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Who’s the Boss?

May 5, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

On May 5, the Humantini will examine the history of Alexander “Boss” Shepherd, Washington, DC’s own Gilded Age political boss who defined local government for a generation. Shepherd is remembered for making many notable improvements to the city, but his frequently autocratic rule set off a tug of war between local politicians and the federal government that continues to this day. Join us as we try to determine just who runs this town: registration is open for this free program.


Pamela S. Perkins

Specializing in “Transformative” and Professional Communication Services, Pamela S. Perkins understands, relates and shares the art and science of Human Communication. As a frequent radio/talk show communication expert,  founder of the Human Communication Institute, LLC and motivational speaker, Perkins has developed clinics, workshops and presentations to empower understanding of Communication as an art and a science. She is a professor of the UDC Community College Public Speaking Program and the author of the business self-help book, The Art and Science of Communication: Tools for Effective Communication in the Workplace.


Anne McDonough

After five years as a staffer at The Washington Post, Anne McDonough received a Masters in Library Science from the University of Maryland’s iSchool and served as librarian and archivist for a Congressional commission.  She is the Library & Collections Director at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., which since 1894 has collected, preserved and shared the city’s cultural heritage.

James Jones 

James Jones has worked for social change in a variety of roles in politics, journalism, and advocacy, with a keen interest in income inequality, social justice, and workers’ rights. Working on the  Hill in 1989 for Michigan Senator Donald Riegle drove Jones to journalism, by writing for Inside EPA, Marketplace Radio, WAMU Radio and Washington City Paper. He joined the advocacy community in 2007, and came to DC Vote as communications director in 2010.

John P. Richardson

John P. Richardson divided his career between the non-profit sector and the U.S. government, where he founded the Center for Middle East Policy and was an operations officer with the CIA. Since retirement, he has been a member of numerous historical societies, including roles as Vice-President of  the Arlington Historical Society and Secretary of  the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia. John has recently completed a biography of Governor Alexander Shepherd, which will be published in the fall of 2016.


May 5, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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