Past Events

Oct 24, 2022

Diplochat: A Conversation with Mr. Ping Huang, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York

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

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Oct 13, 2022

World Affairs Table: Mexico

The World Affairs Table series features discussions on topics pertaining to bilateral relationships between the U.S. and other countries. Each discussion is followed by a culinary tasting event with cuisine and drinks from the country of focus. The World Affairs Table allows audience members to both engage in substantive foreign policy discussions and experience culture and cuisine, all in the span of one evening.

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Oct 06, 2022

Cryptocurrencies and the World: A Look at Global Regulation, Security, and Sustainability

Crypto is everywhere, and the blockchain is changing the world. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion with a panel of experts, moderated by Sahel Ahyaie Assar, about cryptocurrency and its impact on the global economy.

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Oct 03, 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine: Impacts on the European Union

The Foreign Policy Research Institute and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia held a discussion on how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has impacted the European Union, and how the E.U. is responding to multiple overlapping challenges while remaining a nimble and reliable partner for the United States.

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Sep 21, 2022

Honoring the Spirit of America: A Conversation about Immigration

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and Independence National Historical Park hosted a panel of speakers who provided insight into why immigration—throughout U.S. history—has been so important and how we can continue to address the challenges of immigration policy today.

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Sep 09, 2022

Workforce Development in the Life Sciences: Building Skills, Diversity, and Education in Philadelphia and Beyond

At B.PHL Innovation Fest, the Council explored the importance of workforce development so that workers are prepared to address tomorrow’s challenges, particularly in life sciences—a growing sector in the Philadelphia region and an important one for our country and the world.

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Sep 09, 2022

Treating the Whole Person: How Social Determinants Impact Health & Achieving Health Equity

At B.PHL Innovation Fest, the Council explored what organizations, providers, payers, and others are doing to treat the whole person – both in the Philadelphia and around the world – and how social determinants impact health.

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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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