2018 Annual Meeting

 Tom Gjelten, our keynote speaker wrote "Nation of Nations," which was also our January book read. 

Tom Gjelten, our keynote speaker wrote "Nation of Nations," which was also our January book read. 

2018 Annual Meeting:  The event is sold out.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

 Waterford at Fair Oaks

12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway Fairfax VA 22033

9:30 a.m. – Registration & coffee 

Keynote speaker: Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten, NPR Correspondent and Author of "Nation of Nations" about immigration to Fairfax County, Virginia

Tom Gjelten covers issues of religion, faith, and belief for NPR News, a beat that encompasses such areas as the changing religious landscape in America, the formation of personal identity, the role of religion in politics, and social and cultural conflict arising from religious differences. His reporting draws on his many years covering national and international news from posts in Washington and around the world.

In 1986, Gjelten became one of NPR's pioneer foreign correspondents, posted first in Latin America and then in Central Europe. In the years that followed, he covered the wars in Central America, social and political strife in South America, the first Gulf War, the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the transitions to democracy in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Gjelten's latest book is A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, published in 2015. His reporting from Sarajevo from 1992 to 1994 was the basis for his book Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege (HarperCollins), praised by the New York Timesas "a chilling portrayal of a city's slow murder." He is also the author of Professionalism in War Reporting: A Correspondent's View (Carnegie Corporation) and a contributor to Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (W. W. Norton).

After returning from his overseas assignments, Gjelten covered U.S. diplomacy and military affairs, first from the State Department and then from the Pentagon. He was reporting live from the Pentagon at the moment it was hit on September 11, 2001, and he was NPR's lead Pentagon reporter during the early war in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq. Gjelten has also reported extensively from Cuba in recent years. His 2008 book, Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause (Viking), is a unique history of modern Cuba, told through the life and times of the Bacardi rum family. The New York Times selected it as a "Notable Nonfiction Book," and the Washington Post, Kansas City Star, and San Francisco Chronicle all listed it among their "Best Books of 2008." His new book, A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story (Simon & Schuster), recounts the impact on America of the 1965 Immigration Act, which officially opened the country's doors to immigrants of color.

Since joining NPR in 1982 as labor and education reporter, Gjelten has won numerous awards for his work, including two Overseas Press Club Awards, a George Polk Award, and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a regular panelist on the PBS program "Washington Week," and a member of the editorial board at World Affairs Journal. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he began his professional career as a public school teacher and freelance writer.

 

Registration Required: We are sorry, but the event is now sold out. 

 

Menu:

House Salad, Chicken Piccata (Chicken cooked in herb & cheese batter served with a lemon capers sauce), Virginia Style Green Beans & Honey Glazed Carrots, Bread and Butter, Dessert, Coffee Service

 

The January 2018 Fairfax Voter Newsletter features our 'Book Club' discussion of "A Nation of Nations" by Tom Gjelten. The book focuses on immigration in Fairfax County.