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On Tuesday, March 19, Global Philadelphia Association’s Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh attended an internationally-focused lecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). The lecture, entitled, “Who Will Feed India?,” was given by Dr. Ashok Gulati, the current Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).
March 24, 2019
Hannibal Lokumbe can’t occupy a space for long before doing his level best to get someone around him to open up.   Sitting with a reporter at Parc restaurant recently, the composer turned to the waitress twisting cracked pepper over his omelet and asked her, apropos of nothing, what was the most beautiful thing she’d ever seen in her life. “My little brother. Him being born,” she said. A few minutes earlier, he was being introduced to soprano Benita Valente, who happened to be at a nearby table.
March 24, 2019
Whether you have a master’s degree or never attended college, whether you have worked in hospitality or not, Philadelphia’s booming hotel industry may be looking for you. The industry opened three new hotels and added 4,900 jobs to the 272,000 hospitality staff in the Philadelphia area last year, according to the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. The city is welcoming six new hotels this year, including the Four Seasons Hotel, which is planning a two-day job fair to hire more than 500 people.
March 22, 2019
Beginning in April 2019, American Airlines will be flying diectly to Edinburgh, Scotland from Philadelphia. The service to Edinburgh (EDI) Airport will operate daily April 2 – October 26, 2019. American is moving this service to the Scottish capital from JFK Airport in New York City to PHL; earlier this year, American also relocated its Zurich service to PHL from JFK. 
March 20, 2019
The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) is looking for a Secretary General. The deadline to submit an application is April 19, 2019.
March 11, 2019
History Making Productions recently released its latest film, "Sisters in Freedom". For the first time, this film tells the story of brave, pioneering black and white women in the 1830s, who defied social, economic, and cultural norms to come together and agitate against slavery, white supremacy, and race and gender inequality. 
March 6, 2019
"President Poroshenko leads the Ukrainian nation in the struggle for independence and in its protection of the ideals, which America perceives as the universal truths, despite the attempts of destabilization and direct invasion," said Craig Snyder, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. He stressed that the Ukrainian people fought the same kind of battle which the Americans once had fought in Philadelphia for the national independence and sovereignty.
March 1, 2019
In 2019, the world commemorates the 400th anniversary of the first historically documented arrival of African captives to Virginia in 1619, at a time when it was still a British colony. Throughout the 350 years of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, enslaved Africans arrived at more than 175 distinct ports of entry (known as Middle Passage ports) throughout Europe and the Americas.
February 27, 2019
Philadelphia is a World Heritage City, where we recognize and celebrate the rich history and culture of our African-American community every day. Black History Month offers a special opportunity to learn more about this wealth of heritage.
February 27, 2019
Rina Banerjee is one of the most important artists of the Indian diaspora living in the United States. Born in Calcutta, India in 1963, Banerjee grew up in London, England before moving to the United States, where she lived in Philadelphia and New York. She graduated from Case Western University with a BSc in polymer engineering, and worked as a research chemist for several years before deciding to focus on art. She received her Master’s in Fine Art from Yale University in 1995.
February 27, 2019