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

  • June 07, 2018


    Beyond Mass Incarceration: How Best to Reform American Criminal Justice

    Featuring a panel of speakers who will discuss criminal justice reform and decarceration efforts.

    Panelists include:
    • Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia
    • Jeffrey Brown, founder, President and CEO of Brown’s Superstores Inc., and founder of UpLift Solutions
    Paul Butler, The Albert Brick Professor in Law, Georgetown University
    • Mark Holden, Senior Vice President, general counsel and corporate secretary of Koch Industries, Inc. and President and COO of the Legal Division of Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC
    Mr. Robert Listenbee, First Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office

    Location: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
    Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Registration opens; 6 p.m. Program and filming; 7 p.m. Audience Q&A; 7:30 p.m. Reception opens and guests are welcome to view the Prisons Today exhibit; 8:30 p.m. Conclusion

  • August 14, 2018


    RESCHEDULED: A Conversation with Tarana Burke, Founder of the 'me too.' Movement

    Featuring Tarana Burke, Founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement & Social Justice Activist

    Location: Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
    Schedule: 5:15 p.m. Registration opens; 5:30 - 6 p.m. Reception; 6 p.m. Lecture; 7:30 p.m. Conclusion of event

    Sponsored by Wilmington Trust

  • September 20, 2018


    Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood

    Featuring Joshua Keating, foreign policy analyst, staff writer, and editor at Slate; previously editor at Foreign Policy.

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