About the Event

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2024. To commemorate the growth of our organization, our history, and our impact within Philadelphia, World Affairs has also undergone a brand refresh and will be launching a new website in conjunction with welcoming members, guests, students, international visitors, and the press into a brand-new event space for a ceremonial unveiling on March 12. This new event space will be pivotal in our organization’s ability to continue serving the Philadelphia region, providing world affairs programs and services, in a location that can host audiences of up to 125 people, Professional Exchange groups from around the world, student programming, and more. During this unveiling, World Affairs is connecting its legacy to its future and celebrating 75 years of connecting Philadelphia to the world.

To commemorate the growth of our organization and our history within Philadelphia, we invite our community members to a reception and keynote program featuring historian David Allen, author of Every Citizen a Statesman: The Dream of a Democratic Foreign Policy in the American Century.

The first comprehensive history of the movement for “citizen education in world affairs,” Every Citizen a Statesman recounts how one of the first international relations think tanks, the association-backed local World Affairs Councils, organized popular discussion groups under the slogan “World Affairs Are Your Affairs.” In cities across the country, hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered in homes and libraries to learn and talk about pressing global issues. He asks, has America abandoned its effort to create a democratic foreign policy? And how can civic participation in foreign policy thrive in the 21st century? A book signing and reception will follow the program.


David Allen, historian of US foreign relations and a former fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School

If you have questions about the event listed above or require assistance with the registration form, contact Corey Stubanas at cstubanas@wacphila.org or 215-561-4700 ext. 231.

If you are a Supporting, Leadership Circle, or Corporate Member of the Council and would like to register other guests of your company, contact Stefanie Yeung at syeung@wacphila.org or 215-561-4700  ext. x221 to register for this event using your membership benefits.