- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 12, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH

1:40 p.m. - Speaks to the 2008 NCAA sports champions on the South Lawn of the White House.

7:10 p.m. - Speaks at the Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. - Veterans Affairs - The Veterans Advisory Committee on Education holds a meeting. Location: VFW Building, 200 Maryland Ave. NE.

SENATE

No scheduled events.

HOUSE

10 a.m. - Financial Services - Hearing on “Private Sector Cooperation With Mortgage Modifications: Ensuring That Investors, Services and Lenders Provide Real Help for Troubled Homeowners.” Participants include Benjamin Allensworth, Managed Funds Association; Tom Deutsch, American Securitization Forum; Michael Gross, Bank of America; and Molly Sheehan, JPMorgan Chase. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2128.

GENERAL AGENDA

5 p.m. - Warrior appreciation - Twenty military families from Walter Reed Army Medical Center will be recognized for their commitment to the nation, as part of Military Family Appreciation Week. Location: Walter Reed, 6900 Georgia Ave. NW.

6 p.m. - Religion and democracy - “Religion and Democracy: Allies or Antagonists?” is the topic of the fifth annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World, which will be delivered by Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller professor of social and political ethics in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. She will address themes that include the inseparability of American democracy from religion, the prospects for democracy in the Islamic world and the essential role played by civil society in determining the health of any democracy. Location: Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

6 p.m. - Journalists dinner - The International Center for Journalists holds its awards dinner honoring the achievements of colleagues who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the highest professional standards. Keynote speaker is Christiane Amanpour, CNN. Introduction by Marcus Brauchli, The Washington Post. Master of ceremonies is George Stephanopoulos, ABC News. Honorees include Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism: John F. Burns, New York Times; Knight International Journalism Awards: Aliaksei Karol, Novy Chas, Belarus; Frank Nyakairu, Independent and Reuters news agency, Uganda, presented by Alberto Ibargen president and chief executive officer, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Location: Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

6:30 p.m. - Ethiopia and Israel - The Embassy of Ethiopia and the Embassy of Israel are co-hosting an event celebrating the historical and cultural ties that link Ethiopia to Israel, the Jewish people and America. The event will focus on the modern-day bonds among Ethiopia, Israel and the Jewish community that are rooted in a tradition of interconnectedness dating back to the days of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S. Samuel Assefa will speak, as will Israeli Embassy Minister-Counselor Rafael Harpaz ,and Ethiopian history specialist Ephraim Isaac. Location: Ethiopian Embassy, 3506 International Drive NW.

7 p.m. - U.S.-Canada border - The National Archives presents a program on the historical and current significance of the U.S.-Canada border, “the world’s longest undefended border.” James Laxer, journalist and political scientist at York University in Toronto, will discuss his book “The Border: Canada, the U.S. and Dispatches From the 49th Parallel.” Location: William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building, located on the Mall at Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street Northwest.

7 p.m. - Stolen treasures - The ambassadors of Greece and Egypt host a presentation by Sharon Waxman, author of “Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World.” Location: Embassy of Greece, 2217 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

9:20 p.m. - Chilean dinner - Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez speaks at the annual Chilean Dinner. Location: Marriott-Key Bridge Hotel, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington.

Source: Associated Press

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