Past Events

Dec 10, 2018

70 Years of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights

70 years ago, on December 10, 1948, a milestone document in the history of human rights was enacted by the UN—the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Dec 05, 2018

Is the Bear Back in the Woods, and How Should the Eagle Respond?

With the fall of the Soviet Union, many thought the bear was gone, but since the rise to power of Vladimir Putin, concern about the expansion of Russian power and influence in the world has returned in many quarters. Ambassador Michael McFaul, who served as the United States Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, joins the Council to discuss the future of US-Russia Relations.

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Nov 29, 2018

21st Century Medicine: What are the Breakthroughs and What Will They Mean?

As we move deeper into the 21st-century, what are the areas of greatest promise in medical science, where are the breakthroughs, and if breakthroughs are achieved, what will they mean for individuals and society?

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Nov 07, 2018

A Conversation with NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly

Join the Franklin Institute and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for this exclusive, out-of-this-world opportunity with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.

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Oct 30, 2018

2018 Midterm Elections: The Importance of Participating in Democracy

With the 2018 midterm elections quickly approaching on November 6, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia sets out to discover just how important participating in our democracy and voting in all elections, not just those for President, truly is.

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Oct 23, 2018

The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World

While “America First” is the announced doctrine of the current administration, Kagan argues that a world where the United States withdraws and tends only to itself is, perhaps, the worst possible response in the face of global disarray.

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Oct 11, 2018

The Changing Tides of Naval Power around the World

John Lehman, who served as Secretary of the Navy in the Ronald Reagan administration from 1981–1987, where he promoted the creation of a 600-ship Navy, joins the World Affairs Council to discuss how the US Navy played a crucial role in winning the Cold War, and how the US Navy today continues to play a part in our military affairs around the world.

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Sep 24, 2018

A Conversation with Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Jamie Dimon, CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., the largest bank in the U.S. in terms of assets, joined the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia on September 24 and discussed the role of business in society, the state of the economy, and creating economic opportunity in our communities.

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Sep 20, 2018

Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood

What, exactly, constitutes a country? While certain basic criteria—borders, a government, and recognition from other countries—seem obvious, journalist Joshua Keating’s book explores exceptions to these rules, including self-proclaimed countries such as Kurdistan, a Mohawk reservation straddling the U.S.-Canada border, and an island nation whose very existence is threatened by climate change.

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