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Tracking the Hill's briefings, luncheons, receptions, and more.
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Aug
22
2:30 PM14:30

FOSI Briefs the Hill on Kids and Online Privacy

Register now to attend our latest Hill briefing on kids and online privacy! At this event, we will bring experts together to explore the current approaches to topics such as data collection, targeted online marketing, and other privacy issues that impact minors. We will also discuss the current debate around the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the way that children's privacy is legislated in the United States. RSVP

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Aug
28
12:00 PM12:00

August Brown Bag Series: Congress and the Arts with Mike Evans

  • 200 Maryland Avenue Northeast (Ketchum Hall) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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In his talk, Evans will discuss how has Shakespeare's thinking affected U.S. politics historically as well as how an understanding of Shakespeare could improve American politics in the future. In addition, he will explain why the Folger Shakespeare Library is located virtually across the street from the U.S. Capitol. RSVP

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Sep
11
12:00 PM12:00

Commercializing Low Earth Orbit (LEO): What Does this Mean?

  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The commercialization of space actually began in the 1970s when private telecommunication companies launched and then continued to operate satellites for profit. As time has passed momentum has slowly built for further utilization of the space environment for economic purposes by private industry. Today many talk about “commercializing LEO,” a term that covers a broad array of meaning. The panel will address various visions for, barriers to, and advantages of creating a nongovernment-based, private industry-driven economic sphere in LEO and the role of government in this process.

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Sep
12
8:30 AM08:30

AI Future: Will the Fourth Industrial Revolution Empower or Destroy Our Communities?

  • 918 F Street Northwest (National Union Building) Washington, DC, 20004 United States (map)
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Dubbed by the World Economic Forum as the "Fourth Industrial Revolution", the sweeping changes brought about by artificial intelligence (AI) are already changing the way we work, live, and communicate. But what are the implications of this new era for American communities that have yet to realize the benefits of previous industrial revolutions? As AI has become more prevalent and embedded in our daily existence, how is it changing humanity? Will AI cause some communities to continue to thrive at the expense of others, or will it open new pathways for full economic participation? Join us as we delve into AI's opportunities, potential perils, and the policy implications they engender. Breakfast will be served. RSVP

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Sep
12
12:00 PM12:00

Prioritizing Productivity in Federal R&D Policy to Drive Growth

  • 2167 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Please join ITIF for the release of a new report that lays out a productivity-focused agenda for federal science and engineering research and analyzes the effect it will have on GDP growth and the federal budget. This paper was prepared as part of a Concord Coalition project on fiscal responsibility and economic growth. RSVP

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Middle East Institute Art Gallery Open House

  • 1763 N Street Northwest (Middle East Institute) Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)
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The MEI Art Gallery at the Middle East Institute is hosting an open house as part of the DC-wide festival Art All Night on Saturday, September 14 from 7pm-midnight. The event will feature DJ Muath spinning Middle Eastern dance beats including dabke, rai, and chobi, a pop-up hosted by Adams Morgan bar The Green Zone, and an on-site calligrapher who will create unique mini-artworks for guests.

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Sep
17
10:00 AM10:00

Countering Mass Shootings in the U.S.

  • 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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Mass shootings have unfortunately become an all too common occurrence in the United States, claiming thousands of victims killed or injured in the last decade alone. Mass public attacks in particular appear to have increased in regularity and severity, leading to a heightened sense of national fear and insecurity. Addressing this urgent problem requires evidence-based policy responses based on careful analysis and evaluation. To respond to this need, George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy and Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, with the support of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, have organized a congressional briefing to bring the most up-to-date research on the subject to the U.S. Capitol. Registration is free but required for this event, as space is limited.

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Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Celebration of U.S.-Armenia Relations Reception

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Please join the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues and the Armenian Assembly of America to celebrate U.S.-Armenia relations on Capitol Hill with community members from around the United States. This reception concludes the Armenian Assembly of America's 2019 National Advocacy Conference & Gala. Go to www.aimhye.com for more information on the two-day event.

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Sep
18
5:30 PM17:30

Pet Night On Capitol Hill Reception

Hosted by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), the Pet Food Institute (PFI), and the Pet Leadership Council (PLC), Pet Night brings the power of pets to Capitol Hill, delivering the message to our elected representatives that pets are important for human health and quality of life. Pet Night convenes elected representatives, industry leaders, the veterinary community, animal welfare advocates and research organizations to learn about the importance of pet ownership in America and the growing scientific evidence that pet ownership leads to improved wellbeing for both people and animals.

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Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

National Marine Manufacturers Association Reception

Recreational boating is taking over the halls of Congress this September. Join NMMA in the Rayburn Foyer on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 5:30pm for a happy hour featuring top industry products, boating simulators, and more! Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the latest equipment and innovations that are taking the recreational boating industry by storm. Like every proper boat outing, cocktails and canapés will be served. RSVP

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

New Classrooms Presents: A Discussion on The Iceberg Problem

  • 600 New Jersey Avenue Northwest (Georgetown Law Hart Auditorium) Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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Join New Classrooms on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Washington, DC for a provocative conversation about the hidden truths of students' unfinished learning in middle school mathematics. In this lively panel at Georgetown University, leading experts will discuss and debate the takeaways from The Iceberg Problem, New Classrooms' forthcoming report examining how education policies can unintentionally force educators to measure just a small portion of students’ knowledge. RSVP

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Aug
21
4:30 PM16:30

US-Africa Relations: Insights from Mandela Washington Fellows

  • 325 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
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You are invited to join a conversation about U.S. policy in Sub-Saharan Africa featuring three Mandela Washington Fellows and an American Reciprocal Exchange Awardee. This event will take place on August 21, 2019 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM in the Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325). The session will be a facilitated question-and-answer “talk show” style conversation with the audience, with the panelists discussing their experiences on the Fellowship in the United States, the importance of U.S.-Africa relations, and their important work on the continent. Refreshments and a networking reception will follow the panel discussion. RSVP

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Aug
21
12:00 PM12:00

August Brown Bag Series: Congress and the Arts with Donna Binkewicz

  • 121 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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Binkiewicz will discuss the role of Congress in establishing arts policy and the Cold War context of the NEA/NEH. In addition, she will discuss the origins of federal funding for the arts during the 1960s and how the Cold War Era influenced this process. Finally, she will discuss how federal funding expanded access to the arts in the states. RSVP

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Aug
15
8:30 PM20:30

"Jurassic Park" Screening - Library of Congress Summer Movies on the Lawn

  • 10 First Street Southeast Washington, DC, 20543 United States (map)
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Located between the Supreme Court and the Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE (running the length of East Capitol Street between First and Second Streets, SE), the north lawn of the Jefferson Building provides a comfortable space for people to watch the feature films. Moviegoers are welcome to bring picnics.

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Aug
14
12:00 PM12:00

August Brown Bag Series: Congress and the Arts with Libby Smigel

  • 200 Maryland Avenue Northeast (Ketchum Hall) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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Fall River Legend is a truly American ballet. Choreographed by Agnes de Mille (daughter of Cecil B. DeMille who also choreographed RodeoFall River Legend’s story is based upon the infamous Lizzie Borden murder case. Smigel will draw upon the Library of Congress’ collections from American Ballet Theatre, Oliver Smith (architect and co-founder of the American Ballet Theater), Peggy Clark (lighting designer), and Morton Gould (who composed the music for Fall River Legend.) RSVP

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Aug
8
8:30 PM20:30

"E.T." Screening - Library of Congress Summer Movies on the Lawn

  • 10 First Street Southeast Washington, DC, 20543 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Located between the Supreme Court and the Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE (running the length of East Capitol Street between First and Second Streets, SE), the north lawn of the Jefferson Building provides a comfortable space for people to watch the feature films. Moviegoers are welcome to bring picnics.

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Aug
7
1:30 PM13:30

The Japanese-South Korean Trade Dispute: Ramifications and the Path Forward

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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Japan and South Korea have recently imposed rulings that impact each other’s financial interests and risk triggering a strategic trade war. During previous spikes in tensions, bilateral economic and security sectors were not involved and instead served as moderating influences. That changed for the worse last year. Strained bilateral economic relations undermine U.S. allied diplomatic and security coordination to deal with the North Korean threat. What role should Washington play in resolving disputes between two critically important Asian allies?

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Aug
7
12:00 PM12:00

Unauthorized? The 2001 AUMF and Iran

  • G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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Amid “maximum pressure,” the seizure of a British-flagged tanker, and the downing of a U.S. drone, tensions with Iran are boiling. As the current standoff threatens to escalate into open hostilities, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called a hearing to review authorizations for the use of military force (AUMFs). Join us Wednesday, August 7th, for an expert panel featuring three distinguished legal minds working at the busy intersection of constitutional law and national security. RSVP

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Aug
7
12:00 PM12:00

August Brown Bag Series: Congress and the Arts with Michele Cohen

  • 200 Maryland Avenue Northeast (Veterans of Foreign Wars Building) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will host its annual lunchtime lecture series on Wednesdays in August on Capitol Hill. This year’s iteration of the series will focus on Congress and the arts and how Congress acts as a patron of the arts. Cohen will focus her presentation on the two sculptures that were removed from the Capitol’s East front cheek blocks and are currently in storage. She will discuss what options are available to policy makers in preserving pieces of public art. RSVP

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Aug
7
10:00 AM10:00

Women In International Security Career Series: Careers in International Law

  • 121 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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Join WIIS DC in partnership with Pay Our Interns Now at their event Career Series: Careers in International Law. This event is part of the career series and the focus is on the interaction between international law and the global security environment. The panel will be held on August 7th in room 121 of the Cannon House Office Building from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. RSVP

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Aug
6
11:00 AM11:00

Contemporary India: Foreign Policy, Development Strategy, and Regional Priorities for Modi 2.0

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India’s foreign policy and engagement with the world has acquired new energy and dynamism. Following India’s historic elections this spring, Modi’s second term will continue to focus on creating an enabling environment for India’s growth and development, while pursuing security and growth for all in India’s neighborhood and beyond. To discuss the Modi government’s foreign policy imperatives, and particularly India’s priorities in its regional engagements, India’s Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Harsh Vardhan Shringla will join Heritage Foundation South Asia scholar Jeff M. Smith for a wide-ranging conversation.

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Aug
2
12:00 PM12:00

Multiemployer Pension Crisis: Strengthening the System for the Future

This session, the last in the series, will focus on potential long-term reforms to the multiemployer system to stabilize plans and reduce the possibility that there will be another crisis in the future. Such reforms could include changes to the funding rules, benefit designs, plan governance, or withdrawal liability. Panelists will review potential approaches, discuss how they would affect plans, and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches. RSVP

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Aug
1
8:30 PM20:30

"Jaws" Screening - Library of Congress Summer Movies on the Lawn

  • Libary of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Located between the Supreme Court and the Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE (running the length of East Capitol Street between First and Second Streets, SE), the north lawn of the Jefferson Building provides a comfortable space for people to watch the feature films. Moviegoers are welcome to bring picnics.

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Aug
1
3:00 PM15:00

2019 Intern Lecture Series: Senator Tom Carper

  • SVC-201/200, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

House interns must present their Congressional ID to attend a lecture. Interns are expected to respect the off-the-record nature of ILS. That means no video, audio, or photography will be permitted. Interns will be required to sign-in and entrance is permitted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity.

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Aug
1
2:00 PM14:00

Food Animal Medicine Briefing

  • 1300 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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 We hope you’re able to join the American Association of Avian Pathologists (poultry veterinarians), American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians for a briefing in the House Agriculture Committee Hearing Room to discuss food animal medicine, antimicrobial use in food-producing animals, and the environmental effects of food animal production.

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Aug
1
2:00 PM14:00

Feminists for Life Annual Capitol Hill Intern Briefing

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Feminists for Life focuses our efforts on resources and support for pregnant women, expectant fathers, parents, and birthmothers so that they do not have to drop out of school and face a lifetime of poverty. FFL President Serrin Foster, the creator of Women Deserve Better® campaign, will moderate a panel of women who will share their personal stories of facing an unplanned pregnancy from a variety of perspectives (student parents, rape survivor, and domestic violence victim). An administrator from Georgetown, a student leader from another campus, and Serrin Foster will share strategies for successfully expanding resources on campus and accessing off campus support. RSVP to stella@feministsforlife.org by July 27 with your name, office/organization, and college. Seating is limited and this is a popular annual summer event just for the interns. 

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Aug
1
10:15 AM10:15

2019 Intern Lecture Series: Senator Mike Braun

  • SVC-201/200, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

House interns must present their Congressional ID to attend a lecture. Interns are expected to respect the off-the-record nature of ILS. That means no video, audio, or photography will be permitted. Interns will be required to sign-in and entrance is permitted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity.

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Jul
31
2:15 PM14:15

2019 Intern Lecture Series: Senator Tim Scott

  • SVC-201/200, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

House interns must present their Congressional ID to attend a lecture. Interns are expected to respect the off-the-record nature of ILS. That means no video, audio, or photography will be permitted. Interns will be required to sign-in and entrance is permitted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity.

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Jul
31
12:15 PM12:15

Did 9/11 Save the FBI’s Counterintelligence Program?

  • 385 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
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About the Speaker: Professor John J. Quattrocki currently serves as a Vice President at CACI’s National Solutions Group. An expert on U.S. national security, Prof. Quattrocki is retired from the Senior Executive Service with 22 years of operational and policy experience. His work has focused on Russia, the countries of the (former) Warsaw Pact, East Asia, Islamic extremist groups, and domestic terrorist threats. Advance RSVP required.

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Jul
31
12:15 PM12:15

Policy Simulation Library DC Meeting: The Congressional Budget Office’s New Health Insurance Model

  • 1789 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)
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Join us for the Policy Simulation Library (PSL) DC meeting hosted by AEI’s Open Source Policy Center to learn how computational simulation models are used to inform public policy decision-making. After updates from PSL contributors and users, Geena Kim will present HISIM2, the new health insurance simulation model from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). HISIM2 generates estimates of health insurance coverage and premiums and is used for the CBO’s budget projections. Registration is highly encouraged.

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Jul
31
12:00 PM12:00

Energy Efficiency Jobs Are Green Jobs: Report Shows Employment Potential of Weatherizing Affordable Housing

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Energy efficiency improvements are the largest source of clean energy jobs in the United States and a major driver of the economy. Retrofit projects also reduce emissions that pollute our air and overheat our planet, while making homes more comfortable and more affordable through lower utility bills. Indeed, energy efficiency is the cheapest, fastest and simplest way to address energy and environmental goals while providing additional benefits to society and the economy. EEFA’s multi-state analysis shows the distribution of existing energy efficiency jobs across 12 states and their 15 largest metro areas, as well as the employment potential of the sector.

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Jul
31
10:30 AM10:30

2019 Intern Lecture Series: Deputy Chief of Staff of the US Army James Pasquarette

  • SVC-201/200, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

House interns must present their Congressional ID to attend a lecture. Interns are expected to respect the off-the-record nature of ILS. That means no video, audio, or photography will be permitted. Interns will be required to sign-in and entrance is permitted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity.

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Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Interns Should Run this City: Social Security Edition.

  • 600 F Street Northwest (The Loft) Washington, DC, 20004 United States (map)
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Free the Facts is an educational non-profit organization that provides young Americans with reliable and unbiased information so they can get involved in policy reform. We want to get America’s brightest minds working on our biggest problems, such as reforming Social Security, Medicare, student loans, public pensions, and other programs that impact our lives. RSVP

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Jul
30
3:00 PM15:00

2019 Intern Lecture Series: HHS Secretary Alex Azar

  • Congressional Auditorium, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

House interns must present their Congressional ID to attend a lecture. Interns are expected to respect the off-the-record nature of ILS. That means no video, audio, or photography will be permitted. Interns will be required to sign-in and entrance is permitted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity.

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