The Ethics and Public Policy Center will hold its dinner at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Due to an error in a press release, the event was listed incorrectly in yesterday's Federal Report Bulletin Board.

TODAY

*The Ethics and Public Policy Center holds its fourth annual black-tie dinner at 8 p.m. in the Washington Hilton. Donald Rumsfeld will receive the Shelby Davis Award. Phone 682-1200.

*The National Student Summit sponsors a news conference on its recommendations to Congress on the direction of student aid programs, 9 a.m. in Room 304 of the Cannon House Office Building. Phone 533-7750.

*The Federal Reserve Board reports on October capacity utilization: manufacturing and materials.

*Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute will speak at a meeting of the National Commission on Jobs and Small Business, 7 p.m. at the Madison Hotel. Phone 296-4300.

*Rep. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) holds a news conference to discuss the first nationwide ranking of banks that issue credit cards with low interest rates, 12:30 p.m. in Room H-313 of the Capitol.

*The House Agriculture Subcommittee holds a public hearing on the federal Food Irradiation Development and Control Act of 1985, 9:15 a.m. in Room 1302 of the Longworth House Office Building. TUESDAY

*The Cato Institute sponsors a policy forum on "Private Enforcement of Government Regulations" with Paul Rubin of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Tom Palmer of "Dollars and Sense," 4 p.m. at the institute, 224 Second St. SE. Phone 546-0200.

*The Democratic Caucus holds a special meeting on the debt limit and the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings proposal at 10 a.m. in the hall of the House. The Bureau of the Census issues a release on October housing starts.

*The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission meets at 9:30 a.m., 2401 E St. NW. Phone 634-6036.

*Solicitor General Charles Fried speaks at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Chamber Litigation Center forum on how his office is prepared to argue the administration's viewpoint before the Supreme Court, noon at 1615 H St. NW. Phone 659-6000. WEDNESDAY

*AIDS, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is the subject of a news briefing with Sandra Panem, a virologist who specializes in the public policy of biomedical research, 10:30 a.m. at the Brookings Institution. Phone 797-6105 for details.

*The presentation of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award begins at 10 a.m. in Georgetown University's Healy Hall. This year's recipients are South Africans Winnie Mandela, the Rev. Beyers Naude and the Rev. Allan Boesak. Phone 623-1300.

*Geraldine Ferraro will speak at a Displaced Homemakers Network luncheon honoring her mother, Antonetta Ferraro, at noon in the Capital Hilton. Phone 628-6767.

*George C. Nichols of the Consumer Product Safety Commission meets with C.N. Wigeyisinghe of Sri Lanka's Standards Institute to discuss agency activities, 9 a.m. in Room 453 of the Westwood Towers Building in Bethesda. Call 492-6962. The Congressional Caucus for Science and Technology and the Congressional Institute for Space, Science and Technology hold a briefing on "Treasury II -- Capital Gains Protection and the R&D Tax Credit," 9 a.m. in Room 189 of the Russell Senate Office Building. Phone 226-7788.

*The Commerce Department reports on the Gross National Product and corporate profits. THURSDAY

*The Progressive Club of Washington and Georgetown University's Center for Peace Studies sponsor a forum entitled "Star Wars: Peril or Promise?" at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Intercultural Center Auditorium. Paul Warnke, former director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and Bruce Valley of the Department of Defense will speak. Phone 625-4240.

*President Reagan returns to Washington from Geneva via Brussels and makes a nationally televised address to a joint session of Congress.

*The Commerce Department discusses third-quarter revised gross national product and preliminary third-quarter corporate reports.

*The Federal Reserve Board reports on money stock measures, factors affecting reserves of depository institutions and third-quarter flow of funds accounts.

*"Reflections on the Summit" symposium features representatives from Time magazine, the Rand Corp. and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 405 of the Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. FRIDAY

*The Bureau of Labor Statistics issues a release on October consumer prices and real earnings. Johns Hopkins University features Ronald O'Rourke, national defense analyst, discussing "Completing the 600-Ship Navy: Budgets vs. Realities," 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Phone 785-6200.

*The Federal Reserve Board reports on the condition of large commercial banks.