Past Events

Friday, September 9, 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) hosts Samuel Helfont, FPRI Adjunct Scholar, and Tally Helfont, Research Fellow and Coordinator of the FPRI Middle East Program, as they share research findings from a recent trip to Jordan. Free for members. $20 for non-members. Reservations required.

Friday, September 9, 2011 - 8:00am - Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 11:59pm

Philadelphia's CBS affiliate collates various, regional events commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Events include prayer services, a tribute walk, and a commemoration at The National Constitution Center.

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy invites you to join us for our first "Conversations on America" colloquium of the new academic year. This week's roundtable discussion brings together six distinguished Temple University faculty and their ideas on "9/11: Ten Years After, How Has America Changed"? Event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the American Studies Program at Temple University.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

In partnership with the Truman Security Fellows, the National Constitution Center presents an address by national security expert Richard Clarke. According to Clarke, in the decade following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has undergone significant changes in how we view and conduct ourselves in world affairs. Advance reservations required; call 215.409.6700 or order online.

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 4:30pm - Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 4:30pm

Featuring work by 31 artists from 7 countries, Alphabet of Art is an international visual arts exhibit examining letters, numbers, and music, bringing them together to create works where different ideas, principles and approaches to art meet. A first attempt of a larger project to identify the motives which compel artists to go beyond traditional boundaries. The exhibit hosts an opening reception on September 23 and a panel discussion on September 24.

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Celebrate Spring with a traditional Swedish Midsummer “All you can crayfish eat” Buffet at IKEA South Philly! Tickets must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited. For more info, contact us at [email protected].

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 3:45pm - 6:30pm

A Pennsylvania Bio Leadership Panel open to all members interested in gaining insight into the hot topics in today's challenging bioscience marketplace. Panelists include: John Baldoni, Ph.D., Senior Vice President - Platform Technology & Science, GlaxoSmithKline; Jeff Jonas, M.D., Senior Vice President, R&D Specialty Pharmaceuticals, Shire plc; Bahija Jallal, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Research & Development, MedImmune. Advance registration closes at noon on Wednesday, August 17. On-site registration will be available at 3:45 p.m., August 18.

Friday, August 12, 2011 - 7:45pm - 10:00pm

Join Scribe, Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition (SEAMAAC) and the Hawthorne Cultural Center for an evening of short films about youth, music spoken work and the immigrant experience. With opening performance by popular Philly hip hop group the AZI Fellas. Free, family-friendly, and in the neighborhood!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Discover the lasting impact of Swedes and Sweden on the Philadelphia region, from the New Sweden colony to IKEA. Join us on Wednesday August 10th, as Dr. Margaret Thorell discusses this history and her new book, Swedes of the Delaware Valley (2011). Through historical photos and documents, Dr. Thorell will tell the stories of Swedes' often overlooked contributions to the Delaware Valley region. 

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

In the late summer, friends and families in Sweden gather round for the traditional crayfish party. Join us at the American Swedish Historical Museum on Friday August 5, 6:30 PM, for our Crayfish Party. Enjoy hors d'oeuvre and drinks in the courtyard, followed by a festive meal. Complete with savory crayfish, cooked with salt and dill, crisp bread and tangy Swedish cheese, as well as plenty to drink, the meal is a fantastic way to celebrate the close of the summer season. Sponsored by by ASHM, International House (I-House), the Scandinavian American Business Forum (ScanAm) and SACC Philadelphia.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 5:30pm - 10:00pm

International Visitors Council's monthly First Thursday events are in their twelfth year! On Thursday August 4th, join us in welcoming our guests to the U.S. & Philadelphia. Practice your language skills, make new local friends and stay in touch with what's happening internationally. It's the easiest way to practice Citizen Diplomacy without leaving Philadelphia!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

On July 27, the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) is happy to host our Vice Chairman, Dov Zakheim, as he discusses his new book, A Vulcan's Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan. A Vulcan's Tale is Zakheim's memoir of his experiences in the Bush Administration in the immediate years following the September 11 attacks. For more information contact (215) 732 - 3774, ext 303 or email us at [email protected]. Reservations are required.

Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 10:00am - Friday, July 29, 2011 - 4:30pm

The 20th International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry (ISPC), presented by the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress, will be held in Philadelphia USA at Loews Hotel July 24 - 29, 2011. ISPC is a bi-annual international conference with topics encompassing the whole area of plasma chemistry and processing science. The aim of the symposium is to present the recent progress in plasma chemistry and its applications.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 4:00pm - Friday, July 22, 2011 - 12:00am

On July 21st, celebrate the summer and IVC's *only* fund-raiser to support their work of creating positive American experiences. For 25 years the annual BBQ has been a way for the IVC to create an "American experience" for guests from abroad. Come join the fun at the 25th annual indoors BBQ for family and friends!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

Please join us on July 20, at the FPRI Library, in welcoming Professor Daniel Byman as he discusses his recent book, A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism. In A High Price, Daniel Byman breaks down the dual myths of Israeli omnipotence and—conversely—ineptitude in fighting terror, offering instead a historical account of the state's bold but often failed efforts to fight terrorist groups. For more information call (215) 732 - 3774, ext 303 or email us at: [email protected].

Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Please join UNA-GP as it hosts its annual Garden Party on Sunday July 17! This year's theme: International Justice Day. The day will be full of events, guest speakers, opportunities to network, and discussions about important politlcal and international issues. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 7:00pm - Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 6:00pm

Philadelphia's Fairmount area and Eastern State  Penitentiary invite you to celebrate Bastille Day in style! On July 15, local businesses team with Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site for a playful reenactment of the Storming of the Bastille, followed by a French-themed street party. For a detailed schedule of a weekend of film screenings, outdoor street festivals, food and drink specials, and a host of other activities for children and adults, visit

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 6:30pm - 11:30pm

Be part of the fabulous Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie annual Bastille Day Celebration on Thursday, July 14, at 6:30 PM at the Independence Seaport Museum on Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia.

Monday, July 11, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Since not everyone can make it to France to celebrate Bastille Day this year, we have a fun alternative. Join us in the Fountain Restaurant on July 11th at 7 PM as our Monday Night Chef Series celebrates all things French. From the service to the food and wine, our three-course dinner will be steeped in the French culture -- down to our Maître d' Yann Rowland, who hails from Saint Germain en Laye, located in the Western suburbs of Paris.

Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:00am - Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 12:00am

The festival joins diverse communities together for an electrifying week of nonstop entertainment celebrating the world's cultures.