Programs for May 1-31

May 2, Monday Quarterback Luncheon – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Alan Penziner is our Quarterback.

May 5, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Speaker is Dr. Carol Kalin. Her topic— Ukraine and The Middle East: A Two-Book Talk for Foreign Service Day

In honor of U.S. Foreign Service Day on May 6, Carol Kalin will discuss two books relevant to a top foreign policy concern, providing context for reaction in the Middle East to Russia’s war in Ukraine. The first is The Back Channel, a new memoir by CIA director William J. Burns, a LaSalle University graduate and former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan as well as Deputy Secretary of State. The second is David Fromkin’s A Peace to End All Peace, an NYT bestseller published in 2001 that explains why the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of WW I still matters today.

Carol is a retired American diplomat, who holds an MA in economics from the New School for Social Research and an EdD from Penn. Starting in 1993, she served at seven different U.S. embassies in the Middle East and Africa, including two tours as Deputy Chief of Mission—assignments that placed her in Beirut, Lebanon, on 9/11 and in Nouakchott, Mauritania, during the Arab Spring. In 2012, she returned to Philadelphia with her husband George Bevan, a native of Royersford, and began teaching at Penn. She is originally from Kansas City.

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May 9, Monday Quarterback Luncheon – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Tom Tropp is our Quarterback.

May 12, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Speaker is Kermit Roosevelt III. His topic—The Supreme Court: Current Issues and Controversies

Kermit Roosevelt teaches constitutional law, conflict of laws, and creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has published several books in these fields. The Myth of Judicial Activism sets out standards by which citizens can determine whether the Supreme Court is abusing its power to interpret the Constitution. His most recent nonfiction book, The Nation that Never Was, investigates the source of American ideals and identity to propose a radical reworking of the American story. He is also the author of two novels, In the Shadow of the Law and Allegiance. Roosevelt was selected by the American Law Institute as the Reporter for the Third Restatement of Conflict of Laws, and he served on the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court. Before joining the Penn faculty, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice David Souter and practiced appellate litigation in Chicago.

May 16, Monday Quarterback Luncheon – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Alina Macneal is our Quarterback.

May 20, Special Meeting and Club Dinner, starting with cocktails at 5:30 p.m.

President Marsh has called a special pre-dinner meeting for voting members to consider the Club’s change in nonprofit status from 501(c)(7) to 501(c)(3). 

May 23, Monday Quarterback Luncheon – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Palmer Hartl is our Quarterback.

May 26, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Speaker TBA

May 31, Quarterback Luncheon on Tuesday – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Roberta Kangilaski is our Quarterback—on Tuesday, because the Club will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day.