests; deadline for reservations is Friday, September 23.

    Please note that car pooling might be possible to arrange for guests. If you need a ride please email Hollis Thoms at hjthoms@aol.com by Friday, September 23 with your name, cell phone, and address and your transportation needs. For those driving to Annapolis, parking is not available in the Eastport Yacht Club parking lot but is likely available on the surrounding streets.

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    Habitat for Humanity Volunteering Event
    May
    14
    8:15 AM08:15

    Habitat for Humanity Volunteering Event

    Habitat for Humanity provides homes for those who normally might not be able to afford homes by enlisting volunteers to work on building the homes. NCAC invites ten members of the Fulbright community to participate in a Habitat building day in the Baltimore area on May 14 to build a home for someone in need. The workday will begin at 8:15 in the morning and ends at 3:00 in the afternoon.

    Please note that volunteers need to wear work clothes and closed toed shoes, bring their own lunches and bottled water, and be ready to do physical labor for seven hours. The site will be determined the week of the event. Some carpooling may be available for individuals who live outside the Baltimore area. More information is available at http://www.habitat.org/how/faq.The deadline for signing up for volunteering is May 1. If you sign up to volunteer Habitat will assume you are making a definite commitment to be there! 

    WHEN

    Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar

    WHERE

    Location to be determined closer to date, Baltimore, MD - View Map

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    National Capital Area Fulbright New Grantee Celebration
    May
    11
    5:30 PM17:30

    National Capital Area Fulbright New Grantee Celebration

    The Fulbright Association National Capital Area Chaper (NCAC) Board of Directors would like to celebrate and welcome the newest Fulbright Grantees into the Fulbright family. Please join us on Wednesday May 11 at 5:30pm for a special happy hour event at The Point in Fells.

    $5 will get you your first drink and h'ors d'oeurves as they are available. We cannot wait to meet and celebrate you!

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    "Poetry Across Cultures" featuring E. Ethelbert Miller & Karen Sagstetter
    Apr
    7
    6:15 PM18:15

    "Poetry Across Cultures" featuring E. Ethelbert Miller & Karen Sagstetter

    Acclaimed poets E. Ethelbert Miller (Fulbright, Israel, 2004/2012) and Karen Sagstetter(Fulbright, Japan, 1992) will engage Fulbrighters and guests with a lively reading of their own poetry on the theme "Poetry Across Cultures." The event features the readings, a question and answer session, and a reception with appetizers (included with the ticket price) plus a cash bar.  Ms. Sagstetter and Mr. Miller will offer books  for purchase and signing; cash and checks accepted. The event is limited to 25 participants, so buy your tickets before April 1 to attend this special event. The readings will begin at 6:30 pm; we ask all guests to arrive by 6:15 pm.

    Click here to buy tickets!

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    Fulbright Young Professionals Emerging Leaders Series: Dr. Frances Colón, Deputy Science and Technology Adviser, US State Department
    Apr
    5
    6:30 PM18:30

    Fulbright Young Professionals Emerging Leaders Series: Dr. Frances Colón, Deputy Science and Technology Adviser, US State Department

    Fulbright NCAC's Young Professionals Initiative invites you to the second Emerging Leaders Series event of the year. The series gives Fulbright alumni the unique opportunity to meet rising leaders in fields such as politics, media, and international affairs, and talk to them about professional development.

    April's speaker is Dr. Frances Colón, Deputy Science and Technology Adviser at the US Department of State. Dr. Frances Colón currently promotes integration of science and technology into foreign policy dialogues, global scientific engagement for capacity-building, advancement of women in science, and innovation as a tool for economic growth around the world. Dr. Colón will provide insights into her career as a scientist in international relations and her experiences at the State Department. Her perspective will be valuable to professionals in science, science policy and international affairs from all demographics including women and minorities.

    Join us and Dr. Colón at Bistro Bistro restaurant in Dupont Circle! Your purchase for the event will include a prix fixe dinner.

    We're limiting this private event to 20 seats, so book yours today!

    WHEN

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar

    WHERE

    Bistro Bistro -- Dupont Circle - 1727 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009 - View Map

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    Fulbright NCAC Board Service Info Session
    Mar
    29
    6:30 PM18:30

    Fulbright NCAC Board Service Info Session

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    Are you passionate about our local Fulbright community? Do you care deeply about the future of the U.S. Fulbright Program? Interested in learning more about how Fulbright NCAC is governed?

    The Fulbright Association's National Capital Area Chapter will hold its annual elections for the board of directors in May 2016. If any of the above questions speak to you, then we invite you to join us on Tuesday, March 29 to learn more about serving on the Board of Directorsfor Fulbright NCAC.

    This is your chance to speak to current board members about their experiences, ask specific questions, and learn how to run for the board and about the in's and out's of board service. 

    We'll meet at the Fulbright Association's National Office in Washington, DC from 6:30-7:30 pm ET. The info session will take place from 6:30-7:00 pm, followed by 30 minutes of refreshments and individual mingling with current board members.

    For those of you who cannot join in person, there will be a conference line available to you. 

    Prior to the event, we'll send you an email with all the necessary details, including building access and phone number. 

    FYIs

    • Elections will be formally announced, with full instructions and deadlines, in early April.

    • Board membership is open to all current, dues-paying members of the Fulbright Association who are local to Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland, regardless of whether they completed a Fulbright grant. Visit Fulbright.org to learn more about becoming a member. 

    • Terms last two full years, beginning in June. 

    • Visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars are eligible to run but, like all candidates, are advised to have concrete plans to remain in the area long enough to complete the two-year term.

    • Visit the Fulbright NCAC website for our mission statement, and more information on our current board and on our organization's latest activities. 

    Click here to register.

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    Celebrate Black History Month with NCAC at the Newseum's Civil Rights at 50 Exhibit
    Feb
    27
    2:00 PM14:00

    Celebrate Black History Month with NCAC at the Newseum's Civil Rights at 50 Exhibit

    Join us on Saturday, February 27th to celebrate Black History Month at the Newseum, to view the museum's latest temporary exhibition, 1966: Civil Rights at 50. NCAC has secured discounted ticket rates for members, guests and children! The exhibit uses powerful images and artifacts illustrating pivotal moments of the movement to explore the relationship between the news media and the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

    Your tickets will allow you to visit the full museum, which celebrates the legacy of free press in the United States. Exhibits include a collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs, pieces of the Berlin Wall, first-person accounts of journalists during September 11, 2001, an interactive newsroom and much more. Tripadvisor users have rated the Newseum as a "Traveler's Choice Top 25 Museum in the U.S."

    We will meet at the front entrace on Saturday, February 27th at 2:00 pm. NCAC will purchase the tickets, so you must show up on time to receive them.

    WHEN

    Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST) - Add to Calendar

    WHERE

    Newseum - 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001 - View Map

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    ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT : Opera Honoring Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary
    Feb
    13
    7:00 PM19:00

    ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT : Opera Honoring Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary

    We invite you to join us on Saturday, Feb. 13 for a special event featuring a member of the NCAC Fulbright community.

    Fulbright alumnus, classical composer and NCAC Board Member Hollis Thoms will host us for a free performance of his opera, "O, know, sweet love, I only write of you." The work is based on Shakespeare's Love Sonnets, in honor of the 400th anniversary of his death, and the performance will take place on Saturday night of Valentine's Day weekend, near Annapolis, Maryland*. We'll start at 5:00 pm with a cocktail hour at Yellowfin Restaurant with a beautiful view of the water (price not included with ticket). The performance, a short drive away, will take place at 7:00 pm at Joy Reigns Church. We hope you can join us for this special event that is so unique to our NCAC community. 

    7:00 pm:  Premiere of an opera based on the Love Sonnets of William Shakespeare and composed by Fulbright Alumnus Hollis Thoms.  "O, know, sweet love, I only write of you" is an opera written for soprano, baritone and string ensemble.  The performance is free.

    5:00 - 6:00 pm:  Pre-performance happy hour and meet the composer will be at Yellowfin Restaurant, 2840 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater at your own expense.  The restaurant is just a few blocks from the concert location (driving distance).

    Online registration required. 

    For more information on the composer, visit Hollis Thoms' composer website,www.hollisthoms.com.

    *The event is in Edgewater, Maryland, about 1 hour outside DC by car, and is NOT accessible by public transportation. Please see the FAQ's below for more information.

     

    FAQs

    What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

    The event is accessible only by car, located near Annapolis, Maryland (about an hour outside DC). When registering, you'll be given the opportunity to request a ride or offer a ride to fellow attendees. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email rsvpncac@gmail.com.  

    Is the cocktail hour free?

    No. While entrance to the Yellowfin restaurant is free, attendees are on their own to pay for food/drinks during the cocktail hour before the performance starts. 

    How far is it from the cocktail hour to the performance venue? 

    You will want to take a car between the cocktail hour (at Yellowfin restaurant) and the performance (at Joy Reigns Church). The distance is 1.3 miles, and you'll have to cross a bridge to get there!

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    FREE HAPPY HOUR | Supporting UNHCR Refugee Relief
    Feb
    4
    6:00 PM18:00

    FREE HAPPY HOUR | Supporting UNHCR Refugee Relief

    Fulbright NCAC is hosting a free happy hour and fundraising opportunity for UNHCR's refugee relief efforts from 6:00-8:00 pm at Local 16 on Thursday, Feb. 4.

    Our venue, Local 16, has generously offered to donate 10% of the net sales from our group's food and drink orders to UNHCR, in addition to extending their happy hour special prices on food and drinks until 10:00 pm, specially for our group.

     

    Tickets are totally free, and we give you the option to donate when registering if you wish. Should you choose to donate now, 100% of your money will go to UNHCR’s refugee relief efforts (see note below). There will be another chance to donate in person at the event. 

    NCAC looks forward to this chance for Fulbrighters and friends to come together around a cause that resounds so deeply with the Fulbright Program mission. Please join us!

    *Please note that Eventbrite automatically charges a processing fee for all paid ticketed events, regardless of charitable status, in addition to your donation amount. None of this additional cost goes toward Fulbright NCAC.

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    NCAC's Annual Holiday Potluck at the Slovenian Embassy
    Dec
    13
    4:30 PM16:30

    NCAC's Annual Holiday Potluck at the Slovenian Embassy

    Celebrate the multicultural aspects of the NCAC Fulbright community by sampling cuisine from around the world!

    Come and enjoy our Annual Holiday Potluck, one of NCAC's most popular events. Mingle with your friends and make new ones as you tuck into flavors from China to France. Enjoy the ambiance created by a three-piece jazz band and the hum of friendly conversation.

    On behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Bozo Cerar, Ambassador, has graciously agreed to host this popular event for the fourth year in a row! The image at the top right shows the gorgeous decorations that adorn the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana during the holidays.

    We ask that guests please bring a traditional dish from their home country or their Fulbright host country. Guests who cannot prepare a dish are encouraged to make a donation. We forward to seeing you on Dec 13!

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    2015 Thanksgiving Home Hospitality
    Nov
    26
    5:30 PM17:30

    2015 Thanksgiving Home Hospitality

    What are you thankful for?

    On November 26, let's give thanks for the amazing connections the Fulbright program creates for us. Sign up to be a host or, if you're a Visiting Fulbright Scholar or Student, a guest at a hearty holiday feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, and other classic dishes.

    We hope you enjoy one of America's favorite holidays in the amazing company of our fellow Fulbright community. 

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    NCAC's Fall 2015 Gala | British Embassy
    Nov
    16
    6:00 PM18:00

    NCAC's Fall 2015 Gala | British Embassy

    By kind permission of

    Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador

    The Fulbright Association National Capital Area Chapter
    invites you to attend their

    FALL 2015 GALA

    Honoring International Education Week

    Monday, 16th November
    6:00-7:30 pm

    The Ambassador’s Residence

    3100 Massachusetts Avenue NW
    Washington, DC20008

    With remarks by the British Ambassador
    And U.K./U.S. Fulbright Program Alumni

    Live Jazz – Hors d’Oeuvres – Refreshments

    RSVP online by 12:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 13
    Send questions to rsvpncac@gmail.com

    • Please present photo ID on arrival.
    • The main gates on Massachusetts Avenue will be open and parking available in the Embassy compound.
    • Shuttle service provided between the Ambassador's residence and the Dupont Circle Metro. 
    • Arrangements can be made to accommodate those with limited mobility (see order form). 
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    Baltimore Composers Forum Presents: Lyric Brass Quintet
    Nov
    13
    7:30 PM19:30

    Baltimore Composers Forum Presents: Lyric Brass Quintet

    Join us at An Die Musik in Baltimore on Friday, Nov. 13 for a concert by Lyric Brass Quintet, sponsored by the Baltimore Composers Forum!

    NCAC board member and BCF officer Hollis Thoms is generously donating FREE tickets for Fulbright Association members and visiting Fulbright students/scholars, with one guest per person. RSVP required. 

    After the concert, we'll mingle with composers and the performers at a free reception.

    For those outside Baltimore: Transportation is available via the MARC train, or potentially via carpool. More info in the registration form!

    Click here for more information!

    More about Lyric Brass Quintet:

    Formed in 1998, the Lyric Brass Quintet (Kevin Dines & Christopher Shiley, Trumpets; Larry Williams, Horn; Milton Aldana, Trombone; and Andrew Spang, Tuba) has established itself as an exciting ensemble dedicated to bringing the rich traditions of brass chamber music to new audiences and forging new ground in the area of concert performance.

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    Fulbright Young Professionals Emerging Leader Series with Courtney Beale, Senior Director at the White House National Security Council
    Nov
    3
    6:30 PM18:30

    Fulbright Young Professionals Emerging Leader Series with Courtney Beale, Senior Director at the White House National Security Council

    Fulbright NCAC's Young Professionals Initiative invites you to this year's first Emerging Leaders Series event. The series aims to give Fulbright alumni the unique opportunity to talk and dine with rising leaders in fields such as politics, media, and international affairs about their professional development.

    November's speaker is Courtney Beale, Senior Director of the Global Engagement Office at the National Security Council.  Ms. Beale currently oversees the U.S. government’s public diplomacy efforts to engage and influence citizens and non-state actors in support of the nation's national security goals. Ms. Beale will provide insights into her career as a diplomat with U.S. State Department and her current work advancing the nation's national security goals in an age of rapid global change. 

    Join Ms. Beale and us at Bistro Bistro restaurant in Dupont Circle. Your purchase for the event will include a prix fixe dinner.

    We're limiting this private event to 20 seats, so please RSVP today!

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    2015 NCAC Open House and Welcome Event
    Oct
    28
    6:30 PM18:30

    2015 NCAC Open House and Welcome Event

    Join members of the Fulbright community on Wednesday, October 28 as we officially welcome our 2015-2016 Visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars to the national capital area. We'll catch up with friends over food and refreshments, meet new contacts, and learn about upcoming events and initiatives from NCAC 2015-2016 board of directors.

    RSVP required. This event is FREE for all Fulbrighters and guests!

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    Annapolis Day: Brunch on the Harbor
    Oct
    18
    10:30 AM10:30

    Annapolis Day: Brunch on the Harbor

    Enjoy the sites, sounds and gustatory pleasures of Annapolis! Join us on October 18, 2015 for Sunday Brunch at the beautiful Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis. Meet and mingle with fellow area Fulbrighters, while enjoying some food and a million-dollar view of the Severn River and historic Annapolis Harbor.  After brunch explore this beautiful capital city with a tour of the city, the Naval Academy, and a simple stroll (self-guided, not formally organized by NCAC). The state capital is open on Sundays as well!

    Transportation: The registration form will give you the option of signing up to drive fellow fulbrighters from/to DC, and of requesting a ride. The most likely pickup/drop off location will be the New Carollton Metro Station on the blue/orange/silver lines.

    There is a $5 charge to secure a spot at this event. We will be providing a first welcome drink and appetizers for the table. The food is very affordable for the view we are going to get! If you can provide transportation or are in need of a ride, please let us know!

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