Past Events

Nov 07, 2018

A Conversation with NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly

The Franklin Institute and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted 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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