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


February 15, 2022, 7 pm
Tamara Belt, Landscape Designer and Environmentalist
Erin Gleeson, Beekeeper and Master Naturalist
DC’s Nature and Ecology: The Impact of Climate Change and Urban Development



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.

Tamara Belt is an award-winning landscape designer and environmentalist who designs aesthetically-pleasing 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.

Tamara received a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics and previously worked as an environmental economist at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, where she focused on projects in the “green” sector– including afforestation, biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture projects. Subsequently she completed the landscape design program at George Washington University in 2006.  Erin Gleeson is a hobby beekeeper who keeps an apiary of about 20 hives at the Swiss Embassy in Woodley Park in Washington with her friend Sean Kennedy. Working together as “Bee Curious LLC”, Erin and Sean catch swarms across DC, rescue hives from rooftops, remove bees from walls, and spread the word about what anyone with a patch of soil can do to support our tiny friends and their native cousins. During non-beekeeping hours, Erin works with family forest owners on sustainable forest management toward climate and conservation goals. She holds degrees in geosciences and climate science and is a Master Naturalist. Tamara Belt lives in Cleveland Park. Until recently, Erin Gleeson lived in Woodley Park.


April 19, 2022, 7 pm

Margarita Calderón, Educator

In conversation with Amy Henderson, Historian



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.

Previous Talks

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