September Speaker Series

Examining Food Insecurity in Philadelphia and Beyond

Registration for this event is now open!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.  In 2018, an estimated 1 in 9 Americans were food insecure, equating to over 37 million Americans, including more than 11 million children. In addition, 1 in 5 people in the Philadelphia area face hunger, making it a crisis in our community. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the crisis, as evidenced by decreased household incomes, increased demand at local food banks, and increased food prices as a result to COVID related complications on both the supply and demand. Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a discussion with a panel of experts to learn about food security and its impact on both rural and urban communities in addition to groups who are disproportionately impacted.

Students will hear from a panel of experts who have extensive knowledge and understanding of food security issues, and potential solutions.  More information on speakers and event format will be released in the coming weeks. 

Program Schedule: 
4:20 p.m. Registered guests asked to log-on.
4:30 p.m. Welcome remarks and opening remarks from panelists
4:45 p.m. Moderated discussion
5:10 p.m. Audience Q&A
5:30 p.m. Conclusion of session

Speaker Series

Education Speaker Series (NEW for 2020-21)

The Council is excited to announce a new Education Speaker Series tailored directly to high school student audiences. This Series, scheduled for the last Wednesday of every month, will bring academics, policymakers and policy practitioners directly to your students through an immersive, virtual speaker platform. Students will have an opportunity to hear directly from influential thinkers, and will have the opportunity to engage directly in a Q&A session with those speakers. Access to these speakers is complimentary with a High School Membership. More information on future speakers will be updated in the coming weeks! 

In addition to the newly announced Speaker Series, and as one of the top public policy forums in the nation, the Council will continue to offer access to it’s influential podium programs. Beginning in March 2020, the Council’s podium programs were moved to an online, webinar format and schools with a 2020-2021 High School Membership will continue to have access to these amazing speaker programs. 

* Platforms Required: TBD;
* Duration: 1 to 2 hours;
* Program Offering: One Speaker Series event each month, typically the last Wednesday of every month;
* Preparation level: Light, students are not required to do any preparation in advance, but are encouraged to read the speaker’s bio and come with 1 or 2 questions