Past Events

Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 8:00am - Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, held March 4 - 11, will travel to the “Islands of Aloha,” as the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be transformed into a Hawaiian paradise. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a traditional Hawaiian luau, featuring hula dancing, music and chants or visit the Hawaiian Village to shop for handmade and natural items for the home and garden that pay tribute to the people of Hawaii. Show proceeds, including tickets and sponsorship contributions, support the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, including its Plant One Million campaign.

Friday, March 2, 2012 - 8:30am - 5:00pm

Drexel University's Office of International Programs is pleased to announce its 5th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges, a daylong conference with six student panels tackling the central theme of "Food" from various interdisciplinary perspectives. This conference will bring together students with community groups, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to address a wide range of issues including: hunger; food science and nutrition; food distribution, marketing and sales; food arts and culture; food justice; food organizations and advocacy; and food policy. The day-long event will culminate in a keynote address delivered by Dr. Marion Nestle, a consumer activist, nutritionist, leading intellectual figure, and The Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. This event is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

Debt ratings agencies are instrumental to the debt capital markets. Firms such as S&P, Moody’s and Egan Jones commit considerable resources in assessing the creditworthiness of borrowers, enabling investors and lenders to make informed credit decisions. Join the Global Interdependence Center for this half day conference exploring the role, influence and evolution of rating agencies as they pertain to capital debt markets. Speakers include James Allen, Head of Capital Markets Policy, CFA Institute and Mark Adelson, Global Chief Credit officer, Standard & Poor’s.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

The Global Business Conference is a full-day annual conference that brings together regional business leaders, senior government officials, and industry executives. As in the past, this year's conference will present the latest information on global markets and trends. A detailed agenda will be available shortly on the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia website

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Join UNA-GP in hosting Dr. Edna Adan Ismail, former Foreign Minister of Somaliland. She founded Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Somaliland with the primary mission to provide better health care to people whose lives have been traumatized by war, and also to provide training for nurses, midwives, and other health workers. She has also been featured in the book Half the Sky. Dr. Ismail will speak on her experiences building a maternity hopsital and increasing women's access to care in Somaliland. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is pleased to launch a concert series presenting a resident music ensemble performing classical Arab music repertoire that features a different guest soloist for each program. This month's guest artist is

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 8:00pm - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 10:00pm

A solo tour de force combining dance, stirring vocalization and punching text, Sheetal Gandhi’s magnetically rhythmic Bahu-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife) wraps North Indian music traditions and family characters into a contemporary exploration that segues between humorous portraiture and active resistance. Sheetal Gandhi, a multidisciplinary choreographer and performer, creates work that tells a story – stories which mirror her own life and embrace the human diversity she observes around her. Using a hybrid movement vocabulary influenced by Kathak, Modern and West African dance, as well as complex rhythmic structures, theatricality and vocally, her work reflects her love for Indian cultural tradition and disciplinary technique, with the equally urgent desire to break away from them.

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

On February 24, Peace Day Philly 2012 joins with American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Council on American-Islamic Relations Philadelphia (CAIR-Philadelphia), Nationalities Service Center (NSC) and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Quakers) to lead a community discussion on creating welcoming communities. The event is free and open to the pubilc, but RSVP is required by February 20th at this link. Simultaneous Arabic translation of the event and of a short film included in the event will be offered.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer foreign affairs columnist, and Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera senior political analyst, as they offer their analyses of the Arab Spring and its long-range implications for both the Arab world and the greater global community. See inside for registration options. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Alliance Française in a night honoring the "Roaring Twenties." Participate in a raffle where you can win a 1-week stay in a Parisian apartment! Tickets include a wine and beer open bar, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $60 for members, friends of member or students of the Alliance Française (to register friends or students, please call the Alliance) and $80 for non-members.

Monday, February 20, 2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Philadelphia Speaker Series is proud to present Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran which spent 117 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List and has been translated into 32 languages. Reading Lolita paints a vivid portrait of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and its effect on Nafisi as a secular woman and university professor, and its effect on her students.

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Dr. Rey Chow delivers the keynote address to the Penn Humanities Forum 12th Annual Conference. This year's conference examines "Adapatations." Dr. Chow will discuss how new forms of documentary realism exist in an era in which new media technologies offer unprecedented power to simulate, fabricate, and falsify, while casting doubt on any notion of objectively recording or documenting actual life. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

The National Constitution Center is proud to present, Fawzia Koofi, a leading candidate in the 2014 Afghan presidential elections and a noted activist for women and children’s rights. Ms. Koofi joins the Center for a powerful and moving conversation about her latest book, The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future. The first female deputy speaker of Afghanistan's parliament, Koofi will discuss her life experiences and the political and cultural climate in a country caught between the hope of progress and the bitter truth of history.

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 7:30pm - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 8:00pm

Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak’s master work Oyster makes its full-length Philadelphia premiere about a fantastic circus world of wandering street acrobats and other bizarre characters dressed in doll-like make-up, spiky blonde wigs and tutus. Drawing its name from filmmaker Tim Burton’s (Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland) book of short poems and sketches, Oyster is a witty blend of ballet, mime, modern dance, physical comedy and acrobatics employing fantastical costumes and set to an eclectic score. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 4:30pm - 9:00pm

On Thursday, February 9, 2012, People’s Biennial Project Liaison, David Richardson and Campus Exhibitions Coordinator, Matthew Callinan will lead a conversation with Haverford area People’s Biennial Artists in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Whitehead Campus Center. At 7 PM this same day, People's Biennial Artist Laura Deutch will screen her documentary film, El Sol Sale, which chronicles the rapid growth of the Mexican community in the historically immigrant neighborhood of South Philadelphia. Laura will be in attendance to answer questions after the screening.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

The Global Interdependence Center, in conjunction with the Memphis Economics Club and the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business, is bringing together the world’s experts on agriculture and inflation to discuss the implications of rising food prices throughout the world. Capping the day long discussion is a keynote dinner presentation by Dennis Gartman, of the Gartman Letter, a renowned expert on commodities and markets often seen on CNBC.

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 5:30pm - 10:30pm

The World Affairs Council (WAC) is honored to present its 2012 Atlas Award to the U.S. Troops and Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. This special homecoming event will also welcome servicemen and women back from the final days of the Iraq War. Local troops and their families are invited to be the guests of WAC at this tribute. The Council’s civilian honoree is Frank S. Hermance, chairman and CEO of AMETEK and vice chairman of the World Affairs Council.

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Penn Museum is pleased to announce a film series addressing the theme of cultural adaptation. This month's film, Men of Words, takes place in Yemen, where the tradition of poetry and rhetoric have taken form in the late 20th century as political discourse, and distributed via audio cassette. The film explores how ancient traditions of poetry are still used in contemporary Yemen to discuss social and political problems. Dr. Steve Caton, Anthropology professor at Harvard University, will introduce the film and lead discussion afterwards. All programs are free with Museum admission donation. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Ring in the Year of the Dragon at Penn Museum's 31st annual, daylong extravaganza celebration. Bring the whole family and celebrate the New Year with a wide variety of music and dance performances, children's activities, storytelling, arts and crafts, and martial and healing arts workshops. The day ends with a drum roll, a roar, and the popular Lion Dance parade. Free with Museum admission.

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

This is International Visitors Council (IVC)'s first First Thursday of 2012, and as always, attendees can expect to meet interesting and lively people from around the world! First Thursday is free for IVC members, and just $15 for non-members in advance, $20 at the door. This is guaranteed to be a friendly evening of citizen diplomacy that will create lasting and positive impressions of the U.S., Philadelphia and of attendees.