Past Events

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 4:00pm - 7:30pm

Celebrate summer as a Swede at the annual Midsommarfest, complete with food, drinks, home-made Swedish pastries, music and maypole dancing, as well as crafts and games for the kids. The Maypole raising will take place at 4:15pm and dances will commence at 4:15 and 6pm.

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ASHM members, $4 for kids 4-12, free for kids under 4. Pay at the door.

The Swedish Market Deli will be open at this event.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

WHYY presents a culinary celebration of the Delaware Valley's Best Chefs. This 2-hour tasting will feature an array of local area restaurants and busineses who will be serving up their best bites for a chance to win the honor of being crowned the best of the chefs by event attendees. Guests will submit votes for several different categories, including Best Bite, Best Dessert, and the award for the best over-all event winner, Best of the Chefs. Purchase advance tickets here. Advance tickets for WHYY Members are $35 and $45 for Non-Members. At-the-door prices for both Members and Non-Members are $55.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens in 2012, the Free Library of Philadelphia is planning a “Year of Dickens” to showcase the library’s vast collection of his work through special events and festive programs. Join the Free Library of Philadelphia on June 21, for a discussion of Great Expectations, Charles Dickens’s thirteenth novel and one of his most well-known. Dickens Literary Salons are free and open to the public but registration is required. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Greenworks Philadelphia, a plan of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, sets 15 sustainability targets in the areas of energy, environment, equity, economy, and engagement to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America by 2015. In June 2012, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will release the Greenworks Midway Update and 2012 Progress Report, a report card on how the program is faring and its plans for the future. Join them at the Academy to hear from five leaders who are working hard to move the Philadelphia Greenworks initiative forward.

This event is free and seating is not guaranteed.

Please arrive with your printed registration.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, in association with the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, presents a memorable evening with Professor Bernard Lewis, internationally recognized as the greatest historian of the Middle East. Buntzie Ellis Churchill, former president of the World Affairs Council and his co-author, will talk with him about his lifetime of experiences from the secret service in World War II to the galvanizing changes now occurring in the Arab world.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 4:30pm - 7:00pm

 The Wharton School Small Business Development Center welcomes Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria to discuss opportunities for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the growth and development of the Nigerian economy -- especially opportunities for trade and investment. He will also address the major initiatives he has developed to provide technical assistance to induce the banking sector to lend to SMEs. Registration is required. This event is free. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, a centralized employment and referral center for the region’s growing immigrant community, welcomes the public to meet the Center's new President, Peter Gonzales, and tour the Center's new facilities. Stop by to enjoy light refreshments, explore the spacious new home, and learn about the Center's variety of training, economic development, educational and advocacy programs. Please RSVP by e-mailing [email protected] or by calling Janice Darab at (215) 557 - 2856.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 11:45am - 2:00pm

GIC Central Bankers Series Presents: Economic Development and the Banking Sector in Nigeria, featuring Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, in charge of the Financial System Stability (FSS) Directorate. He is responsible for the implementation of far-reaching reforms to enhance the quality and stability of banks and other financial institutions. He supervises the following Departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria: Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Banking Supervision Department, Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department, and the Development Finance Department. He is also a member of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria's Economic Management Team (EMT).

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia hosts a private reception to celebrate the CEOs' China Operations Club program. This event is hosted by Dr. & Mrs. John Bennett of the Devon International Group. You must be a current CEOs' China Operations Club member to attend the Summer Social. Reservations are required and limited to two per company - please RSVP to Lori Nudy by phone (215) 586 - 4240, ext 124, or by email at: [email protected]. Become a sponsor at $500 and help continue the tradition of the summer social for many years to come!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday nights ring out this summer in University City as the Penn Museum presents its third annual P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series. This year's summer lineup features musical styles ranging from Middle Eastern folk/rock to Brazilian Bossa Nova and lively Creole Zydeco to funk fusion. Drinks and light fare will be provided by the Pepper Mill Café’s garden bar, and guests can purchase combination tickets to explore Penn Museum’s many galleries. The series kicks off on June 20 with Barakka, a Philadelphia-based, multi-ethnic group specializing in Turkish folk-rock with a mix of eastern and western instrumentation including guitar, oud, drums, bass, darbuka, and keyboards.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 1:30pm

Peace Day Philly 2012 invites the public to learn more about this region-wide opportunity to observe the United Nations International Day of Peace, a day of ceasefire and non-violence celebrated worldwide on September 21. The launch event will provide the public a chance to share ideas for creating peace and non-violence activities involving the arts, education, community, spirituality and faith, sports, service, intercultural dialogue and more in the days leading up to September 21. RSVP by June 15 at: [email protected].

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 10:00am - Monday, September 3, 2012 - 5:00pm

Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia is a new exhibition opening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on June 20th, to  include masterpieces by artists such as Albert GleizesErnst Ludwig Kirchner, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Signac emphasizing the French tradition of grand public paintings. Works by Nicolas Poussin and others establish the prevalence of the Arcadian theme. This exhibition is only showing in Philadelphia.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 8:30am - 12:00pm

The Asian Mosaic Fund Giving Circle will be hosting a grant-writing workshop for nonprofits on June 20, 2012 at the Philadelphia Foundation. There is no fee to attend the workshop, however, space is limited and participants are encouraged to register by June 13. The workshop presenter is Michelle S. Gollapalli, MBA, CFRE, CAP, who is the Chief Development Officer at the American Pain Foundation.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to announce an Author Events series with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Professor Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous works of criticism, including The Signifying Monkey, winner of the American Book Award. Tickets are $15 General Admission, $7 Students and can be purchased at this link. Tickets purchased for the event originally scheduled in February will be honored here.

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 3:00pm

Casa de Venezuela invites you to experience the rich culture of Venezuela at Mandell Theater for an afternoon of music, dance, and the many colorful traditions of the “Land of Grace” (Tierra de Gracia). Host performers include The Ensemble of Music (Ensamble Musical Casa de Venezuela) and The Group of Traditional Dances of Casa De Venezuela, with a number of special featured guest musicians. This dynamic annual arts event will also present an authentic Arts & Crafts Bazaar and a Venezuelan food stand.

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 1:00pm - 7:00pm

The Philadelphia Portuguese Heritage Commission in collaboration with The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), is proud to bring you Portugal Day 2012 this year at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. The festivities will kick off on Sunday, June 17, with a flag ceremony and the playing of the national anthem of Portugal. Part of the PECO Multicultural Series.

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Bambulaé, pronounced BAM-BOO-LAH-EY is defined by the Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSP) to: Dance, Sing, Celebrate, and Plant. Join the NSNP for a lively celebration of the beautiful Norris Square Neighborhood. The annual vibrant, garden festival will be held on June 16th featuring Puerto Rican food, bomba dancing, youth art, dance performances and so much more!

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 12:00pm - 7:00pm

"Bloomsday" is an internationally celebrated day focused on appreciating James Joyce’s Ulysses. The name comes from the book's protagonist, Leopold Bloom, and the date is chosen because the book takes place in one day, on June 16th. In honor of Bloomsday, the Rosenbach Museum & Library presents a free, all-day reading from Ulysses. Grab your copy of Ulysses and sit with hundreds of fellow lovers of literature to revel in the genius of Joyce.

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Join the African American Museum in Philadelphia for a celebration and commemoration of African American freedom, looking at where we've come from and what work remains to be done! Live music from Rafiya, storytelling with the acclaimed Denise Valentine, hands-on crafts with artist Betty Leacraft, and more! This event is from noon to 4pm.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

On behalf of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s Bicentennial Series, The Academy at 200: The Nature of Discovery, Stanford ecologist, Professor Paul Ehrlich will be discussing the environmental and social impacts related to the current strain on Earth’s carrying capacity. He will address how issues such as climate disruption and toxification of the planet may contribute to vast epidemics and nuclear resource wars. Ehrlich will present potential solutions to this strain, such as population growth control through women’s empowerment, rethinking economic ideals, and creating a movement that unties academic thinkers with civil society to engage in this important issue.