Past Events

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

In honor of the exhibition Run! Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre, join the Penn Museum for a lecture and book signing by Christopher McDougall, author of the national bestseller Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:00 pm. ($5 admission; free for Penn Museum members).

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at The University of Pennsylvania is proud to present Professor Andrew Wachtel in a discussion on "Central Asia and Nationalism in Comparative Perspective." Professor Wachtel is the President of the American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, and Bertha and Max Dressler Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Tuesday's concert in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall will include an anthology of Paco de Lucia's most well-known repertoire, much of which is featured on the CD (his 25th) of his critically acclaimed live concert tour of Spain in 2010, En Vivo: Conciertos de España, which was released April 3rd in North America. The Maestro's lineup features six of Spain's most celebrated flamenco/jazz musicians, and also the rising young dance sensation, Farruco.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Drexel Student Alliance of the UNA-USA will host His Excellency Marwan Muasher, vice president of studies at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who will keynote an event titled "2011: A year of promise or peril for the Middle East?" Among other high profile responsibilities, H.E. Muasher served as deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Jordan, and as ambassador, opened Jordan's first embassy in Israel. He negotiated the first free trade agreement between the United States and an Arab nation, and played a central role in developing the Arab Peace Initiative and the Middle East Road Map. The event is free and open to the public. Please e-mail the DSA to register for this event, or make inquiries: [email protected]

Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

A national treasure in his native land, Zakir Hussain is among the most internationally successful musicians in the history of India. He has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his sensuous and compelling mastery of tabla. From meditative classical ragas to high-energy rhythmic drumming and dance, Hussain and his Masters of Percussion will energetically showcase the great breadth of Indian music in a fascinating journey you won’t want to miss!

Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 10:00am - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 5:00pm

The exhibition Samba Sessão will introduce viewers to the visual culture of African-descended people living in Brazil. Collected in the late-1990s by John P. Axelrod and later acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the fifteen paintings and four sculptures that form the core of the exhibition were all made during the twentieth century and draw on different aspects of Afro-Brazilian life. An examination of Brazilian film and television from the 1950s to the present will also be incorporated in this exhibition. For information about special events related to the exhibition, please visit the Arthur Ross Gallery Events Calendar. Information about visiting hours and directions can be found here.

Friday, April 6, 2012 - 6:00pm - Friday, June 1, 2012 - 8:00pm

Asian Arts Initiative presents the traveling exhibition, Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon: Vietnamese America Since 1975. This exhibit recounts a journey more than 30 years in the making. Images of overcrowded refugee camps across the Pacific Rim provide a visual starting point, conveying the profound sense of displacement experiences by war-weary people en route to the United States.

Friday, April 6, 2012 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm

The Department of South Asia Studies and the South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania present a two-day conference on "Religion, Patronage and Reform in Modern South Asia." Read further for a detailed schedule.

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Middle East Center at UPenn is proud to partner with Penn Museum’s International Classroom Program, The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), and the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility (CCLR) in offering a Spring 2012 Lecture series, "Islam: Tradition and Diversity." This week's brings a discussion entittled, "Our Andalusia: Islam in the American Mix." Anne Norton, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the long history and diverse cultures and communities of Islam in the United States today.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

International House of Philadelphia's (IHP) International Vision Awards are given to prominent Philadelphian’s who contribute to making this a truly global city through philanthropy, business insight, innovation and continued commitment to the international community. This year, IHP is proud to present the International Vision Award to Anette Hoegh Goelet of the International Center for Clubhouse Development. Anette earned this Award through her tireless efforts in the field of mental health and for creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential locally and worldwide. The Vision Awards Program includes cocktails, food and entertainment.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Throughout April, International House Philadelphia presents a month of themed programming celebrating the people, culture and heritage of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Sweden. On April 3, Hej! Scandinavia presents a panel discussion on the business practices of Scandinavian corporations. Panelists will discuss the unique methods and values of some of the most successful businesses in the region, including multinational corporations. Moderated by Jan Campbell-Westlind, Honorary Consul of Sweden in Philadelphia. The event will be followed by a business networking cocktail party featuring the presentation of the International Vision Award.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 8:00am - 7:00pm

The Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) is hosting its 5th annual conference, entitled “Performance Indicators for Sustainable Water and Sanitation Projects in Developing Countries." The conference will bring together the worldwide experts on water and sanitation issues. It will feature findings from UNICEF, World Bank and USEPA representatives, panel discussions from leaders of other national/international organizations as well as voices from the experienced members and students in the PGWI network. The conference will start at 8 AM with a breakfast in Houston Hall and will end with a reception (5 PM – 7 PM) at the Philadelphia Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center.

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Pierre Englebert is professor of politics at Pomona College. In this talk, Professor Englebert will articulate the manner in which the international recognition of African states tends to translate into absolutist domestic power which undermines accountability and transforms governance into command. He will discuss possible policy recommendations including the provocative idea of derecognizing African states.

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00pm - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 3:30pm

Demand for foreign-language interpreters is booming in both the public and private sectors. If you want to help your community or travel while earning a good living, interpretation could be your exciting new career. Join Nationalities Service Center for a three-day interpreter training workshop this April. No interpretation experience is necessary. The workshop is open to bilinguals of all backgrounds and education levels who are fluent in English and at least one other language. This 15-hour course will take place over three days and costs only $250. Read here for more information about the three-day schedule and how to register.

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Penn Museum is pleased to announce a film series addressing the theme of cultural adaptation. This month's film, Tehran Has No More Pomegranates, offers a portrait of Tehran in Iran as it was and as it continues to change, a view nearly unseen in the west. Massoud Bakhshi, the film's director, uses archival footage, an original visual approach and a lively soundtrack to take the viewer through 150 years of Tehran’s history. Dr. Pardis Minuchehr, Middle East Studies Professor at George Washington University, will introduce the film and lead discussion afterwards. All programs are free with Museum admission donation. 

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

For the last three decades, Chamounix has established a tradition of honoring those who have worked to make Philadelphia a better place. This year, Chamounix's Annual Benefit honors Charles and Louise Baker, co-founders of the non-profit training program, Baker Industries. The general public is invited to join in the celebration as a sponsor, benefactor, patron or supporters. Attendees have access to a superb cocktail buffet at historic Chamounix Mansion while honoring the contributions of the Bakers.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 7:30am - 8:00pm

As the largest organization focused exclusively on English language teaching for speakers of other languages, TESOL annually hosts more than 6,500 people from across the United States and around the world at the international convention. The annual, four-day convention (March 28 through March 31), offers English language teaching professionals from around the globe the premier opportunity for professional development in the field. Participants have the opportunity to exchange ideas and practices, keep abreast of current trends, foster their professional networks, receive mentoring on research projects, review the latest books and professional resources, and learn about advocacy efforts in their communities and around the world.

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Temple University’s Office of International Affairs will celebrate its biannual event to showcase Temple University and Philadelphia’s dedication to globalization. The showcase will include an extravagant fashion show, featuring international wardrobe styles from around the world as well as cultural dance performances. The celebration will host a ceremony to honor the 2012 Global Award winners including the Global Philadelphia Award to Nancy J. Gilboy, president and CEO of International Visitors Council of Philadelphia, and Global Temple Award to Ann Weaver Hart, president of Temple University. Cultural dance performances include Esencia Latina, Spirit of India, Ladies of Elegance, Malaysian Student Association, Organization of African Students Dance Team, Penn Chinese Dance Club, Polish Intercollegiate Group, and Temple Irish Dance. All are welcome!

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 9:00am - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 4:00pm

Artists creating fiber and textiles often struggle with how to embrace their media while attempting to contextualize their meaning within the larger art world. Surface Design Association and Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. present this biennial Surface Design Conference on the theme of "Identity: Context and Reflection." The Conference will open at the Wayne Art Center on March 30 and include three days of lecture and panel presentations (March 30 - April 1). The conference will include bus trips to several of the center city venues participating in Fiber Philadelphia. Following this, participants can enroll in three-day post-conference workshops (April 2 - 4). See inside for more information about each of the Conference days. 

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 8:00am - 4:00pm

Global Education Motivators, along with the United Nations Impact Initiative, invites teachers, administrators, and NGOs to join in a global dialogue on integrating peace and human rights education into the classroom. This year's conference, "Teaching Peace and Human Rights in a Multicultural World," brings together teachers from different parts of the world to learn more about what is happening with peace education and human rights. On March 30, GEM will lead a contingent of teachers to the United Nations in New York City for an international videoconferencing program. Click here for detailed agendas for both conference days (3/29 and 3/30).