- The Washington Times - Friday, January 11, 2002


Passenger rail service meeting 9:30 a.m. Amtrak Reform Council holds a meeting to discuss the various options for restructuring intercity rail passenger service. Location: Monet Suite, Loews L'Enfant Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/366-0591.

War against terrorism lecture noon The State Department hosts a lecture, "U.S.-Europe: Estranged Partners," regarding the war against terrorism, and presents its Distinguished Public Service Award. The speaker and award recipient is Jessica Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Location: 2201 C St. NW, 23rd Street Entrance. Contact: 202/296-2426.


2:35 p.m. Meets with Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller, White House.


Not available.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Producer Price Index for December 2002. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

9 a.m. Energy Information Administration releases weekly coal report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.


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.


Not in session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


Lobbying seminar all day American University holds its Public Affairs Institute (formerly the Lobbying Institute) on the art and craft of lobbying, Jan. 2-12. Location: Room 5, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5952.

Lupus conference 8:30 a.m. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and the SLE (Lupus) Foundation host "SLE: Targets for New Therapeutics, a Scientific Conference." Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-1767.

Teaching workshop 10 a.m. The Jason Academy for Science Teaching and Learning provides Education Department Star Schools training for Internet-based online teachers' professional development course facilitators. Location: American Federation of Teachers, 555 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 703/276-2772, Ext. 13, or 202/879-4447.

Labor policy briefing 10 a.m. The National Association of Manufacturers holds a media briefing on its "2002 Labor Policy Agenda." The participants include Pat Cleary, senior vice president of human resources policy and external affairs; Sandy Boyd, assistant vice president of human resources policy; Neil Trautwein, director of employment policy; and Jill Pomeroy, associate director of human resources policy; all of the National Association of Manufacturers. Location: Industry Room, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/637-3089 or 202/637-3094.

Homeland security 11 a.m. The Washington Foreign Press Center presents a briefing on "Homeland Security: Strategies and Challenges." The speaker is Frank Cilluffo, special assistant to the president, Office of Homeland Security. Location: Suite 800, National Press Building, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/504-6354. Note: Foreign media only please.

Mandala creation 11:30 a.m. The Smithsonian Institution hosts Tibetan monks creating a sand mandala, or sacred painting, for the healing and protection of the United States. Location: Arthur Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/357-3030.

Afghanistan visit news conference 11:30 a.m. Reps. Frank Wolf, Virginia Republican; Tony Hall, Ohio Democrat; and Joseph Pitts, Pennsylvania Republican, hold a news conference on a Jan. 4-9 congressional delegation visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan including meetings with high-level officials. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-5136.

Film presentation noon The National Archives presents an African American history film, "Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey," regarding the black scholar-turned-statesman who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. Location: Room 105, National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. Contact: 202/501-5000.

Afghanistan discussion noon The Asia Society Washington Center holds a discussion on "Rebuilding Afghanistan," regarding U.S. short- and long-term reconstruction plans. The speaker is Andrew Natsios, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Location: 1800 K St. NW, B-1 Conference Level. Contact: 202/833-2742.

Democracy promotion symposium noon The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Journal of Democracy present a symposium titled "Democracy Promotion: The End of the Transition Paradigm?" The participants include Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace vice president; Gulliermo O'Donnell, University of Notre Dame professor; Kenneth Wollack, president of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs; Marc Plattner, Journal of Democracy editor. Location: Root Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/939-2261.

Zimbabwe discussion 12:30 p.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center presents a discussion titled "In the Face of President Mugabe's Intransigence: Next Steps in Zimbabwe." The participants include John Pendergast, International Crisis Group; Dick McCall, U.S. Agency for International Development; Jim Dunlap, State Department; and Welshman Neube, Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4188.

Bulgaria discussion 2 p.m. The National Press Club hosts an Afternoon Newsmaker news conference featuring a discussion on "Bulgaria: Member of the Anti-Terrorism Coalition and Candidate for NATO Accession." The speaker is Philip Dimitrov, Bulgarian ambassador. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Indian writers program 6:40 p.m. The Asia Society Washington Center holds a series of programs in cooperation with the Embassy of India featuring Indian writers working in English. Vikram Chandra, author of "Red Earth and Pouring Rain," participates. Location: Embassy of India, 2107 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/833-2742.

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