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


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Cuba: After the Thaw
March 25, 2015


 

Cuba – island nation of white sand beaches, vintage cars and the spirit of Hemingway – has been off-limits to most American tourists and businesses for more than 50 years. With the recent announcement by President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro that the two countries would work to restore diplomatic relations, including easing travel and trade restrictions, many envision a “new normal” with our Caribbean neighbor.

Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre of Kean University and Dino Ramos, Senior Vice President of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia come to the Council to discuss the results of the historic January meeting of U.S State Department and Cuban officials in Havana, and what it means for relations after half a century of economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation.

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DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday, March 25, 2015


LOCATION
DoubleTree Center City
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and complimentary wine reception
6 p.m. Program
7:15 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
• Reception and program: $20 or Lecture Pass

General Public
• Reception and program: $30

Full-time Students (with valid ID)
• Reception and program: $12


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Thrive: Defining Success in the 21st Century featuring Arianna Huffington
April 08, 2015


 

Arianna HuffingtonJoin the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to examine the possibilities for successful solutions to the challenges we face each day in our personal lives and professional environments.

Arianna Huffington, chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, author of fourteen books – and one of the world’s most influential women - makes an impassioned and compelling case for redefining what it means to be “successful.”

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

She serves on several boards, including HuffPost’s partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists.

Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times' Bestseller list. Each paid ticketholder will receive a complimentary copy of Thrive.

Sponsored by
St. Joseph's University Erivan K. Haub School of Business

 

Cooperating Organization
Global Interdependence Center

 

 

The Ajay Raju Millennial Membership & Program Series    Pamela and Ajay Raju Foundation

7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
Following Arianna Huffington's discussion

Thriving in Philly and a Global Economy
A panel discussion featuring women business leaders

Women business leaders in finance, law, education, consulting, and nonprofit work will share their personal and career experiences and discuss efforts to combat gender discrimination, promote advances in education and health care, and suggest effective methods for achieving success in their respective fields, both at the local level and at the global level.

Featuring

Moderator:
Peggy Leimkuhler
Peggy Leimkuhler
Vice Chairman of the World Affairs Council
and Chief Operating Officer, EVP at Firstrust Bank

Nyla Koncurat
Nyla Koncurat
“The Closer”
Karlani Capital

Mazda Miles
Mazda Miles
CMM, Perfection Events; President-Elect, National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Dr. Christine Martey-Ochola
Dr. Christine
Martey-Ochola

Co-founder,
Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce and 
White House Champion of Change

Syreeta Moore, Esq.
Syreeta J. Moore Esq.
Partner
Weber Gallagher

Vana Zervanos
Vana Zervanos
Associate Dean
Erivan K. Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University

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DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday, April 8, 2015


LOCATION
Union League of Philadelphia*
140 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

*Please be aware of the Union League's Dress Code Policy


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and speaker cocktail reception, book signing, and candid photos
6:00 p.m. Registration and refreshments reception
6:15 p.m. Program with Arianna Huffington
7:15 p.m. Ajay Raju Millennial Program panel discussion
8:15 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
•   $65: Speaker cocktail reception and book signing, program, preferred seating, and book 
•   $30: Program and book

Ajay Raju Millennial Members
•  $10:  Millennial Members panel discussion only (must be a current Millennial Member)

General Public
•   $90: Speaker cocktail reception and book signing, program, preferred seating, and book
•   $45: Program and book

Full-time Students (with valid ID)
•   $25: Program and book

Lecture passes cannot be used for this event, they are only accepted for “expert” speaker programs, usually those held in our conference room. We are accepting lecture passes for U.S. - Israel: A Strained Alliance? and Nuclear Nightmares.


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Work Rules! The Unorthodox Philosophy of Google’s Laszlo Bock
April 10, 2015


 

Special offer: Attend this event for free.

Laszlo BockThe brilliant and innovative Laszlo Bock, the visionary head of Google's People Operations, joins the Council to discuss the content of his book, Work Rules! including his unorthodox philosophy of work and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to a business, ensuring the best and brightest succeed.

From his position at Google, the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge, Bock offers his compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto with the potential to change how we work and live. In Work Rules! he discusses how to strike a balance between creativity and structure, leading to success that can be measured in quality of life and market share. Bock will offer advice on how to build a better company from within rather than from above, and reawaken the joy in what we do.

 

Sponsored by

Villanova University School of BusinessThe Center for Business Analytics

The Center for Global Leadership     The Center for Church Management and Business Ethics

 

Cooperating organization:
Main Line School Night

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DATE OF EVENT
Friday, April 10, 2015 - Luncheon


LOCATION
Villanova University Conference Center
629 County Line Road
Radnor, PA 19087

If you are using a GPS locator, please enter Latitude 40.05 and Longitude -75.35.


SCHEDULE
11:30 a.m. Speaker Reception
12 noon Program with Laszlo Bock and lunch


EVENT OPTIONS

Members 
•   $65: Speaker reception with refreshments, signed book, program, lunch
•   $30: Program and book

General Public
•   $90: Speaker reception with refreshments, signed book, program, lunch
•   $45: Program and book

Full-time Students (with valid ID) Millennial Members
•   $25: Program and book

Special offer: Attend this event for free.

Lecture passes cannot be used for this event, they are only accepted for “expert” speaker programs, usually those held in our conference room. We are accepting lecture passes for Cuba: After the Thaw and Nuclear Nightmares.


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Meet and Greet the Candidates: Philadelphia City Council
April 13, 2015


 

Meet and Greet Reception sponsored by the Global Philadelphia Association for the candidates for Philadelphia City Council.

Light beverages will be served.

Global Philadelphia Association

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DATE OF EVENT
Monday, April 13, 2015 - Afternoon


LOCATION
Global Philadelphia Association
Three Logan Square
Suite 3100
1717 Arch Street
Philadelphia PA 19103


SCHEDULE
4 p.m. Meet & Greet with City Council Candidates
5:30 p.m. Conclusion

 


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Hank Paulson on Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower
April 15, 2015


 

Special offer: Attend this event for free.

The Honorable Henry M. PaulsonWho really runs China? How did China become an economic superpower so quickly? How might Western business and political leaders engage, compete, and profit in – and even beat - China?

When Hu Jintao, China's then vice president, came to visit the New York Stock Exchange and Ground Zero in 2002, he asked Hank Paulson to be his guide. It was a testament to the pivotal role that Goldman Sachs played in helping China experiment with private enterprise. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson comes to the Council to discuss his unprecedented access to both the political and business leaders of modern China and to offer his thoughts on the complexities of the relationship between the U.S. and its counterpart on the opposite side of the globe.

Secretary Paulson will be interviewed by Michael Smerconish, CNN and Sirius Radio host.
Michael Smerconish

 


 

Media Partner
Global Philadelphia Association

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DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - Evening


LOCATION
Hyatt at the Bellevue
200 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


SCHEDULE
6 p.m. Registration and Speaker cocktail reception, book signing and candid photos
6:30 p.m. Registration and refreshments reception
7 p.m. Program
8 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

Members 
•   $95: Speaker cocktail reception, book signing, program, preferred seating and book
•   $45: Program & book

General Public
•   $125: Speaker cocktail reception, book signing, program, preferred seating & program
•   $65: Program & book

Full-time Students (with valid ID) Millennial Members
•   $30: Program & book

Special offer: Attend this event for free.

Lecture passes cannot be used for this event, they are only accepted for “expert” speaker programs, usually those held in our conference room. We are accepting lecture passes for Cuba: After the Thaw and Nuclear Nightmares.


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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The U.S. and Israel: A Strained Alliance?
April 21, 2015


 

Professor Uzi RabiJoin us for breakfast with Professor Uzi Rabi, as he discusses Prime Minister Netanyahu’s reelection, nuclear negotiations with Iran, the war against ISIS, tumult from Syria to Iraq and Yemen, and the status of the perennial Palestinian/Israeli conflict  – and how the U.S. and Israel might come to terms on these volatile issues.

Cooperating Organization
Tel Aviv University American Friends

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Breakfast


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


SCHEDULE
7:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
8 a.m. Discussion with Professor Rabi
9 a.m. Adjournment


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
•   Program and continental breakfast: $20 or Lecture Pass

General Public
•   Program and continental breakfast: $30

Full-time Students (with valid ID) & Millennial Members
•   Program and continental breakfast: $12


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And the Good News Is... Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary
May 07, 2015


 

Dana PerinoDana Perino was the voice of the White House from 2007-2009 under President George W. Bush. As only the second female press secretary in U.S. history (and the first female Republican) and one of the most widely-respected members of President Bush’s senior staff, Dana Perino became a keen analyst of the latest political news and an expert in crafting and communicating key messages under stressful conditions.

Ms. Perino joins the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to share insights, advice for success, and personal stories from her new memoir, And the Good News Is…, in which she reflects on her experiences with the often contentious White House press corps and gives readers a peek behind the scenes of Fox News’ The Five.

Ms. Perino will be interviewed on stage by
Mike Jerrick, Co-anchor, FOX 29 News

Mike Jerrick

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DATE OF EVENT
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - Evening


LOCATION
Hyatt at the Bellevue
200 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


SCHEDULE
5:30 Registration and speaker cocktail reception / book signing for those ticket holders or refreshments for program only ticket holders
6:15 Program
7:30 Private Dinner *

* The private dinner is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please call 215-561-4700 ext. 200 to learn about membership or your benefits.


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
•   $75: Speaker cocktail reception and book signing, program, preferred seating, and book
•   $35: Program and book

General Public
•   $100: Speaker cocktail reception and book signing, program, preferred seating, and book
•   $55: Program and book

Full-time Students (with valid ID) & Millennial Members
•   $25: Program and book

Lecture passes cannot be used for this event, they are only accepted for “expert” speaker programs, usually those held in our conference room. We are accepting lecture passes for Cuba: After the Thaw and Nuclear Nightmares.


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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The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism, From al-Qa'ida to ISIS
May 13, 2015


 

Deputy Director Michael MorellFormer Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael J. Morell visits the Council to offer an unprecedented look into our nation's war against terrorism during the period he calls the "most remarkable in the history of the CIA.” Mr. Morell will discuss his book, The Great War of Our Time: An Insider's Account of the CIA's Fight Against Terrorism – from al Qa'ida to ISIS from the perspective of the only person with both President Bush when the World Trade Center towers fell on September 11, 2001 and with President Obama on May 1, 2011, during the capture and death of Osama Bin Laden.

Featured book:

The Great War of Our Time

 

Cooperating Organizations:

Global Philadelphia Association
and
The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy


In the News

 

Michael Morell, former Deputy Director and second in command at the CIA, alleges that Edward Snowden’s leaks about U.S. Intelligence operations “played a role in the rise of ISIS.”

NPR: "Flawed Intelligence in the 'War of Our Time'" with Michael Morell

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DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - Evening


LOCATION
Philadelphia Marriott
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Cocktail reception & book signing OR refreshments reception (varies by ticket level)
6:15 p.m. Program


EVENT OPTIONS
Members
•   $65: Cocktail reception, program, signed book, preferred seating
•   $30: Program and book

General Public
•   $90: Cocktail reception, program, signed book, preferred seating
•   $45: Program and book

Full-time Students (with valid ID) & Millennial Members
•   $20: Program and book


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The Rational Middle: Creating Our Energy Future
June 02, 2015


 

The Rational Middle Energy SeriesEnergy. It’s all around us. It lights our homes, cooks our food, gets us to work, and helps to create almost every amenity we enjoy. But, as much as energy surrounds us, we rarely think about where it comes from, how much we use, or where our energy future is heading. This inherent disconnect presents a number of important challenges: How can we better understand our energy and its importance? How can we lessen the impacts of energy use and production?

With the need to provide access to energy, food, and clean water for a growing global population, economic efficiency, security, and the threat of the effects of climate change inaction, the energy future is a topic that needs to be addressed. Our ability to face these challenges with civil, solutions-based discussions is crucial to finding solutions that will benefit all mankind. The Rational Middle aims to jump start the discussion with a goal of creating change through individual, municipal, corporate, and government action.

Join the discussion with Rational Energy producer and director Gregory Kallenberg, Patrick Gurian, professor of Environmental Engineering, Drexel University, Adam Agalloco, Energy Manager of the City of Philadelphia's Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and Mike Starck, Managing Director, Green Mountain Energy.

Together, we can create the energy future.

 

A program of the World Affairs Councils of America, The Rational Middle Energy Series is sponsored by Shell Oil Company (Shell). The Views expressed as part of The Rational Middle Energy Series may not necessarily reflect the views of Shell or any of its affiliates.

World Affairs Councils of America
Shell Oil Company

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - Evening


LOCATION
DoubleTree Center City
237 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m.  Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception
6 p.m. Program: viewing of two short RM documentary films, followed by moderated conversation and audience Q&A
7:15 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
•   Program and reception: $20 or Lecture Pass*
*Lecture passes accepted for the wine and hors d’oeuvre reception and discussion… last chance to use your passes before the summer!

General Public
•   Program and reception: $30

Full-time Students (with valid ID) & Current Millennial Members
•   Program and reception (must be 21+ years old): $12

New Millennial Members
•   Complimentary with new membership


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Panama Canal and Costa Rica Cruise
July 07, 2015


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The Mediterranean Sea & Civilization: Rome to Lisbon
July 23, 2015


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Island Life In Cuba
August 10, 2015


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Sustaining the Start-up Nation: Israel as a Global Business Partner
August 19, 2015


Israel, though only 67 years old and with a population of over 8 million, has the highest density of tech startups in the world. Tel Aviv is the world's second leading startup ecosystem internationally, after Silicon Valley.  In 2014, Tel Aviv University was #9 in the world for universities producing American venture capital-backed entrepreneurs.

Dr. Moshe Zviran, professor of Information Systems at the Recanati Business School and Dean of the faculty of Management at Tel Aviv University, will be in conversation with Craig Snyder, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.
 

 

Co-sponsor
Tel Aviv University American Friends

Cooperating Organization

Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce

This event is sold out. 

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - Luncheon


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


SCHEDULE
11:30 a.m. Registration & lunch
12 p.m. Program
1 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

Members of the Council and MEF
•   Program and lunch: $30

General Public
•   Program and lunch: $45

Full-time Students (with valid ID) & Millennial Members
•   Program only: $20


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 Margaret Keenan ext. 235.

 


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Peru with Ambassador Heather Hodges
August 31, 2015


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Legends of the Nile
September 08, 2015


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Off the Radar: A Father’s Secret, a Mother’s Heroism, and a Son’s Quest
September 10, 2015


 

The Ajay Raju Millennial Membership and Program Series

Cyrus Copeland was the teenage son of an American father and an Iranian mother, living in Iran when the Revolution broke out thirty-five years ago. As more than 50 hostages were seized at the American Embassy, Cyrus’s father, Max, was almost simultaneously arrested on espionage charges and accused of being a CIA agent. Cyrus Copeland comes to the Council to tell his riveting story of espionage, covert operations, and family loyalties. The ultimate question, “Was my dad a spy?,” is finally answered in his book, Off the Radar: A Father’s Secret, A Mother’s Heroism, and a Son’s Quest.

Cyrus Copeland's remarks will be followed by a facilitated Q+A session led by Max Conaboy, Vice President at Aon Risk Services and Board Member at Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) as part of the The Ajay Raju Millennial Membership & Program Series.

Copies of Off the Radar will be available for sale and signing after the event.

Featured book:

Off the Radar: A Father's Secret, a Mother's Heroism, and a Son's Quest by Cyrus Copeland

In cooperation with: 

Young Involved Philadelphia

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - Evening


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


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and wine reception
6:00 p.m. Program
7:00 p.m. Program adjournment; book sale and signing


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
•   Program and wine reception: $20 or Lecture Pass

General Public
•   Program and wine reception: $30

Full-time Students (with valid ID) & Millennial Members
•   Program only: $12

Special Offer: Attend this event for free when you sign up as a new Millennial Member!


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The Rule of Law as Precondition to 21st Century Progress
September 17, 2015


Justice Stephen BreyerIs progress around the world toward freedom and prosperity tied to progress toward nations of different cultures embracing what Americans call “the rule of law?” Are there legitimate alternative perspectives, compared to the American understanding of the concept for what constitutes “the rule of law?” What is the proper role, if any, for U.S. legal institutions, and for American foreign policy, in the international promotion of “the rule of law?”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, author of The Court and the World, joins World Affairs Council members for the second annual program in historic Congress Hall in partnership with the Independence National Historical Park. Justice Breyer will examine the work of SCOTUS in an increasingly interconnected world, a world in which all sorts of public and private activity–from the conduct of national security policy to the conduct of international trade–obliges the Court to consider and understand circumstances beyond America’s borders.
           
Following Justice Breyer’s session, international jurists Mrs. Suet-Fern Lee, Managing Partner of Morgan Lewis in Singapore and board member of the World Justice Project, and Dr. Amel Mili, former Magistrate in the Administrative Tribunal of Tunisia, will discuss the present and future development of the rule of law in all the key regions of the world.

 

Sponsored by
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

In partnership with
Independence National Historical Park

 


 

This is a Council Members only event.

Places are limited to current Council members only. Join/renew your Council membership for access to this event and exclusive membership benefits and discounted pricing for our regularly scheduled programs throughout the year.

Membership dues directly support our Global Leadership Programs for 2,200 students across 90 schools, teaching them the values of responsible citizenship and helping them build the critical skills necessary for success in an increasingly international workforce.

For more information on Membership benefits, please click here. To join or renew your membership online, please click here.

Not sure if your World Affairs Council membership is current? Contact Council staff at 215-561-4700, ext. 200, ext. 221, or membership@wacphila.org for questions regarding your membership, to join/renew, and to sign up for this event.

 


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. 

This event is sold out.

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - Evening


PROGRAM LOCATION
Congress Hall
Independence National Historical Park
Chestnut & 6th Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106

RECEPTION LOCATION
Union Trust
717 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration at Congress Hall
6:00 p.m. Program at Congress Hall
7:30 p.m. Reception at Union Trust


EVENT OPTIONS
Members
$125: Program, book, and reception

Full-time Students (with valid ID)
$25: Program only (very limited seating)


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 Margaret Keenan ext. 235.

 


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Pope Francis: New Views on Pomp and Politics
September 24, 2015


“Who am I to judge?” Those were the words of Pope Francis when asked about gay priests. As the future of Catholicism is debated and polarization within the Church continues, can Pope Francis stand firm against his detractors, save the faith from decline, and create a legacy unlike any of his Vatican predecessors?

During the week-long World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis's first visit to Philadelphia, join us for a candid discussion with internationally-acclaimed journalist and author Marco Politi on the papacy of the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Maria Bergoglio.  Politi will discuss his book, Pope Francis Among the Wolves: The Inside Story of a Revolution, and guide us through Francis's papacy and his sometimes controversial theological, political and social views ranging from climate change to gay rights… and beyond the boundaries of Catholic orthodoxy.

Copies of Mr. Politi’s book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

 

 

As this event will be taking place during the week leading up to Pope Francis' Philadelphia visit, please consult the CitySEPTA, and PATCO websites for up-to-date information on travel restrictions within Center City.  You can also click here for a listing of road closure schedules.

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DATE OF EVENT
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - Evening


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


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration & wine reception
6 p.m. Program
7 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
•   Program and wine reception: $20 or Lecture Pass

General Public
•   Program and wine reception: $30

Full-time Students (with valid ID) & Millennial Members
•   Program only: $10


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Opinion-ated: A Look at Recent Supreme Court Decisions
October 06, 2015


 

Join Kermit Roosevelt, University of Pennsylvania Professor of Law and great-great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, as he examines the great ideological divide of the current justices of the Roberts Court, who decide how our Constitution is defined and interpreted. Professor Roosevelt will offer a review of recent landmark decisions, including the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, and free speech as it relates to campaign financing.

 

(Please note: The gallery is located on the second floor of the building with no elevator.)

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - Evening


LOCATION

Goldilocks Gallery
723 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Please note: The gallery is on the second floor of the building with no elevator.


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and reception
6 p.m. Program
7 p.m. "Talk Back" for members of The Ajay Raju Millennial Membership & Program Series
 


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
•   Program and wine reception: $20 or Lecture Pass

General Public
•   Program and wine reception: $30

Full-time Students (with valid ID) & Millennial Members
•   Program and "Talk Back" only: $12

Special Offer: Attend this event for free when you sign up as a new Millennial Member!


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The Baltic Question: Is the Region Secure in its Post Soviet Success… or is Russia Lying in Wait?
October 08, 2015


 

After new-found independence, each of the Baltic nations has  embraced democratic ideals, forged new ties with the world, adopted austerity programs and rebuilt now thriving economies.  Through centuries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have each maintained their own very distinct cultural heritage, yet many common interests and regional planning efforts naturally evolved between the Baltic nations, with their Nordic neighbors, other former Soviet republics,  and the larger European community. 

All sharing borders with Russia, the Baltic nations today must address a major and growing concern: that expressed by Britain’s Defence Secretary when he warned that Russian president Vladimir Putin presents a “clear and present danger” to the Baltic region, possibly working to destabilize the area as it has in Crimea and Ukraine, and potentially attempting to sow division within NATO as the alliance struggles with the meaning of deterrence in the 21st century.

The Ambassadors of Lithuania and Latvia to the United States will join us in Philadelphia to discuss the accomplishments and future of their region and its global role.
 

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DATE OF EVENT
Thursday, October 8 - Evening


LOCATION
Top of the Tower
1717 Arch Street - 51 East
Philadelphia, PA 19103


SCHEDULE

5:30 p.m. Registration and cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception
6 p.m. Program
7:30 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
Cocktail reception and program - $55

General Public
Cocktail reception and program - $70

Full Time Student (with valid ID)
Reception (no alcoholic beverages) and program - $40

 


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2015 Atlas Award
October 14, 2015


 

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 14th, when the Council will present its prestigious 2015 Atlas Award to Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), a human rights organization focused on gender-based violence against vulnerable young women and girls in the United States, and to our outgoing Chairman John Walsh, whose reputation as a steadfast supporter of education and charitable organizations in the Philadelphia area is well-regarded.

The keynote speaker will be Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the successful co-sponsor of The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act and author of The Senator Next Door.

 

 

 

Host Committee:

The Doran Family Foundation

The Mill Spring Foundation


and the Satell Family Foundation

    

 

 


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DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - Evening


LOCATION
The Union League
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and cocktail reception
6:15 p.m. Program
7:30 p.m. Conclusion

Dinner will immediately follow the program for those ticket holders 


EVENT OPTIONS

Individual Sponsor: $1,000
speaker cocktail reception, program, dinner, acknowledgment in the program booklet, and a signed copy of The Senator Next Door

Individual Supporter: $75
cocktail reception, program, and a copy of The Senator Next Door

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please contact Membership at 215-561-4700 ext. 222 for more details.


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Giving Them the World: Creating Globally Minded Citizens, One Philadelphian at a Time
October 20, 2015


 

This interactive “town hall” will introduce young, civically-engaged participants to ways in which Philadelphia is creating globally-minded citizens, while addressing the increasing role that the world at large has on Philly's future development. For the city to thrive on an international level, future Philadelphians of all ages will need to learn more, read more and discuss more about the world and use that experience in the future development of Philadelphia.

Participants will hear first from 4-person panel discussion on how Philadelphia is creating global citizens through international affairs education at the primary and secondary education levels and through public dialogue about matters of national and international significance.

Following the panel, teams of participants can prove their knowledge by competing in a few fun rounds of geopolitical trivia while contributing their own ideas about how the city can encourage global citizenship in Philadelphians of all ages.


 

This event is part of Young Involved Philadelphia's (YIP) 2015 State of Young Philly event series. For more information on other events in this series, please click here.

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - Evening


LOCATION
National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


SCHEDULE
6 p.m. Registration & reception
6:15 p.m. Program
7:10 p.m. Business card raffle
7:15 p.m. Quizzo
8 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS
$15
: General Public

Promo Codes Available:
$10: FPRI Members
$5: World Affairs Council Millennial Members
$5: Global Philadelphia Members

If you are a member with any of the above organizations, please contact them for your respective promo codes.

Special Offer: Attend this event for free when you sign up as a new Council Millennial Member!


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Killing the Messenger
October 21, 2015


 

Kick off the campaign season with David Brock, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Media Matters, coming to the Council to share his eye-opening odyssey through the maze of political trenches. Once a leading right-wing backer, Brock is now the left’s pre-eminent defender and supporter of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 

In his book, Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary and Hijack Your Government, Brock addresses the major advocates of the Republican veiwpoint, including the Koch Brothers and Fox News. With the acumen of a seasoned political player, Brock will take us inside his democratic war rooms and their 24/7 battles with the right for control of the story lines and messages that will decide the 2016 election.

Read about Brock's involvement in the ongoing Benghazi inquiry here.

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - Evening


LOCATION
University of the Arts
Caplan Recital Hall in Terra Hall, 17th Floor
211 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and speaker reception (with wine and hors d'oeuvres) OR general reception (with refreshments)
6 p.m. Program
7 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS
Members
•   Speaker wine and hors d'oeuvre reception, program, preferred seating, and signed book: $50
•   Program with refreshments, general seating, and book: $25

General Public
•   Speaker wine and hors d'oeuvre reception, program, preferred seating and signed book: $65
•   Program with refreshments, general seating, and book: $35

Full-Time Students (with valid ID; limited seating)
•   Program with general seating and book: $20


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Lights Out: Is America Prepared for a Cyberattack?
November 17, 2015


Ted KoppelCyberattacks have become an accepted fact of life, but identity theft and credit card fraud should not be our security priorities. Hackers are already targeting our nation’s transportation, communications, and power systems, and a major hit to any of these could be as devastating to our infrastructure as a nuclear bomb.

Ted Koppel, veteran news anchor and former managing editor of ABC News’ Nightline, comes to the Council to offer his prescription for preventing—or possibly surviving—an attack on America’s infrastructure.

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - Evening


LOCATION
The Double Tree Center City
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and cocktail reception OR refreshments reception (depending on ticket)
6:15 p.m. Program
7:15 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS
Members 
•   Speaker cocktail reception, program, preferred seating,  and signed book: $75
•   Program with refreshments, general seating, and book: $35

General Public
•   Speaker cocktail reception, program, preferred seating and signed book: $100
•   Program with refreshments, general seating, and book: $55

Full-Time Students (with valid ID)
•   Program with general seating, book: $25

 

To register using your company's corporate membership benefits, please call Hayley Boyle, Director of Development & Membership, at 215-561-4700 ext. 222.


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What in the World are They Thinking?: Attitudes on the U.S. and Our Global Role
November 23, 2015


 

Attitudes toward America range from envious wonderment on one hand, to aversion to the degree of hegemony and hubris on the other. Though much of the global public’s sentiments lie with the U.S. in its fight against the jihadist group, ISIS, some are appalled by behaviors adopted by the U.S in the past.

Join the Council for a discussion with Richard Wike on the findings of the Pew Research Center on Global Attitudes and Trends, where we will learn who likes us, who doesn’t… and why.

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Monday, November 23, 2015 - Luncheon


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


SCHEDULE

11:30 a.m. Registration (guests are invited to bring lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided)
12 noon Program
1 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

Members - $15 or Lecture Pass

General Public - $25

Full-Time Students (with valid ID) and Millennial Members - $5

 

To register using your company's corporate membership benefits, please call Hayley Boyle, Director of Development & Membership, at 215-561-4700 ext. 222.


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An Evening with Peggy Noonan
December 01, 2015


 

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for an evening with Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal columnist, former special assistant and speechwriter to President Reagan, and author of the recent book The Time of Our Lives.

Ms. Noonan will take us through her remarkable career, from the drafting of President Reagan’s speech the day of the Challenger shuttle tragedy to her critiques of the “idiocracy” of government, showing how she became one of the most influential voices in America.

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - Evening


LOCATION
Courtyard Downtown Philadelphia
21 N. Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and cocktail reception (for those ticket holders)
6:15 p.m. Program
7:15p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS
Members
•   Speaker cocktail reception/book signing, program with preferred seating, and signed book: $75
•   Program with refreshments, general seating, and book: $35

Special Year-End Offer: The Lecture Pass option has sold out.  

General Public
•   Speaker cocktail reception/book signing, program with preferred seating, and signed book: $100
•   Program with refreshments, general seating, and book: $55

Full-time Students (with valid ID) & Millennial Members
•   Program with refreshments, general seting, and book: $25

 

To register using your company's corporate membership benefits, please call Hayley Boyle, Director of Development & Membership, at 215-561-4700 ext. 222.


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A Change in Military and Diplomatic Strategy with Regard to ISIS: A New Endgame?
December 10, 2015


 

In the wake of the Paris attacks, join Admiral Joe Sestak as he offers his vision for effectively dealing with ISIS and the global threat of terrorism.

Guests are encouraged to bring a lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided.

 

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - Noon


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


SCHEDULE
11:30 a.m. Registration
12 p.m. Program
1 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

This is a complimentary event. 


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The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea's Abduction Project
January 25, 2016


 

Throughout the late 1970s and early '80s, dozens of Japanese citizens were abducted from coastal Japanese towns by North Korean commandos. In what proved to be part of a global project, North Korea attempted to reeducate the abductees and train them to spy on the state's behalf. When the project faltered, the abductees were hidden in a series of guarded communities known as "Invitation-Only Zones"--the fiction being that these were exclusive enclaves, not prisons.


In 2002, Kim Jong Il admitted to kidnapping thirteen Japanese citizens and returned five of them (the other eight, he said, had died). From the moment that Robert S. Boynton first saw a photograph of these men and women, he became obsessed with the window their story provided into the vexed politics of Northeast Asia. In The Invitation-Only Zone, he untangles the logic behind the kidnappings and shows why some Japanese citizens described them as "their 9/11."


Copies of The Invitation-Only Zone will be available for sale and signing after the event.

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Monday, January 25, 2016 - Evening


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


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration & wine reception
6 p.m. Program
7 p.m. Book sale and signing


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
•   Program and wine reception: $20 or Lecture Pass

General Public
•   Program and wine reception: $30

Full-time Students (with valid ID) & Millennial Members
•   Program only: $12

 

To register using your company's corporate membership benefits, please call Hayley Boyle, Director of Development & Membership, at 215-561-4700 ext. 222.


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The Power of Broke
February 02, 2016


 

Join the Council for the first installment of our Business Series. Meet Daymond John, one of ABC's Shark Tank stars and founder of the clothing line, FUBU, as he discusses how being broke can actually be your greatest competitive advantage as an entrepreneur. Drawing on his own experiences as an entrepreneur and branding consultant, Council guests will have a behind-the scenes look at Shark Tank where dozens of other entrepreneurs have hustled their way to wealth, with Daymond John explaining how we can all leverage the power of broke to phenomenal success.

 

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - Evening


LOCATION
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and cocktail reception (for those ticket holders)
6:15 p.m. Program
7:15 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS
Members
• Speaker cocktail reception, program, and signed book: $75
• Program and book: $35

General Public
• Speaker cocktail reception, program, and signed book: $100
• Program and book: $55

Full-time Students (with valid ID)
• Program and book: $25

To register using your company's corporate membership benefits, please call Hayley Boyle, Director of Development & Membership, at 215-561-4700 ext. 222.


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The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet
February 16, 2016


 

Despite over a decade of American intervention, attempting to instill democratic and Western values in the country of Afghanistan, tensions between ethnic groups continue to plague the Afghan people and women continue to be submitted to some of the harshest treatment in the world. Exemplifying both of these issues, grounded mutually in culture and religion, is the true story of the lovers Zakia and Ali. Belonging to different tribes, Zakia and Ali had to defy both their families and Afghan civil and Islamic law in order to be together, however, not without the threat from Zakia’s family that they would kill her in order to restore the family’s honor.


Rod Nordland, former Kabul bureau chief of the New York Times, brings us this story which does for women’s rights what Malala’s story did for women’s education. Rod comes to the Council to describe the crossroads Afghanistan now faces, a place where fundamentalist Islamic culture continues to reign while dealing with Western influence. How will these opposing forces shape the country and its human rights policies for the future?

Trudy Rubin, Worldview columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer,  will sit in discussion with Mr. Nordland. 

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - Evening


LOCATION
The Philadelphia Inquirer
801 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


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


EVENT OPTIONS
Members and General Public
• Wine and cheese reception and program: $25

Students (w/ valid ID)
Program only: $10

To register using your company's corporate membership benefits, please call Hayley Boyle, Director of Development & Membership, at 215-561-4700 ext. 222.


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The Whole Truth Special Event
February 21, 2016


 

Exclusive Members-Only Event

Brilliantly hosted by distinguished University of Pennsylvania professor David Eisenhower, grandson of President Eisenhower, The Whole Truth translates to the medium of television the Council’s nearly 70 years of experience in offering civil and intelligent debate on vital issues, therefore allowing us to bring this high quality content to millions.


With the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia as the Producer, and WHYY as the Presenting Station, The Whole Truth's second episode will be broadcast locally at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2016.  Please join us for a members-only lunch and a live viewing of the broadcast at WHYY Studios.

 

 

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If you originally registered for the postponed event on 1/24, please call 215-561-4700 ext. 200 to re-confirm your availabilty to attend this rescheduled date, if you have not already done so.

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DATE OF EVENT
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - Afternoon

Rescheduled from Sunday, January 24, 2016 due to inclement weather.


LOCATION
WHYY Studios
150 North Sixth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


SCHEDULE
12:30 p.m. Registration and buffet lunch
1:30 p.m. Remarks
2 p.m. Viewing of The Whole Truth
2:30 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

This is a complimentary event for members of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

To learn more about membership with the World Affairs Council or to join, please click here or call 215-561-4700 ext. 200.


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United States of Jihad: The Rise of Radicalism in the U.S. with Peter Bergen
February 24, 2016


Series Part I


The recent mass shootings at a health center in San Bernardino, CA reinforced our fears that grassroots jihadism is alive and well in America. Since 9/11, more than three hundred Americans—born and raised in Minnesota, Alabama, New Jersey, and elsewhere—have been indicted or convicted of terrorism charges. Some have taken the fight abroad: an American was among those who planned the attacks in Mumbai, and more than eighty US citizens have sought to join ISIS. Others have acted on American soil, as with the attacks at Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, and in San Bernardino. What motivates them, how are they trained, and what do we sacrifice in our efforts to track them?

Peter Bergen, author, documentary producer, CNN's national security analyst, and author of United States of Jihad, comes to the Council to discuss his analysis of the Americans who have embraced militant Islam both here and abroad

Series description:
It all began with an angry young man in Tunisia. Following Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation, a revolt ensued and the period in history known as the “Arab Spring” was born.  Inspired by this single act of desperation, the people of the Middle East and North Africa hoped to address the battles of the disenfranchised and marginalized, with the expectation that the populations sharing the bonds of ethnicity and religion would be unified. Although technology and social media created a conduit for the Arab Spring’s positive message, it also enabled terrorists and jihadi organizations, such as ISIS, to materialize and strengthen. Dreams of democracy throughout the Muslim world faded with each news report of another kidnapping, another assassination, another town forcibly placed under the fundamentalist interpretation of Sharia law.

Join us as our expert speakers consider the consequences of the Arab Spring and discuss the international coalition of world powers working jointly to defeat ISIS through traditional military and cyber force.

Register for the full series, using the linked button in the right column, to receive a complimentary book at Part II of the series on April 12, 2016.  Book choice includes either Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, by Joby Warrick OR A Rage for Order, by Robert Worth.

 

Other series installments include:

Part II - April 12, 2016 - Understanding the Muslim World: Were We Fooled by the Promise of an Arab Spring

 

Part III - May 4, 2016 - Exploring Islam Through a 21st Century Lens: Roles, Rights, and Sharia Law

 

  

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - Evening


LOCATION
Marriott Courtyard
21 N. Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and cocktail reception (for those ticket holders)
6:15 p.m. Program
7:15 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS
Members
• Speaker cocktail reception, program, and signed book: $60
• Program and book: $25

General Public
• Speaker cocktail reception, program, and signed book: $80
• Program and book: $35

Full-time Students (with valid ID)
Program and book: $20

To register using your company's corporate membership benefits, please call Hayley Boyle, Director of Development & Membership, at 215-561-4700 ext. 222.


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From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives
March 04, 2016


 

Join the Council for the second installment of our Business Series.  Jeffrey Garten, Dean Emeritus at the Yale School of Management and former Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, will discuss the history of globalization through the lens of individuals and their transformative achievements.  Linking such figures as Genghis Khan, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Cyrus Field, and Margaret Thatcher, Garten will probe the questions: How much influence can one person have in fundamentally changing the world?  And how have past trends in globalization affected the present and how will they shape the future?

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Friday, March 4, 2016 - Breakfast program


LOCATION
Marriott Downtown Philadelphia
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


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


EVENT OPTIONS
Members
Breakfast, program, and signed book: $75
Program and book: $25

General Public
• Breakfast, program, and signed book: $95
• Program and book: $35

Students(with valid ID)
Program and book: $20


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The Last Thousand: One School's Promise in a Nation at War
March 10, 2016


 

In the midst of a war and a volatile country, Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has become home to a rare institution. Founded by the Hazara, one of the country’s most persecuted minority groups, the Marefat School has thrived in providing a provocative and 21st century education to both boys and girls. Such a place has been able to grow under the protection of U.S. troops, but with their withdrawal on the horizon, the Marefat School faces a perilous situation.


Acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Stern will discuss his new book The Last Thousand: One School’s Promise in a Nation at War, and describe in inspiring detail the effects of the school and consequences that the community surrounding the Marefat School will endure when it is left behind.  And he will bring to the table a most timely question: when a U.S. presence has been established and proven helpful to vulnerable populations, what happens as the American occupation ends?

 

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Read an article about the book by Inquirer columnist, Trudy Rubin, here.

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Evening


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


SCHEDULE
5 p.m. Registration
5:30 p.m. Program
6:30 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS
Members
Program: $20 or Lecture Pass

General Public
Program: $30

Students (with valid ID)
Program: $5

To register using your company's corporate membership benefits, please call Hayley Boyle, Director of Development & Membership, at 215-561-4700 ext. 222.


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Nowhere People
March 31, 2016


 

The Council invites its members, students, and educators to be our guests for an event featuring Greg Constantine, award-winning photographer and author, who will join us for a presentation, discussion and book signing of his critically acclaimed photography book Nowhere People, the third and capstone book in his ten-year project.

Nowhere People documents individuals and ethnic communities around the world who have had their citizenship stripped or denied from them by governments (mostly because of discrimination, racism & intolerance).  As a result, up to ten million people worldwide are denied almost all fundamental rights, do not have citizenship to any country and are stateless. It is the third and capstone book of the project, Nowhere People, and was published in November 2015.  The book was named a Notable Photo Book of the Year by Photo District News Magazine and one of the 10 Best Photo Books of 2015 by Mother Jones Magazine, which it has described as "…among some of the best, most ambitious documentary projects of our time.”

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - Evening


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


SCHEDULE
4 p.m. Registration
4:30 p.m. Program
5:30 p.m. Reception and book sale/signing


EVENT OPTIONS

Members and Full-time Students
Complimentary program

General Public
• Program: $20

 

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Understanding the Muslim World: Were We Fooled by the Promise of an Arab Spring?
April 12, 2016


 

Series Part II

From his experiences as U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, fewer diplomats or government officials are more qualified to speak on the fallout of the Arab Spring than Ambassador Marc Grossman, who will offer keynote remarks on the possibilities for realizing the dream of those who fought – and died – for change in the Arab world.

Opening remarks will be followed by a conversation with journalists Joby Warrick and Robert Worth, who will discuss the rise of ISIS and its recruitment efforts, the Syrian refugee crisis, and the often wretched conditions of the post-Arab Spring.

 

Series description:

It all began with an angry young man in Tunisia. Following Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation, a revolt ensued and the period in history known as the “Arab Spring” was born.  Inspired by this single act of desperation, the people of the Middle East and North Africa hoped to address the battles of the disenfranchised and marginalized, with the expectation that the populations sharing the bonds of ethnicity and religion would be unified. Although technology and social media created a conduit for the Arab Spring’s positive message, it also enabled terrorists and jihadi organizations, such as ISIS, to materialize and strengthen. Dreams of democracy throughout the Muslim world faded with each news report of another kidnapping, another assassination, another town forcibly placed under the fundamentalist interpretation of Sharia law.

Join us as our expert speakers consider the consequences of the Arab Spring and discuss the international coalition of world powers working jointly to defeat ISIS through traditional military and cyber force.

Other series installments include:

Part III - May 4, 2016 - Exploring Islam Through a 21st Century Lens: Roles, Rights, and Sharia Law

 

  

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - Evening


LOCATION
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
5:15 p.m. Registration and cocktail reception (for those ticket holders)
6 p.m. Remarks by Hon. Marc Grossman
6:45 p.m. Panel discussion


EVENT OPTIONS
Members
• Speaker cocktail reception and program: $65
• Program only: $25

General Public
• Speaker cocktail reception and program: $85
• Program only: $35

Full-time Students (with valid ID)
Program only: $20

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A Conversation with General Petraeus
April 29, 2016


 

One of the most effective and highly decorated military leaders in recent U.S. history, General David H. Petraeus—a four-star general whose distinguished military career spanned over 37 years and culminated in six straight commands (five of which were in combat) — will join Council members to address the most significant global challenges facing us today, including ongoing international security issues and the tasks of strategic leadership in the 21st century. Widely credited for changing the course of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, General Petraeus was also instrumental in reshaping American military doctrine and served in multiple campaigns, including nearly seven years deployed following 9-11. Petraeus has been described as one of the “great battle captains of American history.”

Following his military service, Petraeus led the CIA, where he oversaw significant achievements in America’s global counterterrorism campaign, pursued a substantial initiative to increase worldwide intelligence coverage, guided the development of a strategic plan for the agency and oversaw the establishment of a new Economic Security Center.

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DATE OF EVENT
Friday, April 29, 2016 - Luncheon


LOCATION
The Crystal Tea Room
Wanamaker Building
100 East Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
11:30 a.m. Registration and speaker reception OR refreshments
12 p.m. Luncheon (for those ticket holders)
12:30 p.m. Program
1:30 p.m. Conclusion


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Exploring Islam through a 21st Century Lens: Roles, Rights, and Sharia Law
May 04, 2016


Series Part III

   

To many Westerners, Islam’s roles, rights, and rituals are often unfamiliar and mysterious, thus creating a chasm – described by some as a “clash” – of civilizations. What are the precepts and principles of Islam and do they sometimes appear incongruous with Western societies?  How are women viewed under sharia law?

Join us as Dr. Shibley Telhami and Dr. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet discuss why understanding Muslim societies might also save the world from divisiveness and even destruction.

Series description:
It all began with an angry young man in Tunisia. Following Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation, a revolt ensued and the period in history known as the “Arab Spring” was born.  Inspired by this single act of desperation, the people of the Middle East and North Africa hoped to address the battles of the disenfranchised and marginalized, with the expectation that the populations sharing the bonds of ethnicity and religion would be unified. Although technology and social media created a conduit for the Arab Spring’s positive message, it also enabled terrorists and jihadi organizations, such as ISIS, to materialize and strengthen. Dreams of democracy throughout the Muslim world faded with each news report of another kidnapping, another assassination, another town forcibly placed under the fundamentalist interpretation of Sharia law.

Join us as our expert speakers consider the consequences of the Arab Spring.

 

 

  

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - Evening


LOCATION
DoubleTree Center City
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration and cocktail reception (for those ticket holders)
6:15 p.m. Program
7:15 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS
Members
• Cocktail reception and program: $50
• Program only: $20

General Public
• Cocktail reception and program: $65
• Program only: $30

Full-time Students (with valid ID)
Program only: $15

To register using your company's corporate membership benefits, please call Hayley Boyle, Director of Development & Membership, at 215-561-4700 ext. 222.


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Dreams of a Great Small Nation
May 25, 2016


 

On May 23, 1918, the Czechoslovak Legion was waiting to board a train in Chelyabinsk, then the Western-most terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The hope was that these 50,000 men would then board ships that would deposit them in the trenches on behalf of the Allies—for whom they would fight in exchange for a country of their own. But, on that day, at the height of the German offensive in the West and on the 300th anniversary of the Defenestration of Prague, a Czech soldier killed an Austrian during a mass brawl. It was a seemingly minor incident, but it set in motion a series of events that would forever alter the course of 20th-century history.

Former World Affairs Council staff member and author of Dreams of a Great Small Nation, Kevin McNamara, comes to the Council to tell  a story of nationalism, secret societies, and spy games; of activism in its most carefully plotted and emotionally underscored; and of valiance and determination when set against even the most impossible odds. 

Guests are encouraged to bring a lunch.

Review of Dreams of a Great Small Nation in the Wall Street Journal

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - Noon


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


SCHEDULE
11:30 a.m. Registration
12 p.m. Program
1 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

This is a complimentary event for Council members and students (with valid ID). 

General Public
Program - $10

 


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Great Debates: American Historian Joseph Ellis
June 02, 2016


 

In 1776, thirteen American colonies declared themselves independent states that only temporarily joined forces in order to defeat the British. Once victorious, they planned to go their separate ways. The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor a political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their autonomy as states.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of The Quartet, Joseph Ellis, comes to Philadelphia to discuss one of the most crucial and misconstrued periods in American history: the years between the end of the Revolution and the formation of the federal government. The men most responsible for the creation of the United States through its “second founding” - George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison - shaped the contours of American history.

In another installment in the Council’s "Great Debates" series, presented in historic Congress Hall in cooperation with the Independence National Historical Park, Ellis will present a compelling truth—one that lies at the heart of understanding the creation of the United States of America.

 

Made possible by:

The Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation

 

In partnership with:
Independence National Historical Park

 

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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
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - Evening


PROGRAM LOCATION
Congress Hall
Independence National Historical Park
Chestnut & 6th Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106

RECEPTION LOCATION
Hotel Monaco
433 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration 
6 p.m. Program
7:30 p.m. Cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception at the Hotel Monaco (for those ticket holders)


EVENT OPTIONS

This is a Council Members-Only event.

Members
• Program, book, and speaker cocktail reception: $125
• Program and book only: option sold out - please call 215-561-4700 ext. 200 to be placed on a waitlist


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Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen
June 06, 2016


 

Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen will speak to members, guests, and students at a World Affairs Council of Philadelphia luncheon event.

Watch Chair Yellen's remarks live here.


About our speaker:

Janet L. Yellen took office as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on February 3, 2014, for a four-year term ending February 3, 2018. Dr. Yellen also serves as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body. Prior to her appointment as Chair, Dr. Yellen served as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, taking office in October 2010, when she simultaneously began a 14-year term as a member of the Board that will expire January 31, 2024.

Dr. Yellen is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley where she was the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business and Professor of Economics and has been a faculty member since 1980.

Dr. Yellen took leave from Berkeley for five years starting August 1994. She served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System through February 1997, and then left the Federal Reserve to become chair of the Council of Economic Advisers through August 1999. She also chaired the Economic Policy Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development from 1997 to 1999. She also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2004 to 2010.

Dr. Yellen is a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served as President of the Western Economic Association, Vice President of the American Economic Association and a Fellow of the Yale Corporation.

Dr. Yellen graduated summa cum laude from Brown University with a degree in economics in 1967, and received her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1971. She received the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale in 1997, an honorary doctor of laws degree from Brown in 1998, and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Bard College in 2000.

An Assistant Professor at Harvard University from 1971 to 1976, Dr. Yellen served as an Economist with the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors in 1977 and 1978, and on the faculty of the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1978 to 1980.

Dr. Yellen has written on a wide variety of macroeconomic issues, while specializing in the causes, mechanisms, and implications of unemployment.

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DATE OF EVENT
Monday, June 6, 2016 - Luncheon


LOCATION
Hyatt at the Bellevue
200 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


SCHEDULE
11:30 a.m. Registration and refreshments reception
12 p.m. Luncheon (for those ticket holders)
12:30 p.m. Program
1:15 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

Members and General Public
Refreshments reception, lunch, and program: $250
Refreshments reception and program only: $50 (very limited seating)

To register using your company's corporate membership benefits, please call Hayley Boyle, Director of Development & Membership, at 215-561-4700 ext. 222.


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 Margaret Keenan ext. 235.

All media requests should be sent to Megan Keohane, Buchanan Public Relations: megank@buchananpr.com

 


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Update on Global Terrorism
June 21, 2016


 

The attacks of September 11, 2001, changed perspectives on terrorism and the awareness and tools required to prevent it. Through multilateral partnerships, the United States has forged relationships around the world to find an effective way to respond to the global terrorist threat and to eliminate terrorist networks worldwide. Justin Siberell, Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State, will provide Council members with an update of the State Department’s critical global role.


Mr. Siberell is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with rank of Minister Counselor. Before joining the Counterterrorism Bureau, Mr. Siberell was Principal Officer in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Other overseas assignments include service at U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Baghdad, Iraq; Amman, Jordan; Alexandria, Egypt; and Panama City, Panama. In Washington, Mr. Siberell completed tours in the State Department Operations Center and Executive Secretariat; as Desk Officer for Iran in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; and as Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor at the White House.

Discussion will be moderated by Edward Turzanski, Council Scholar-in-Residence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - Noon


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


SCHEDULE
11:30 a.m. Registration
12 p.m. Program and lunch
1 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
Program and sandwich and salad buffet: $25
Program only: $10 or Lecture Pass

General Public
Program and sandwich and salad buffet: $35
Program: $20

 


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Island Life in Cuba
July 01, 2016


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2016 Atlas Award Honoring Vice President Biden
August 03, 2016


 

Join the Council for the annual Atlas Award dinner.  The 2016 Atlas Award will be presented to the Hon. Joseph R. Biden, Vice President of the United States, in recognition of his historic and visionary leadership in the fight against cancer.

In addition, the 2016 Atlas Award for Leadership in the Philadelphia Area will be presented to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

About the Atlas Award

Established in 1998, the Atlas Award traditionally honors an individual or a group whose achievements and commitment to the community embody the ideals articulated in the World Affairs Council’s maxim:

“In a democracy, agreement is not essential; participation is.”

Past recipients of the Atlas Award have included the founder of the Human Rights Project for Girls, the Wall Street War Fighters Association, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School First Responders.

 


Introducing
The Pamela and Ajay Raju Foundation
Young Friends of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Atlas Award

In a special reception immediately preceding the 2016 Atlas Award program, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will present its inaugural Young Friends Atlas Award to Dr. David Fajgenbaum in honor of his achievements as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network.


For a limited time, purchase a ticket to the Young Friends Atlas Award and receive a complimentary yearlong Young Friends membership with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!  Click here for more details.


 

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DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - Evening


LOCATION
The Hyatt at the Bellevue
200 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Young Friends of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Atlas Award
5:30 p.m. Registration and cocktail reception OR refreshments
6:30 p.m. Atlas Award Program
7:30 p.m. Dinner (for those ticket holders)
9:00 p.m. Adjournment

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Experience Cuba by Land and by Sea
August 05, 2016


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Vietnam & Cambodia
August 15, 2016


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Journey to Southern Africa
August 26, 2016


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Barcelona Immersion
August 26, 2016


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An Evening with Sue Klebold
September 20, 2016


 


Author of A Mother's Reckoning and mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the students responsible for the Columbine tragedy in 1999.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Evening


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The Ten Commandments of Leadership: Lessons Learned from Our Top Presidents
September 27, 2016


 

As we look toward November 8, join us for Part I of our Election 2016 series with noted author and historian Talmage Boston, author of Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts about Our Presidents, who will discuss his interviews with some of the nation’s leading presidential historians and Oval Office insiders.

Through these interviews, Boston will offer his views on what made our major presidents tick and influenced the trajectory of their lives, and provide fresh insights on America’s past to help us better understand the present and have a more informed expectation about our future.

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - Evening


LOCATION
The Union League
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration
6 p.m. Program
7 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
Wine reception and program: $20

General Public
Wine reception and program: $30

Full-time students (with valid ID)
Program only: $10

 


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Patrick Harker, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
October 13, 2016


 

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HOLD THE DATE!

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Noon


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Courageous or Cowardly? Assessing the Risk-taking Tendencies of the Presidential Candidates
October 18, 2016


 

As we approach the 2016 presidential election, we want to better understand the candidates and their propensities for risk-taking, how they deal with conflict, and the style with which they will lead in the international arena. The people we elect to the U.S. presidency come with personal experience which defines how they will shape the destiny of our country. How do these leaders – and their experiences before they take office – choose whether to lead our country into wars and start military conflicts, or avoid conflict and focus on other issues?

Join us for Part II in the Election 2016 series as Michael Horowitz compares the leadership traits of the 2016 presidential candidates based on the Leader Experience and Attribute Descriptions (LEAD) dataset, which contains data on more than thirty leader attributes, from military service to education to marriage and children, for more than 2500 world leaders in office from the late 19th century to the 21st century.

 

 

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DATE OF EVENT
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - Evening


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


SCHEDULE
5:30 p.m. Registration
6 p.m. Program
7 p.m. Conclusion


EVENT OPTIONS

Members
Wine reception and program: $20 or lecture pass

General Public
Wine reception and program: $30

Full-time students (with valid ID)
Program only: $10


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Cruise the Face of Europe
October 31, 2016


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Italian Riviera & Chianti
October 31, 2016


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An Evening with Author Thomas L. Friedman
December 01, 2016


 


Join the Council for an evening with Pultizer Prize winning journalist, bestselling author, and New York Times columnist, Thomas L. Friedman.

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HOLD THE DATE!

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Evening


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