Past Events

Jul 27, 2022

Tenth Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception: PHL & The World – Ready, Set, Network!

Back by popular demand for the tenth year, members and friends of Philadelphia’s international community are joining forces to host a business networking reception to celebrate the City’s status as a top US destination for foreign direct investment and trade. Join hundreds of business executives and city, state, and foreign government officials to celebrate the region’s global economic, political, and commercial impact.

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Jun 16, 2022

Subnational Diplomacy: A conversation with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania & the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy

On June 16th the World Affairs Council celebrated the signing of a Cooperation Agreement between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Regione Emilia-Romagna! Participants joined this conversation to learn more about the two regions' mutual strengths in life sciences and food, and discovered new opportunities for connections between the Regione Emilia-Romagna and Pennsylvania.

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Jun 14, 2022

The Future of the European Project

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Orchestra held a discussion about the European Project and what can be done for a secure future.

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Jun 06, 2022

Global Quizzo @ Love City Brewing

A fun evening of Global Quizzo at Love City Brewing! Attendees tested their knowledge of geography, language, history, politics, and world pop culture! Featured Quiz Master Johnny Goodtimes.

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Jun 02, 2022

Careers in Diplomacy

Curious about a career as a U.S. Diplomat? Ambassador Nina Fite, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Talent Management, and Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, Recruitment Division Director at the Bureau of Global Talent Management, presented on career and student opportunities with the U.S. Department of State.

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May 17, 2022

Diplochat: A Conversation on US-Israel Relations

The Council’s “Diplochat” series provides attendees the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with diplomats from around the world. This conversation was facilitated by the Council’s President & CEO, Lauren Swartz and featured remarks by Ambassador Asaf Zamir, Consul General of Israel in New York.

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May 11, 2022

Philly Tech Week 2022: The Impacts of Technology on Human Rights around the World

The World Affairs Council participated in Philly Tech Week 2022 to discuss harmful uses of the internet and how innovative new practices can use technology as a force for good. The conversation was facilitated by Andrea Cayley, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, and Director of Human Rights and Rule of Law at EOS Tech Trust.

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Apr 28, 2022

Facebook Live featuring Mimi Gregory, Joyce Davis and Shoshana Altrichter to discuss cruising Central Europe

Mimi Gregory, the vice president of the Naples Council on World Affairs, joined Shoshana Altricher and Joyce Davis on the 28th on Facebook Live to discuss the "Cruise the Heart of Europe" exclusively-charted cruise slated for October 13th - 26th, 2022. There's still time to reserve your spot!

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Apr 18, 2022

Council Conversation Club: Should Museums Return Contested Artifacts?

The topic for the April session of the Council Conversation Club was "Should museums across the world keep or return art and artifacts from other countries or peoples?" Participants received some light reading and listening materials and then came together in person to discuss the topic at hand. Each breakout group was facilitated by several faculty members from the Penn Museum's Cultural Heritage Center.

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Apr 13, 2022

The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict between the US and China with Kevin Rudd

A war between China and the US would be catastrophic, deadly, and destructive. Unfortunately, it is no longer unthinkable. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia joined Kevin Rudd, a former Australian prime minister who has studied, lived in, and worked with China for more than forty years, to hear his insight on how the two superpowers can coexist.

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Mar 28, 2022

Security and Digital Governance with Kristjan Prikk, Ambassador of Estonia

Kristjan Prikk, Estonian Ambassador to the US, gave his insights into Estonia's place as a leader in digital governance and cybersecurity, with insight into the security situation in Eastern Europe. During the audience Q&A, the audience had the opportunity to dive deeper into these topics and others.

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Mar 23, 2022

Diplochat: A Conversation on U.S.-Sweden Relations

Camilla Mellander, the Consul General of Sweden in New York, gave her insights into business and trade between the US and Sweden and the importance of cultural promotion between nations for the Northeast US corridor. With time for audience Q&A, the audience had the opportunity to dive deeper into these topics and others. The Council’s Diplochat series is presented by the Satell Family Foundation.

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Mar 22, 2022

War in Ukraine: The Global and Philadelphia Impact

From business, trade, and fuel prices, to immigration, to foreign policy and defense—the ripples of war in Ukraine are far-reaching and have been affecting people around the world. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and KYW Newsradio, two organizations dedicated to connecting the global to the local in the Philadelphia region, partnered to present a panel of experts who discussed how the Russian invasion of and war in Ukraine has impacted our region here at home and the world at large.

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Mar 22, 2022

Facebook Live featuring Jim Falk, Joyce Davis and Shoshana Altrichter to discuss Iceland

Jim Falk, the president emeritus of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, joined Shoshana Altricher and Joyce Davis on the 22nd on Facebook Live to discuss the "Circumnavigating Iceland" river cruise slated for July 4th-August 1st, 2022.

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Mar 02, 2022

The Future of U.S.-Japan Defense Collaboration & World Affairs Table: Japan

The "World Affairs Table" is a series of programming from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. This segment of the series featured a discussion about the collaboration and cooperation between the United States and Japan on defense, and it was followed by a culinary tasting event with cuisine and drink from Japan, catered by Zama restaurant.

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Feb 10, 2022

Diplochat: A Conversation on U.S.-Australia Relations

The Council’s “Diplochat” series provides attendees the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with diplomats from around the world. This conversation was facilitated by the Council’s President & CEO, Lauren Swartz, and featured remarks by the Consul-General of Australia in New York, Nick Greiner.

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Jan 10, 2022

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

The topic for the January session of the Council Conversation Club was "When Should America Intervene in International Conflicts?" Participants received some light reading and listening material and then came together in a virtual format to discuss the topic at hand. This hour-long discussion group was 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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