A Monthly Virtual Speaker Series Featuring Some of Our Neighborhood’s Most Fascinating Residents.
January 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm
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.
Direct Livestream YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTIYY8QB1ME
Matthew Bell is Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland and Principal at Perkins Eastman DC. His professional work includes projects ranging from waterfronts, new towns, and neighborhoods to residential projects, civic and mixed-use buildings, and schools. His work has been exhibited at the Triennale di Milano and he has served as a juror for the Venice Biennale. He has received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Urban Land Institute, and the Committee for 100 on the Federal City. Bell has degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University.
Tim Bertschinger is a senior architect at Perkins Eastman DC and educator with time as adjunct and visiting critic/lecturer at the University of Maryland and Catholic University. His focus is on the development of better urban and community-focused places and projects. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Urban Land Institute and is a graduate of the Cornell University school of Architecture, Art, and Planning. His approach for a Tokyo Olympic Village won a first place finish for the 2011 AIA Ideas Competition.
Brian Kelly is Director of the Architecture program at the University of Maryland where he teaches introductory design studios, site design and analysis, as well as graduate studios that focus on campus planning and academic architecture. He has practiced with Skidmore Owings and Merrill in Chicago, and Peterson-Littenberg in New York. Since 1996 he has collaborated with Ayers Saint Gross, Architects and Planners in Baltimore. Kelly’s creative work was in a traveling exhibition titled Lines of Inquiry: The Architectural Drawings of Brian Kelly. He received degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Cornell. Brian is a Cleveland Park resident.
February 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm
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.
Direct Livestream YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4HJIUNIEpU
In 2020, amid a pandemic, nationwide protests, and a contentious political election, raptors built a nest in a sycamore tree adjacent to the Klingle Valley Bridge between Woodley and Cleveland Parks. People from all walks of life stopped to visit the nest and found solace in nature.
Jennifer Packard specializes in interiors, architecture, portraits, and nature photography as well as large-scale contemporary photo illustrations for corporate offices. She has also taught photography for life-long learning adults, gifted and talented high school students, and has used the medium as a rehabilitative tool for homeless women and at-risk youth. In addition, she volunteers her photographic skills for Tregaron Conservancy. In 2020, she published Enraptured by Raptors.
Jennifer received a BFA in applied media arts and photography and a master’s degree in communication studies. Previously, she served in the Navy Reserves as a public affairs officer.
Amy Henderson is a cultural historian specializing in media, culture, and the arts. As Historian of the National Portrait Gallery, she wrote books and curated exhibitions on broadcasting, Broadway, Hollywood, and dance. She also organized exhibitions on Elvis at 21, on Katharine Hepburn’s movie stardom, and on Katharine Graham’s leadership at the Washington POST. In addition to books, she has published more than 100 articles. Amy emcees Classic Movie Night at the Kennedy-Warren, where she has lived since 1975. She continues to write reviews and essays, notably for ARTES MAGAZINE.
March 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm
From Birmingham to Black Lives Matter: Will America Ever Learn the Hard Lessons on Civil Rights?
Diane McWhorter, in conversation with Diana Veiga.
Direct Livestream YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ-TUVwsBOg
Cleveland Park resident Diane McWhorter is the author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama—The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, which received the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. She has written about race, politics, and culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S.A Today, and many other publications. Her young-adult history of the civil rights movement, A Dream of Freedom, was published in 2004 and was on the “best books” lists of the American Library Association and the New York Public Library.
She has been an adjunct instructor of creative nonfiction at Columbia University and a board member of the Society of American Historians. She has lectured at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Wellesley, Alabama A&M, Washington and Lee, the University of Tennessee Law School, and elsewhere.
McWhorter was raised in Birmingham and educated at Wellesley College. She currently is writing a book about Wernher von Braun and the Third Reich missile pioneers who were brought to Alabama after the war and built the rocket that put the first man on the moon.
Diana Veiga is Civic Engagement Coordinator for the DC Public Library. She served as the Library’s representative on Mayor Bowser’s 2020 Census Complete Count Committee and worked on voter education programs with the DC Board of Elections. She streamed the documentary, Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, followed by discussions led by representatives for DC Vote, People For the American Way, and the Fair Elections Center, and presented I, Too, Sing America: An Evening of Storytelling Celebrating Democracy.
Before joining the library in 2014, Diana worked for People for the American Way as Program Manager in the African-American Affairs Department. She has a BA in French from Spelman College and an MA in Public Communication from American University.
April 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm
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.
Direct Livestream YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mQPQylrlgQ
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 in New York, 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. She is founding Chair of the Folger Poetry Board and serves ex-officio on the Board of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, and has taught poetry reading and appreciation classes at Politics & Prose bookstore since 2006. She lives in Cleveland Park.
May 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm
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.
Direct Livestream YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7JNmguIas8
Michelle Kayon joined the Cathedral in 2020 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Cathedral facilities, as well as major architectural projects, maintenance and renovations at the Cathedral. She is the first woman in the history of the Cathedral to hold the position of chief architect.
Before joining the Cathedral, she worked with the Architect of the Capitol where she was instrumental in the ongoing renovation to the Cannon House Office Building and the recent restoration of the Capitol Dome.
Michelle has also overseen renovation projects at the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Zoo, Department of Justice, and other sites across Washington, including the renewal of the Warner Theatre.
She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.