Speaker Events

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for timely and informative events featuring some of the world’s most influential leaders and experts. Gain firsthand insight into the most critical issues of the day while having the opportunity to meet and interact with the people who shape our world.

 

Upcoming Speaker Events

  • February 27, 2017

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    Academic WorldQuest - Philadelphia Regional Competition

    The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is happy to announce the return of its Academic WorldQuest International Trivia Competition and Education Fundraiser. Join Council members, students, corporate executives, young professionals, friends and family to compete in this challenging quiz game.

    Location: DoubleTree Philadelphia Center City Hotel, 237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
    Schedule: 5:00 p.m. - Registration; 5:15 p.m. - WorldQuest Competition; 7:00 p.m. - Meet & Greet w/ Students; 7:30 p.m. - Adjournment

    The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia gratefully acknowledges the DoubleTree Philadelphia Center City Hotel for thier generous support of the 2017 Academic WorldQuest - Philadelphia Regional Competition.

  • March 01, 2017

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    Global Stability & Insecurity Series: Asia’s Role in 2017 and Beyond

    Featuring Keynote Speaker Minister Li Kexin of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America
    and a panel of experts who will discuss Asia's role in the world: Michael Mazza, Research Fellow, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies 
     

    Location: DoubleTree Philadelphia Downtown, 237 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
    Schedule: 5 p.m. Registration opens; 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Reception; 5:30 p.m. Panel Discussion; 6:45 p.m. Keynote Remarks; 7:45 p.m. Program Conclusion

    This event is part of the Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation "Great Debates" and made possible by AMETEK, SEI Private Wealth Management, and UGI Corporation.

  • March 08, 2017

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    Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World

    Featuring Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy, U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, Brookings Institution

    Location: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, One South Broad Street, Suite 2M, Philadelphia
    Schedule: 11:30 a.m. Registration opens; 12 p.m. Program; 1 p.m. Book sale and signing; 1:15 p.m. Conclusion

    *This event is "Bring Your Own Lunch." 

  • March 16, 2017

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    Intelligence Wars: A Discussion with General Michael Hayden about the CIA and NSA

    Featuring General Michael Hayden, Retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

    Featured bookPlaying to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

    Location: DoubleTree Center City, 237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

    Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Registration opens; 5:30 - 6 p.m. Speaker Reception; 6 p.m. Program; 7 p.m. Conclusion

  • March 30, 2017

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    Careers in Diplomacy: A Young Friends Event

    Featuring Usha E. Pitts, Diplomat in Residence, U.S. Department of State

    Location: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, One South Broad Street, Suite 2M, Philadelphia, PA
    Schedule: 6 p.m. Registration and reception; 6:30 p.m. Program; 7:30 p.m. Conclusion

  • April 04, 2017

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    Global Stability & Insecurity Series: Latin America’s Role in 2017 and Beyond

    Featuring the Honorable Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico and a panel of experts who will discuss Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela

    Location: Connelly Center, Villanova University, 800 E. Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085
    Schedule: 4:00 p.m. Registration for "panel discussion only" attendees & "full event" attendees; 4:15 p.m. Panel discussion; 5:30 p.m. Registration for "keynote speaker" attendees; 5:30 p.m. Speaker reception; 6:00 p.m. Keynote speaker; 7:00 p.m. Conclusion

    Education sponsor: Villanova University School of Business

    This event is part of the Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation "Great Debates" and made possible by AMETEK, SEI Private Wealth Management, and UGI Corporation.

  • April 19, 2017

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    Strategic Choices for a Turbulent World

    Featuring Andrew Hoehn, author of Strategic Choices for a Turbulent World and Senior Vice President, Research and Analysis, RAND Corporation

    Location: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, One South Broad Street, Suite 2M, Philadelphia
    Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Registration opens; 5:30 - 6 p.m. Wine Reception; 6 p.m. Program; 7 p.m. Conclusion

  • April 27, 2017

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    Project Drawdown: 100 Technological and Social Solutions to Climate Change

    Featuring Paul Hawken, Founder and Executive Director, Project Drawdown; best-selling author and one of the environmental movement’s leading voices

    Featured Book: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

    Location: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, One South Broad Street, Suite 2M, Philadelphia
    Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Registration; 5:30-6 p.m. Reception; 6 p.m. Program; 7 p.m. Book signing; 7:30 p.m. Conclusion

  • May 11, 2017

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    The United States and Pakistan: Perhaps the World’s Greatest “Frenemies”

    Featuring Ambassador Munir Akram, former Permanent Representative from Pakistan to the UN

    Location: Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Registration opens; 5:45 p.m. Dinner begins; 6:30 p.m. Program; 7:30 p.m. Conclusion

    Sponsored by: Key Bank

  • May 15, 2017

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    How Travel Can Change the World: A Young Friends Event with Quizzo

    Featuring Andrew Solomon, Ph.D., Writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology; Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center; and President of PEN American Center; author of Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World

    Featured Book: Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World

    Location: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, One South Broad Street, Suite 2M, Philadelphia, PA
    Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Registration; 5:30 – 6 p.m. Wine Reception; 6 p.m. Program; 6:45 p.m. Book Signing; 7 p.m. Quizzo; 8 p.m. Conclusion

  • May 30, 2017

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    Stories from Our Veterans: From Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan

    Featuring James Wright, President Emeritus, Dartmouth College and author of Enduring Vietnam

    Featured book: Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War

    Location: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, One South Broad Street, Suite 2M, Philadelphia, PA
    Schedule: 5 p.m. Registration; 5:30 – 6 p.m. Wine Reception; 6 p.m. Program; 7:15 p.m. Book Signing; 7:30 p.m. Conclusion