Past Events

Feb 17, 2021

WEBINAR: The Importance of Bipartisan Policy Making in a Hyper-Partisan Era

The Council hosted a conversation, in partnership with No Labels, featuring Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, who answered questions about why it’s so important to advocate for bipartisanship in our hyper-partisan era.

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Feb 11, 2021

WEBINAR: The Past, Present, and Future of the US-Canada Defense Relationship

The Council hosted a conversation with Major General Paul Ormsby, Canadian Defense Attaché to the United States, who provided an in-depth perspective of the past, present, and future of America’s most extensive defense relationship.

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Feb 02, 2021

WEBINAR: Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for an optimistic outlook on the topic of the future of global governance in the 21st Century with author Augusto Lopez-Claros, who argues that global interdependence is an inescapable reality and that, hence, enhanced international cooperation is a matter of survival for humankind.

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Jan 26, 2021

WEBINAR: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion with Charlotte Alter, a senior correspondent at TIME covering politics and social issues. She discussed her book, "The Ones We've Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America."

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Dec 16, 2020

Partner Event: "Beethoven in Beijing"

Members of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia were invited to an evening of music, film, and fun. Join an exclusive virtual Philadelphia birthday party celebrating Beethoven's 250th, featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Beethoven, special guest appearances, and an exclusive screening of the award-winning "Beethoven in Beijing", followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.

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Dec 09, 2020

WEBINAR: From Belarus, to Lebanon, to Venezuela: Democracy on the Table around the World

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a three-part series about the threats, opportunities, limits, and future of democracy at home and around the world. For the third and final event of this series, a panel of experts discussed country and regional hot spots facing executive corruption, the erosion of individuals’ rights, rising populism, and other challenges facing global governance and democracy.

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Nov 19, 2020

WEBINAR: A Conversation with Her Royal Highness Ambassador Reema bint Bandar Al Saud

This webinar was a candid discussion with HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States and the first woman to serve as Saudi ambassador to any country.

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Nov 16, 2020

WEBINAR: Democracy on the Table: Are We Facing a New Illiberal World Order?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a three-part series about the threats, opportunities, limits, and future of democracy at home and around the world. For the second event of this series, a panel of experts discussed China, Russia, and the possibility of a new illiberal global order in a post-pandemic world.

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Nov 16, 2020

Partner Event: U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: Virtual Town Hall with Sen. Chris Coons

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is pleased to partner with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. This year's Mid Atlantic Regional Summit is a virtual town hall with Senator Chris Coons on the positive impact of global affairs in the Mid-Atlantic Region, despite the backdrop of COVID-19.

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Nov 12, 2020

The Council Conversation Club: The Great Electoral College Debate

The Council Conversation Club is the Council's version of a "book club." Participants read a few articles or watch a few videos from different viewpoints, discuss the issues with their peers, and engage with the world from their own home. This meeting will focus on the pros and cons of the Electoral College.

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Nov 02, 2020

WEBINAR: Democracy on the Table: Is Democracy in Crisis in the U.S. and Western Europe?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a three-part series about the threats, opportunities, limits, and future of democracy at home and around the world. The first of this series took place on the eve of the 2020 U.S Presidential Election, and a panel of experts discussed a favored headline of our times: retreating or failing democracy in the United States and Western Europe, the world’s “advanced democracies.”

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Oct 27, 2020

WEBINAR: Estonia and the World: How the First Digital Nation Handles Security and Economy in a Turbulent Era

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Foreign Policy Research Institute hosted a discussion about the world’s first digital nation—Estonia. The Honorable Jonatan Vseviov, Estonian Ambassador to the United States, discussed how Estonia is a pioneer in digital initiatives, and how the country handles everything from defense and security to governance and the economy.

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Oct 14, 2020

Partner Event: "Defying Putin: The Dangers and Opportunities in Opposing Russia’s President"

The Council was pleased to partner with The Free Library of Philadelphia for an event featuring Dr. Benjamin Nathans, where he discussed the dangers and fate of those who have opposed Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Oct 13, 2020

WEBINAR: World Affairs and the Enduring American Revolution: Women’s Rights

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Museum of the American Revolution hosted an evening panel discussion that examined women’s rights—including the right to education, freedom from discrimination and violence, and fair and equal wages, among others—from the 1770s to today and the important role of women in the 2020 Presidential Election and beyond.

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Oct 07, 2020

Partner Event: "No Labels: Building a Bipartisan Governing Coalition"

This was a partner event to learn about the House Problem Solvers Caucus and how No Labels, a bipartisan nonprofit, is working to build the bipartisan governing coalition capable of solving America’s toughest problems.

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Oct 05, 2020

WEBINAR: The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

Foreign policy is top of mind for many people as we approach the 2020 Presidential Election. The World Affairs Council hosted this timely panel discussion on the state of U.S. foreign policy, and what the future may hold beyond the election in November.

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Sep 30, 2020

WEBINAR: Health is More Than Healthcare: Food As a Social Determinant of Wellness

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion with a panel of experts to learn about food security as a social determinant of health, and what we can do to create a more food-secure world.

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Sep 23, 2020

The Council Conversation Club: Meeting 4

The Council Conversation Club is the Council's version of a "book club." Participants read a few articles from different viewpoints, discuss the issues with their peers, and engage with the world from their own home.

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Sep 17, 2020

The Frank and Cheri Hermance Atlas Award Event

The 2020 Atlas Awards were presented to National Honoree Nadia Murad, a human rights activist and 2018 Nobel Prize winner and Philadelphia Honoree Jami McKeon, Chair of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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Sep 10, 2020

WEBINAR: Moving Forward: How Do We Unite Americans in 2021 and Beyond?

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a conversation with General Wesley Clark (ret.), Founder of Renew America Together, and the Honorable Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, to hear how they believe we can bring our country together.

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