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Dr. Julian Siggers came to Philadelphia from Toronto earlier in 2012 after accepting the position of Director of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. GPA Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh interviewed Dr. Siggers on the eve of the Penn Museum's 125th Anniversary, and learned more about the Museum's international prominence as well as Dr. Siggers's vision for its future.
December 19, 2012
Global Philadelphia Association has managed to bring together some of Philadelphia's most talented globally-minded individuals and organizations. On the eve of our Annual Meeting and Luncheon this coming Monday, December 10, the Association wanted to share a remarkable fact:
December 10, 2012
Mayor Michael A. Nutter will visit China this week to promote opportunities for investment in Philadelphia, strengthen relationships between key Philadelphia institutions and their Chinese counterparts, and continue to promote Philadelphia as a growing international city. 
December 5, 2012
This inspiring video celebrates the people and places of Philadelphia and shares a new narrative of the city with the world. Discover Philadelphia. Discover PHL. An open source community asset, this video is directed by up-and-coming Philadelphia-based creators Pete Herron and Kris van Genderen for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.
December 5, 2012
Junot Diaz is not would you’d expect from a Pulitzer Prize winner. He’s not what you’d expect from a MacArthur Fellow, either, or a professor at MIT, though he teaches creative writing at the storied institution. He’s not even, come to think of it, what you’d expect from a Dominican immigrant, though he moved from Santo Domingo to New Jersey when he was a boy. He is equal parts sociological jargon and foul-mouthed hood-speak, comic book nerd and academic elite. Without even reading a word of his prose, it is clear what Diaz is all about: blurring the lines and bringing the fringes to the center.
November 28, 2012
A New York native, Alan Luxenberg has worked at the Foreign Policy Research Institute since the 1970s when he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Luxenberg has long been an advocate of education and bringing FPRI’s assets to the wider public, particularly to educators. With his profound and invaluable understanding of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s legacy, Alan Luxenberg is an absolutely outstanding Global Philadelphian.
November 23, 2012
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that it has appointed Craig Snyder as its new President and CEO. Snyder replaces Claudia McBride, who is stepping down after 25 years with the Council, the last six as President. Snyder’s appointment follows a six-month search by the Board.
November 13, 2012
Governor Tom Corbett will lead a delegation of Pennsylvania business, tourism and university leaders on a business development mission to Brazil and Chile next spring that will focus on creating new economic opportunities and job growth. “Brazil and Chile are two of the world’s fastest growing economies and we have seen a growing interest in the market from Pennsylvania companies,” Corbett said. “Strengthening our trade relationship with these countries will lead to new business growth and jobs for Pennsylvanians.”
November 8, 2012
This autumn, Penn Museum premiered a new exhibit called "In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies." The exhibit invites visitors to the museum's third floor to view the scientists at work through a glass-enclosed laboratory for an amazing educational experience.
November 1, 2012
Gathered at the Independence Visitor Center on an afternoon in early October, a group of around 50 students and teachers from the People's Republic of China took part in a Q & A with some of Philadelphia's most prominent representatives of law, the city's historical legacy, and authorities on global sustainability. The Q & A session was only a piece of a much broader cultural exchange led by the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia. 
October 30, 2012