Past Events

Jan 10, 2022

Council Conversation Club: When Should America Intervene in International Conflicts?

Join the World Affairs Council for another session of the Council Conversation Club. The topic for the January session is "When Should America Intervene in International Conflicts?" Participants will receive some light reading and listening material and then come together to discuss the topic at hand. This hour-long discussion group will be facilitated by a moderator.

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Dec 15, 2021

Council Conversation Club: Digital Literacy and Public Trust in Technology

The Council Conversation Club is our version of a "book club." Participants will receive some light reading and listening material and then come together to discuss the topic at hand. The topic for December was "Digital Literacy and Public Trust in Technology," and registrants received the list of prep materials ahead of the event. This hour-long discussion group was facilitated by Lauren Swartz, President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

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Dec 06, 2021

The Importance of Diplomacy: A Conversation with Ambassador David Hale

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion about the importance of diplomacy for the common good with Ambassador David Hale, who joined the Foreign Service in 1984 and holds the rank of Career Ambassador.

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Nov 23, 2021

iThrive: Lives in Balance

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is using innovative new tools to engage high school students with iThrive Sim, and offered this simulation experience to all audiences so they could see, first hand, some of the programming offered to our students!

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Nov 18, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: What Comes Next for Afghanistan and Its People?

The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban overwhelmed media coverage at the end of the summer 2021, but now since U.S. Forces withdrew and America’s longest war is over, what comes next? The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted Wazhmah Osman, Assistant Professor, Temple University’s Department of Media Studies and Production, and a faculty affiliate of the South Asia Center, University of Pennsylvania, to discuss and provide insight as to what the future of Afghanistan might hold.

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Nov 08, 2021

Global Quizzo @ Love City Brewing

Join us for a fun evening at Love City Brewing for a Global Quizzo! Test your knowledge of geography, language, history, politics, and world pop culture! Featuring Quiz Master Johnny Goodtimes.

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Nov 02, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: A Conversation with H.E. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and its partners for a discussion with the H.E. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about the importance of promoting and protecting the world’s human rights and freedoms.

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Nov 01, 2021

Diplochat: A Conversation with H.E. Kanji Yamanouchi, Ambassador and Consul General of Japan in New York

The Council’s “Diplochat” series provides attendees the opportunity to have an in-depth, off-the-record conversation with diplomats from around the world. The conversation will be facilitated by the Council’s President & CEO, Lauren Swartz.

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Oct 27, 2021

Israel, Hamas, and Their Neighborhood

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a lecture with President Emerita, Buntzie Ellis Churchill, who recently traveled on the 2021 JINSA Generals and Admirals Delegation and met with Israeli Leadership, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

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Oct 18, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: Code Red for Humanity: The Race to Net Zero, A Multilateral Global Approach

In lead-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia presented a joint climate change discussion between two of the world’s most influential nations about the multilateral global race to net zero.

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Oct 12, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: Council Conversation Club: "Breaking News"

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a session of the Council Conversation Club. Participants discussed the topic, "Are we in a new era of relentless diplomacy?" with one another during this hour-long conversation, facilitated by the Council's President, Lauren Swartz.

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Sep 30, 2021

B.PHL Innovation Fest: Featuring a Lightning Talk by Lauren Swartz

Lauren Swartz, President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia gave a "lightning talk" on why international matters at B.PHL Innovation Fest. The festival is annual three-day innovation celebration that highlights Philadelphia as a fantastic place to live and work; to create meaningful connections locally and globally between people and organizations doing innovative work; and ignite new ideas and inspire changemakers of the future.

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Sep 27, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: The Global Movement for Black Lives

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion with international academics, activists, and leaders about the impact that the Movement for Black Lives has had around the world.

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Sep 20, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: Global and Domestic Impacts of the Ever-Evolving Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a robust discussion about how global crises, such as COVID-19 or climate change, can impact the worldwide pharmaceutical supply chain and how we might combat vulnerabilities in the future.

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Aug 18, 2021

WEBINAR: Putin and the U.S. Presidents: Twenty Years of U.S.-Russia Relations and What Comes Next?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion about U.S. policy towards Russia since Putin first rose to power over twenty years ago, and whether U.S. foreign policy has evolved or largely followed similar patterns during the U.S. presidential administrations of Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump, and now Biden.

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Jul 28, 2021

WEBINAR: Combating Global Hunger and Climate Change through Food Innovation and Technology

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for another installment in the "Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile" series, along with its partners the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce, the Honorary Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia, and ProChile. This discussion will focus on the future of food and how innovation and technology can help us combat global hunger and fight climate change.

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Jul 08, 2021

WEBINAR: China, Hong Kong, and the Future of Democracy

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion about Hong Kong's relations with mainland China, and what it might mean for the future of democracy.

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Jun 24, 2021

Members' Town Hall with CEO Lauren Swartz

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a Members' Only Town Hall with President & CEO Lauren Swartz. This opportunity will allow members of the Council to meet with Lauren virtually, and have a chance to share their thoughts and ideas with her.

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Jun 21, 2021

WEBINAR: Ten Years after the Arab Spring: What Comes Next?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a "look back" at the last ten years since the first protests began in Tunisia that ignited the Arab Spring. Our expert panelists, Dr. James Zogby and Dr. Lina Khatib, discussed what the future may hold for those living in the Middle East and North Africa.

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May 25, 2021

WEBINAR: Negotiating with Iran: The U.S., the EU, and the Future of the Nuclear Deal

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion about the future of Iran’s relationship with the West, and whether reinstating the nuclear deal was still on the table.

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