Past Events

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Campus Philly proudly presents College Day, the annual premiere fall event for college students in Greater Philadelphia. On September 29, 2012, Campus Philly introduces new and returning students to all Philadelphia has to offer. This year, College Day returns to its festival roots and takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Partners and sponsors such as The Food Trust, InLiquid Art + Design, SEPTA, IKEA and Xfinity will be activating fun areas for students to enjoy beginning at 10 a.m. including music, food, recreational activities, art & culture and more. Students will also enjoy free admission to select museums and cultural attractions on the Parkway and in Historic Philadelphia with their valid student ids.

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 8:00pm - Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 10:30pm

The timeless story of a shy seamstress and a passionate poet who chance upon each other on a snowy Parisian evening, La bohème is known for its lush melodies and characters that touch the very heart of our humanity. With sweeping orchestral and choral music, this original production from director Davide Livermore shines a spotlight on the true bohemian influences at the turn of the century by showcasing the intensely moving impressionist art created at the turn of the 20th Century.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

At this event, presented by the Young Friends of the Historical Society of Pennsylania, guests will trace the history of cocktails from the ubiquitous rum punch of the 17th century all the way to the flirtini of 2012. Guest speaker Joseph Carlin, native Philadelphian and author of the newly released Cocktails: A Global History, will educate you on everything from liquor to mixers to ice, including how to make a classic punch. After the program, Joseph Carlin will be signing copies of his new book, which will be available for sale.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

In December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a young Tunisian street vendor, set himself on fire and forced the world to take notice of the social and political injustices being experienced in Arab countries around the globe. Now, almost two years after the incident that acted as a catalyst for change, Mr. Rami Khouri will discuss the effects of the Arab uprisings and offer an analysis of the changes Muslim societies are realizing. This program is offered in cooperation with the World Affairs Councils of America through a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Every Thursday from August 2 - October 25, 5-8 pm, Sister Cities Park at Logan Square invites you to bring your own bottle of wine and Milk & Honey Café will have cheeses and other goodies for sale that will pair perfectly with your selection. So, grab a seat and enjoy the light entertainment. In case you are planning to bring the kids, the Children's Discovery Garden will be open until 8pm these evenings.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm

CASI’s 20th Anniversary coincides with two decades of major transformation in India’s economic, political and social landscape, and its external relations and global profile. This symposium will both celebrate and reflect on an extraordinary period of change and the unprecedented challenges and opportunities that India faces today. In doing so, the special event will exemplify CASI’s mission – to provide a forum for dialogue among the academic, business, government, civil society and foreign policy communities from India and the United States.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 1:00pm - Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 9:30pm

The International House of Philadelphia's Ibrahim Theater will host the seventh annual Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, showcasing over 100 independent short and feature films, including 40 world premieres, from September 27th to 30th. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 8:30am - 5:45pm

The Big Data conference is organized around specific, practical examples, best practices, and state-of-the-art applications that demonstrate the business value of analytics. The format is small – limited to 125 individuals, interactive, and focused on business value. The keynote speakers will be Walmart Vice President of Enterprise Information Management,  Suja Chandrasekaran, and Director of Information Technology and Communications Directorate and Chief Information Officer at NASA’s Goddard Flight Center, Adrian Gardner. The agenda carefully mixes best practices and business value examples featuring practitioners at well-known firms as well as selected innovative solutions from key providers.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

On September 26th, Al Día News Media will be hosting a September Speakers Series event featuring Former Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello at the Union League of Philadelphia. Doctor Novello was the first female, as well as the first Latino to serve as Surgeon General. She led the “Healthy Children Ready to Learn” initiative, and currently serves as Vice President of Women and Children’s Health Policy & Affairs at Disney Children’s Hospital at Florida Hospital. 

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The search for spices is one of the most important currents that has run through both Asian History and Global History writ-large. Yet, spices have traditionally been written out of these histories after the Early Modern Age. In this talk, Associate Professor of History at Cornell University, Eric Tagliacozzo, will ask how " West, South, East, and Southeast Asia were connected by these goods" and how spices are still important today our journey towards becoming a global society.

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

On Monday September 24, 2012, 3:00PM, the Center of Study of Force and Diplomacy will begin this year's colloquium series with Osamah Khalil of Syracuse University. Professor Khalil will deliver his talk, "A Time of National Emergency: The National Security Establishment, Academic Institutions, and the Origins of Middle East Studies," in the Russell Weigley Room, 9th Floor, Gladfelter Hall.

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 2:00pm - 4:40pm

Join The Valley Forge Audubon Society at Mill Grove's cottage for the property's 250th anniversary in welcoming Walt Pomeroy for his presentation on John James Audubon: The Man and his Legacy, a program he developed during the 18 years he worked for the National Audubon Society in Pennsylvania and adjacent states. The presentation includes early stories about John James Audubon, his travels in parts of Pennsylvania, how he produced his famous Birds of America, and the legacy of conservation he and his work created. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

This year, on September 22nd, Sofitel, the quintessential French hotel in center city Philadelphia, will gather American, French and international food lovers to its own fête de la gastronomie, an evening filled with flavour...and champagne, the wine of seduction!

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 11:00am - 7:00pm

The Philadelphia Ratha-Yatra Festival strives to bring all residents of the Philadelphia area together to remember, serve, and love the Supreme Personality of Godhead. To do this, this ancient festival will hold a parade of large colorful chariots pulled by the participants and accompanied by the chanting of the Holy Names of God and dancing in ecstasy. The parade will be followed by a cultural presentation with transcendental music, discussion, drama, and a free vegetarian feast.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Join The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University on Saturday, September 22, for Dr. Strangelove's America, a symposium on Cold War film sponsored by Temple University's Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, the US Army War College, and the Hertog Foundation. A film screening of Fail-safe and Dr. Strangelove will precede this event on Friday, September 21 at 5pm--refreshments will be served!

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

On Saturday, September 22, 2012 West Philadelphia's Clark Park will host the First Annual Health Uprising Uhuru Health Fair and Flea Market. Come and enjoy an all day free festival in the park with music, food, vendors, and information booths! Free workshops, resources, and health screenings will also be provided, addressing topics such as nutrition, exercise, HIV, diabetes, stress, infant and maternal health and many more! Health Uprising is a project of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund and is a fundraiser supporting health, self-determination, and sustainable economic development projects by and for the African community.

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 11:30am - 2:00pm

As a successful two-term governor, Jeb Bush made a significant and positive impact on education in the state of Florida. Governor Bush will visit the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to speak to the importance of raising expectations for our students, holding schools accountable, rewarding great teachers, and harnessing technology in order to educate and prepare all of America’s students for leadership and success in the 21st century economy. This program is one in a series of discussions leading up to the Presidential Election 2012.

Friday, September 21, 2012 (All day)

All are welcome to gather and observe the International Day of Peace, a worldwide day of ceasefire and nonviolence, at Love Park on Friday, September 21. There will be a peace walk around the Park beginning at 11:10a.m. and a minute of silence will be observed at noon--a global activity. Public figures will attend. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 8:00pm - Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 10:00pm

Experience a thrilling theater and concert performance by one of Australia's leading creative voices. FOOD COURT by Back to Back Theatre is the story of a woman's struggle with power, violence, and body image, performed by a company of artists with perceived intellectual disabilities. The show challenges audiences to confront their definition of other through an unpredictable rollercoaster of digital projections, shadows, and emotion underscored by a live music score by The Necks, one of the great cult bands of Australia.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 7:30pm - Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 11:00pm

Imagine walking along on a balmy evening in late September, and you’re looking up the Ben Franklin Parkway. You speak into your phone and twenty-four robotic searchlights—placed along a half-mile stretch of the Parkway—move to the sound of your voice, interpreting your inflections into motion and transforming the city’s skyline. You stop speaking (or singing or humming or rapping) and the lights continue to move, controlled now by other speakers collaborating with you from up and down the Parkway.