Past Events

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Endowed Lecture Series at the Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to present Zbigniew Brzezinski, a political scientist, geostrategist, and statesman. Mr. Brzezinski will discuss his latest book, Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power, in which he explains explains America’s vital role in achieving global stability and a peaceful 21st century. Mr. Brzezinski will be joined in conversation with Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

The National Constitution Center is proud to present Vanity Fair editor Cullen Murphy, who joins the Center for a conversation about his latest book, God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World. Murphy will take us from past to present: from the musty Vatican archives to the detention cells of Guantánamo; from the heretical fortresses of medieval France to the burning of books in modern Florida; from the torture chambers of the Spanish Inquisition to the file cabinets of the East German secret police; and from the streets of colonial Santa Fé to the inner sanctums of the White House. Murphy argues that when you look at the Inquisition, what you really see is the beginning of the struggle for freedom in the modern world. James B. Steele, contributing editor for Vanity Fair, facilitates this discussion.

Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

The Main Line Chinese Culture Center will host it annual Chinese New Year Free Community Gala on Sunday January 22, 2012, at the Great Valley High School in Malvern. Attended by hundreds of families from all cultural backgrounds, the Gala is the largest suburban celebration of its kind in the region, featuring entertainment, cultural games, prizes, and refreshments. The Gala runs from 1pm - 5pm.

Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 10:30am - 2:00pm

Welcome the Year of the Dragon with a day of art. Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company dazzles with Dragon Dances. Learn about calligraphy and fan painting, and enjoy a kimono demonstration. Create artwork inspired by the Museum’s collection of Asian art at the Make-and-Take Workshop. Admission to this celebration is free with Museum Admission. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

On January 18th, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, join us for drinks, appetizers, and networking at CETRA's offices in Elkins Park! Featured speaker Mr. Stanley Laskowski (University of Pennsylvania) will give a brief presentation on the global water crisis. Mr. Laskowski has been a senior executive, leader, teacher, scientist, advisor, and mentor during his career in environmental protection. Global photography will be on exhibit and offered for sale, the proceeds benefiting the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative. The images you see below taken by PGWI board member Aldo E.

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 9:30am - 11:00am

The Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) at the Academy of Natural Sciences presents the latest in its Town Square conversation series. On January 13, please join CEP for a conversation with Michael Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, Izabella Teixeira, Minister of the Environment of Brazil, and Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as they discuss the Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability and their priorities for investing in building greener economies and smarter, healthier, more equitable communities in Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, and in cities around the world.

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Do you enjoy shopping at your local neighborhood businesses? If so, register to attend this screening of The Economics of Happiness, a documentary about the worldwide movement for economic localization. Screening presented by Sustainable 19103, an organized series of action-oriented gatherings which offer practical advice for bringing sustainable practices to homes and communities.

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 11:45am - 2:00pm

The Global Interdependence Center is delighted to welcome Paul Walsh, VP, Weather Analytics, The Weather Channel Companies for a luncheon program at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In this presentation, learn how the convergence of new weather technology and sensing capabilities, “big data” analytics, high speed computing, and enhanced forecasting capabilities are transforming businesses internationally; forcing them to re-think how they leverage weather and environmental information to make more effective and profitable decisions.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 8:00am - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 5:00pm

Renowned leaders in the Pharmaceutical and CRO industries will speak at the "The 2nd Annual State of Clinical Development Cost" conference. According to Harold Glass, TTC Principal and University of the Sciences Profesor, this 2-day event "will focus on managing clinical development costs based on current industry trends, improving ROI, and increasing compliance."

Monday, January 9, 2012 - 12:00pm - Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition, "Pa Bouje Ankò: Don’t Move Again" by Laura Heyman. For this ongoing project, Heyman travels to Port-au-Prince, Haiti and creates a roaming formal portrait studio.  News circulates through advertisements or word of mouth that a photographer will open a studio in a specific neighborhood, and local community members make appointments to have their portraits made for free. The project questions whether it is possible for a photographer to overcome the hierarchy between first-world photographer, third-world subject, and remote viewer. Exhibit runs from December 1, 2011 through February 4, 2012. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Penn Museum is pleased to announce a film series addressing the theme of cultural adaptation. This month's film, Photo Wallahs, focuses on the photographers of Mussoorie, a hill station in the Himalayan foothills of northern India. Through a rich mixture of scenes that includes the photographers at work, their clients, and both old and new photographs, this extraordinary film examines photography as art and as social artifact -- a medium of reality, fantasy, memory, and desire. Professor Amardeep Singh of Lehigh University and Kate Pourshariati, Penn Museum Film Archivist, will introduce the films and lead discussion afterwards.  All programs are free with Museum admission donation. 

Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

YEMEN BLUES is an international ensemble of nine top-flight musicians from Israel, Uruguay and New York. Led by Israeli vocalist-gimbri player Ravid Kahalani, YEMEN BLUES creates a poetic hybrid groove and is hailed as “one of the exciting world music bands...” by Time Out Chicago. Painted Bride proudly presents this unique ensemble to area world music fans in partnership with the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia. Ticket prices are $25 in advance / $30 the day of the show and can be purchased through the Painted Bride website

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 7:30pm - Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 5:00pm

Shen Yun Performing Arts is a classical Chinese dance and orchestral company that is reinvigorating traditional Chinese culture through exquisite choreography, stunning costumes and sublime music. Ancient legends and modern tales of courage, compassion and grace are portrayed through truly unique and uplifting performances. Each year, the show is filled with new dances and new musical scores. Experience the beauty and grandeur of China's 5,000-year history when Shen Yun returns to Philadelphia January 6th through 8th. Tickets available through the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Philadelphia's Mexican Cultural Center and Casa Monarca Present 3 Kings Day to include a pinata workshop and contests for children between the ages of 5 and 11. Space for this event is limited, so to register, please call the MCC at (215) 592 - 0410 or Casa Monarca at (215) 253 - 3033.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Advance Screening of In the Land of Blood and Honey (Angelina Jolie, 2011) followed by a Q&A moderated by Women's Campaign International's Executive Director, Kerri Kennedy. Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, In the Land of Blood and Honey tells the story of Danijel (Goran Kostić) and Ajla (Zana Marjanović), two people from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join the leaders of Engineers Without Borders--The Mid-Atlantic Professionals (EWB-MAP) on Wednesday, December 21, as they present their international project work done to date, their future design and implementation plans for those communities, and outreach contributions within Greater Philadelphia region.

Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 5:00pm - Monday, December 19, 2011 - 7:00pm

On December 17th, 18th, and 19th The Piazza at Schmidt’s will be strung with lights and turned into a European style Christmas Market, with local food & craft vendors lining the streets and square. Featuring over 50 local vendors, some of the city’s best food trucks, restaurants, boutiques and artisans will come out to the Piazza to celebrate the holidays with hot food, cool gifts, and Christmas cheer.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 11:58pm

The University of Pennsylvania Center for East Asian Studies is pleased to announce that it will offer the 12th year in the Phila-Nipponica Project, a series that has helped over one hundred teachers in the Greater Philadelphia area enhance their classroom teaching about Japan and Asia through seminars, summer study tours, and curriculum development assistance devoted to Japan. On December 14, the Center will host an information session for educators interested in participating in this unique opportunity. 

Monday, December 12, 2011 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Please join us Monday, December 12th for networking and a film! "Tradurre" is a sixty minute documentary that explores the profession of translation: the director juxtaposes the life of a translator against that of a baker and of a musician. All are portrayed as different forms of art. "Translators have to master not only a language but also what’s behind it: an entire culture and an idea of the world; that’s why we have asked ten translators to come with us in this journey through words and languages and take us to discover these worlds" (Culture Unplugged). In Italian with English subtitles.

Monday, December 12, 2011 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Dr. Allan Carlson will present a lecture on population shifts and their implications for international affairs. What are the underlying dynamics of a world with (as of October 31) 7 billion inhabitants? What are the dimensions and possible consequences of Russia’s population implosion? Do Europe’s current financial woes have a demographic cause? Event is open exclusively to Faculty Members of the Study Group and Members of FPRI at the Fellows level.