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Krista Bard is the honorary consul of the Republic of Lithuania to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has recently been appointed president of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia. She sat down with GPA's Peak Johnson to discuss her continued consular role, her new responsibilities and the importance of raising cultural awareness.
From March 2 to May 26, The Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) is hosting "Treasures From Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910." The exhibition includes artifacts that have never before left Korea, as well as a variety of cultural programs.
The authors of "A Sliver of Light," a true account of three political hostages' experience in Iraqi Kurdistan, gathered at the Free Library's Central Branch to talk about their past, future and the role writing played in their survival.
Ute Kraidy's design for the GlobalPhilly™ 2013 exhibition poster highlights Philadelphia's international prowess, something that was confirmed when the poster was brought to the city's youngest international community.
Even the most experienced jetsetter may not be aware of the differences in accounting standards worldwide. Here in the United States, we use the General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) while the rest of the world typically uses the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and converting can cause problems.
For the past 20 years, the Asian Arts Initiative has been a common space for Philadelphians of all ethnicities to express themselves artistically.
When it came to selecting the host city for the United Nations there were plenty to choose from. It turns out that New York City was just one of hundreds of competitors that included Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and even Rapid City, South Dakota. All tried to win the bid of becoming one of the globe’s major diplomatic nerve centers.
Soccer took Jeremiah White around the world and back again. As a native of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, he was a youth soccer standout with the Haverford School and eventually embarked on a professional career that spanned eight years. He played for clubs in Serbia, Greece, France, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Poland and the United States. After retiring from Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution, White returned to Philadelphia to begin a career in global entrepreneurship. Today, he is involved with several area companies and nonprofits with international ties, including JaySocial, a graphic design and development company he founded in 2011. Through the friendships he has formed, the businesses he has built and the legacy he will leave behind, Jeremiah strives to bridge cultural gaps and bring the world to his hometown.
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.