Weekend U: D.C.

Expand Your Mind—and Your Network

Join fellow alumni in Washington, D.C., for a day that offers thought-provoking sessions from standout IU faculty and alumni as well as an opportunity to connect with your fellow alumni.

Designed for You

IU boasts an abundance of passionate and accomplished experts. Weekend U brings you a selection of IU’s finest, speaking on topics that make headlines and influence our lives—the conflict in Ukraine, an upcoming rare astronomical event, the state of the media, advances in artificial intelligence, and the #MeToo movement.

In addition to that varied and engaging lineup of speakers, the day gives you numerous opportunities to interact with like-minded alumni—with their own unique pursuits and accomplishments. Those connections are invaluable.

For the curious and connected D.C. alum, it’s the perfect day. Take advantage of your IU status—join us!

Event information

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Pricing & registration

Registration is closed.

For more information, contact Mike Mann at mitmann@iu.edu or 812-855-4339.

Agenda

Saturday, February 17, 2024
TimeDescription
8 a.m.Check-in opens
8–9 a.m.

Coffee and conversation

Arrive early to connect with other attendees

9–10:30 a.m.

Focus on Ukraine

  • Oksana Markarova, MPA’01, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States
  • Robert Kravchuk, Professor Emeritus, Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
10:30–10:45 a.m.Break with refreshments
10:45–11:45 a.m.

Darkness in April—The Path of Totality Leads to IU

Caty Pilachowski, Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

11:45 a.m.–noonBreak
Noon–1:30 p.m.

Lunch with panel discussion

Journalistically Speaking: Covering the Capitol

Host: David Tolchinsky, Dean, The Media School

Panelists:

  • Deanna Fry, BAJ’06, senior producer, CBS News
  • Marie Harf, BA’03, analyst, Fox News Channel
  • Arthur Jones II, BAJ’16, producer/reporter, ABC News
  • Matt McClain, BAJ’98, photojournalist, The Washington Post
1:30–1:45 p.m.Break
1:45–2:45 p.m.

All Eyes on AI

David Crandall, Director, Luddy Artificial Intelligence Center and the Center for Machine Learning

2:45–3 p.m.Break with refreshments
3–4 p.m.

The Cost of Speaking Out

Ali Diercks, BA’08, JD’11, an anonymous #MeToo source who ultimately went public

4–5 p.m.Networking reception with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks
5 p.m.So long until next time

Meet the Speakers

Oksana Markarova

Oksana Markarova, MPA’01, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States

Focus on Ukraine

Ambassador Markarova will talk about her current role and the path that got her there.

Read Oksana Markarova’s bio

Robert Kravchuk

Professor Emeritus, Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Focus on Ukraine

Read Robert Kravchuk’s bio

Catherine Pilachowski

Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Darkness in April—The Path of Totality Leads to IU

On April 8, 2024, many parts of the country—including IU’s Bloomington campus—will be in the solar eclipse’s path of totality. Pilachowski will discuss the upcoming eclipse as well as other out of this world aspects of her research.

Read Catherine Pilachowski’s bio

David J. Crandall

Director, Luddy Artificial Intelligence Center and Center for Machine Learning

All Eyes on AI

Crandall will talk about his work related to artificial intelligence and computer vision—the area of computer science that creates algorithms that can “see.” He’ll discuss AI’s recent dominance, what the future holds for AI, and how the Luddy School will drive AI innovation.

Read David J.Crandall’s bio

David Tolchinsky

Dean, The Media School

Journalistically Speaking: Covering the Capitol

As host of the lunchtime panel, Tolchinsky will interview a panel of IU alums in Washington, D.C., who work at media outlets such as the AP, NPR, CBS, and The Washington Post.

Read David Tolchinsky’s bio

Deanna Fry

BAJ’06, senior producer, CBS News

Journalistically Speaking: Covering the Capitol

In her 15 years in broadcast news, Fry has focused on race and culture, politics, social justice, and enterprise stories.

Read Deanna Fry’s bio

Marie Harf

BA’03, analyst, Fox News Channel

Journalistically Speaking: Covering the Capitol

Harf is a national security policy and communications strategist who has held a variety of senior roles in government and politics since arriving in Washington over a decade ago.

Read Marie Harf’s bio

Arthur Jones II

BAJ’16, producer/reporter, ABC News

Journalistically Speaking: Covering the Capitol

Emmy award-winning journalist Arthur Jones II is a network news producer, podcaster and reporter from Washington, DC.

Read Arthur Jones II’s bio

Matt McClain

BAJ’98, photojournalist, The Washington Post

Journalistically Speaking: Covering the Capitol

McClain will share about his career as a photojournalist, including President Reagan’s funeral, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and two presidential inaugurations.

Read Matt McClain’s bio

Ali Diercks

BA’08, JD’11

The Cost of Speaking Out

Diercks will give her account of leaking crucial information involving CBS executive Les Moonves and the personal and professional repercussions.

Read Ali Diercks’s bio

Venue

All sessions will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. This historic hotel has hosted presidents, world leaders, and inaugural balls since its opening in the 1930s.

Transportation and Parking

The Omni Shoreham is located one block from the Metro’s Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan station.

Valet parking through the hotel is available for $55 per day.

Questions?

For more information about Weekend U: D.C., please contact Mike Mann at mitmann@iu.edu or 812-855-9335.