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with Carla Stillwagon, Kiersten Gallagher and Erin Price, LICSW, OSW-C

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times - Cancer Book Club

Welcome to “Read with Smith Center,” a community of book lovers diving in to current and relevant book material.

For our February and March sessions, we will be reading The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams.

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We will discuss the book in two parts on February 1st, 2022 and March 1st, 2022. Register to receive the break-down of pages to have prepared for each session. Please join us for a lively discussion, no matter how much or little of the book you have read.

Get “The Book of Hope” here:

Read with Smith Center will meet Monthly on the 1st Tuesday from 12:00-1:00pm.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • February 1The Book of Hope by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams, Pages 1-109 (I. What is Hope? and Reasons 1 & 2)
  • March 1The Book of Hope by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams, Pages 111-234 (Reasons 3 & 4 and Conclusion)
  • April 5 (TBD)
  • May 3 (TBD)

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About Carla Stillwagon

Carla Stillwagon

Carla serves as the Cancer Support Program & Retreat Coordinator at Smith Center. During her time at the center, Carla has been inspired to further develop her commitment to the arts and their invaluable role in healing and community. She is excited to share her favorite pastime, reading, in this group and hopes to hear all about your favorite things to read!

About Kiersten Gallagher

Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

About Erin Price, LICSW, OSW-C

Erin Price

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

This reception is being hosted virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing

Featuring Artwork by Erick Benitez, Geraldo Camargo, Irene Clouthier, Hoesy Corona, Muriel Hasbun, Carolina Mayorga, Wilfredo Valladares and Fabolia Alvarez

Erick Antonio Benitez, The Secret Life of Plants Series
by Erick Antonio Benitez, The Secret Life of Plants Series

Aceptar Una Exposición Colectiva

Curated by Irene Clouthier 

Virtual Opening Reception – Friday, September 25th, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Acceptance is a part of life. It is part of what makes us human. We accept and make choices every day of our lives.

Aceptar creates a dialogue between the artist and the viewer about the ways we accept a new reality through the ups and downs and our immigration and identity experiences as artists. More specifically, we explore how eight artists adapted and merged existing cultures to create a new hybrid cultural identity.

This exhibition represents diversity in the immigration experience; examining the struggles and extraordinary efforts to permanently move to another country with dreams, traditions, and cultures ingrained, and to become immersed in a new life. The eight artists featured here have all had to adapt to a different language and find a separate identity. Each day as immigrants and Americans, we work to accept our new circumstances, and we look to the millions who have come before us who have enriched the tapestry of this country.

Some of the artists here present their personal identity that shows us the intricacy and complexity of heritage. Other artists work on de parallelism or the creation of a new national symbol. While still other works address immigration status and remind us to see humans as humans. Another artist builds a column made of recycled food trays that contain remnants of moments, sharing in a group, joy, and community. One artist addresses identity by calling upon childhood memories of his home and family. We also present artworks that address the domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault faced by women and families fleeing these circumstances in their native countries, only to face the same dangers on their journeys to the United States.

With Aceptar, we hope to highlight diversity in our immigration stories and open a dialogue about race, inclusion, class disparity, and gender equality. In order to create change, we must keep these conversations alive and strong. Aceptar is a reminder of the essence of this nation, a nation of immigrants, and allows us to imagine the kind of society we want to live in, one with a better future for all. We believe that art has the power to unite us.

We switched out the recipe for a classic margarita to make with Jessika and Ana from El Tamarindo, but feel free to create your own version and enjoy! Get your ingredients list HERE!

Also featuring a performance by DJ Aaron Eivet aka Randy Salazar Jr.

Click here to view the full press release.