Past Events

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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Mar 04, 2019

A Conversation with Chris Christie, former Governor of New Jersey

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted Chris Christie, former Governor of New Jersey, who discussed his book "Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics."

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Feb 13, 2019

2019 Academic WorldQuest Trivia Competition

The Council hosted this fun, fast-paced, interactive trivia competition testing your global knowledge.

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Feb 12, 2019

The Global Rise of Authoritarianism

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Museum of the American Revolution partnered up for the first event in a new series, “World Affairs and the Enduring American Revolution.”

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Jan 22, 2019

Doomsday Scenarios or A Path Towards Peace: Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted a program with Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Suzanne DiMaggio, a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who discussed the status of global nuclear threats, as well as potential paths toward reducing these threats.

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Jan 15, 2019

America Fights Back: Our Economic War with China

Consistent with its 70 years of commitment to nonpartisan discourse, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia presented Steve Bannon, who addressed “America Fights Back: Our Economic War with China” and gave the audience, whether supporters or opponents, a unique opportunity for a personal experience of this public figure.

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Dec 10, 2018

70 Years of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights

70 years ago, on December 10, 1948, a milestone document in the history of human rights was enacted by the UN—the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Dec 05, 2018

Is the Bear Back in the Woods, and How Should the Eagle Respond?

With the fall of the Soviet Union, many thought the bear was gone, but since the rise to power of Vladimir Putin, concern about the expansion of Russian power and influence in the world has returned in many quarters. Ambassador Michael McFaul, who served as the United States Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, joined the Council to discuss the future of US-Russia Relations.

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Nov 29, 2018

21st Century Medicine: What are the Breakthroughs and What Will They Mean?

As we move deeper into the 21st-century, what are the areas of greatest promise in medical science, where are the breakthroughs, and if breakthroughs are achieved, what will they mean for individuals and society?

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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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