Monday, November 19, 2001

Worldwide Nativity exhibit 10 a.m. The Washington National Cathedral hosts “Good Tidings of Great Joy,” an annual exhibit of creches, or Nativity and religious scenes from around the world. Location: Rare Books Library, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Contact: 202/537-6248
Thanksgiving airline travel 11 a.m. The Air Transport Association and the National Safety Council hold a news conference to discuss Thanksgiving holiday travel and the safety of aviation, including tips to assist passengers with new security screening measures. Location: Outdoor Terrace near US Airways shuttle entrance, Terminal C, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Contact: 202/626-4172 or 202/974-2460.

Hosts ambassadors from Muslim countries for a Ramadan prayer and Iftar meal.

8:30 a.m. Census Bureau releases a report on housing starts and building permits for October. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.
2 p.m. Treasury Department releases weekly three- and six-month bill auction results. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

8:30 a.m. General Accounting Office holds a meeting of the advisory council on government auditing standards. Location: Room 7C13, 441 G St. NW. Contact: 202/512-3423.
9 a.m. National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the interagency autism coordinating committee. Location: Conference Room 10, Building 31, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-4627.

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

Not in session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

Meets at 2 p.m. in pro forma session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

Wreath-laying ceremony B>8 a.m. The Military District of Washington holds a full-honors wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns with President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Location: Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery. Contact: 202/438-6722.
Journalism seminar 9 a.m. The National Press Foundation presents its Swit Seminar Series, “Covering Nonprofit Organizations.” Location: Suite 310, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/721-9106.
Nursing homes forum 9:30 a.m. The Health and Human Services Department’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hold an open-door policy forum listening session and news conference to announce a pilot program to help people covered by Medicare and Medicaid find the best nursing homes for their needs.
Highlights 11 a.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.
Location: Woodbine Rehabilitation and Health Center, 2729 King St., Alexandria. Contact: 202/690-6145.
Consumer report release 10 a.m. The Consumer Federation of America and the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators hold a news conference to release their 10th annual “Consumer Complaint Survey Report.” Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/737-0766 or 202/347-7395.
“Operation ABC Mobilization” news conference 10 a.m. The National Transportation Safety Board hosts a news conference to begin “Operation ABC Mobilization” to step up national child passenger safety, seat belt and anti-drunk-driving law enforcement over the Thanksgiving holiday, today through Nov. 25. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta participates. Location: Conference Center, Promenade Level, National Transportation Safety Board, 429 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/338-8700, or 202/329-5282.
Muslim briefing 10:30 a.m. The Council on American-Islamic Relations presents a congressional briefing, “American Muslims in the Aftermath of September 11.” Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/0488-8787.
Central Asia seminar 10:30 a.m. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace presents a two-part seminar on “Central Asia and the War on Terror.”
Highlights 10:30 a.m. “The Situation on the Ground: Security Risks and Opportunities in Central Asia.”
12:15 p.m. “U.S. and Russian Defense Cooperation in Central Asia.”
Location: Root Room, second floor, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/483-7600.
Doha aftermath discussion 11 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on “After Doha: What’s Next?” Claude Barfield, J. Michael Finger and Sarath Rajapatirana of the American Enterprise Institute will talk about the decisions made at the WTO Ministerial Meeting held Nov. 9-13 in Doha, Qatar. Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.
Afghanistan crisis lecture noon The Asia Society Washington Center presents a lecture, “The Afghanistan Crisis: Meltdown or Key to Progress in Central Asia?” The speaker is Frederick Starr, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Location: Bank of America, 730 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/833-2742.
Medicare prescription drug cards briefing 12:15 p.m. The Alliance for Health Reform presents a luncheon briefing on “Medicare Prescription Drug Cards: What Are They? What Are They Worth?” Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/466-5626.
National Association of Chiefs of Police news conference 1 p.m. The National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) holds a news conference to release a NACOP survey on crime, terrorism and gun ownership. Location: Suite 800, 1090 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/326-5259.
Black holes lecture 1:30 p.m. The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences sponsors a lecture by Kip Thorne, California Institute of Technology, on “Black Holes: Inside and Out.” Location: Room 375, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/292-8070 or 703/292-4933.
Albright speech 2 p.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center presents its annual “Czech and Slovak Annual Lecture Series,” featuring Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, speaking on “The Czech and Slovak Legacy in the Struggle for Freedom.” Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4188.
Terrorism briefing 3 p.m. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace presents a briefing, “Perpetrators and Victims: The Middle East and the Challenges of Terrorism,” regarding terrorism’s roots and response in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the West Bank. Location: Root Room, second floor, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/939-2211.
Japan-China relations discussion 4:30 p.m. American University presents a discussion on “Japan-China Relations and the U.S. Factor.” Quansheng Zhao, director of American University’s Comparative and Regional Studies Division, participates. Location: American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5950.
U.S.-Philippines relations lecture 4:45 p.m. Georgetown University presents a lecture on U.S.-Philippines relations. The speaker is Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, president of the Philippines, and former Georgetown University student. Location: Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.
Research grants news conference 5 p.m. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman participates in a news conference to announce the rewarding of $22 million in hazardous substance research grants to 22 universities. Location: Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/564-7827.
D.C. Bar program 5:30 p.m. The D.C. Bar Association holds an evening program titled “Confronting the New Threats from International Terrorism: Can the Law Keep Pace with the Terrorists?” The participants include: John Yoo, John Harris, and Harry Marshall, Justice Department; Tom Crocker, Alston & Bird; Michael Noone, Catholic University; and Jennifer Levy, trial lawyer. Location: Arnold and Porter, 555 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/626-3463.
Technology and ethics discussion 7 p.m. The Washington National Cathedral presents a panel discussion “Are We Becoming an Endangered Species?: Technology and Ethics in the 21st Century.” The participants include: Bill Joy, Sun Microsystems; Anne Foerst, theology and computer science professor at St. Bonaventure University; Ray McKibben, author of “The End of Nature”; and Judy Woodruff, CNN, moderator. Location: Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Contact: 202/537-6248.
Book lecture 7 p.m. The Smithsonian Associates presents a lecture by Vernon Jordan, lawyer, adviser to presidents and civil rights leader, on his book, “Vernon Can Read! A Memoir.” Location: Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/357-3939.

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