Past Events

May 21, 2020

WEBINAR: How to Lead in the Time of Pandemic

The Council hosted a discussion with, Ambassador Nicholas Burns, who authored an essay in Foreign Affairs titled “How to Lead in a Time of Pandemic,” which sharply criticizes the global diplomatic efforts of the Trump administration in the face of COVID-19.

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May 14, 2020

The Council Conversation Club: Meeting 2

Join us for the second gathering of the Council Conversation Club--the Council's version of a "book club." You'll read two articles from different viewpoints, you'll discuss the issues with your peers, and you'll engage with the world from your own home!

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May 12, 2020

WEBINAR: Will COVID-19 Make the Putin Regime in Russia Ill or Immune?

The Council hosted a discussion about the Putin regime in the face of COVID-19 with Brian Whitmore, Senior Fellow & Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis and William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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May 07, 2020

WEBINAR: The US and China Now: Should We Confront or Cooperate?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion about the future of China, both at home and as a rising world power, following the "new normal" of the coronavirus pandemic, and whether the US and China are bound for confrontation or cooperation. This event was part of the CxC: Amplified summit, "Putting the World Back Together," and was presented in partnership with the World Affairs Councils of America and the World Affairs Council of Connecticut.

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Apr 27, 2020

WEBINAR: How to Hold a National Election during a Pandemic

The Council hosted a discussion about the possible need for new approaches to voting—by mail or electronically—and the potential concerns those ideas raise for our national election in November.

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Apr 23, 2020

The Council Conversation Club: A Stay-at-Home Symposium

We invited members of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to participate in the first of a new program series--you read the articles, you discuss the finer points with your peers, you engage with the world from your own home!

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Apr 21, 2020

WEBINAR: Three Shooting Wars: Can Anything Be Done?

The Council hosted a discussion on the three shooting wars in the Arab Middle East — in Yemen, in Libya, and, of course, the charnel house of Syria.

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Apr 14, 2020

WEBINAR: How Does the US Economy Recover from This?

The Council hosted a discussion on whether or not the right policies are being pursued, whether they will help for the duration of the crisis, and what policies will be needed to restart the economy when—and if—"normal" economic activity resumes.

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Feb 25, 2020

Documentary Screening: "John Hume in America"

In partnership with the Museum of the American Revolution, the Council hosted a documentary screening of "In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America" followed by a talk-back with director and producer Maurice Fitzpatrick.

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Feb 19, 2020

US National Security Today

The Council hosted a panel of experts who discussed U.S. national security issues in the world today.

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Feb 06, 2020

Brick by Brick: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere

Author Karen Sherman spoke about her thirty-year career working to advance women in conflict-affected countries and those in transition, and what she has learned that can make a fundamental difference in the lives of women and girls everywhere.

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Jan 28, 2020

The Future of the Internet

The Council hosted a discussion about what the future of the Internet may hold for society--from the "Internet of Things" to artificial intelligence, from privacy issues to digitizing every aspect of our lives.

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Jan 23, 2020

A Conversation with Samantha Power, 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, came to Philadelphia and discussed her latest book, "The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir."

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Jan 15, 2020

What Really Causes Instability in the Middle East?

This event featured Michael Rubin and Brian Katulis, who spoke about the Middle East and their book, "Seven Pillars: What Really Causes Instability in the Middle East?"

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Dec 10, 2019

The "Silver Tsunami": Healthcare and an Aging Population

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for an important discussion about aging and the healthcare system, and where it should go from here.

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Nov 25, 2019

A Conversation with David Shulkin, 9th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Shulkin discussed his latest book, "It Shouldn't Be This Hard to Serve Your Country: Our Broken Government and the Plight of Veterans."

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Nov 20, 2019

Power Struggle: The Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch, and the "Imperial Presidency"

This was a discussion of executive power in the U.S. constitutional system, specifically the thesis that the American system of government has evolved from one designed for primacy of the legislative branch to one in which we have an “imperial presidency.”

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Nov 04, 2019

Global Trade: War or Peace?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion on global trade with Ambassador Ron Kirk, who served as United States Trade Representative (USTR ) and was a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, serving as the President’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.

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Oct 30, 2019

How Do We Fix Higher Education? Preparing Future Generations for Success

How might we "fix" the problems in our higher education system? Should we forgive student debt? Do we make college free? What about vocational schools? How do we prepare future generations for future workforce challenges? These issues were discussed at this panel discussion hosted by the World Affairs Council in partnership with Penn State Abington.

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Oct 15, 2019

Korea: Politics, Culture, and K-Pop

Council members, Northern Liberties residents, students, and a visiting delegation from a school in Incheon, South Korea attended a panel discussion exploring Korean culture and politics through the lens of K-Pop and the involvement of the country’s youth.

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