Past Events

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Mark Purcell has been Libraries Curator to the National Trust since 1999, responsible for the Trust’s 168 historic libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. He presided over the cataloguing of the Trust’s vast collection of books and the digitization of the catalogue in 2010. This lavishly illustrated lecture will explore different British country house libraries with books both useful and curious. Mr. Purcell will show fine examples from the National Trust including an early 15th-century Chaucer manuscript at Petworth as well as the book collection at Anglesey Abbey, acquired by the 1st Lord Fairhaven, a member of the British House of Lords who was born in New York City in 1896. Attendees can choose dinner with the lecture or abstain from dinner.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is delighted to welcome Deirdre Connelly, president of North American Pharmaceuticals at GlaxoSmithKline and Amanda Bennett, executive editor of Bloomberg News and former editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. In this timely program we look forward to discussing the issues presently on the minds of U.S. business leaders, such as: What is the lasting impact of the recession? How do corporations find and develop forward-looking talent? What are their objectives and strategies for growth--if not survival--as all businesses attempt to remain relevant in the 21st century? And for “big pharma” specifically, what does the end of the blockbuster drug era portend, and how will changes on the healthcare landscape impact the industry’s, and its consumers, future?

Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia in sharing song, dance, and food to raise money to help support the Tibetan Association, which aims to preserve and promote Tibetan culture, traditions, and language here in Philadelphia. This fundraising event will include the Ridley Creek Band, Appalachian Cloggers, Oak Womyn’s Drumming Circle, a participatory circle dance and prayer for freedom for Tibet. Suggested donation $10.

Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Join the Auxiliary for their Spring Lecture and Lunch, featuring speaker Christina Keune as she discusses Swedish and Norwegian folk art, Dalmålning and Rosemaling. The lecture will be followed by lunch, dessert and coffee. Advanced ticket prices are $18 for Members and $22 for non-Members. Walk-ins are $25 at the door.

Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 10:00am - Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 5:00pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's bicentennial year features a specially themed Women in Natural Sciences Discovery Weekend (May 12-13), highlighting important aspects of the institution’s historic support of women in science. This history will be shared through presentations and activities featuring the Academy’s Ewell Sale Stewart Library and Archives.

Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 9:30am - Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 8:30pm

The Franklin Institute's Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times exhibit presents one of the most comprehensive collections of ancient artifacts from Israel ever organized, featuring twenty scrolls including the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible and four never-before-seen scrolls. With more than 600 items on display, visitors will experience firsthand the traditions, beliefs and iconic objects from everyday life, more than 2000 years ago. These fascinating artifacts, such as an actual three-ton stone from Jerusalem's Western Wall, highlight the millennia-old traditions that continue to impact modern religions and society today.

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to announce an Author Events lecture with Madeline Albright, the first woman to hold the position of United States Secretary of State. Madame Secretary Albright served in the Clinton administration from 1996 to 2000 and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997. At this event, she will be in conversation with Trudy Rubin, Foreign Affairs columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer, to discuss Ms. Albright's recent memoir, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948. Please note that auditorium seating is sold out, but simulcast tickets are available and can be purchased at this link.

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

The Center for Global Women's Health (CGWH) is pleased to announce its Inaugural Symposium: "Empowerment, Safety, and Health: A Global Mandate for Women and Girls." Keynote Speaker: Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International. RSVP by May 4 to (215) 898 - 2889 or through this website: cgwh.eventbrite.com.

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:00am - Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 7:00pm

About 3,500 athletes from more than 100 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada come and compete in the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the nation and a long-time Philadelphia tradition. The two-day race is held on the Schuylkill River in beautiful Fairmount Park, one of the most famous and scenic rowing routes in the world. The event has attracted competitors and their families for generations, so expect crowds of more than 10,000 spectators.

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Join the Young Friends of the Penn Museum a night of tequila and Mayan history. The night starts with a specially-crafted Patrón cocktail in the Warden Garden followed by an exclusive, tutored tequila tasting that will explore the history and tradition of Patrón’s signature brand along with special Maya-themed appetizers. Don't forget to visit to the newly opened MAYA 2012: Lords of Time exhibition and explore the Maya’s time-ordered universe and the power wielded by their divine kings, the astounding “lords of time.”

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Project for Nuclear Awareness and Drexel School of Public Health sponsor a panel discussion on Iran, NPT, Loose Nukes, and Nuclear Solutions. Scheduled Speakers include Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr, Professor Frank von Hippel, chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials, and Professor Jim Ranney, Widener Law School

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 8:05am - Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 5:05pm

Despite mounting pressure from stockholders to discover the next blockbuster drug, R&D budgets are being reduced. Outsourcing drug discovery provides one solution, and China is an ideal partner for this. Among the benefits to outsourcing drug discovery in China:

* Instant market access to a growing local market;
* Lower operational costs;
* Access to new technology and its educated workforce,
* The Chinese government's financial commitment to the healthcare industry.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

The United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia and the Global Nursing Club of Philadelphia present a brown bag luncheon with Dr. James Plumb. Dr. Plumb is the director of the Jefferson Center for Urban Health and a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Plumb has been working in East Africa for 20 years and in Rwanda for the last 6 years. In this presentation, he will reflect on his experiences after his most recent trip.

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to announce an Author Events series with writer, Julia Alvarez. Ms. Alvarez writes lyrical, politically insightful works that reveal her passion for people who shape history. Born in New York and raised until the age of 10 in the Dominican Republic, she artfully renders “the threshold experiences of the new immigrant, where the past is not yet a memory and the future remains an anxious dream” (New York Times Book Review). This event is sponsored by Al Día NewsMedia. Ticketsare $15 General Admission, $7 for students, and can be purchased online here. 

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Very Reverend John R. Hall was appointed Dean of Westminster by The Queen of England in 2006. He is responsible to Her Majesty for the mission and ministry, the maintenance and the daily life of Westminster Abbey. In this Royal Oak Lecture, Dr. Hall will explain how Westminster Abbey has been the setting for every coronation since 1066 and the site of 16 royal weddings. The Abbey is also the final resting place of 17 monarchs as well as notable statesmen and philanthropists; soldiers and explorers; scientists including Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin; musicians including Handel; actors including Laurence Olivier—and many more. Dr. Hall will offer an insider’s account of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit in September 2010, the first visit of any Pope to the Abbey and stories of many special services attended by HM The Queen. He will also give a preview of the celebrations being planned for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, to mark sixty years of Her Majesty’s reign.

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Cinémathèque is a foreign film series curated by an independent media arts collective. These intimate screenings take place in designated venues within Center City Philadelphia with the intention of expanding the discussion surrounding international film language. On May 6, Cinémathèque presents Elem Klimov's Come and See (1984). Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion led by Mikhail Zorich.

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Penn Museum is pleased to announce a film series addressing the theme of cultural adaptation. This month's film, Future Remembrance, is a delightful, exuberant documentary about the role of photography, photographers and the art of image making in Ghana. Dr. John Jackson Jr. Anthropology Department, University of Pennsylvania, will introduce the film and lead discussion afterwards. All programs are free with Museum admission donation.  

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The International Equality Dinner at the National Museum of American Jewish History honors Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, with the 17th annual International Role Model Award and NBCUniversal with the 10th annual International Business Leadership Award. Dr. Michael Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States, is Keynote Speaker. Craig Robinson, EVP, Chief Diversity Officer, accepts the award for NBCUniversal. MSNBC Anchor Thomas Roberts is Master of Ceremonies. Individual tickets are $200 and tables of ten can be purchased for $2,000.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

In its 11th year, The Philadelphia Wine Festival continues to be one of the most anticipated tasting events in the Philadelphia region. Here, Philadelphia Magazine and PA Wine & Spirits Stores partner to bring together a fantastic selection of wineries from around the world. A silent auction, benefiting The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will take place during the entire evening. Guests can bid on rare and spectacular items throughout the night - all for a great cause. Guests of both tastings will each receive a commemorative 2012 Philadelphia Wine Festival wine glass, courtesy of Lexus, and a tasting book with room for tasting notes.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 10:00am - Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 4:00pm

MAYA 2012: Lords of Time, a world premiere exhibition, begins with fanfare, and an opening weekend celebration that features Maya music and dance, arts and crafts and cultural traditions from Mexico and Central America. On Saturday May 5, His Excellency Porfirio Lobo Sosa, President of the Republic of Honduras, joins Penn Museum Director Richard Hodges to cut the ribbon and open the MAYA 2012 exhibition to the public at 10 AM. All celebration activities are open to the public with MAYA 2012 tickets or with general admission to the Penn Museum.