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Some past presenters from our Virtual Speaker Series
have allowed us to record their presentations.
Those recordings are available to the public here.


Stay Connected and Informed —
Join Northwest Neighbors Village’s Virtual Speaker Series

Northwest DC is home to numerous dynamic, informed individuals.  Several have offered to share their expertise and insights in a series of talks. Plan to join us for one or all of these discussions, which are designed to engage and inform you. NNV's Speaker Series is being offered free of charge to the community.

The Virtual Speaker Series is taking a break in August. It will resume in September.

Canceled: Unfortunately, this speaker has a conflict on this date.
We will be re-scheduling this presentation as soon as we can.

Zero Waste DC -- Recycling Practices and Regulations in the District of Columbia
Tuesday, September 21 at 11:00 am
Speaker: Wilson Reynolds

Have you ever been unsure about which items can be recycled or which items are too hazardous to put in your trash bin?  What tips are there for composing or reducing plastic waste?  Wilson Reynolds will answer these questions and more as he tells us about DC’s Zero Waste DC program which enables the DC Government to speak with one voice in developing and providing resources that help our residents, business, and visitors move toward zero waste.  DC defines zero waste as the diversion of 80 percent or more of waste generated by the city; acknowledging there will be some materials that are not recoverable and will be sent to landfills or waste-to-energy facilities. Zero Waste DC brings together government agencies and programs responsible for developing and implementing cost effective strategies for converting waste to resources, improving human and environmental health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating inclusive economic opportunity, and conserving natural resources. Achieving zero waste requires the collaboration of businesses, government, schools, community groups, and residents.

Adventures of a Young Reporter Covering Cold War Russia in Early Days of TV News – Any Relevance for Today?
Tuesday, September 28 at 11:00 am
Speaker: Marvin Kalb

Marvin Kalb’s recent book, Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible of the Cold War, is the newest volume of his memoirs and takes readers back to his first days as a journalist, and the first days of broadcast news. Kalb captures the excitement of being present at the creation of a whole new way of bringing news immediately to the public, and at a dark time when Cold War tensions were high between Eisenhower’s America and Khrushchev’s Soviet Union. Kalb occupied a unique spot as a student of Russia tasked with explaining Moscow to Washington and the American public. Assigned as Moscow correspondent of CBS News just as the U2 incident—the downing of a US spy plane over Russian territory—was unfolding, Kalb was an eyewitness to history—and as a writer and analyst who helped shape the first draft of that history.

Deepening the Appreciation of Your Collections:  A Conversation with An Art and Antique Appraiser
Tuesday, October 12 at 11:00 am
Speaker: Sarah Reeder

The art and antiques we surround ourselves with in our homes can add great joy to our daily lives.  In this presentation we will hear from appraiser Sarah Reeder, who will provide an overview about appraisals of art and antiques.  Topics will include explaining what a qualified appraisal report should look like, the different types of appraisal reports and the situations that potentially prompt having them prepared, strategies for how to determine if your current insurance coverage is sufficient to protect your collections, things to consider if you are thinking about having an appraisal, and insights about how to communicate to family members about which special heirloom pieces you really love and why.

New Frauds and Scams – and Seniors are Often the Intended Targets
Tuesday, October 19 at 11:00 am
Speaker: Suzanne McGovernSenior Advisor, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Are there still scams out there?  Yes – and the scammers are getting smarter. Come listen to Suzanne McGovern from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy discuss current scams, red flags of fraud, and ways to protect your investments. Suzanne will include faith-based frauds, Covid frauds, and new “smishing”, among other topics.

Across the Universe -- The Search for Life
Tuesday, October 26 at 1:00 pm
Speaker: Michael Hamburg

There’s been a lot of recent press coverage of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (aka UFOs). Is anyone out there?

Today, we know that the Universe has no center and we are well into the exploration of the many extrasolar planets that have been discovered since 1992.  In fact, almost 5,000 planets have been confirmed with more awaiting verification.  And yet... still no signs of life!  Discovering extraterrestrial life would certainly alter how we view ourselves and our place in the Universe.

Beginning with a look at the only planet where we know life to exist, this presentation will examine the latest efforts and technologies dedicated to the search for life elsewhere in the Universe. Questions are most welcome but no final answer is promised!

The Civil War Defenses in Northwest Washington, 1861-65
Thursday, November 4 at 1:00 pm
Speaker: Gary Thompson

Our neighborhoods were once filled with thousands of Union troops in and around the Civil War Defenses of Washington, and for a few days in July 11-12, 1864, attacking Rebel troops as well.  This presentation, rich with maps and photos, will explain what happened here during the Civil War, with a particular focus on the stretch of fortifications from Fort Reno over to Fort Totten. 

Click on the title of the program in which you are interested to register. Once registered, you will receive an email with the link to attend the day before the program.

If you or someone you know would like to be a speaker in the future, please email

NNV programs are partially funded by: 

Northwest Neighbors Village, P.O. Box 39135 Washington, DC 20016
(202) 935-6060  -