The East West Connection
Every 1st and 3rd Saturday evening.
Your presence is always appreciated!
The East West Connection — the place to interact and make a difference
is at our bimonthly discussions. What makes these
socials and parties so special is the environment for good
social interaction, as well as excellent interactive presentations
by internationally known guest speakers, and occasional parties.
There is much resources and time put into these socials
because we feel this is the pinnacle of all
that we do in getting you connected to the city.
The evening is always devoted to new internationals
to the U.S., as well as a specific cultural theme.
These folks, as well as our new visitors are always our
Our Speakers, Discussions & Parties.
We work tirelessly to find a wide range
of extraordinary authors and scholars to speak at these
events. Fortunately, the Washington metropolitan area is saturated
with talented and highly educated people from all walks of life.
Many of our speakers are well know authors. Some are from
the diplomatic community and Washington "think-tank"
organizations. We are not afraid to talk about religious and
spiritual differences across the world in this forum. You just never know what
we are going to talk about
They are generally academic,
but there are sometimes provocative advocates of causes
or viewpoints. Parties are sometimes headed by cultural
connoisseurs of living. These evenings are designed
to be a fun, down to earth cultural and
educational exchanges. Good food is always served.
Every month or two we have some very great parties
at our spacious location in the city. This mansion
has 5 fireplaces, and numerous balconies including a rooftop
loft with a scenic view of the entire city.
We take a
little different approach to getting connected. These events have
a different structure from many American socials you may have attended.
It therefore may not be for you, but most find it really opens things
up. We gently, but purposely break down the walls that our US culture
We almost always open up with a time for new folks
to share a brief bit about themselves. This opening to the evening
is possibly best described as an Italian AA meeting for internationals.
There is a logical reason to this lighthearted opening. It gives
the new internationals a forum to be heard by all, while also allowing
folks to quickly identify those with whom they have shared interests.
We greatly appreciate the attendees who are willing to share intriguing
comes to these gatherings and what is the emphasis? In
keeping with our core values, we tend to emphasize or at least focus
on the international/non-U.S. perspective. The truth is that we
have a faithful but diverse contingent of wonderful and caring US
nationals who come to humbly welcome you. Many are multi-cultural
and have they lived or traveled abroad. We also see a fair number
of professors, international diplomats, clergy and authors. The
majority of folks that attend are single professionals but we always appreciate the married folks in our midst. We have
anywhere from 40 to 150 for talks, and 75 to 300 for the parties.
variety and goodwill of these meetings is sometimes quite moving.
If you are new to the US or even just DC, I think you will find
these gathering a truly positive experience.
are asking all who attend these free, catered gatherings to be willing
to listen to perspectives and views which may differ from their
own. The overarching goal of these topical presentations is for
every one of us to challenge our own biases.