The West Wing Weekend

Special Guest: Bryan Monroe, Journalist & Editor for CNN, Ebony & Jet Magazines and more!

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We are excited to announce that Bryan Monroe, a Professor at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication, will be joining us at the West Wing Weekend.

Before joining Temple in 2015, Mr. Monroe served as an editor and journalist for many nation publications, including as the Washington Editor, Opinion & Commentary at CNN and the editor of CNNPolitics.com.

He also served as the personal editor of “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” the tell-all #1 New York Times Bestseller by former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman (published by Simon & Shuster).

Mr. Monroe will be a panelist on our Featured Saturday Presentation: Real Life In the West Wing in White Oak A&B (our Main Events Room) at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 29th.

For more details on Mr. Monroe’s life and career, please see his full bio here.

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Special Guest: David Kusnet, Chief Speechwriter for President Bill Clinton!

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We are excited to announce that David Kusnet, chief speechwriter for former President Bill Clinton during the 1992 campaign and the first two years of the administration, will be joining us to discuss his experiences in the White House and beyond.

Mr. Kusnet will be a panelist on our Featured Presentation: Real Life In the West Wing in White Oak A&B (our Main Events Room) at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 29th.

Mr. Kusnet will also be joining us for our State Dinner on Saturday evening & participating in our Keynote Program & Luncheon in the Hotel Ballroom on Sunday, September 30th at Noon. (We will be announcing more details on the Keynote program soon.)

For more details on Mr. Kusnet’s life and career, please see his full bio here.

Special Guest: Former Obama White House Staffer Beck Dorey-Stein!

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 Beck Dorey-Stein (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Beck Dorey-Stein (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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We are so excited to announce that Beck Dorey-Stein will be joining us to discuss and sign her book, FROM THE CORNER OF THE OVAL!

Ms. Dorey Stein’s program will be held in White Oak A&B (our Main Events Panel Room) at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 29th.

The signing will begin immediately after the program. (Books will be available for purchase.)

For more details on Ms. Dorey-Stein, please see her full bio here.

Special Guest: Kim Webster!

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We are excited to announce that Kim Webster, who played "Ginger" has agreed to join us as a special guest!

Ms. Webster will be participating in panels and Q&A sessions and will be available for autographs and photo sessions, along with our other Bartlet White House staff guests Melissa Fitzgerald, Devika Parikh, Peter James Smith, and William Duffy. 

Click here to read bios of Ms. Webster and all of our other Special Guests!

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Pre-order the West Wing Weekend T-Shirt for $15

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We are collecting pre-orders for the West Wing Weekend t-shirt!

If you want to guarantee you get one (and ensure we have one in your size) then pre-order now and we will have it for you at registration.

If you wait to buy the t-shirt on site, there will be a limited number available on site, with limited sizes, and the price will be $20. So pre-order yours now!

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Book your room now!

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Please book your rooms at the Marriott Bethesda North!

Our room block will be available for one more month- until Septemeber 6th - and after that date our rooms will be released and you will no longer be able to use our group rate! Our contract with the hotel depends on our guests using these rooms so if you have not reserved yet, PLEASE do so before September 6th!

Rooms for The West Wing Weekend will be available at a rate of $129/night (plus applicable fees and taxes) please use the following link to reserve your rooms:
WEST WING WEEKEND ROOM RESERVATIONS

Finally, if you wish to make your reservations over the phone, please use the following dedicated Group Reservations phone numbers.

Reservations Toll Free: 1-877-212-5752
Reservations Local Phone: 1-301-822-9200

The hotel does not provide an airport shuttle, but both major Washington D.C. airports are within 25 miles and accessible via public transportation.

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Special Guest: Composer W.G. "Snuffy" Walden!

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We are extremely excited to announce that 13 time Emmy nominated composer, W.G. "Snuffy" Walden will be joining us at the West Wing Weekend to talk about his time working with the creative team of the show and to share his talents and insights on composing film and television soundtracks.

Mr. Walden's indelible theme music and other contributions to the West WIng are a large part of what makes the experience of the show so all inclusive and extraordinary and we are thrilled that he will be joining us to share his thoughts with our attendees.

Mr. Walden will be participating in in panels and Q&A sessions and will be available for autographs and photos sessions, along with our Bartlet White House staff guests Melissa Fitzgerald, Peter James Smith, William Duffy., and Devikah Parikh.

Check back soon for our full programming schedule and for photo/autograph pricing!

In the video below, our communications staffers Ben and Jerri react to the news.

The communication staff of West Wing Weekend are very excited to welcome The man the Myth and The Legend W.G. Snuffy Walden . The West Wing Weekend is an intimate West Wing themed event to be held Friday. September 28th- Sunday, September 30th 2018 Get your tickets here: https://www.westwingweekend.com/tickets/

Special Guest: Devika Parikh!

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We are excited to welcome our fourth special guest from the West Wing, Devika Parikh, who played communications aide "Bonnie".

Ms. Parikh will be participating in panels and Q&A sessions and will be available for autographs and photos sessions, along with our other Bartlet White House staff guests Melissa Fitzgerald, Peter James Smith, and William Duffy. 

Check back soon for our full programming schedule and for photo/autograph pricing!

Reminder: Submit your programming ideas by July 30th!

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Our Call for Proposals is still open and we want to hear from you!

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Do you have a topic that you’d like to hear about, a panel you’d like to lead, ideas for a paper? We are taking submissions from registered attendees so you can be a part of the experience.

Click here to submit your ideas!  (And remember to register for the event too!)

Submissions will only be accepted until July 30th so submit the form to get your ideas in now!

Programming Sneak Peek and Call for Submissions!

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You want to be in the room where it happens.
Reflecting the richness and depth of The West Wing itself, the West Wing Weekend will have a variety of programming ranging from the serious to the whimsical. Think the Clinton Global Initiative meets Comic-con. You can learn about policy and how to engage in the political process, how to turn your patriotism into action and run for office.

You will be among your tribe. You are welcome to dress as a press secretary, or not. We’d probably all be happy just sitting around in big pajamas, eating popcorn and watching the show with each other, but there’s so much more ahead.

Here are some of the things that you can expect to see:

Special Guest Panels, Meet and Greets, Signings, and Photo Ops:

Discuss topics from the show with cast members and creative team members! We are honored that West Wing cast members Melissa Fitzgerald, William Duffy, and Peter James Smith (and even more special guests yet to be announced!) will be in in attendance at the West Wing Weekend. They will be participating in panels discussing their time on the show, their lives and careers, and other great topics! The guests will also be participating in a Meet and Greet and in some select other programming.  In addition, there will be opportunities for attendees to purchase photo ops and signings with the guests.

Special Events and Creative Programming:

In addition, throughout the weekend there will be other special programs and creative shows created for your enjoyment by our talented cast and crew. These performances and special events themed around the West Wing will be guaranteed to get you talking!

Here is just a taste:
On Friday evening we will have a “Rock the Vote” themed comedy show and concert hosted by our own Communications Department heads, Ben and Jerri (Lawrence Neals and Tina Barrow) and featuring an entire set of West Wing themed songs written and performed by renowned fan works musician Stephanie Anderson with her band, a set of fantastic, fan friendly Ukulele songs by our own Creative Director, Miss Nerdstiles, Cat Smith and The World Premiere of the very first West Wing Parody Musical, “Big Block of Cheese Day!”

On Saturday evening we will be hosting a State Dinner (tickets to the dinner will be sold separately and will be available once we have finalized the menu!). The State Dinner will include a special performance from a talented cellist. (Just don’t expect Mr. Ma!) This will be followed immediately by our Presidential Ball. (The Ball will be open to everyone with a West Wing Weekend ticket) Come in your white tie attire (or come as you are!) and join us for an evening of music, dancing, and international intrigue.

On Sunday morning, we are proud to offer a Non-Denominational, Interfaith Service: “Be Subject to One Another”. In the cold open of “War Crimes”, President Bartlet complains about some bad theology and suggests his own interpretation: “Be subject to one another.” What does it mean to live our lives in this way? Through music, meditation, and sacred texts from The West Wing and the world’s religions, as our texts as we explore what it means to be together, to feel a sense of duty to one another, to want to be the guy the other guy counts on. All are welcome!

And throughout the weekend there will be lots of drinks with little umbrellas. Late night poker games. Nerf basketball. Chess matches. West Wing trivial pursuit. Gilbert & Sullivan sing alongs.

Academic and Fandom Programming:
Finally, and most importantly, running in multiple conference rooms from approximately 9am-5pm each day in 50 minute blocks we will present panels and discussions about the show itself and its impact on our lives. These panels and presentations will be your chance to explore the incredible depth of material in the West Wing. These varied programs will touch on academic topics, non-profit and political engagement, stories, themes and characters, from the show, the life of the fandom, and much more!

To whet your appetite, here are some of the panel topics that are already on the docket:

LEMON-LYMAN AND BEYOND
Take a fond look at the online communities that sprang up to discuss, question, and analyze “The West Wing,” - where fans share their love for - and frustrations with - the series. From LemonLyman,com’s real-world inspiration, “Television Without Pity,” to the AOL, Yahoo, Facebook, and other groups.

Queerness and The West Wing: A Faithful Conversation
Several – but maybe not enough – times in the run of the show, LGBTQ+ issues emerge, each handled in a particular way common to the best thinking of the time. Nineteen years later, much has changed, even as much has stayed the same. Our conversation will explore how the show’s moral and religious grounding – as well as our own – might help or harm the work for acceptance and equal treatment, and how we might imagine our beloved characters growing in these ensuing decades.

The Representation of Disability in the West Wing
From Joey Lucas to President Bartlet himself, people with disabilities are shown in high powered positions dealing with the stress of important jobs. How is that reflected in real life?

Speech Writing 101
Dramatic readings of some of the great political or historical speeches. Examine what makes them great stylistically, what was the historical context, and why does the speech linger?

The West Wing and the Era of #MeToo: A Faithful Conversation
Despite so much to commend a modern viewing, there are many ‘ouch’ moments when it comes to the treatment of women and discussions of sexual harassment. Our conversation will explore the show’s moral and religious grounding around issues of misogyny and sexism, and how we might imagine the show’s attention to #MeToo in a contemporary setting.

How the West Wing Changed Me
Hear inspirational stories of political engagement and public service inspired by our favorite show and bring your own West Wing origin stories to share and discuss.

Real Life West Wing Jobs
Find out what it’s really like to work with legislators to make the laws. Hear from interns, campaign staffers, and candidates. Fans of the West Wing appreciate good writing, civic engagement, and the intricacies of policy making. Learn from people who have walked the walk what life is like in the “Real” West Wing.

The Younger Generation
How has the West Wing influenced younger people? Has it inspired activism and civic engagement? From Rock the Vote to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, how are younger people changing the world?

And many more to come!

Now it’s YOUR turn:

Submit your ideas in our Call for Proposals! We want to hear from you! Do you have a topic that you’d like to hear about, a panel you’d like to lead, ideas for a paper? We are taking submissions from registered attendees so you can be a part of the experience. Click here to submit your ideas! Submissions will only be accepted until July 30th so get your forms in now!