GPA contributor Marissa Pina, a photojournalism major at Temple University, describes her once in a lifetime study abroad experience that spanned two continents.
All the world’s a stage in 2014 as the Free Library of Philadelphia presents “Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450.” The series of commemorative programs will vary from academic lectures and exhibits to live performances and craft making. Anything that the Free Library and its consortium of cultural partners can think of to bring the playwright to life in a variety of incarnations.
GPA volunteer and Villanova University MBA candidiate Matt Pertzsch spent three weeks in Dubai to gain global business exposure in a rapidly developing city. Here he tells of the strong parallels between the goals of the Middle Eastern hub and Philadelphia. 
International House Philadelphia’s current residence at 3701 Chestnut St. was established in 1970, but the organization has been offering residential services and cultural programming to the city’s international community in one form or another for over a century. Today, their 14-story headquarters houses hundreds of global residents who have come from all over the world to work and study in Philadelphia. It also serves as a home for global arts and humanities programs like their current film series “Free to Love: Cinema of the Sexual Revolution,” occupying the space’s Ibrahim Theater from January 10 to February 15.
Barren expanses of dark granite, thermal vents spouting curls of steam, summers of constant sunlight and winters with barely any. On the surface, Iceland is a place unlike any other on earth, with unparalleled natural beauty and an isolated geography that has fostered a unique national culture and identity. It’s an uncontaminated environment that inspires creativity and is now drawing international attention from artists like Marianne Bernstein.
Richard Negrin currently holds the position of Deputy Mayor for Administration & Coordination and Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia in the Nutter Administration. Negrin is an ardent supporter of the Global Philadelphia Association and several of its long-time partners. As a first-generation American, Deputy Mayor Negrin reveals in this interview how he feels very connected to the multicultural compositions of the communities he serves in his working life. 
Of the more than 30 Consulates in the City of Philadelphia, Italy has one of the oldest, and the Consulate of Italy has beencelebrating the "Year of Italian Culture in the United States."
Since 1924 the Curtis Institute of Music has been shaping young world-class musicians who come from all over the globe to the city of Philadelphia to pursue their passions.
South Africa stirs graceful images of vast grasslands and mighty creatures. It stirs emotions stemming from a long story of social injustice. The realities of the modern South Africa still remain obscure to most in the United States. This is where Temple University and its new study away program come into play.
When younger, Allison Vulgamore moved quite frequently with her parents, who worked in academia. She says growing up with this lifestyle is part of the reason why she believes connecting with other cultures is vital. Vulgamore also emphasizes the importance of learning multiple languages in order to better understand other peoples’ perspectives. As a trained singer, she speaks English, German, French, and Italian. Kait Lavinder visited the Kimmel Center to talk with Vulgamore about how her international-mindedness affects the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Greater Philadelphia area.
In many regards, Philadelphia is the zenith of American iconography. This legacy, however, may have inadvertently limited the city’s reputation. Despite the quintessential American things about Philadelphia, there are a million others that represent international aspects of the city that many of its visitors and residents may not recognize. A certain non-profit exists to change that.
A native of New Dehli and a recent transplant from Vancouver, journalist Ritu Dixit became involved with the Global Philadelphia Association's Communications initiatives this summer. This is her story about discovering Philadelphia through preparations for GlobalPhilly™ 2013. 
An exchange between Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Dr. Richard Hodges, President of the American University of Rome and former Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, resulted in an intensive effort to gain international recognition of Philadelphia’s historical contributions to the world. Nutter visited the Penn Museum and Hodges, then Director, mentioned the World Heritage Cities Programme. The mayor took notice. 
Chestnut Hill College (CHC), located in picturesque northwestern Philadelphia, has been putting a lot of momentum in recent years behind its international outreach.
GlobalPhilly 2013 will present "Advocacy," as one of seven dimensions that make the Philadelphia region global (the others being Arts, Commerce, Cuisine, Education, Heritage, and Sports). This category of the exposition is reserved for GP13 events that focus on promoting dialogue about a host of issues affecting humanity worldwide, and how Philadelphians fit into the international discourse. GPA News contributor Dominique Johnson profiles a few of the embodiments of Advocacy that will occur during GlobalPhilly 2013.
Opened in 1926, the iconic Radisson Plaza - Warwick Hotel Philadelphia has been a staple of Rittenhouse Square for over eight decades. While many locals identify with the hotel’s brand, international clientele do not always recognize the Radisson Plaza - Warwick name. That is why Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced early this year that the hotel is to be re-branded as a Radisson Blu building. If “Radisson Blu” does not ring a bell to Philadelphia locals, that hardly comes as a surprise. 
Linguistic abilities and cross-cultural sensitivities are skills sometimes overlooked in higher education management and business programs. In 1983, the Lauder family of Estée Lauder Companies decided to address this by establishing the Joseph H. Lauder Institute in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A dual-degree and intensive language program prepares students for careers in international business. Director of the Lauder Institute Mauro F. Guillén spoke with GPA staff member, Kait Lavinder, about the importance of global awareness, his experiences as a native of Spain, and how Philadelphia can capitalize on its rich cultural history.
In July 2000, Lower Merion’s Harriton High School became the third public school in Pennsylvania to provide the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma to its graduating seniors. Since its start, the program has grown so that this past year around 60 of the school’s 304 seniors were part of the IB. Next year, 61 rising juniors are entering the program.
This November, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will present the largest collection of Lithuanian crafts and design ever in the United States. It is no coincidence that this and several other Lithuanian cultural events are coming to Philadelphia in the fall. This Northern European nation and largest of the three Baltic states assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1, 2013, and Philadelphia is helping to celebrate.
He started life as a child of doctors, migrating at a young age from Pondicherry, India to mainline Philadelphia. Later, he would become one of the highest-paid screenwriters in the world. No matter your opinion of his films, M. Night Shyamalan epitomizes the American success story. But this isn't necessarily what occupies him.