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Crisis in Ukraine: On the Brink of Civil War?
June 04, 2014


 

Dr. Michael HorowitzRecent events in Ukraine might indicate that the crisis may be escalating into civil war, with the new administration in Kiev attempting to maintain order as pro-Russian rebels, vigorously defended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, seize city after city.  Will U.S. sanctions against Russia’s powerful elite make a difference? Is NATO prepared to defend Ukraine?

Join the discussion on the future of Ukraine with Dr. Michael Horowitz, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania.

 

In cooperation with
Mid-Atlantic Russia Business Council

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Evening - Wednesday, June 4, 2014


LOCATION
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
One South Broad Street, Suite 2M
Philadelphia, PA 19107

DINNER LOCATION
McCormick & Schmick's
One South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
 


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and wine reception
6 p.m. Program
7:00 p.m. Program conclusion
7:15 p.m. Dinner


EVENT OPTIONS

$2.00 of ​every ticket sale goes to the "Help Save Bodine" fund.

Members
Wine reception & program: $20 or Lecture Pass
Wine Reception, Program & Private Dinner: SOLD OUT

General Public
Wine reception & program: $30
Wine Reception, Program & Private Dinner: SOLD OUT

Full-time Students with ID - $12


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After the Arab Spring: Successes and Failures in a Shifting Middle East
June 10, 2014


 

Dr. Paul SalemDeath sentences for members of the Muslim Brotherhood were recently handed down by Egypt’s criminal court, and more than 100,000 Syrians have died as a result of the carnage of Syria’s civil war. Yet, millions of Iraqis embraced the right to vote in recent elections, and in other countries, new governments and constitutions are in place.

Dr. Paul Salem, Vice President for Policy and Research at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., will join us to discuss the historic changes taking place in the Middle East and will offer his insights on the rapidly-changing political, social and economic conditions in Egypt, Syria and their neighbors.

 

In cooperation with
Middle East Forum

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DATE OF EVENT
Luncheon - Tuesday, June 10, 2014


LOCATION
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
One South Broad Street, Suite 2M
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Bring your own lunch to this event, the Council will provide refreshments.
 


SCHEDULE
12 noon Registration and lunch
12:30 p.m. Program
1:30 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

$2.00 of ​every ticket sale goes to the "Help Save Bodine" fund.

Members
Program: $20 or Lecture Pass

General Public
Program: $30

Full-time Students with ID - $12


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Challenges & Opportunities in the Evolving Middle East
August 13, 2014


 

Consul General Yaron SidemanJoin us for a breakfast briefing with the Consul General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, Yaron Sideman, as he discusses current events in a changing Middle East with Council president Craig Snyder. An audience Q&A segment will follow the conversation.

 

 

In cooperation with
The Middle East Forum

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Breakfast - Wednesday, August 13


LOCATION
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
One South Broad Street, Suite 2M
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
7:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
7:45 a.m. Program
8:45 a.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

$2.00 of ​every ticket sale goes to the "Help Save Bodine" fund.

Members
Program: $20 or Lecture Pass*
*Lecture passes are accepted by mail only.

General Public
Program: $30

Full-time Students with ID - $12


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Pakistan's Fractured Reality: An Insider's View
September 23, 2014


 

Dr. Raza BokhariJust back from Pakistan, Council Vice Chairman Raza Bokhari will provide an insider’s analysis of the complexities of this South Asian nation and his ideas for how Pakistan may achieve self-reliance and stability in an unpredictable – and increasingly dangerous – region of the world.

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DATE OF EVENT
Breakfast - Tuesday, September 23, 2014


LOCATION
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
One South Broad Street, Suite 2M
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
7:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
7:45 a.m. Program
8:45 a.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

$2.00 of ​every ticket sale goes to the "Help Save Bodine" fund.

Members
Program: $20 or Lecture Pass*
*Lecture passes are accepted by mail only.

General Public
Program: $30

Full-time Students with ID - $12


For the accommodation of special needs during events (e.g. hearing/vision impairments, dietary restrictions, wheelchair accesibility), please call Denise Bala at 215-561-4700 ext. 227 or Hayley Boyle ext. 235.

 


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SOLD OUT: Journalism on the Ground: The Risks and Importance of International Reporting
October 02, 2014


 

International reporting is fraught with dangers, challenges, and risks. Journalists who pack up and head to all corners of the world in pursuit of providing media consumers with accurate accounts of what’s occurring on the ground often put their lives on the line for “the story.”

In the past several weeks, the world has looked on as two journalists have lost their lives at the hands of ISIS. Others are still held as prisoners by ISIS. And elsewhere around the world, journalists are detained and face numerous risks to their health and well-being.

Two such journalists—Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for The Washington Post, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, the Tehran correspondent for The National—who were to speak for the Council for this event, were detained on July 22nd in Iran. The Council is hopeful for the release and safe passage home of Rezaian and Salehi.

To speak about the dangers that international journalists, such as Rezaian and Salehi, face, the Council welcomes Gabriel Escobar, Managing Editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Robert Mahoney, Deputy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Doug Jehl, Foreign Editor of The Washington Post.

Featured Speakers

Robert Mahoney, Deputy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists Gabe Escobar, Managing Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer Doug Jehl, Foreign Editor, The Washington Post
Rob Mahoney Gabriel Escobar Doug Jehl

 

In partnership with
The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

Listen to NPR's RadioTimes interview with Robert Mahoney: The Risks and Importance of International Reporting

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DATE OF EVENT
Evening - Thursday, October 2, 2014


LOCATION
The Philadelphia Inquirer

801 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA
(Entrance is on 8th Street, between Filbert and Market)

DINNER LOCATION
McCormick & Schmick's
One South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
5:15 p.m. Millennial Members Registration and Private Welcome
5:45 p.m. Wine Reception for all guests
6:15 p.m. Program
7:30 p.m. Program Conclusion

Dinner immediately following program


EVENT OPTIONS

$2.00 of ​every ticket sale goes to the "Help Save Bodine" fund.

Members
Program: $20 or Lecture Pass*
Program & Dinner: $90
*Lecture passes are accepted by mail only.

General Public
Program: $30
Program & Dinner: $120

Full-time Students with ID - $12


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"Great Debates" The End of Greatness: Will America Have (or Do We Need) Another Great President?
October 29, 2014


 

The American presidency is the centerpiece of the U.S. political system, the symbol of our government to the nation and the world, and the most visible figure in U.S. politics.  Over the course of our country’s history, several presidents maintained an extraordinarily high profile and wielded great power – among them George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt – but what actually makes a president “great?”  Is greatness defined by creating new powers for the office and new programs for the federal government, or getting the federal government out of the way of Americans’ freedom to pursue happiness in their own ways? Is America facing an “end of greatness,” where we are more presidency-dependent than ever, but the president’s capacity to deliver is rapidly diminishing?  Or are we experiencing a void of heroic and inspirational presidents, with the increasingly polarized nature of politics preventing the rise of another truly great leader?

In anticipation of the 2016 presidential election campaign, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Independence National Historical Park will host a conversation on the executive office itself and discuss the type of president America really needs in the Oval Office. In this discussion, we will ask the questions: Should we, as citizens, continue to aspire to “greatness” in our only nationally elected office—and what does that mean, anyway?

Sharing their views on the American presidency are David Eisenhower, director of the Institute for Public Service at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and Aaron David Miller, vice president for New Initiatives and a distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and a former U.S.-Middle East negotiator who’s advised Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State. Mr. Eisenhower is the grandson of President Dwight Eisenhower and the son-in-law of President Richard Nixon, and the author Eisenhower at War 1943-1945, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Dr. Miller is the author of the just published, The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President.

Join us for this fourth segment in our “Great Debates” series –  a rare public event in Congress Hall, where the U.S. Congress met when Philadelphia was the capital from 1790-1800. Independence National Historical Park Superintendent Cindy MacLeod will offer welcome remarks. 

 


Welcome Remarks

Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod
Cynthia MacLeod, Superintendent
Independence National Historical Park


Featured Speakers

Aaron David Miller David Eisenhower
Aaron David Miller David Eisenhower

 

Featured Book
The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (And Doesn't Need) Another Great President


This event is presented in partnership with the

The National Park Service

 

This event is sponsored by

 

Thanks to Comcast, the Council's technology partner,
this event will be the first live-streamed program from Congress Hall.
Comcast


The Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation “Great Debates” Series of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will explore the most pressing and vexing public policy questions facing our nation and the world, seeking to bring together some of the best and most provocative minds, with differing points of view, on these questions, creating a forum for audiences to decide for themselves “the whole truth.”

The “Great Debates” series is being made possible by a challenge grant from the Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation, with the challenge having been met by Council supporters UGI Corporation, AMETEK, Inc., and SEI Private Wealth Management.

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DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday, October 29, 2014


LOCATION
Congress Hall
6th & Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106

RECEPTION LOCATION
Union Trust
717 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration
5:45 p.m. Program
7:15 p.m. Program Conclusion
7:30 p.m. Speaker reception at Union Trust (wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres)
8:30 p.m. Reception ends


EVENT OPTIONS

$2.00 of ​every ticket sale goes to the "Help Save Bodine" fund.

This event is on a first come, first serve basis. We have a very limited number of tickets available for this unique and special opportunity.

Members Only Event:
Program, signed book, and speaker reception: $95
Program and signed book: $35

Members Only Live Streaming:
No charge; members may call 215-561-4700 ext. 200 or 221 for access to the event live stream.

General Public:
If you would like to attend this special, members-only event, please call 215-561-4700 ext. 200 or 221 for information on how to become a member.


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Africa: Turmoil and Transformation
December 03, 2014


 

4:30 p.m. Tunisia & Post-Arab Spring Success

Featuring a conversation between Council President Craig Snyder and Jerry Sorkin, a specialist in Middle East and North Africa politics and tourism, and who lives more than 70% of the year in Tunis will discuss the recent elections

 

5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine Reception

 

6 p.m. Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s “Last Frontier” Can Prosper and Matter

Dr. Kingsley Moghalu

More and more, Africa is being seen as the “last frontier" of the world economy, offering vast opportunities for wealth creation and development. Cities throughout Africa are drawing investment, construction, and manufacturing opportunities at an increasing rate. Can the continent make  real progress and can it achieve real prosperity, if the right policies are followed?

Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy's

In his new book, Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s “Last Frontier” Can Prosper and Matter, Dr. Kingsley Moghalu challenges conventional wisdom about Africa's quest for economic growth in a globalized world. Drawing on philosophy, economics and strategy. He covers a wide range of subjects—from capitalism to transformation agendas, finance to foreign investment, and from innovation and human capital to world trade.

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DATE OF EVENT
Evening - Wednesday, December 3, 2014


LOCATION
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
One South Broad Street, Suite 2M
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
4:15 p.m. Registration
4:30 p.m. Tunisia & Post-Arab Spring Success featuring Jerry Sorkin and Craig Snyder
5:30 p.m. Wine Reception
6 p.m. Emerging Africa, featuring Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, Ph.D.
7:15 p.m. Book signing
7:30 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

$2.00 of ​every ticket sale goes to the "Help Save Bodine" fund.

Members
Program: $20 or Lecture Pass*
*Lecture passes are accepted by mail only.

General Public
Program: $30

Students
Program: $12


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International Climate Summit 2014
December 10, 2014


Climate change. One of the most complex economic, political and diplomatic challenges of our time. On Wednesday, December 10, students from across the Greater Philadelphia region and around the world will convene at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, representing both industrialized and developing nations, as well as intergovernmental organizations like OPEC and the World Bank, to draft a legally binding, universal agreement on climate change.


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Grand Danube Passage
December 19, 2014


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Treasures of Northern Italy
December 19, 2014


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Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage
January 20, 2015


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Ishmael Beah, Former Boy Soldier and Author of Radiance of Tomorrow
January 27, 2015


 

Ishmael BeahWhen Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers that “everyone in the world should read” (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called “arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature,” comes to the Council to discuss his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone.

With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is  about overcoming obstacles after Sierra Leone's Civil War, and about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times.

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, January 27, 2015


LOCATION
Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)
901 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and refreshments reception
6:15 p.m. Program
7:15 p.m. Book signing
7:30 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

$2.00 of ​every ticket sale goes to the "Help Save Bodine" fund.

Members
• Refreshments, program & book: $25

General Public
• Refreshments, program & book: $35

Full-time Students (with valid ID)
• Refreshments, program & book: $15


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21st Century Technology: New Beginning or Terrible End?
February 03, 2015


 

Technology seems to be expanding at an exponential rate, with each passing year, month, and even day bringing about the latest and greatest technological innovations of the time.

But is it all good, is it all bad, or is it something in between?

From the connectedness of the internet and social media, which some say brings us closer together while others argue that its creating rifts in how people relate to one another, to biotechnology and genetic engineering, which some claim will help us to cure what were thought to be incurable diseases and mend physical or mental handicaps while others believe it's not right to "play God" and manipulate the human genome--these are the technological debates in the world today.

Join the World Affairs Council for a day-long conference with featured experts in various fields of technology. Be sure to check back for updates on speakers and topics.

In partnership with
Drexel University   

 

Welcome Speaker

Mr. John Fry
John Fry
President, Drexel University

11:30 a.m. Millennial Members panel discussion
What Will We Inherit, And What Will We Make of It?

Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes
Lead Reporter, Technical.ly Philly

Jonathon Youshaei

Jonathon Youshaei
Product Marketer, Google; Founder, Every Vowel; writer for Forbes, Fast Company, & The Huffington Post

Stacey Ferreira

Stacey Ferreira
Co-Founded MySocialCloud at 18, acquired by Reputation.com at 20; Co-Founded 2 Billion Under 20; Co-Founded AdMoar

12:30 .m. Topic I
Connectedness: Unequaled Incubator for Innovation or the Death of Privacy and Civility?  

Susan N. Herman

Susan N. Herman, Esq.
President,
American Civil Liberties Union

1:30 p.m. Topic II
The Bio Sciences: Will Genetic Science Cure Us or Enslave Us?

Hakon Hakonarson

Hakon Hakonarson, MD, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics,
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

3:00 p.m. Topic III
Energy and Climate: Will We Light the World or Burn It?

Stewart Prager, Ph.D.

Stewart Prager, Ph.D.
Director, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy

4:30 p.m. Topic IV
The Final Frontier: Back to Space or Not?

Buzz Aldrin, Ph.D.

Derrick Pitts

Amitai Etzioni

Buzz Aldrin, Ph.D.
Apollo 11 astronaut and
second man to walk on the moon

Derrick Pitts
Chief Astronomer,
The Franklin Institute

Amitai Etzioni
Professor of International Relations,
The George Washington University

5:45 p.m. Topic V
From Solo Brains to Global Consciousness: Will Machines Change What It Means to be Human?

Dr. Gregory Stock

Gregory Stock, Ph.D.
Biophysicist, best-selling author,
and biotech entrepreneur

 

 


The Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation “Great Debate” Series of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will explore the most pressing and vexing public policy questions facing our nation and the world, seeking to bring together some of the best and most provocative minds, with differing points of view, on these questions, creating a forum for audiences to decide for themselves “the whole truth.”

The “Great Debates” series is being made possible by a challenge grant from the Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation, with the challenge having been met by Council supporters UGI Corporation, AMETEK, Inc., and SEI Private Wealth Management.

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, February 3, 2014


LOCATION
Drexel University
Behrakis Hall
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


SCHEDULE
10:45 a.m. Millennial Members ​Registration
11 a.m. Millennial Members panel discussion (sold separately)
12 noon Registration
12:30 p.m. Topic I: Connectedness
1:30 p.m. Topic II: The Bio Sciences
2:45 p.m. Break (with refreshments)
3 p.m. Topic III: Energy & Climate
4:15 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. Topic IV: Space Exploration
5:45 p.m. Topic V: Global Consciousness
7:15 p.m. Final Reception with speaker(s)


EVENT OPTIONS

$2.00 of ​every ticket sale goes to the "Help Save Bodine" fund.

Members
 
 • $125: attend all speaker presentations / panel discussions (except the Millennial panel) with preferred seating, refreshment breaks, and the final wine and hors d'oeuvres reception with speaker(s).
   • $95: attend all speaker presentations / panel discussions (except the Millennial panel) and refreshment breaks with this ticket option. Final reception with speaker(s) is not included.
   • $20: Millennial Members panel discussion

General Public
   • $155: attend all speaker presentations / panel discussions (except the Millennial panel) with preferred seating, refreshment breaks, and the final wine and hors d'oeuvres reception with speaker(s).
   • $125: attend all speaker presentations / panel discussions (except the Millennial panel) and refreshment breaks with this ticket option. Final reception with speaker(s) is not included.

Full-time Students (with valid ID)
  • $45: attend all speaker presentations / panel discussions (except the Millennial panel) and refreshment breaks with this ticket option. Final reception with speaker(s) is not included.


For the accommodation of special needs during events (e.g. hearing/vision impairments, dietary restrictions, wheelchair accessibility), please call Denise Bala at 215-561-4700 ext. 227 or Hayley Boyle ext. 235.

 


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Coastal Life from the Adriatic to the Aegean
March 02, 2015


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Oxford and the Cotswolds
March 06, 2015


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Viet Nam and Cambodia
May 08, 2015


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