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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.

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.

Click for the Virtual Speakers Series Archive.

If you or someone you know would like be a speaker in the future, please email Judie Fien-Helfman at

Tuesday, August 18, 2 pm
Bring the Wild Beauty In! How I Came to Photograph Birds from North America to Australia
Speaker - David Cohen, is a writer and photographer whose work has appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, and online, from The Washington Post to Harvard Magazine to Look for his wildlife photos at

His career includes having served as the executive director of a coalition of national unions and a partner in a law firm. Born in Washington, DC, and a Forest Hills resident since 1962, David has volunteered with Northwest Neighbors Village since 2014 and served on its board.

This will be a 30-minute talk with slides and 30 minutes for discussion.

Thursday, August 20, 1 pm
The Supreme Court: The Stakes Couldn't be Higher this Election Year
Speaker - Nan Aron is the founder and president of Alliance for Justice (AFJ), the leading progressive advocacy organization on justice issues since its inception in 1979. Under Nan’s leadership, AFJ has grown to become a national association of more than 130 groups representing a variety of progressive constituencies. At present, AFJ comprises two main programs, the Justice Program and the Bolder Advocacy initiative.

Recently, Nan has led AFJ as it rises to multiple challenges created by the Trump Administration and its aggressive strategy to pack the courts with judges from the far-right fringes of the ideological spectrum. AFJ is recognized as the foremost progressive organization providing research and resources on federal judicial nominees, and Nan is a sought-after thought leader and commentator who has appeared in multiple media outlets online, in print and in broadcast. AFJ is proud to work in partnership with national and regional progressive advocacy organizations to oppose – and defeat – unqualified and unsuitable judicial nominees.


Tuesday, September 8, 11 am
How Junk Can Become Art: The Transformative Power of Found Art
Speakers - Sal and Andrea Selvaggio, extraordinary NNV volunteers!

Andrea Selvaggio is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Law, and is a retired attorney. In her previous incarnation, Andrea earned a B.S. in Art Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and taught for four years. She is now enjoying her watercolor painting courses taught through classes at  NNV and Glen Echo.

Sal Selvaggio is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Dentistry and had a private practice in D.C. for 35 years. In his previous incarnation, he earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in Biology from New Paltz, and worked at Mass General Hospital as a research assistant in studying cellular immunology. Sal plays guitar, does photomicroscopy as a hobby, and is gradually getting through his Covid honey do list.

Andrea and Sal have been married for 49 years, and still feel very happy when catching sight of each other across a crowded room.

Our shorelines are being inundated by trash, plastics and other cast-offs of civilization. You are invited to see how one couple work together to reimagine these to create whimsical works of art. NNV members and volunteers Andrea and Sal Selvaggio will share their work and welcome you to share yours, or those you might have seen that inspire you.

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