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Tracking the Hill's briefings, luncheons, receptions, and more.
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Apr
26
12:00 PM12:00

Crowdfunding So Far and Necessary Reforms

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Title III of the 2012 JOBS Act created a new crowdfunding exemption that allows entrepreneurs to raise up to $1.07 million from a large number of small investors using internet funding portals.

As we approach the two year anniversary of crowdfunding, please join us for a discussion of how crowdfunding is working to help small entrepreneurs raise capital, the prospects for crowdfunding, and what reforms are necessary for crowdfunding to work better.

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Apr
26
4:00 PM16:00

Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity

  • 2237 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The program will share impactful stories of how women come up with game-changing and life-enhancing innovation that transforms and improves our lives while empowering other woman to do the same. We are celebrating the brilliance, ingenuity, drive and courage of the women driving change and shaping our world. Reception to follow the event. 

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Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

The Price of Peace A Personal Exploration by Johan Norberg

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How do we prevent war? How great a price are we willing to pay for peace? Can we use the lessons learned throughout history to extend peace into tomorrow? Those are some of the questions posed by a new 1-hour documentary, The Price of Peace: A Personal Exploration by Johan Norberg. Norberg, a Swedish author, historian and Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute, undertakes a global journey in search of answers to the relative costs of appeasement and deterrence and seeks to distill their lessons for the United States, other cultures and countries as well.

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Apr
26
5:30 PM17:30

International Chart Day Reception

  • 2045 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Tumblr and the Society for New Design in collaboration with the office of Congressman Mark Takano are hosting a daylong conference and evening event on Capitol Hill to discuss and celebrate charts - and the first annual "International Chart Day." This will include presentations of the history and future of charts, how infographics will help combat fake news, a live-build of an infographic in front of an audience.

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Apr
27
12:00 PM12:00

Antitrust & the Internet: A New Way Of Looking At Competition?

"Antitrust and competition policy is exciting stuff," said no one ever (except, of course, the very few who follow this arcane field of economics and algorithms). Yet in recent months on Capitol Hill competition policy buzzwords have started to be overheard in conversations outside of the traditional antitrust policy bastions such as the Antitrust subcommittees. Is all this "excitement" around competition policy because folks are curious how the new Administration will approach mergers and market concentration? Or is it because, as some have suggested, that the Internet has profoundly changed how markets have traditionally operated, our antitrust policy must change as well?

We've assembled a panel of experts from different perspectives on competition and antitrust to discuss what all the excitement is about.

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Apr
27
12:00 PM12:00

Legislative Process 101: Appropriations

Whether you’re new to government affairs and federal funding or an experienced DC insider, the appropriations process can seem byzantine and abstruse. Which happens to make it a perfect subject for the next webinar in our Legislative Process 101 series with GW’s Graduate School of Political Management! John Leggieri, Senior Vice President at Cornerstone Government Affairs and Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University, will walk us through the appropriations process from beginning to end, answering your questions along the way.

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May
1
12:00 PM12:00

ROI: How global health R&D is paying dividends in your state

Join us for a dialogue and briefing to launch a new state-by-state analysis from GHTC examining how global health R&D delivers economic and health benefits across US states and discuss how we can leverage these findings to advance US support for global health innovation in uncertain times.

Lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to the public, and the invitation has been widely distributed in compliance with congressional ethics rules.

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May
4
9:30 AM09:30

Reconstruction, Citizenship, Impeachment

  • Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Meeting Room North (map)
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The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will hold its annual symposium on May 4, 2018. Speakers from across the country will discuss issues arising from congressional action during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period in Congressional Meeting Room North of the Capitol Visitor Center from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

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May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Congressional Briefing on the History of US Infrastructure

While it is widely recognized that America’s aging infrastructure needs a major overhaul, policymakers disagree about how to accomplish this task.  So how did the great infrastructure projects of the past get built?  Three leading historians of the subject will explain how this happened and what it can teach us about infrastructure development.

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May
31
1:00 PM13:00

How to Create Events Back Home

As Tip O'Neil once stated, "all politics is local." CMF research shows that Members of Congress consider visits to local facilities to be one of the most valuable ways to understand constituent views and opinions – more than any other source of information! This webinar is for citizen advocates as part of the Partnership for a More Perfect Union.

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Jul
10
9:30 AM09:30

2018 Congressional Clean Energy Expo and Policy Forum

The 2018 Congressional Clean Energy Expo and Policy Forum will bring together 40-50 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In every state across the country, these technologies are having a significant impact in business development and job creation in the manufacturing, transmission, power, transportation, and building sectors. The bipartisan House Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus is the Expo's honorary co-host.

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Jul
12
11:30 AM11:30

Mental Health Status of Black America Forum on Sexual Harassment

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month enacted by Congress in 2008. And since 2011, the Black Psychiatrists of America, Inc. (BPA) has convened a national forum during July in celebration of the month to address issues of relevance and concern related to the mental well being of African Americans through a National Forum entitled "The Mental Health Status of Black America" on Capitol Hill.

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Apr
24
11:00 AM11:00

Taking a Broader View: A Conversation with Facebook about Privacy, Responsibility, and the Future

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During his recent Congressional testimony, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company has not taken “a broad enough view of our responsibility,” saying they have a duty “to not just build tools, but to make sure those tools are used for good.” This is a significant shift from the company’s original hacker mantra of “move fast and break stuff.” This shift is occurring after several years of significant challenges for Facebook, and we hope you will join us as we discuss what the company has learned, how it is planning to evolve, and what challenges it is likely to encounter going forward.

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Apr
24
10:30 AM10:30

The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve

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Born out of crisis a century ago, the Federal Reserve has become the most powerful macroeconomic policymaker and financial regulator in the world. In The Myth of Independence, Sarah Binder and Mark Spindel trace the Fed’s transformation from a weak, secretive, and decentralized institution in 1913 to a remarkably transparent central bank a century later. Offering a unique account of Congress’s role in steering this evolution, the authors explore the Fed’s past, present, and future and challenge the myth of its independence.

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Apr
23
5:30 PM17:30

Reception and Knife Skills Documentary Viewing

April is Second Chance Month and Prison Fellowship is proud to host a viewing of this remarkable second chance story. A reception with appetizers will be start at 5:30pm. The Knife Skills viewing will start promptly at 6pm, followed by a panel discussion moderated by CNN commentator Shermichael Singleton and featuring the film's Director Thomas Lennon and Edwin's owner Brandon Chrostowski. We will also hear remarks from Senator Rob Portman (OH). You won't want to miss it! 

We kindly ask that all attendees RSVP by April 15th.

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Apr
23
12:00 PM12:00

The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan's Final Years

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Americans never stop being enamored by what presidents are like when the cameras stop rolling. In The President Will See You Know, author Peggy Grande provides an answer to that question. As President Reagan’s longtime Executive Assistant, she worked closely with him for 10 years (1989-1999) after he left the White House. From this unique vantage point, she reflects upon the day-to-day life in the President’s California office, including his relationship with the First Lady and his interactions with friends, world leaders, and everyday Americans.

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Apr
23
12:00 PM12:00

Beyond the Beltway Lunch ‘n Learn Series: The Intersection of Grassroots and Direct Lobbying

We are excited to announce the debut event of GAIN’s new partnership with Crowdskout! For the first event of this quarterly series on thinking outside the beltway, experts will share best practices for integrating grassroots lobbying with direct lobbying. What are the most effective ways to coordinate your grassroots and direct lobbying efforts to achieve success? Learn from the experts! Lunch will be provided. This event has limited seating so register now!

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Apr
20
12:30 PM12:30

Congressional Lunch Hill Briefing on Improving Understanding of Medicare

Better Medicare Alliance invites you to a Congressional briefing presentation and panel discussion on beneficiary education and understanding of Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part C, the private-public managed care option under Medicare following the release of a new report from a convening held with 50 thought leaders.

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Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Weak Parties and Strong Partisanship

How can we have weak parties in Congress yet historically high partisanship? What do such paradoxes mean for Congress and its relationship with Trump? FiveThirtyEight.com contributor and Marquette professor Julia Azari will break down internal party dynamics, explain how we got here and how she sees these dynamics playing out heading into the 2018 elections.

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Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Social Media Branding Best Practices (Women's Congressional Staff Association)

Please join the Professional Development Committee for an interactive discussion with representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram about social media best practices, including the general do's and don’ts, privacy, security settings, etc. We will address topics such as: The benefits of having a personal account and a professional account, how to condense your authentic self into 280 characters, and how to translate your personal and professional brand according to the platform.

This is a highly-anticipated event. Seats are limited.

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Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Congressional Black Associates 2018 Alumni Panel Discussion

Please join the Congressional Black Associates (“CBA”), for our inaugural 2018 Alumni Panel Discussion. This panel will feature an interactive discussion addressing the importance of networking your way through Congress, tips on staying involved, and the power of exercising your voice on Capitol Hill.

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Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

National Cannabis Policy Summit

The NCF Policy Summit brings together a diverse group of activists and leaders from government, business, healthcare, veterans groups, and civil rights organizations to discuss today’s most pressing cannabis policy challenges and opportunities. Timed to take place the day prior to the National Cannabis Festival, the Summit is Washington, D.C.’s premier celebration of cannabis advocacy and a call to action for American leadership in defense of state’s rights and and the will of the voters, in Washington, D.C. and around the country. We hope you will join the conversation in person or online via our live stream.

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Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Trade on the Hill: Understanding the Trump Crackdown on Trade

Young Trade Professionals (YTP) will host a “Trade on the Hill” session on April 20th, on the topic of trade enforcement. The Trump Administration promised a reset in U.S. trade policy, making the reduction of bilateral trade deficits a core priority. It has revived little-used U.S. trade laws: a Section 232 investigation on steel and aluminum to restrict imports with national security considerations and a Section 301 investigation on Chinese intellectual property theft. The Administration also started off 2018 by enacting sweeping Section 201 tariffs on solar panels and washing machines. As the Administration shifts U.S. trade policy to focus on enforcement, join YTP to learn about the full panoply of trade policy cases that will be in focus for Congress.

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Apr
19
1:30 PM13:30

The New Age of Innovation: Safety in the Driverless Age

The overwhelming majority of traffic accidents can be traced to human choice or human errors. Autonomous vehicles promise to take this risk factor out of the equation. Yet safety remains a top concern of Americans who are apprehensive about sharing the road with driverless cars. As Washington contemplates its role in this emerging industry, join POLITICO for a deep-dive conversation that will unpack the threshold question: What will it take to ensure safety in the age of driverless cars?

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Apr
19
12:00 PM12:00

Race and America’s Founding Principles: A Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration

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wo hundred years after his birth, Frederick Douglass endures unequalled as the invincible adversary of racial despair and disaffection – the preeminent apostle of hopefulness in the American promise of liberty and justice for all. In America’s dedication to principles of natural rights set forth in the Declaration of Independence, Douglass found reason to love and identify with his country, despite the injustices that he and his people had suffered. A formidable thinker, activist, and polemicist, Douglass produced the most powerful argument for the affirmation of America’s Founding principles in the history of African-American political thought.

Peter C. Myers is a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and the author of Frederick Douglass: Race and the Rebirth of American Liberalism. Reverend Dean Nelson is a licensed minister and ordained pastor who currently serves as the chairman of the Douglass Leadership Institute. Diana Schaub is a professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland and the author of several essays on African-American American political thought.

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Apr
18
5:30 PM17:30

Water Week 2018 Congressional Networking Reception

Come celebrate Water Week 2018 with a networking and Congressional reception at the Library of Congress. Enjoy a relaxed social event with members from AWWA, WEF, AMWA, NACWA, WateReuse, the US Water Alliance, the Water Research Foundation, and members of Congress as we celebrate water and promote funding and programs for infrastructure improvements.

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Apr
18
5:30 PM17:30

2018 District Sustainability Awards

  • 225 7th Street Southeast Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
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Join Mayor Bowser and DOEE Director Tommy Wells to honor this year’s District Sustainability Award winners, which include local nonprofit and educational organizations and private sector businesses – and an award for "People's Choice."

Food and drinks will be available for purchase by cash or credit. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Dress is business casual.

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Apr
18
5:15 PM17:15

2018 Posters on the Hill

  • Rayburn House Office Building Cafeteria (map)
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CUR, in collaboration with ACS, hosts the annual Posters on the Hill event to showcase the work of undergraduate researchers from across the country. The event is highly selective—institutions’ most talented researchers are judged by a national panel of experts in their fields, and only the best teams are chosen for the poster session on Capitol Hill. These undergraduates share their research with Members of Congress, congressional staff, federal government officials, academics, and others, demonstrating the value of federal investment in undergraduate research.

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Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

The Future of U.S.-Romania Missile Defense Cooperation

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Romania, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), has been a steadfast ally to the United States. It sets an example in defending NATO allies from short- and medium-range ballistic missile threats as the first Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense site in Europe became operational on May 12, 2016. In addition to being a leader in the initiative of European missile defense, Romania has made remarkable contributions to the NATO alliance, including supporting NATO-led combat missions in Afghanistan. Romania has answered President Trump’s calls for burden sharing and staying committed to the NATO target of spending 2% of its GDP on defense. The country has been instrumental in maintaining security and stability in the Black Sea as a gatekeeper to the European continent.

Please join H.E. George Cristian Maior, Ambassador of Romania to the United States, for a conversation on the status of U.S. missile defense efforts in Romania and the future of missile defense cooperation between the two countries in the framework of the robust Strategic Partnership they share.

 

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Apr
17
2:30 PM14:30

Russia in the Middle East: Tactics, Instruments, Strategy and Goals

  • 1539 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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There is an outpouring of reporting on Russian activities in Syria, and to a lesser degree other countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Until now, however, there has been no single effort to analyze the totality of Russian objectives, as well as its instruments of power, tactics and strategy, in the greater Middle East or their implications for U.S. foreign policy.

Please join The Jamestown Foundation, on April 17, 2018, from 2:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., as our panel of experts discusses these developments, analyzes Russia’s activity in the Middle East, and considers what the U.S. strategy and reaction should be to Russia’s provocative behavior.

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Apr
17
2:00 PM14:00

Launch Event: "The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science"

A reproducibility crisis afflicts a wide range of scientific and social-scientific disciplines, from epidemiology to social psychology. Improper use of statistics, arbitrary research techniques, lack of accountability, political groupthink, and a scientific culture biased toward producing positive results together have produced a critical state of affairs. Many supposedly scientific results cannot be reproduced in subsequent investigations. The Irreproducibility Crisis, a new report by the National Association of Scholars, examines the different aspects of the reproducibility crisis of modern science.

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Apr
17
1:30 PM13:30

The Future of Renewable Energy: Private Sector Solutions

As the government debates the role of renewable energy in today’s world, the private sector is charging forth and mapping the future of this space. Join POLITICO for beers and a deep-dive conversation on how private businesses are stepping up to address the future of clean energy and how they can work with the government to build a more sustainable future.

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Apr
17
10:30 AM10:30

US-Europe Cooperation and The China Challenge

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The U.S. and nations of Europe are allies across a range of issues that have kept much of the world free, secure and growing in prosperity for decades since the end of World War II. Is there a future for greater such cooperation in the Indo-Pacific – particularly in the face of challenges presented by China? 

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Apr
16
1:30 PM13:30

The Positive Economics of Workforce Development and Reentry (House Session)

Hundreds of thousands of individuals return to their community from state and federal prisons every year. Even after they have served their time, returning citizens face significant challenges, particularly when it comes to obtaining and retaining employment. In order for our economy to thrive, we need to collaborate with businesses, workforce development, and reentry communities to train and hire formerly incarcerated individuals. This event will discuss the challenges of reentry and economic benefits of hiring people with criminal records.

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Apr
16
12:15 PM12:15

The Fiery Angel: Art, Culture, Sex, Politics, and the Struggle for the Soul of the West

You are cordially invited to the 4th installment of the IWP Capitol Hill Speaker Series featuring a discussion with Michael Walsh, Author and Cultural-Political Consultant, on his new book The Fiery Angel: Art, Culture, Sex, Politics, and the Struggle for the Soul of the West. Moderated byMackubin T. Owens, Ph.D., Dean of Academics, The Institute of World Politics

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Apr
16
12:00 PM12:00

A New, Modern Approach to Parental Leave

Please join Independent Women's Forum for an in-depth, lunchtime briefing on a new, modern approach to paid parental leave benefits.

The concept of providing paid leave to new parents so that they may care for their newborn children has widespread bipartisan support. Despite its popularity, the United States is the only industrialized nation that does not mandate or subsidize at least some form of paid parental leave.

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Apr
16
12:00 PM12:00

Do Borders Matter? - The Supreme Court Reviews Internet Sales Tax

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This month, the Supreme Court will hear a case dealing with whether states can require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax when their residents make a purchase online. The Court previously held in North Dakota v. Quill Corp. that retailers must have a physical presence in the state in order to be required to collect state sales tax. Now many states argue that in the age of Internet shopping, they are missing out on billions of dollars in lost sales tax revenue. South Dakota passed a law mandating out-of-state retailers collect and remit sales tax, directly challenging the holding in Quill. The state sued several online retailers for failing to comply with its law. In South Dakota v. Wayfair, the Supreme Court will decide whether Quill remains good law and whether states may force businesses outside their borders to collect their taxes. Join us as a panel experts discusses the legal, policy, and constitutional implications of this case.

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Apr
16
11:00 AM11:00

After the Storms: Disaster Response following the Hurricanes of 2017

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2017 saw several serious Hurricanes strike the United States. Harvey, Irma, and Maria left destruction in their wakes requiring massive response, cleanup, and recovery efforts. The different elements of the U.S. government, together with U.S. civil society and private individuals, were called upon to meet these large tasks. With multiple large storms coming in quick succession, the ability to respond was tested in different ways – tests that can now teach policymakers what worked well and what didn’t, thus guiding future policy changes.

Join us for a discussion of the 2017 hurricane season response and areas that should be improved for the future.

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