January 2013 Calendar

January 7, 2013
Monday Night Dinner
Howard Turner is moving to Colorado, and this will be our opportunity to bid him farewell.
Cocktails 6:15 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m.

January 10, 2013
Thursday @ 12:20 p.m.
MeistUrsingers will meet on Thursdays, January 10 and 24, downbeat 12:20. Don’t miss our surprise Maestro! Please call Tony Fay if you plan to stay for lunch afterwards.

January 14, 2013
Monday Night Dinner
Cocktails 6:15 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m.

January 16, 2013
History Lunch
On Wednesday, January 16 Heather Cox Richardson, Professor of History at BC, joins us for a discussion of her upcoming book on the history of the Republican Party, from the birth of Abraham Lincoln to the death of Ronald Reagan. Much to consider: for example, William Buckley’s God and Man at Yale was a turning point. With lively discussion to follow. Members and guests welcome.

January 17, 2013
Thursday Night; Mid-Winter Feast
Our special guest will be James M. Storey. We shall celebrate Jim’s long life in the Tavern, in many roles and as a playwright, songwriter, performer, as well as just plain good company. We shall sing a few songs, tell a few tales, some undoubtedly about Jim, our former President, and have a good time. Members only, Black Tie, no medals.
Cocktails 6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m.

January 23, 2013
Wednesday; Book Club
To help 2013 get rolling, the Tavern Book Club will meet Wednesday, January 23. Tom Halsted, formerly of the US Department of State, will lead our discussion of the new Ron Chernow book Washington, a very thoroughly researched account of our remarkable first President and his background and turbulent times.

January 24, 2013
Thursday @ 12:20 p.m.
MeistUrsingers will meet on Thursdays, January 10 and 24, downbeat 12:20. Don’t miss our surprise Maestro! Please call Tony Fay if you plan to stay for lunch afterwards.

January 24, 2013
Thursday; Special Event
On Thursday, January 24, four days after Obama’s inauguration, Edward Widmer, Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, will speak on “Cities on Hills: Boston, Washington, and the Second Inaugural Address”. Dr. Widmer served as a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and as Director for Speech writing at the National Security Council. He is currently an adviser to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton in New York. While earning his A.B., A.M. and PhD at Harvard, he and friends from the Harvard Lampoon formed the tongue-in-cheek rock band, The Upper Crust, which made the cover of Boston Magazine. A scholar and prize-winning author, Dr. Widmer is a witty, erudite, and engaging speaker.
Cocktails 6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m.; Guests Welcome

January 28, 2013
Monday; Elections Committee
The Elections Committee will meet on Monday, January 28 at 5:30 p.m. Members wishing to bring prospective candidates as their guests for dinner that night should be in touch with Sandy Righter, Chair, and also clear it with Secretary David Amory.

January 28, 2013
Monday Night Dinner
Cocktails 6:15 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m.

January 29, 2013
Tuesday; Poetry Lunch
The topic will be Anne Bradstreet, the first English-language poet to flourish in North America. She came to Massachusetts Bay at the age of 18, in 1630, on the Arabella, among Boston’s first colonists. She is remarkable not only for writing excellent poetry at a time when few women felt empowered to do so, but for writing amid the hardships, privations, and trials of seventeenth century life in New England. Poems such as “The Author To Her Book,” “Verses Upon the Burning of Our House,” and “Before the Birth of One of Her Children” testify both to her skill and to the reality of a woman’s life here at that time. Guests welcome.

January 30, 2013
Wednesday; Joint Arts and History Lunch
Recently returned from Tunis and Cairo, Chris Lydon (former Taverner) will report on his interviews and observations of the struggles for artistic expression and human rights and the legacies of repression and political Islam. Here is a portion of his most recent dispatch: “After three weeks in Cairo, I can’t imagine (or remember) feeling so safe, night and day, on the crowded streets and alleys of a modern, mostly impoverished mega-city  And still the sidewalk stream is a confounding mix of expressions. I read mostly wit, welcome and cordiality in the men who notice this white- haired American in his Open Source T-shirt. Yet so many North African women also testify that these Egyptian men — so funny and forgiving in legend and in my experience — can also be the most frighteningly aggressive grabbers and gropers.”

A downloadable PDF of the January 2013 calendar is available here.

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