A Monthly Speaker Series Featuring Some of Our Neighborhood’s Most Fascinating People

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February 20, 2024, 7pm

Lance Kramer, DC Independent Filmmaker: “Navigating the Political Divide”

In person at the Cleveland Park Library. Free but registration is required:: https://clevelandwoodleypark.helpfulvillage.com/events/2198

Lance Kramer is a DC-based filmmaker and, with his brother Brandon, cofounder of Meridian Hill Pictures. Lance will discuss their films which focus on making meaningful change in these divisive times. These are personal stories of people attempting to address complex societal issues through bipartisanship, the navigation of differences, and the finding of common ground. The talk will be interspersed with video clips from their films.

Lance produced The First Step (Tribeca, AFI Docs), City of Trees (Full Frame, PBS, Netflix), and the Webby Award-winning documentary series The Messy Truth.  Lance was selected to the 2018 Sundance Creative Producers Summit, the 2017 Impact Partners Documentary Producers Fellowship and was named to the DOC NYC “40 Under 40” list in 2021. He was awarded four Individual Arts Fellowships by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities between 2014-2022. In 2014, Lance received the DC Mayor’s Arts Award, the highest honor given to working artists in the city. Lance has served two terms as Board Member of Docs in Progress, and has been an active member of the Documentary Producers Alliance since 2016. Lance holds a bachelor’s degree in history and film from Dartmouth College.

March 19, 2024, 7 pm

Dennis Romano, Emeritus Professor of History, Syracuse University:

“Venice and Water”

In person at the Cleveland Park Library, but must register:  https://clevelandwoodleypark.helpfulvillage.com/events/2199

Located in a tidal lagoon at the northern extreme of the Adriatic Sea, Venice has always had a fraught relationship with its surrounding waters. With no easy access to fresh water, the Venetians were forced to develop ingenious methods to supply their city with drinking water.  So too Venice both benefited from and was imperiled by its watery locale. The sea and the rivers that flow into the lagoon offered defensive security and vital trade routes, but simultaneously threatened to flood the city with seawater or transform the lagoon into a malaria-ridden swamp.  This talk traces Venice’s history by examining its four ages of water, as water has evolved in Venetian minds from a benefit to a problem to be solved, from an obstacle to be overcome, to an existential threat. 

Dennis Romano is the Dr. Walter Montgomery and Marion Gruber Professor of History emeritus at Syracuse University.  A former Guggenheim fellow, he has also held fellowships at the National Gallery of Art, the National Humanities Center, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  He is the author of several books on Venetian history, including The Likeness of Venice:  A Life of Doge Francesco Foscari, 1373-1457 and his most recent work: Venice:  The Remarkable History of the Lagoon City, just published this year.

Venice: The Remarkable History of the Lagoon City will be available for purchase at 6:30 in the Library lobby, and Dennis will be on hand to sign books.

April 9, 2024, 7pm

Franklin Foer “The Last Politician: Inside the Biden White House”

In person at the Cleveland Park Library, free but registration required: https://clevelandwoodleypark.helpfulvillage.com/events/2156

Journalist and author Franklin Foer grew up in Washington. He was editor of The New Republic and now is a staff writer for The Atlantic. His most recent book, The Last Politician: Inside the Biden White House and the Struggle for America’s Future, is a New York Times bestseller. With exclusive access to Biden’s inner circle of advisors and more than 300 interviews between November 2020 and February 2023, Frank Foer thoroughly chronicles the first two years of Biden’s presidency.

Foer’s previous books include World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big TechHow Soccer Explains the WorldInsurrections of the Mind: 100 Years of Politics and Culture in America, and with Marc Tracy, Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame.

The Last Politician will be available for sale in the library lobby at 6:30, and Frank Foer will be on hand to sign books.


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