Previously on Tuesday Talks

A Monthly Virtual Speaker Series Featuring Some of Our Neighborhood’s Most Fascinating Residents.

Previously on Tuesday Talks

Washington Post writer David Ignatius in Washington, DC on Sept 27, 2017

March 21, 2023 | 7PM

David Ignatius, Editor, Columnist, and Novelist


In-person at the Cleveland Park Library – No Recording

DC native and Cleveland Park resident David Ignatius joined The Washington Post in 1986 after reporting for the Wall Street Journal. Since 1988, he has written a twice-weekly foreign affairs column. He has won numerous awards and supervised the Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

David also has written 11 spy novels, most recently The Palladin. Another novel, Body of Lies, was made into a movie in 2008. Espionage and technology is the subject of his three most recent novels and another that is in progress.

February 21, 2023 | IN PERSON AT THE CLEVELAND PARK LIBRARY – No Recording

Mark Bucher, Founder, Feed the Fridge, Co-owner, Medium Rare

Mark Bucher is a successful restaurateur and a change maker At the beginning of the pandemic, he created Feed the Fridge to combat hunger in the metro region while helping struggling restaurants stay in business. Bucher installs refrigerators at recreation centers and schools in the region’s food deserts and pays local restaurants to stock them with up to 100 freshly prepared meals every day. Those meals are available to anyone who’s hungry. Feed the Fridge has served more than 7 million meals to those dealing with food insecurity. It also provided much-needed baby formula during the recent shortage.

Camilla Carpenter

January 17, 2023 | IN PERSON AT THE CLEVELAND PARK LIBRARY – No Recording

In conjunction with the Cleveland Park Historical Society

Camilla Carpenter, Former Executive Director, Cleveland Park Historical Society

An Architectural History: Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park

Camilla Carpenter moved to Cleveland Park from New York City in 2000. Prior to her work with CPHS, Camilla spent most of her career in television, working at ABC News, Home Box Office, and Discovery Communications.

Camilla is an enthusiast of architectural history, and a big fan of the variety of architectural styles that enrich the neighborhood.  She is a firm believer that historic buildings and streetscapes should be celebrated and provide us with a deeper understanding of how the past relates to our present built environment.

November 15, 2022

Peter Baker, Chief White House correspondent for The New York Times
Susan Glasser, Staff writer for The New Yorker
The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021.

Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, a political analyst for MSNBC, and the author of Days of Fire and The Breach. Susan Glasser is a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of its weekly “Letter from Trump’s Washington,” as well as a CNN global affairs analyst. Their first assignment as a married couple was as Moscow bureau chiefs for The Washington Post, after which they wrote Kremlin Rising. They also coauthored The Man Who Ran Washington, a New York Times bestseller.

The Divider is the inside story of the four years when Donald Trump went to war with Washington, from the chaotic beginning to the violent finale – an ambitious and lasting history of the full Trump presidency that also contains dozens of exclusive scoops and stories from behind the scenes in the White House, from the absurd to the deadly serious.


October 18, 2022, Matt Wuerker, Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist at Politico, “If you’re not confused, you’re not thinking clearly: Political cartooning in our upside-down times.”

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Matt Wuerker was an original staff member at Politico where he is staff cartoonist and illustrator. He
has been awarded the National Press Foundation’s Berryman Prize, the Herblock Prize, and he received
the Pulitzer Prize in 2012.

Prior to joining Politico, he was a successful freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and animator. Over the past
40 years, his cartoons have been published in dozens of newspapers and magazines. His work is
syndicated internationally by Andrews McMeel Syndicate and the Cartoonist Group.

He is the former president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and serves on the board
of the Herblock Foundation, He is the president of the board for Cartoonist Rights Network

September 20, 2022 – Judith Waxman, Historian, “A History of Woodley Park”

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Did you know that US Presidents lived in Woodley Park? That enslaved people lived here, though African Americans were prohibited from buying or renting residences? That the US Supreme Court played a role in shaping the Woodley neighborhood?

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Judy Waxman is the unofficial historian of Woodley Park. In 2005, she led the Woodley Park team to rehabilitate  the eight call boxes in the community.  In 2015 she became an oral historian and has worked  on projects including The DC Collaborative, The Women’s March, the National Family Planning and  Reproductive Health Association’s 50th Anniversary, the Veteran Feminists of America, and the Pioneer Histories Project.

Judy is also one of the nation’s leading healthcare law and policy analysts. She has consulted with hundreds of state and national organizations to improve the health of women and other  vulnerable groups. She worked as a senior staff leader in health and reproductive rights policy at the 

National Women’s Law Center, Families USA, the National Health Law Program, and the Department of Health and Human Services. From 1989-1991, she was a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care that created a universal health care plan that evolved into the Affordable Care Act. Starting in 2015, she taught Reproductive Health Policy and Law and a survey course on women’s health at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.   

May 10, 2022 – Peggy Robin, Cleveland Park Listserv Moderator,  in conversation with Barr Weiner, “Never a Dull Moment: Behind the Curtain of the Cleveland Park Listserv”

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Peggy Robin is the moderator of the Cleveland Park Listserv, the largest online neighborhood forum in the US, now in its 23rd year with more than 12,400 members. She co-founded it and co-publishes it with her husband Bill Adler.  Peggy will discuss the origins of the listserv, how it’s grown and changed over the years, and how to make the best use of its features. She also will reveal some of the stranger things that have happened, including a real-life as well as cyber-stalker, multiple adventures with hackers and shills, and the true story of the Cuban exiles and their attempt to bombard the Listserv with “Free Elian Gonzales” messages.

Peggy is the author, co-author, or compiler of more than a dozen nonfiction books, including: Saving the Neighborhood: You Can Fight Developers and Win!; The Safe Nanny Handbook; How to Be a Successful Fertility Patient; and Kids’ Letters to President Obama . She has appeared on The Today Show, The Maury Povich Show, The Diane Rehm Show, and Jeopardy. 

Peggy graduated from University of California, Berkeley, and has lived in Cleveland Park since 1976.

Peggy will be in conversation with John Barlow Weiner, President of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association.  Barr grew up in New York City and received his BA from Princeton and his JD from Columbia University School of Law. He has lived in Cleveland Park for the past nine years. He is Assistant Director for Policy in the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Combination Products.

April 19, 2022 – Margarita Calderón, Educator, In conversation with Amy Henderson, Historian: “Beyond Crises: Overcoming Linguistic and Cultural Inequities in Communities and Classrooms” 

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In her new best-selling book, Beyond Crises: Overcoming Linguistic and Cultural Inequities in Communities and Classrooms, educator Margarita Calderón argues that strong community partnerships are essential to re-envision how English is taught today.  She will describe a lively re-invention of learning English created through networks of families, teachers, and administrators and tell compelling student stories and anecdotes that convey how education can be reimagined for English learners, including the recent influx of Afghan refugees.  Hers is an unapologetic call for action to overturn past inequities and create a vibrant learning community that will benefit all.

Margarita Calderón is a Professor Emerita/Senior Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University. Her research and development projects focus on Multilingual Learners/English learners’ quality instruction and have been funded by US Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Labor and Carnegie Corporation of New York. This is her 15th book.

She will be in conversation with cultural historian Amy Henderson.

As Historian of the National Portrait Gallery, Amy wrote books and curated exhibitions on broadcasting, Broadway, Hollywood, and dance. She continues to write reviews and essays, notably for ARTES MAGAZINE. 

Both live at the Kennedy-Warren.

March 15, 2022

Bari Biern & Scott Sedar – A Life in the Arts

When two people fall in love in a play’s rehearsal, as Bari Biern and Scott Sedar did, it’s a showmance. They married in 1983 after appearing together in a play in Dupont Circle at the New Playwright’s Theatre. Bari and Scott discussed their 46 years in the theater, from what it was like when they moved to DC in the 1970s to the current theater scene and how adaptability and resilience have been a key to their life in the arts. 

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February 15, 2022

Tamara Belt and Erin Gleeson: DC’s Nature & Ecology – The Impact of Climate Change & Urban Development

Tamara Belt an award-winning landscape designer and environmentalist and Erin Gleeson a hobby beekeeper who keeps an apiary of about 20 hives at the Swiss Embassy along with a friend. 

Cleveland and Woodley 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 have affected ecology in our local gardens and wildlife.

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January 18, 2022

Ellen Prentiss Campbell – Listening to Ghosts, Conjuring Characters: Drawing from Life and Creating Fiction. 

Author and psychotherapist Ellen Prentiss Campbell’s most recent novel Frieda’s Song was inspired by the life of renowned psychotherapist Frieda Fromm Reichmann who fled Nazi Germany in 1935 and practiced at the Chestnut Lodge in Rockville until her death in 1957, and by the fire which destroyed the Lodge in 2009. In conversation with writer Virginia Hartman, Campbell will discuss the uses of history, experience, and imagination in her fiction.

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November 16, 2021

Jeffrey Rosen: The Future of the Supreme Court

Constitutional scholar Jeffrey Rosen, author of Conversations with RBG, will discuss the place of the Supreme Court in our federal system, its evolution over the years, the role it plays today, and the role it may play in the future.

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October 19, 2021, 7 pm

Terence Samuel: Changes in Journalism Over a Lifetime in the News 

Terry Samuel, who has daily oversight of the newsgathering operation at NPR, will discuss how journalism has changed over the course of his career, from work at The Village Voice to The to newspapers in St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

From 2011 to 2017, Terry Samuel was a politics editor at The Washington Post, overseeing White House and congressional coverage, and before that he was the congressional Managing Editor at the National Journal. He began his career as a writing fellow at the Village Voice in New York and later was a reporter at The Roanoke Times & World News, a national correspondent at both The Philadelphia Inquirer and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and chief congressional correspondent at US News & World Report.

He was a director of editorial programming for AOL Black Voices before joining the Washington Post Company to help launch in 2007.

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September 21, 2021 

Judith Heumann: Rolling Warrior and Fearless Advocate 

As one of the leaders of the Disability Rights Movement, Judy (Judith) Heumann is no stranger to speaking up. Heumann will talk about her new book, Rolling Warrior, as well as her life and career. 

Judith Heumann is a leading disability rights advocate who has worked with government agencies, NGOs, and other institutions to develop human rights legislation and policies benefiting children and adults with disabilities. Her new memoir for young readers, Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution came out in July, 2021.

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May 18, 2021 

Michelle Kayon: Behind-the-scenes at the National Cathedral 

Michelle Kayon, Director of Facilities and Preservation, will discuss ongoing and future architectural projects, maintenance, and renovations at this iconic Washington landmark. 

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April 20, 2021 

Celebrating National Poetry Month with Gigi Bradford 

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 speaks to our present cultural condition. Find out what the increased interest is about. 

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(March Tuesday Talk is no longer online by request of the presenter)

February 23, 2021 

Enraptured by Raptors: The Story of the Cleveland Park Hawks 

Two Woodley Park residents –photographer and author Jennifer Packard, in conversation with Amy Henderson — on how a family of red-shouldered hawks found its way into the hearts of an urban community in the midst of uncertain times. 

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January 19, 2021 

A New Library for and of Cleveland Park 

The design team for the library — Matthew Bell and Tim Bertschinger — discuss the new building from first concept to realization. In conversation with Brian Kelly. 

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November 17, 2020 

Hot of the Presses! with Politico’s Jake Sherman 

Jake Sherman is a senior writer for POLITICO and co-author of POLITICO’s Playbook, the nation’s leading political newsletter. He also is the co-author of New York Times and national best seller, “The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump’s America,” which was published by Crown in 2019. Jake is an NBC and MSNBC political contributor. Jake will talk about covering the 2020 election and his work thus far. 

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October 20, 2020 

It’s All Happening at the Zoo! 

National Zoo animal keepers Kathryn Juliano and Amanda Bobyack will discuss conservation breeding with endangered species and elephant social dynamics and cognitive abilities. Kathryn Juliano is an animal keeper who works with large carnivores including lions, tigers, and Andean bears, among other animals. Amanda will describe how elephants in zoos help us understand social dynamics among related and non-related individuals as well as the elephants’ immense cognitive and emotional repertoire. 

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September 22, 2020 

Sandy Christenberry and George Hemphill: Celebrating the Pioneering Art of Bill Christenberry

Join us for a virtual discussion with Sandy Christenberry in conversation with George Hemphill. The pair will discuss the life and work of the renowned artist Bill Christenberry. Sandy is the former assistant dean of admissions a the Corcoran School of Art, where her late husband, Bill was a professor for the next forty years. Bill’s own work expressed his deep love of his native Alabama, notably Hale County made famous by James Agee and Walker Evans in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Bill was a multi-faceted artist — painter, photographer, sculptor, story teller, and educator about the South, including that part which he abhorred – racism, as exemplified by the Ku Klux Klan. Bill was not only an internationally renowned artist but a beloved citizen of Cleveland Park where he and Sandy moved in 1972.

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May 19, 2020

Juliet Eilperin in conversation with Charles Fishman
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. 

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