In Diverse Families, Desirable Schools: Author Talk with Mira Debs
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

In Diverse Families, Desirable Schools: Author Talk with Mira Debs

Mira Debs is the executive director of Yale University’s Education Studies Program and a lecturer in the Sociology Department.

In Diverse Families, Desirable Schools, Mira Debs offers a richly detailed study of public Montessori schools, which make up the largest group of progressive schools in the public sector. As public Montessori schools expand rapidly as alternatives to traditional public schools, the story of these schools, Debs points out, is a microcosm of the broader conflicts around public school choice. 

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I Found God in Myself: We Remember Ntozake Shange
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

I Found God in Myself: We Remember Ntozake Shange

Join us at the Potter's House D.C. on February 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for the first in the 2019 Braxton Institute Dialogues on Resisting and Thriving Series! Seven voices for the 7 colors of the rainbow read from the work of Ntosake Shange and then their own work to share how Shange’s poetry and plays helped them to find God in themselves and to love themselves more fully.

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Enduring Idealism: A Workshop on Surviving Nonprofits
Jan
29
6:30 PM18:30

Enduring Idealism: A Workshop on Surviving Nonprofits

Are you torn about working at your nonprofit? Do you believe you and your organization can make a difference? Yet the dysfunctions in your workplace frustrate and exhaust you?

Then this is the workshop for you. You’ll be able to share your frustrations in a confidential setting with others. We will quickly move beyond venting. You will discover the similarities and differences between your situation and others’. We’ll examine the root causes and systemic reasons why nonprofits face common challenges. Then we’ll explore ways for you to survive your nonprofit and change it for the better. We’ll do all of this with a bit of interactive fun and laughter. Hopefully, we’ll build a community for support.

Admission: $25
Register here!

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Frostlands: Author Talk with John Feffer
Jan
18
6:30 PM18:30

Frostlands: Author Talk with John Feffer

Frostlands is about a splintered world on the edge of climate catastrophe and the one woman who might just be able to save it. Ariel Dorfman calls it "a cautionary journey into a future planetary collapse where the term “one per cent” is redefined in a terrifying way." A stand-alone sequel to the critically acclaimed Splinterlands, "Frostlands is triumphant and absorbing science fiction, full of ecological and societal warnings," says Foreword Reviews. John Feffer is a playwright, foreign policy expert at the Institute for Policy Studies, and the author of several novels and books of non-fiction.

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Planetary Improvement: Book Talk with Jesse Goldstein
Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

Planetary Improvement: Book Talk with Jesse Goldstein

Join us for a discussion of the politics of environmental and technological change!

In his recent book, "Planetary Improvement: Cleantech Entrepreneurship and the Contradictions of Green Capitalism," author Jesse Goldstein explores the role that clean technologies, in particular those associated with renewable energy generation, play within mainstream environmentalism, and specifically calls for a Green New Deal. With a focus on strategies that he terms planetary improvement, the unfolding climate crisis is often framed as first and foremost an energy crisis, to be solved by the rapid deployment of renewable energy systems that will help “save the planet” without fundamentally altering prevailing patterns of sociotechnical life and material culture.

Can the innovation and deployment of clean technologies, such as renewable energy systems, adequately address the global climate crisis? Are these approaches to environmentalism limited by entrepreneurial, colonial and extractive logics? Are they necessary and pragmatic short term objectives in the face of an increasingly dire climate forecasts? Join us for a discussion of ways to make sense of the complicated intersections of environmental, social and technological politics.

Jesse will be joined by Ashik Siddique, co-chair of Metro DC DSA Ecosocialists & Research Analyst at the National Priorities Project; Basav Sen, Climate Policy Director, Institute for Policy Studies; and Johanna Bozuwa, The Democracy Collaborative.

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Death Cafe
Jan
14
6:30 PM18:30

Death Cafe

The much feared subject of death and dying is never easy to discuss, but why not take the opportunity to come, share, learn and discuss in a safe, friendly and relaxed environment.
The meeting will be informal, insightful and far from morbid! Everyone is welcome to bring their thoughts, friends and family!!

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Downtown Dharma - Meditation Class
Jan
13
6:00 PM18:00

Downtown Dharma - Meditation Class

Come out Sunday evenings 6:00–7:30 pm for a mindfulness meditation class.

Classes are led by teachers from the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and include a 30-minute guided meditation, a teaching segment that focuses on a practice or topic, and time for sharing and discussion. Every third Sunday, the class is peer-led by a volunteer member of the community.

Newcomers to meditation and longtime practitioners are welcome to attend. Chairs are provided or you may bring your own cushion. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

In this tradition, the teachings are shared freely. At the end of class, we will ask for donations to support the teacher and class expenses.

For more information visit imcw.org → Calendar → Classes

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Recovery Cafe
Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

Recovery Cafe

Join us for the Recovery Café Open Mic! All DMV recovery communities, musicians, artists, supporters, families, friends are invited! This event is open to all.

In partnership with The Potter's House of Washington, DC, Recovery Café has a vibrant and much loved history. Let's reignite the hope that anyone going through recovery of any type, has a place to come and express themselves as they find their way. You will be supported at this open mic.

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Call Her Ganda - Screening
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

Call Her Ganda - Screening

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case–an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan) and Jennifer’s mother (Julita “Nanay” Laude)–galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of US imperialism.

This is a free screening! Come on out!

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The Potter's House Holiday Art and Vendor Market
Dec
15
to Dec 16

The Potter's House Holiday Art and Vendor Market

The Holiday season is here and The Potter's House is bringing local Artists and Vendors together to offer the surrounding communities one-of-a-kind, affordable gifts that your loved ones are sure to cherish! From original works of art, to handmade jewelry, organic yoga apparel and more, this is a two-day event that will be the talk of the city

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Recovery Cafe
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Recovery Cafe

Join us for the Recovery Café Open Mic! All DMV recovery communities, musicians, artists, supporters, families, friends are invited! This event is open to all.

In partnership with The Potter's House of Washington, DC, Recovery Café has a vibrant and much loved history. Let's reignite the hope that anyone going through recovery of any type, has a place to come and express themselves as they find their way. You will be supported at this open mic.

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Astrology for Happiness and Success Author Talk with Mecca Woods
Dec
6
6:30 PM18:30

Astrology for Happiness and Success Author Talk with Mecca Woods

How can you use astrology to create the life you want? Join us for a star-studded evening and find out as astrologer and author, Mecca Woods, shares tips from her new book Astrology for Happiness and Success. Mecca will also be sharing what each zodiac sign can expect for 2019 and how to make the new year one of your best. 

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Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism
Dec
4
6:30 PM18:30

Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism

Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism narrates the story of a rural Colombian community in a conflict area that declared itself a peace community, a massacre that occurred there in 2005, and U.S. grassroots and government responses. Parallel to this, the book recounts and analyzes the multi-billion U.S. program known as Plan Colombia and the impact of U.S. military involvement on killings by the Colombian military, as well as the many grassroots initiatives that have resisted war and injustice. 

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Art Between Us
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Art Between Us

“Art Between Us” is the DMV's quarterly all-women’s event for an all-women audience. (All persons who identify as women are welcome!) In an effort to create safe spaces for ladies from marginalized arts communities, “Art Between Us” aims to encourage creativity, develop sisterhood within the arts, and build a support network for women and girls of all backgrounds to connect with each other over artistic expression and celebrate our diverse voices and experiences in a space that's just for us.

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A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago Since the 1960's
Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago Since the 1960's

A Political Education is the story of Black activists, educators, parents, and students who navigated, challenged, and contributed to the urbanpolitical and educational landscape from mid-twentieth century civil rights struggles through the more recent corporate reorganization of the public sphere. The book analyzes transformations in Black politics, shifts in education organizing, and the racial politics of education reform from the 1960s to the present.

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Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools - Author talk with Michelle A. Purdy
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools - Author talk with Michelle A. Purdy

Focusing on the experiences of the first black students to desegregate Atlanta's well-known The Westminster Schools and national efforts to diversify private schools, Michelle A. Purdy combines social history with policy analysis in a dynamic narrative that expertly re-creates this overlooked history.

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Death Cafe
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

Death Cafe

This Death Café will provide an opportunity for individuals of any background, religion, culture or belief to meet together in a non-judgemental environment to discuss death and dying - one of our biggest conversational taboos. 

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