Past Events

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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Oct 02, 2019

From the Front-lines of a Nuclear Flash Point: A Conversation with Hon. Sardar Masood Khan President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Foreign Policy Research Insitute hosted Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir at the Union League for this special "Members Only" event.

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Sep 25, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Events in U.S. Foreign Policy

Take a deeper look at the most important foreign policy issues at this moment in time. This panel of speakers will discuss "Breaking News" topics of the day.

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Sep 11, 2019

A Conversation with Dr. Condoleezza Rice, 66th United States Secretary of State

Coinciding with the 30 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dr. Rice discussed her latest co-authored book, "To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth."

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Aug 20, 2019

The Frank and Cheri Hermance Atlas Award Dinner

The 2019 Atlas Awards presented to National Honoree Jason Rezaian, Former Tehran Bureau Chief for the Washington Post and Philadelphia Honoree Stanley D. Ginsburg, the Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation

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Jun 17, 2019

A Conversation with Jim Acosta, Chief White House Correspondent for CNN

Jim Acosta's latest book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America, is his first-hand account about reporting on the current White House. Sponsored by Wilmington Trust.

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Jun 07, 2019

InterAct Theater Company's "The Great Leap"

This was a partnership performance with InterAct Theater Company. Thanks to our members who attended.

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May 20, 2019

Privacy, Politics, and Protests: Social Media's Effects around the World

This event was a discussion on the role social media has played in privacy, politics, and protests around the world, and how the role of these digital spaces has changed since their advent up to the present day.

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May 07, 2019

Philadelphia, the Original Startup City: A Discussion with Philly’s Global Innovators and Entrepreneurs

A panel of young professionals from the Philadelphia area who are making waves in the tech industry by offering exciting new products and services that are changing peoples' lives for the better spoke to audience members about their trials and triumphs.

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May 01, 2019

The International Statesman Award, presented to NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller

The International Statesman Award was presented to NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, who accepted the award on behalf of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Apr 25, 2019

Homeland Security since 9/11 with Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security

Former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano offered an insightful analysis of American security at home and a prescription for the future.

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Mar 20, 2019

70th Anniversary Reception & Photo Exhibit: A Journey through Contested Lands

This event was an exclusive wine reception for the opening of a special temporary photography exhibit, A Journey through Contested Lands.

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Mar 19, 2019 — Apr 02, 2019

Photo Exhibit: A Journey through Contested Lands

This was a special two-week photography exhibit, A Journey through Contested Lands, at 1900 Market Street, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

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