Past Events

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Girard College and History Making Productions, together with several co-presenting partners, cordially invite you to attend  a French-inspired holiday reception and premiere of the short film, Stephen Girard, about Philadelphia’s own Merchant, Patriot, Humanitarian and Benefactor. Keynote speaker: David L. Cohen, Comcast.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

The Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania presents Dr. Nilanjana Gupta, Professor in the Department of English, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Jadavpur University in Kolkata. Dr. Gupta will present a brief survey of the Madrasa System of Education in Bengal, but will focus on the impact of British colonialism in shaping the contours of the "modern" educational system.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 11:30am - Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 12:30pm

Theodore Friend presents his account of five Muslim societies and the life situations of women therein. Friend served as President of Eisenhower Fellowships and the Philadelphia Committee on Foreign Relations, and is an FPRI Senior Fellow.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 8:00am - Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 5:00pm

The Global Pharma Sourcing Conference, which takes place on December 6th and 7th in Philadelphia, will provide a dynamic forum for sourcing, procurement and supply chain professionals to discuss the challenges and opportunities of a global sourcing strategy.

Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Grab a "Passport" and experience the spirit of the holiday season at the Penn Museum's 16th annual Peace around the World family afternoon. All visitors receive Museum "passports" with itineraries to visit nine cultures via nine speakers and explore holiday traditions from around the world. The day also features a Middle Eastern drumming workshop, children's world music performances, storytelling, "Adopt an Artifact" activities, face painting by Peanutbutter's artist troupe, balloon art, international family crafts, free treats for children, and more! Visitors who bring a new, unwrapped toy donation receive buy-one-get-one free admission.

Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 12:15pm - 2:15pm

Milan 2011 is a platform to learn more about the Association for India's Development (AID) and to meet other community members who are committed to the cause of India's development. The event will also feature a keynote address from AID Fellow (Saathi) Smitha Kalyani and lunch.

Friday, December 2, 2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, The University of Pennsylvania's Greenfield Intercultural Center, Penn Arab Student Society, and  Wharton Pennguins are pleased to present a screening of the feature film, Salt of This Sea (2008). This feature film by Annemarie Jacir, starring Suheir Hammad and Saleh Bakri, tells the story of a Brooklyn woman who travels to the West Bank and Israel to discover her roots. The film screening is followed by conversation over delicious Arab cuisine generously provided by Leila Cafe, Ariana, and Falafel House.

Friday, December 2, 2011 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Penn African, East Asian, South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Centers in collaboration with BigPicture, SmallWorld are launching the first comprehensive, one-stop online resource network for Delaware Valley educators. Please join us for an evening of food, fun and website demonstration at our launch party on December 2, 2011. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The American Tunisian Association (ATA) lecture series, "Tunisians and their Hopes for Democracy," continues to bring together Tunisian speakers to discuss the nation's transition to democracy. On December 1st, Salah Bourjini will explore Tunisia's vast history of civilization, culture, political and social reforms, all of which were followed by 23 years of dictatorship beginning in 1987. Dr. Bourjini will ask: What are some of the political and social changes in Tunisia and whole region? And what can be envisioned after Tunisia’s first free elections of October 23, 2011?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Harvey Friedman, MD, Director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, talks about Penn’s decade-long role in treating HIV/AIDS in Botswana, new challenges to health in the region, and what we are learning about new ways to treat patients and populations in Botswana.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 8:30am - Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 5:30pm

The 9th Annual CitiesAlive is the leading multi-disciplinary, international conference dedicated to growing new business opportunities for green roofs and walls through the latest scientific research, innovative design practices and products, and novel public policy development.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

On Tuesday, November 22nd, Chef Georges Perrier will be joined in an informal conversation with Danièle L. Thomas Easton, Director of France-Philadelphie. Ms. Thomas Easton will interview Chef Perrier about his 45-year history as one of Philadelphia’s premier chefs, and gain insight into why he chose to stay in this city over other major “food towns”.

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Internationally acclaimed vocalist Azam Ali (singer for Niyaz and Vas as well as guest vocalist for Conjure One, System of A Down, The Crystal Method, Chris Vrenna, Mickey Hart and many others) brings her timeless, ethereal voice to the stage on November 21st in Philadelphia. Opening the show will be Raquy and the Cavemen, a duo of virtuoso drummers / multi-instrumentalists who bring some rock energy to traditional Middle Eastern rhythms.

Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:00am - 6:00pm

This year's conference theme is, "21st Century Challenges to Development." The keynote speaker, Dr. Sami Geadah, will deliver an opening address on "Economies in Transition: Experiences from the Arab Spring." The Penn International Development Conference (Penn IDC) is an annual conference held at the University of Pennsylvania that hosts leading experts, policymakers, and scholars from the development field. Attendees will include undergraduates, graduates, and professionals from a variety of schools and fields. The conference mission is to facilitate open discussion of development challenges and to foster connections between undergraduates, graduates, and professionals.

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 8:00pm - Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 4:00pm

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is pleased to launch a concert series presenting a resident music ensemble performing classical Arab music repertoire with a different guest soloist for each program. This month's guest soloist is A.J. Racy, a performer, composer and Professor of Ethnomusicology at UCLA. This monthly series is presented in partnership with Trinity Center for Urban Life.

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 6:00pm - 11:00pm

The German-American Chamber of Commerce-Philadelphia will celebrate its 22nd Anniversary with a Gala at the distinguished Union League of Philadelphia on Friday, November 18, 2011. Looking back on 22 years of Transatlantic Partnership in Trade and Commerce, the GACC-Philadelphia has built a solid following and will continue to expand its active role in the business community of the Greater Philadelphia region.

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Have an intimate encounter with Scandinavian design at a behind-the-scenes tour of the popular Philadelphia boutique Hello Home. From funky vases, one-of-a-kind furniture, and home décor that is classic in function but unique in style, 17 Swedish Designers has transported visitors across the Atlantic to the hip design studios of Stockholm.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The American Tunisian Association (ATA) lecture series, "Tunisians and their Hopes for Democracy," continues to bring together Tunisian speakers to discuss the nation's transition to democracy. On November 16, Chema Gargouri will discuss how Tunisia can leverage new citizen interest and awareness to help establish a functioning civil society, so vital a part to a new democracy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:00am - 12:30pm

World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia and the State of New Jersey's Business Action Center present: "An Export Finance Workshop: Financing Tools to Drive Your Global Sales."

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

The 2011 FPRI Annual Dinner honors Dr. Fouad Ajami, senior fellow at The Hoover Institution and co-chairman of Hoover's Working Group on Islamism and the International Order.