Past Events

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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Nov 18, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: What Comes Next for Afghanistan and Its People?

The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban overwhelmed media coverage at the end of the summer 2021, but now since U.S. Forces withdrew and America’s longest war is over, what comes next? The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted Wazhmah Osman, Assistant Professor, Temple University’s Department of Media Studies and Production, and a faculty affiliate of the South Asia Center, University of Pennsylvania, to discuss and provide insight as to what the future of Afghanistan might hold.

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Nov 08, 2021

Global Quizzo @ Love City Brewing

Join us for a fun evening at Love City Brewing for a Global Quizzo! Test your knowledge of geography, language, history, politics, and world pop culture! Featuring Quiz Master Johnny Goodtimes.

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Nov 02, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: A Conversation with H.E. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and its partners for a discussion with the H.E. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about the importance of promoting and protecting the world’s human rights and freedoms.

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Nov 01, 2021

Diplochat: A Conversation with H.E. Kanji Yamanouchi, Ambassador and Consul General of Japan in New York

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

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Oct 27, 2021

Israel, Hamas, and Their Neighborhood

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a lecture with President Emerita, Buntzie Ellis Churchill, who recently traveled on the 2021 JINSA Generals and Admirals Delegation and met with Israeli Leadership, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

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Oct 18, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: Code Red for Humanity: The Race to Net Zero, A Multilateral Global Approach

In lead-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia presented a joint climate change discussion between two of the world’s most influential nations about the multilateral global race to net zero.

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Oct 12, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: Council Conversation Club: "Breaking News"

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a session of the Council Conversation Club. Participants discussed the topic, "Are we in a new era of relentless diplomacy?" with one another during this hour-long conversation, facilitated by the Council's President, Lauren Swartz.

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Sep 30, 2021

B.PHL Innovation Fest: Featuring a Lightning Talk by Lauren Swartz

Lauren Swartz, President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia gave a "lightning talk" on why international matters at B.PHL Innovation Fest. The festival is annual three-day innovation celebration that highlights Philadelphia as a fantastic place to live and work; to create meaningful connections locally and globally between people and organizations doing innovative work; and ignite new ideas and inspire changemakers of the future.

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Sep 27, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: The Global Movement for Black Lives

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion with international academics, activists, and leaders about the impact that the Movement for Black Lives has had around the world.

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Sep 20, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT: Global and Domestic Impacts of the Ever-Evolving Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a robust discussion about how global crises, such as COVID-19 or climate change, can impact the worldwide pharmaceutical supply chain and how we might combat vulnerabilities in the future.

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Aug 18, 2021

WEBINAR: Putin and the U.S. Presidents: Twenty Years of U.S.-Russia Relations and What Comes Next?

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a discussion about U.S. policy towards Russia since Putin first rose to power over twenty years ago, and whether U.S. foreign policy has evolved or largely followed similar patterns during the U.S. presidential administrations of Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump, and now Biden.

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