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    • 01/09/2018
    • 02/28/2018
    • IWA
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    Official IWA Name Badges are now on Sale! 


    The 3.5 x 1.5 inch, blue and white plastic and magnetic piece will clearly identify you and add an extra special look to your outfits at IWA functions. Order a badge online today!  


    The deadline for placing your order is February 28, 2018


    Note: Some members may want to list an additional country on their name badges if they have strong enough ties with another country. (e.g. a U.S. citizen who has German parents or grandparents, or lived in Germany for many many years, may want to put USA/Germany on her badge.)

    • 02/19/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 702, Chicago
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    IWA Gala Invitation Mailing

    Part 2


    The Gala Committee and all members are welcome to join us on 

    Monday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the IWA Office 

    as we put together our beautiful and unique Gala invitations. 

    • 02/19/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • Details provided upon registration.
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    Program (IN ENGLISH): Tango Time! Come learn about tango from the experts. Bring your dancing shoes since Jorge and Liz will teach us a few steps, too.


    Presenters: Jorge Niedras and Liz Sung of Tango 21


    • 02/20/2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 702
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    • 02/20/2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Breasted Hall, University of Chicago Oriental Institute, 1155 East 58th St., Chicago
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    Program: Prof. Ufuk Kocabas of Istanbul University will talk about the Yenikapi Byzantine sunken ship project -the largest group of Byzantine shipwrecks ever found emerged from the mud of a now-landfilled harbor on the edge of Istanbul. Excavation for a massive subway station that commenced in 2004 exposed—in what had once been the port of the emperor Theodosius—harbor walls, 34 ships, and successive layers of human habitation, buildings, and other structures, covering a several-thousand-year period from the late Neolithic to the late Ottoman. 


    4 p.m. Sharp: Presentation

    Reception to follow at the Edgar and Deborah Jannotta Mesopotamian Gallery.


    NOTE: DATE AND TIME CHANGE.


    TURKISH CULTURE WILL ALSO HAVE A JOINT PROGRAM WITH THE ENGLISH SPEAKING WORLD (ESW) ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH.



    • 02/21/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702, Chicago
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    Program: THE JEWS OF EGYPT: A documentary that captures fragments of the lives of the Egyptian Jewish community in the first half of the twentieth century until their second grand exodus after the tripartite attack of 1956. 


    NOTE: This is a makeup meeting as THE JEWS OF EGYPT DVD was not available for the January meeting. The whole documentary is 96 minutes long so this program will start promptly at 10:30 a.m., ending after noon. Refreshments Welcome.


    • 02/21/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 702, Chicago
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    IWA Gala Invitation Mailing

    Part 3


    The Gala Committee and all members are welcome to join us on 

    Wednesday, February 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the IWA Office 

    as we put together our beautiful and unique Gala invitations. 

    • 02/22/2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Details to be provided upon registration.

    PROGRAM IS AT CAPACITY. NO MORE REGISTRATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. 


    Program (IN ENGLISH): Power-Point Presentation “Anselm Kiefer”

    Anselm Kiefer is best known for complex paintings that confront German history and taboos, particularly during Nazi rule. He uses a wide range of cultural, literary, and philosophical allusion, and integrates an array of elements, including concrete, glass, and burned books. His monumental body of work has been shown and collected by more than 18 museums worldwide. He is the 2017 recipient of the J. Paul Getty Medal.


    Presenter: Barbara Herzog, M.A. in Germanistik and Fulbright Scholar in Germany in 1969, retired school librarian, who worked in Illinois, Singapore and Mexico City


    11 a.m. SHARP

    • 02/23/2018
    • 11:30 AM
    • Ethiopian Diamond, 6120 N. Broadway St., Chicago
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    Cuisine: Ethiopian


    Restaurant: Ethiopian Diamond--This is one of the most highly rated restaurants to feature authentic Ethiopian cuisine. According to Groupon, 1,834 people gave it five stars. Enjoy a wide variety of exotic flavors, including a large selection of veggie dishes, served in a unique, communal setting.


    RSVP BY 2/19/18


    NOTE: We will meet at the restaurant.


    • 02/26/2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • Chicago Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
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    Program: Civic Orchestra of Chicago: Brahms Symphony No.2

    Music by three European Composers: Brahms, Wagner & Schoenberg. Optional Pre-concert conversation with Laura Sauer 6:30 p.m.-7.00 p.m. in the Grainger Ballroom


    NOTE: Time change. Tickets are free. There is a processing fee of $5. Tickets available by phone 312-294-3000, online: cso.org, or in person at Chicago Symphony Center Box office. 8 p.m. SHARP

    • 02/27/2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N.. Michigan Ave. Suite 702, Chicago
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    All IWA members are welcome to join and serve on our 2018 Gala Committee.  

    1:30 p.m. General Committee Meeting

    3 p.m. Auction Committee Meeting



    • 02/27/2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Please see emailed invitation.
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    The New Member Evening welcome is by invitation only. Please see emailed invitation for event details.
    • 02/28/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702, Chicago
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    Monthly Mailing

    ALL Members are welcome to help, chat and get to meet old and new members.

    • 03/02/2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    • 03/05/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    Play: Blind Date  (The meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev)


    Playwright: Rogelio Martinez


    Theatre: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St.


    Presenter: Doreen Feitelberg


    RSVP BY 2/27/18


    NOTE: See the play before attending the meeting.


    • 03/05/2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 702, Chicago
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    • 03/06/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    Program (IN ENGLISH): “Marcel Proust from snob, to lover, to artist.” 


    Julian Breslow, lover of literature, will be presenting some passages from Proust 1st and 2nd books which encapsulate the central themes of his magnum opus and will capture the flavor of his style. The three central passages will also be read in French.


    NOTE: 10:30 a.m. SOCIAL, 11 a.m. PROGRAM


    • 03/07/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • Lavazza Coffee Bar, Ground Floor, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. For

    Chicago Meet & Greet


    Come join your fellow IWA members for coffee and conversation every month. We meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, and you are welcome to stop in at any time convenient to you. 


    For more information contact: Barbara Calabrese, bmcalabrese@gmail.com, 312-643-1968; Sheila Chin, ssmchin1977a@gmail.com, 312-351-1957; or Heloisa Pacheco, helopacheco@btinternet.com,312-874-4499


    • 03/08/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702, Chicago
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    Program: Dr. Ted Anton, author of “The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business, and the Fountain of Youth”, will discuss exciting new science discoveries in the search for longevity, covering their implications for society, medicine and our late life health. Dr. Anton is a professor in the English Department at DePaul University and a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. He is the author of four books and editor of a fifth.


    NOTE: 10:30 a.m. SOCIAL, 11 a.m. PROGRAM


    RSVP by 3/2/18

    • 03/08/2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Woman's Athletic Club, 626 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
    • 174
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    • 03/10/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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    • 03/12/2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    We welcome all bridge players; beginners with just the rudimentary knowledge of the game, the ’rusty’ ones who played many years ago and wish to re-acquaint themselves with the game, advanced players sharing their experience with beginners and anyone who wishes to just observe a game.


    • 03/13/2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    Program Title: Fashion at Auction: Want vs. Wear


    Presenter: Laura Layfer


    Description: Laura Layfer, a fine and decorative arts consultant, will share her expertise and experiences. Laura has previously held positions as Furniture & Couture Specialist at Christie's Auction House in New York, Art & Antiques Director at Branca, Inc., a design firm with offices in Chicago and New York, and Assistant Director of the American Arts Course at Sotheby's Institute. Ms. Layfer has worked on such notable sales as: Maria Félix: La Doña, The Nan Kempner Collection, and The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, and frequently writes on topics of arts and fashion for publications.


     5:30 P.M. Social 6:00 P.M. Program

    • 03/14/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • Details provided upon Registration

    Program: “Idioms and Other Oddities of the English Language”


    This is the program we do almost annually to discuss the weirdnesses of the English language and the pitfalls involved in US idioms (many of which are different from those of other English-Speaking countries!) Puns, too! Bring your stories, and be ready for lots of laughter.  The tales are hilarious! 

    Presenters: All of Us!!!!


    10:30 a.m. SOCIAL, 11 a.m. PROGRAM

    • 03/15/2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    • 03/15/2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N.. Michigan Ave. Suite 702, Chicago
    Register

    All IWA members are welcome to join and serve on our 2018 Gala Committee.  

    2 p.m. General Committee Meeting




    • 03/16/2018
    • 11:30 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    Book: A Gentleman in Moscow


    Author: Amor Towles


    Leader: Caroline Cracraft


    10:30 a.m. SOCIAL, 11 a.m. DISCUSSION

    • 03/19/2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    Film Discussion & Spanish Language Join Program: “Wild Tales” (to be viewed and discussed)

    An Argentine film directed and written by Damian Szifron (2015).  It is a film with six short stories that are enthralling and united by a mordant sense of black humor.  Each story is connected in dealing with revenge and retribution, and sets up expectations that its successor ingeniously fulfills! 'Wild Tales' was an Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.


    Leader:  Sandra Rodella


    RSVP BY 3/15/18


    NOTE: DATE AND TIME CHANGE. REFRESHMENTS WELCOME. 10 a.m. SOCIAL, 10:30 a.m. VIEWING


    • 03/20/2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 702
    Register


    • 03/20/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    The March 20, 2018 New Member Orientation is open to those who have 

    received the invitation via email. Please see invitation for event details.

    • 03/21/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • LaSalle Banks Room, Oriental Institute, 1155 E 58th St., Chicago
    • 15
    Register

    10:30 a.m. ARRIVAL, 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., LECTURE, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. TOUR


    Program:
    Lecture & Exhibit Tour, The Book of the Dead in the Twenty-First Century: Rereading Ancient Egyptian Religious Literature. 


    We will learn of a series of magical spells that promised to transform any living person into an immortal divinity in the afterlife. The show features two spectacular Books of the Dead—one 41 feet long—which are shown in their entirety for the first time in nearly a century. A re-creation of a burial with a rarely exhibited mummy, presents the newest research on the Book of the Dead, what it meant to the ancient Egyptians and how through text and elaborate imagery, they sought to live forever as gods.


    Presenter: Dr. Foy Scalf, Curator, Head of Research Archives, Oriental Institute 


    NOTE: Program limited to 15 attendees. There will be a waitlist. Public parking garage on 55th Street and Ellis Avenue.

    • 03/22/2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200
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    Program (IN GERMAN): “Morgen spielen wir Schwestern” Gedichte und Prosa zum Thema Mutter und Tochter


    Presenter, Writer and Host: Geertje Potash Suhr

    Frederick A. Lubich, Professor of German, Old Dominion University, Norfolk

    Considers Geertje Potash Suhr as one of the most productive and talented 

    German-American writers.


    RSVP BY 3/16/18


    • 03/26/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
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    Program/Presenter: Fire Safety and Preparedness.

    Helena Gronstrand, representing The Finnish National Rescue Association, a non-profit expert organization in fire and rescue services, will discuss Fire Safety and Preparedness for exceptional conditions, such as storms, floods and power cuts. Learn how people in Finland are guided to do their own emergency planning and preparations at home. Helena Gronstrand will educate and open a discussion as to how we can be better prepared for such situations.


    Note: 10:30 a.m. SOCIAL, 11 a.m. PROGRAM

    • 03/27/2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N.. Michigan Ave. Suite 702, Chicago
    Register

    All IWA members are welcome to join and serve on our 2018 Gala Committee.  

    1:30 p.m. General Committee Meeting




    • 03/28/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702, Chicago
    Register

    Monthly Mailing

    ALL Members are welcome to help, chat and get to meet old and new members.

    • 03/29/2018
    • 11:30 AM
    • Jin Thai Cuisine, 5458 N. Broadway St., Chicago
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    Cuisine: Thai


    Restaurant: Jin Thai Cuisine


    This restaurant is a recipient of 2018 Michelin’s Bib Gourmand award.

    It serves excellent food, including unique dishes that most Chicago Thai restaurants don’t offer. It also provides lunch specials (chicken or tofu: $8.95, pork or beef: $9.95, shrimp: $10.95, served with soup of the day, choice of appetizer, and choice of entrée). It's BYOB, so you may bring your favorite drinks ($2.00 cork fee per person, unlimited bottles).


    RSVP BY 3/26/18


    NOTE: DATE CHANGE. We will meet at the restaurant at 11:30 a.m. SHARP.

    • 03/30/2018
    • Loop Physical Therapy, 16 N. Peoria St.
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    Program: Alternative/Holistic health strategies for common Musculoskeletal Disorders


    MSDs are conditions which affect the muscles, joints and skeleton. There are over 200 different disorders affecting multiple different joints and muscles. There are other conditions which exhibit musculoskeletal symptoms- such as osteoarthritis, gout, and fibromyalgia. As we age, we are more likely to suffer from one of these conditions. Our presenters Tolga Yenilmez (DPT, Pelvic Floor Therapist), Hatice Yavuz (MPT), Dr. Rosie Strelnick (Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioners) and Ryan Kilpatrick (DC) will discuss the holistic approach and alternative health strategies for common musculoskeletal disorders.


    NOTE: DATE CHANGE. TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED. 

    • 04/02/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
    Register

    Play: Mary Stuart


    Playwright: Friedrich Schiller


    Theatre: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Navy Pier


    Presenter: Doreen Feitelberg


    NOTE: See the play before attending the meeting. Program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sharp.


    RSVP BY 3/25/18


    • 04/03/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • Chicago home of IWA Member. Address provided upon registration.
    • 18
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    Program (IN FRENCH): “The last trip of Robert Cavelier de la Salle: A tale of trials, tragedy and treason!” 


    Nicole VanderVoort , IWA member, will talk about Robert Cavelier de la Salle, focusing on his 3rd trip, in the gulf of Mexico, a trip during which he was assassinated.


    Note: Limited to 18 people .Refreshments are welcome.

    RSVP by 3/28/18




    • 04/04/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • Lavazza Coffee Bar, Ground Floor, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. For

    Chicago Meet & Greet


    Come join your fellow IWA members for coffee and conversation every month. We meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, and you are welcome to stop in at any time convenient to you. 


    For more information contact: Barbara Calabrese, bmcalabrese@gmail.com, 312-643-1968; Sheila Chin, ssmchin1977a@gmail.com, 312-351-1957; or Heloisa Pacheco, helopacheco@btinternet.com,312-874-4499


    • 04/05/2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
    Register

    Film Viewing: "The Big Sick" An American film directed by Michael Showalter (2017). Actor and writer Kumail Nanjiani fell in love with his then girlfriend, now wife, Emily V. Gordon, when she was in a coma. You could call it a romantic comedy, but it clashes across cultures and generations (parents are played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano and Anupam Kher and Zenobia Shroff) that are specific to Nanjiani's experience, but also resonate universally. It is an insightful exploration of how we live now with the Pakistan-born comic, starring as himself, enduring racism that's both casual and pointed.


    RSVP by 4/3/18


    NOTE: 6:00 PM Social, 6:30 PM Film Viewing. Refreshments Welcome!

    • 04/06/2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
    Register


    • 04/09/2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702
    Register

    We welcome all bridge players; beginners with just the rudimentary knowledge of the game, the ’rusty’ ones who played many years ago and wish to re-acquaint themselves with the game, advanced players sharing their experience with beginners and anyone who wishes to just observe a game.


    • 04/12/2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • IWA Office, 307 N.. Michigan Ave. Suite 702, Chicago
    Register

    1:30 p.m. General Committee Meeting




    • 04/16/2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702, Chicago
    Register

    Program/Presenter (IN ENGLISH): Travels in Cuba by Catherine de La Chaussee.

    Catherine, a member of IWA, will give us a talk about her experience while traveling in this controversial country.


    NOTE: 10:30 a.m. Social, 11:00 a.m. Program

    • 04/17/2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 702