Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT
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St. John's Church - Parish Hall 
9 Parsonage Lane
Washington, CT 06793

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Laura Neminski 
Conversations on the Green 

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If anything has defined the last decade of American politics, it has been the politics of paralysis. On debt and tariffs, health care and education, Washington seems stalled. While cutting deals to keep the government ticking, the fractious, finger-pointing, polarizing, partisan, kick-the-can-down-the-road brinkmanship of backbiting Washington politics these days is, let’s face it, the reality of American governance in the modern era.

Unstoppable force meets unmovable object on a national scale.

So noted The New York Times’ White House savant Peter Baker six years ago. “For all the hand-wringing about how the system is broken, this is the system as it was designed and is now adapted for the digital age,” he wrote. “All the high-minded vows to put politics aside for the greater good ignore the fact that the system is built on politics, with the idea that politics, however ugly, eventually can produce a greater good, however imperfect.”

Astride the bitter bombast, which has only been amplified by the election of Pres. Donald Trump, sit two political analysts who debate in the dulcet intonations of nightclub singers – the stalwart conservative Mona Charen and the progressive icon, Katrina vanden Heuvel. Political polar opposites, the two women will be in Washington on Sunday, July 15, to discuss the so-called “greater good” at a “Conversations On the Green.”

Mona Charen, who proudly boasts that she is far more conservative than the President, is an author, political analyst and syndicated columnist whose opinion pieces appear in more than 200 newspapers across the country. A weekly panelist on CNN’s former hit show “Capital Gang,” her writing focuses on foreign policy, terrorism, politics, poverty, family structure, public morality, and culture and is known for her ardent support of Israel. A former speech writer for Nancy Reagan, she is the author of three books, the latest of which is “Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost touch with Science, Love and Common Sense.” But in discussing feminism and the #MeToo movement at this year’s CPAC convention, she accused Republicans of hypocrisy about sexual harassment, provoking such virulent booing from erstwhile allies that she needed security to escort off the stage. 

A progressive lioness who sets the agenda for leftist politics across the country, Katrina vanden Heuvel is the editor, publisher and part-owner of “The Nation” and a frequent commentator on American and international politics. A mainstay of Sunday talking head shows on ABC, MSNBC, CNN and PBS, she is a weekly opinion columnist for The Washington Post and frequently contributes to myriad other publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Foreign Policy. She co-founded and edits “Vy I My” (“You and We”), a quarterly feminist journal linking American and Russian women, and, with her husband, Stephen F. Cohen, the Princeton Russian scholar, edited “Voices of Glasnost: Inverviews with Gorbachev’s Reformers.

Moderated by

Former NBC News correspondent & talk show host. Audience members will be  encouraged to participate in the interactive town-hall style format.

All proceeds benefit:

  • Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc. - Helping members of the Litchfield County Community and beyond find access to compassionate and high-quality mental health and related care.
  • New Milford Hospital - helping to secure the latest technology, attract the best medical staff and provide the compassionate, patient-centered care for which they are nationally recognized. 
  • Susan B. Anthony Project - promoting safety, healing, and growth for all survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and advocates for the autonomy of women and the end of interpersonal violence.

Tickets are available at two levels:

  • $45 - Individual tickets.
  • $250 per person - "Angels on the Green" tickets, include preferred seating and a chance to meet the speakers at a cocktail reception following the conversation at The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens.

Seating is limited. To reserve your place:

  1. Email Conversations on the Green: Please let us know what type and how many tickets you'd like and how you prefer to be contacted. conversationsonthegreen@gmail.com
  2. To buy tickets online with a Credit Card or PayPal, click "Register Now!" below.
  3. To buy tickets by mail, click on the MAIL IN RESPONSE FORM, print and fill out, and return it by email or regular mail as soon as possible.

Some portion of your payment is tax deductible.
We suggest you consult with your accountant or attorney.

We look forward to seeing you there!