Hollywood on the Potomac

The Future of Work 2.0

December 2, 2019

The future of work is one of the hottest topics in 2019 with conflicting information from various experts leaving plenty of room for debate around what impact automation technology like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will have on jobs, skills and wages. “I’m very happy to welcome you at Singapore,” said Ambassador Mirpuri. “This is the second time we’re hosting The Institute for Education this year.” 


Special guest Margaret Weichert, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget discussed what these technologies are, how they will change work and what new research says we can expect. She was joined by the Ambassador of Singapore Ashok Mirpuri and the Ambassador of Estonia Jonatan Vseviov.

The evening included remarks by Dr. R. David Edelman, the Director of the Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security at MIT and moderated by Nina Bianchi, Director of Workforce Solutions with the IT Modernization Centers of Excellence (COE), GSA.

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'The Warrior Queen of Jhansi'

November 28, 2019

A crowd of about 250 of Washington’s social set and cinephiles gathered at the gracefully sweeping US Institute of Peace for the DC premiere of The Warrior Queen of Jhansi. The film tells the true story of the legendary Rani of Jhansi, a feminist icon in India and a fearless freedom fighter. In 1857 India this 24-year old General led her people into battle against the British Empire earning the reputation as the Joan of Arc of the East. Her insurrection shifted the balance of power in the region and set in motion the demise of the notorious British East India Company and the beginning of the British Raj under Queen Victoria.

Following the screening, the mother-daughter duo of Swati and Devika Bhise – director and lead actress of the film respectively (in addition to sharing the screen-writing credit), sat down with author and journalist Jay Newton-Small for a question and answer session. In hearing them discuss their motivation in making the film, it became clear what a remarkable character the Rani was, as educated as she was fearless. “In 1857, she stood up against men in a male-dominated world and was respected,” said Swati. “She must’ve known it was suicidal to take on the whole British army and the Empire, but she did what she had to do for her people, her beliefs and her principles. She lit the torch that gave India its freedom and democracy 90 years later.”

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'The Hoffa Wars'

November 24, 2019

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“I was writing about Hoffa and the Teamsters about eight months before Hoffa disappeared on July 30th, 1975. So when it was announced that Hoffa disappeared, I hit the ground running,” best-selling author of “The Hoffa Wars” told Hollywood on the Potomac during an exclusive sit down interview. “So here we are 44 years later and I’m still looking for him.” We sat down to talk about updates to the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa as the new Netflix drama “The Irishman” is poised to be widely released. As an expert, Dan Moldea has been following the case for over four decades and casts serious doubt and cynicism to the accuracy of the historical drama based on his own interactions with the main character and other characters in the film.

Book synopsis: “The Hoffa Wars is the story of Jimmy Hoffa and his domination of the Teamsters Union, the nation’s largest and most important labor union. It is a history of power and the wars fought among the Teamster leadership, and how these wars led to the murder of Hoffa, the corrupt, charismatic union boss.” Google Books

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