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

  • January 19, 2017

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    A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order

    Featuring Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order
    Location: Montgomery McCracken, 123 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19109
    Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Registration and reception; 6 p.m. Program; 7 p.m. Conclusion
    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT - No walk-ins will be accepted

  • February 01, 2017

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    Thinking the Unthinkable, 2017: War in the Baltics?

    Featuring Michael Johnson, Defense Research Analyst, Sr., RAND Corporation, David A. Shlapak, Senior International Research Analyst; Codirector, Center for Gaming, RAND Corporation, and H.E. Andris Teikmanis, Ambassador of Latvia to the United States

    Location: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, One South Broad Street, Suite 2M, Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Registration and reception; 6 p.m. Program; 7:30 p.m. Conclusion

    Made possible with the support of John Medveckis, Honorary Consul of Latvia in Philadelphia

  • 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 States

    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 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

    Location: Information to come...
    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

  • 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 

    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

    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