Past Events

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

In partnership with Taller Puertorriqueño, Scribe Video Center presents, Garifuna Nation. This feature-length video documentary documents a cultural encounter between two distinct Afro-Caribbean experiences: Afro-Puerto Rican and Garinagu (also called Garifuna). Having escaped the ravages of slavery in the Americas, a group of West Africans joined with Carib Indians to form the Garifuna culture that has survived for over 212 years -- on self-reliance, sacred spirit-possession practices and dance moves. Now, the Garinagu people must face the challenge of interfacing western lifestyles and modern technology with the long-held values regarding their community. Director Carlos de Jesus will answer audience questions following the screening.

Monday, March 19, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is hosting Tunisian vocalist Sonia M’Barek for a week of performances and demonstrations in Philadelphia, March 19 - 26. With her extensive talent and experience, Ms. M’Barek masterfully couples contemporary arrangements with centuries-old poetry from Andalucía, Spain. On March 19, she will perform two songs with the Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble and leads audience in learning an Andalusian song, followed by Q&A. This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, March 19, 2012 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

The REACH regulation impacts a number of U.S. industries that make or export chemicals or manufactured goods to the EU. Do you know how to deal with this? What should you do to make sure your business is compliant and your international supply chain safe? EcoMundo, one of Europe's top specialists dedicated to compliance with chemicals regulations, in partnership with the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), the U.S. Commercial Service of Philadelphia, Philadelphia University and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) invite you to attend this comprehensive workshop on REACH compliance.

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Music For Youth requests the pleasure of your company at a Jazz concert to take place on March 15 at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia. All proceeds from this conert will benefit the You Got Rhythm Festival, a festival through which young artists discover and explore the contributions of George Gershwin to American music. Festival is scheduled for May 18 - 20 in Philadelphia.  

Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Edwidge Danticat, author of "Breath, Eyes, Memory," "Krik? Krak!," and "Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work," will be on hand for an afternoon of literature, learning and love. Through performances, readings, and a discussion led by noted cultural activist and arts advocate April Silver, we will explore how Ms. Danticat's work has touched so many lives.

Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Dakshina | Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company is a DC-based dance company that blends traditional Indian dance forms such as Bharata Natyam with modern dance, mirroring the multiple identities of second generation South Asians. This enchanted evening of dance at will include Daniel Singh’s signature fusion work “Vasanth,” a piece that premiered to critical acclaim at Kennedy Center’s Maximum India Festival in 2011 and depicts the Indian myth of how spring comes to earth. A preview performance to occur at Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia) on Friday March 16th, beginning with a reception at 6:45 PM.

Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

The Wharton MENA Business Conference is the newest addition to the Wharton Global Business Forum. This conference is a uniquely comprehensive event that is the result of the coordinated efforts of student leaders representing the regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, India, Latin America, and most recently, the MENA region. This year, we have assembled an outstanding ensemble of business executives, policy-makers and global scholars to engage in dialogue and debate about the MENA region’s most pressing issues. This year’s conference, titled “After the Storm: Finding Opportunity in the Post-Revolution Arab World,” will highlight the region’s potential to grow amid the great uncertainties it faces.

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 7:30pm - 11:00pm

To the melodic tones of standing drums, with dramatic choreography, bright, layered rhythms, and gorgeous call-and-response vocals, Spirit of Uganda return to the Annenberg Center, bringing to life the sounds and movements of East Africa. Ambassadors for Uganda’s 2.4 million orphans, the company’s 22 vibrant performers, ages 8-18, personify the resilience and promise of Africa’s next generation as they promote awareness of Uganda’s dual crises—AIDS and civil war—and raise funds to support their homeland. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 5:45pm - 7:30pm

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is delighted to welcome Dr. Bill Dunkelberg, Chief Economist of the National Federation of Independent Business and Professor of Economics at Temple University; and Dr. Justin Wolfers, Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy, Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania. In this timely program we will be discussing issues presently on the minds of consumers, small business owners, and corporate entities alike, questions regarding consumer sentiment, the financial and emotional well-being of the American people, the privileged corporate "1%," and the future of small business in America. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 5:00pm - Friday, March 16, 2012 - 9:00pm

On March 15 and 16, scholars from all over the country will convene at The University of Pennsylvania to address the question of transnationalism as a category of analysis.

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

In this new series, Live from the Archives!, the Penn Museum Archives invites filmmakers who have extensively used archival film footage to present their films. In this inaugural screening, Penn Museum invites filmmakers Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz and Ambarien Al Qadar to screen and discuss their short documentary films, Inheritance (2012) and Ghetto Girl (2011). The filmmakers comment on their works, and invite questions from the audience following the screening. Reception with the filmmakers precedes the screening at 5 PM.

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

The University of Pennsylvania is proud to present Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, as the Keynote Speaker for a symposium exploring, "Global Literacy in the 21st Century: Problems and Prospects." This premiere event is in recognition of the inauguration of the UNESCO -- Penn Chair in Learning and Literacy. Introductory remarks to be provided by Ezekiel Emanuel, Professor & Vice Provost For Global Initiatives; Andy Porter, Dean, Graduate School Of Education; and Nerissa Cook, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Of State.

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

The Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) and the Annenberg School's Center for Global Communication Studies present Chinki Sinha. Ms. Sinha is a journalist based in New Delhi. She worked for The Indian Express and covered a range of issues including primary education and the Right of All Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 13 by email: [email protected].

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 10:00am - Friday, March 30, 2012 - 5:00pm

Join Art Sanctuary for this first ever exhibit of emerging, women of color fiber artists during the biennial national conference for fiber and textile artists. The exhibit features work from Martina Johnson-Allen, Adriene Cruz, Christina Johnson, Toni Kersey, Betty Leacraft and Cynthia Lockhart. The exhibition runs from Friday, March 9 - Friday, March 30, Monday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An Opening Reception kicks off the exhibit on Thursday March 8, from 6 PM to 8 PM. And on Sunday March 25, from 1 PM to 2:30 PM, the featured artists of Conjure *Speak* Invoke come together for an afternoon discussion. This entire month of activity is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

This International Women’s Day event, inspired by Penn’s “Year of Games," will highlight the interdisciplinary landscape of women’s health and the challenges to achieving justice. "Gender Games: Strategies for Achieving Justice in Women's Health Worldwide" is a night of celebration, discussion, and networking with health practitioners, policy advocates, and educators working toward justice in women’s health.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

The Middle East Center at UPenn presents a public lecture by Dr. Eileen Kane on Russia and the Making of the Modern Hajj. Dr. Kane is Assistant Professor of History at Connecticut College. This event is co-sponsored by the Middle East Center, the Slavic Languages and Literatures Department, and the Department of Anthropology.

Monday, March 12, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Consortium on Grand Strategy (CGS) was launched in Autumn 2009 as a joint venture between CENFAD and the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and generously supported by Mr. Roger Hertog. CGS events, which feature keynote presentations by some of the best-established scholars of Grand Strategy, also include lively and informative discussion between the speakers and the expert audience. This month's discussion is led by P.J. Crowley, the 2011-2012 Omar Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership. The chair is a joint effort among the United States Army War College, Dickinson College, and Penn State Law.

Sunday, March 11, 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 March 11, Cinémathèque presents Krzysztof Kieslowski’s feature film debut, The Scar. As a drama of the shifting fortunes of a massive rural factory project, The Scar pits community against government, environment against industry and ambition against responsibility. Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Stephen Medvec, Associate Professor of Political Science at Holy Family University.

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

On March 8, Cercle Professionnel de Philadelphie hosts a networking dinner honoring Philadelphia's francophone leaders. This month's featured leaders include GPA Executive Director, Zabeth Teelucksingh, as well as Yves Quintin, the President of Duane Morris, and Michael Thomas, CEO of V-SN TV. RSVP by March 1 through contacting Cédric Sage at (215) 840 - 6116 or by email at [email protected]

Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Penn Museum is pleased to announce a film series addressing the theme of cultural adaptation. This month's film, Settling Downfocuses on Ireland's Traveller community - traditionally a rural nomadic people. Based around the experiences of one particular Traveller community in Cork, this film looks at the ways in which Traveller culture and identity have altered as a result of broader changes within Ireland and asks what the future may hold for a people who have come under increasing pressure to settle. Dr. Tim Corrigan, English Department and Cinema Studies, University of Pennsylvania will introduce the film and lead discussion afterwards. All programs are free with Museum admission donation.