Director of Foreign Policy Institute (SAIS) talks Tuesday April 26 at 7:30 PM

This did not get proper attention in the Courier, and we are highlighting it here.

On Tuesday April 26, tomorrow, the Speakers Committee will welcome  Carla Freeman, Director of the  Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International
Studies (SAIS).

She will speak on “Asia’s Hotspots and the US-China Relationship”.  It will be on Tuesday April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Auditorium.

According to the SAIS bio, linked to above, the speaker:

.  .  .   [C]ompleted her B.A. in Southeast Asia and History at Yale University, a certificate in Chinese language studies at Beijing Foreign Languages University, and a certificate in political science from Sciences Po in Paris. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from SAIS, writing her dissertation on the political economy of reform in China and the challenges posed to its heavily industrialized Northeast region.
Current projects include a book with a working title China and the Global Commons, and edited volumes on China and developing countries; China’s international relations; and Chinese perspectives on North Korea. Recent publications include a collaborative study of China’s carbon market development and several pieces on China’s international relations.

We look forward to a fascinating and future-looking presentation.


Ad Hoc Auditorium Committee Listing of Issues and Suggestions Lays Groundwork for Wednesday April 20 Meeting

The Auditorium Committee has taken an important step forward both in improving our wonderful auditorium, so critical to our communities sense of, well, community.  There is always something going on there, and it is through events there that we often are reminder of our specialness.

The Ad Hoc Committee has generated a list of issues and suggestions, which can be seen in full here.  The suggestions are divided into four areas from four groups: the User Group, the Facilities Group, the Audio-Visual Group, and the Stage Group.

Suggestions range from allowing short term “holds” on thermostats to installing remote control video cameras, from use of student volunteers to expansion of the room, from multi-purposing of the stage to making it easier to move small events to other meeting rooms.

The group will meet next on Wed April 20 at 4:00 PM.

I understand that the plan is to break into work groups focusing on these four areas of focus, to develop recommedations that will then be integrated by the group as a whole for presentation to the RA and beyond.

It seems that this approach will be a good model for other such areas as we move forward. Jim Giese is to be congratulated on starting a measured and comprehensive process. I am sure that he and the group would welcome additional thoughts and suggestions.

Collington Embraces the Raptors

Last night there was a wonderful presentation on raptors and on the Owl Moon Raptor Center.  Collington’s connection came out of our (sadly failed) attempt to rescue a hurt hawk, described here.

The woman who helped us, Suzanne Shoemaker, came to Collington and showed us her wards, patients and friends.  Here are some wonderful photos of that event.  These are all courtesy of Joe Howard

If you want to support the work of, or find out more about, the Center, it is at:

Owl Moon Raptor Center
20201 Bucklodge Road
Boyds, MD 20841









Bruce Smith’s Biography “Lincoln Gordon: Architect of Cold War Foreign Policy” will be in Library Soon

Bruce Smith has kindly donated a copy of this book to our library.  Collington residents will find it particularly interesting that the book contains a beautifully written final chapter about Gordon’s days here at Collington.  The chapter includes a moving description of Gordon’s friendship with fellow resident Marjorie Criser, still very much with us.

The presentation and discussion were fascinating, bringing back to mind days both heroic and dubious, difficult and triumphant for America.  We certainly have a lot of memories here.