Week in DC: Events 8.1-8.5.2016

Monday, August 1, 2016
The World According To Star Wars– Cato Institute
Time: noon-1:30pm
Location: Cato Institute1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 (map)
Featuring the author Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School; with comments by Ilya Somin, Professor, George Mason University Law School; and Michael F. Cannon Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Aaron Ross Powell, Editor, Libertarianism.org and Research Fellow, Cato Institute.
The mythology at the heart of the Star Wars motion pictures has become a powerful common language for talking about not just good versus evil, fathers and sons, and destiny and choice, but also foundational political ideas like the role of government, the nature of power, the decay of institutions, and the need for and permissibility of rebellion and revolution. In The World According to Star Wars, legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein offers insights on theses topics and more, showing how and why Star Wars resonates so deeply with so many and what it has to teach us about the most important questions we face today. If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at www.cato.org/live and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoEvents. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute. Online registration for this event is now closed. If you are interested in registering for this event, please email events [at] cato.org.

Tuesday , August 2, 2016
Environmental Open House– Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 4-6pm
Location: John Hopkins1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 (map)
Room: Kenney-Herter Auditorium – The Nitze Building
The Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS is hosting an environmental recruting event on August 2 to present ERE program information to prospective students and environmental employers and interns.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Conversations & Cocktails: Human Rights And Democracy  –The McCain Institute for International Leadership
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: The McCain Institute1777 F St NW, Washington, DC (map)
Room: Suite 600
Please join The McCain Institute for the third Conversation & Cocktails 2016 Series installment on Human Rights and Democracy. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at The McCain Institute office in Washington.  Conversation & Cocktails is a summer series of guided conversations led by The McCain Institute’s directors on topics related to the Institute’s three flagship programs: Human Rights and Democracy, Humanitarian Action and Law & Governance. This series offers mid-level professionals the opportunity to network and develop a knowledge base on issues such as authoritarian threats to democracy, rule of law in developing countries and human trafficking. For more information about this Conversation & Cocktails installment, RSVP here.

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Zika And Women’s Health– Center for American Progress
Time: noon-1pm
Location: Center for American Progress1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005 (map)
As the threat of Zika virus escalates, response efforts have focused primarily on environmental health concerns and mosquito control. However, Zika is also a significant women’s health issue. While primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, the virus can also be transmitted sexually or perinatally, leading to birth defects, such as microcephaly. The Center for American Progress has estimated that more than 2 million pregnant women in the United States are potentially at risk of infection with the Zika virus this summer and early fall. Currently, there are more than 600 pregnant women being monitored for the Zika virus, and seven infants have been born with microcephaly in the United States and its territories. Zika has also had a ravaging effect on women and families in Latin America. Ensuring access to reproductive and maternal health care is critical, both to fight the Zika outbreak and to curb the effect the virus can have on women. Moreover, the most effective responses will meet the needs of those who will be most heavily impacted, particularly low-income pregnant women and women of reproductive age. Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion on strategies to ensure access to quality, timely reproductive and maternal health care to combat Zika virus transmission.

Friday, August 5, 2016
Pulitzer Prize Winner David Cay Johnston: ‘The Making Of Donald Trump’– National Press Club
Time: 6:30pm
Location: National Press Club529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045 (map)
David Cay Johnston will discuss his new book The Making of Donald Trump, at a National Press Club Book Rap on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. In The Making of Donald Trump, Mr. Johnston goes back in time to look at Mr. Trump’s rise to power, including his family background, his litigation history, and his ties to organized crime. The event is sponsored by the Book & Author Committee and includes an author discussion, question-and-answer session from the audience and book signing. Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for non-members. The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit National Press Club Journalism Institute. Books can be purchased online at the same time as tickets or at the event. No outside books are permitted.

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