Richard Haass

Primer on Foreign Affairs From Expert Richard Haass Presented June 4 by DCA, Barrett Bookstore

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Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass discuss his new book “The World: A Brief Introduction” in an online book talk presented by Barrett Bookstore and the Darien Community Association. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Haass will talk about his new book with with fellow author and Council on Foreign Relations member Kevin Peraino. The $25 event starts at 7:30 p.m., June 4. Now more than ever, we know that many of our biggest challenges come from the world beyond our borders. Haass, a former senior Middle East advisor to President George H. W. Bush, draws from his extensive experience as a diplomat and policymaker to present a primer on international relations.

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The DCA Annual Plant Sale Is Still On This Year — Online

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In response to current restrictions, this year’s DCA Plant Sale, run by the DCA Greenhouse Group, will be an on-line shopping experience. This year’s sale should especially appeal to many in town who are currently enjoying extended time in their gardens, allowing themselves the opportunity to take on new planting projects. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Some 2,000 hardy perennials have been nurtured and grown (many from seed) in the DCA’s historic greenhouse. The plants available this year cater to all gardening needs, such as sun-loving, shade-loving, ground cover, deer resistant and, of particular note, an expanded range of native/pollinator offerings. Annual plants complete the range of plants, with several good options for planters and containers.

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CNN Commentator, Hedge Fund Founder, Business CEO in Latest ‘Darien Neighbor’s, Global Players’ Speaker Series

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The latest “Darien Neighbors, Global Players” speaker series includes SE Cupp, a commentator with a show on CNN; Steve Mandel, the founder of the Lone Pine Capital Investing hedge fund; and Ian Murray, founder and CEO of Vineyard Vines. The three-lecture series starts on March 31 and concludes on April 28 at the Darien Community Association. Tickets are on sale now. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Darien Community Association’s executive speaker series highly-acclaimed series returns with leaders and innovators who call (or have called) Darien their home. You may know them as friends and neighbors — but they are also some of the most successful leaders and innovators in their respective fields.

Susan Thornton on China

Recent Diplomat Susan Thornton to Speak on China-U.S. Relations on Monday, Feb 3 at DCA

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Susan Thornton of the Yale Law School will deliver the final lecture of this year’s Darien Community Association 2020 Academic Lecture Series on Global Issues,  ”China’s Global Reach,” at 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3. She will speak about “China – U.S. Relations.” Before the lecture guests are cordially invited to a wine reception starting at 7:30 p.m.

Currently Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale, Thornton also serves as Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center. In 2018 she retired from the State Department after a 28-year diplomatic career focused primarily on East and Central Asia. In leadership roles in Washington, she has worked on China and Korea policy, including stabilizing relations with Taiwan, the U.S.-China Cyber Agreement and the Paris Climate Accord.

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CBS News Correspondent Laura Thoren Podesta to Speak Feb 4 at DCA Luncheon

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Laura Thoren Podesta, a 2006 Darien High School graduate and now a CBS News correspondent, will speak at the next Darien Community Association Women’s Luncheon. The title of her talk: “Embracing Rejection — Lessons on the word ‘No.’”

— an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Podesta will discuss how rejections from colleges, certain promotions, jobs, and even day-to-day obstacles ended up helping her career. Laura will talk about how – at face value – rejection can sting, but it can also help you get to where you want to go faster. If You’re Going … The luncheon starts at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb.

Neysun Manhboubi

DCA Speaker Series on China’s Global Reach Continues Thursday With Talk on ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

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The fourth speaker in the Darien Community Association Academic Lecture Series on Thursday, Jan. 30 will be Neysun Manhboubi, whose topic will be “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Paving the Way to a New Global Order?”

— an announcement from the Darien Community Association

As a Research Scholar for Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania, his primary interests are in administrative law, contemporary law, and

Chinese law. He hosts the podcast for UPenn CSCC which includes conversations on Chinese politics, economy, law, and society with faculty, visitors and guest speakers. Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Mahboubi was a trial attorney for the Federal Program Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, a law clerk for Justice Douglas P. Woodlock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, University of Connecticut School of Law, and at Yale Law School. He has also taught and done research at the Peking University of Law.

John Carreyrou

Two-Time Pulitzer Winner to Talk at DCA Feb 12 About His Book on Theranos, ‘Bad Blood’

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Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author John Carreyrou will talk about his book, “Bad Blood” on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Darien Community Association. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Rigorously reported and fearlessly written, Bad Blood is the true and riveting story of Elizabeth Holmes and her Silicon Valley startup, Theranos. Widely viewed as the next Steve Jobs and promising to revolutionize the medical industry with a breakthrough blood-testing device, Holmes and her company instead became the biggest corporate fraud since Enron. John Carreyrou, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for 20 years, where he first exposed Theranos in a series of articles.

Three Bridge Classes Begin in January at the Darien Community Association

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The Darien Community Association (DCA) is offering three bridge classes starting in January. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Prepayment for the Bridge 3 and Bridge 7 classes is required by noon on Friday, Jan. 3; and for Beginning Bridge classes, by noon on Jan. 17. For each of the three classes, minimum/maximum enrollment applies.

Nancy Joyce speaker

Next DCA Women’s Luncheon on ‘Darien Wellness Opportunities’ Tuesday, Jan 7

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The Darien Community Association Women’s Luncheons will feature “Darien Wellness Opportunities – Discover exciting and innovative places to go in our own town!” for their luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 12:15 p.m. at the DCA. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

This luncheon will have three presenters. Nancy Joyce joins us from Inner Light Wellness in Darien to share her insights and thoughts on being a young wellness entrepreneur in town. She will discuss how the practice of yoga, combined with infrared light technology (infrared saunas) can help you set yourself up for a relaxing and healthy year ahead.

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DCA 2020 Academic Lecture Series on China’s Global Reach Under Xi Jinping Begins in January

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The opening lecture of this year’s Darien Community Association 2020 Academic Lecture Series on Global Issues, “China’s Global Reach,” begins Thursday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m.

— an announcement from the Darien Community Association

James Millward, professor of intersocietal history at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University will speak on “Concentration Camps, Sinicizing Religion and China’s New Assimilationism.”

Professor Millward’s specialties include the Qing Empire; the silk road; Eurasian lutes and music in history, and historical and contemporary Xinjiang. He also follows and comments on current issues regarding the Uyghurs and PRC ethnicity policy and is an affiliated professor in the Master Oficial en Estudios de Asia Oriental at the University of Granada, Spain. Millward has served on the boards of the Association for Asian Studies (China and Inner Asia Council) and the Central Eurasian Studies Society, where he was president in 2010. Millward is the series editor for the “Silk Roads” book series published by Chicago University Press.

Christmas Tea with Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events at DCA on Dec 12

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Enjoy tea sandwiches, assorted scones with jam and clotted cream, and a selection of traditional British Christmas treats — in the festive atmosphere of the Darien Community Association mansion, beautifully decorated for the season. UPDATE: “This event is sold out. Please call our office at 203-655-9050 extension 10 to be put on the waitlist,” the DCA says on its website. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Caterer Carolyn Eddie and her fabulous supporting cast return to the DCA on Thursday, Dec. 12 for the holidays!

Holiday Greens Wreath Workshop Dec 5 at the Darien Community Association

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Join the the DCA’s Greenhouse Group as they lead you in this hands-on workshop to make a festive wreath of your very own at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Bring your gloves, pruners and imagination and we’ll provide the rest, including fresh greens, ribbons and a variety of embellishments. If You’re Going … This workshop is $35, or $25 for DCA members.

How a Book is Published and Marketed DCA luncheon Barrett Bookstore

How Publishers Choose and Market Books: Talk at DCA Women’s Luncheon Dec 3

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The Darien Community Association Women’s Luncheons will feature “How a Book is Published and Marketed,” for their luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at at the DCA. Plus Barrett Bookstore, which is presenting the event, will be available to give helpful guidance for book groups and ideas for Christmas gifts. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Barrett Bookstore will be bringing us Mackenzie Bronk, a sales rep from Hachette Book Group (HBG), to talk about the book industry. Hachette is considered one of the big-six publishing companies, along with Macmillan, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster.

DCA Gingerbread Decorating Girls Night Out

‘Girl’s Night Out’ Gingerbread Decorating Night Dec 10 at Darien Community Association

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Gather your friends, neighbors, or book group for a Girls’ Night Out Gingerbread House Decorating from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10. As one participant raved, “It’s like no other event of its kind—low key, lots of fun, and a really nice evening out with friends before the holiday rush begins.”

— an announcement from the Darien Community Association

The DCA and Palmer’s Catering will provide light bites, wine, gingerbread houses and all of the decorating supplies you’ll need. You supply the creativity! You’ll be supporting a great cause — the non-profit mission of the DCA — which includes college scholarships for Darien High School graduates.

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Learn About Gems (and Auctions) Nov 5, When a Sotheby’s Expert Speaks at DCA Women’s Luncheon

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A Darien Community Association Women’s Luncheon on Nov. 5 will feature  a representative from Sotheby’s auction house talking about colored gems— rubies, emeralds and sapphires — their qualities and origins, and how to determine which are the finest. The presentation will be given by Alexander Eblen, a Sotheby’s senior specialist and vice president. Audience participation will be encouraged. Founded in 1744, Sotheby’s is the oldest and largest internationally recognized firm of fine art auctioneers in the world.