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March 26, 2012
Read here an "Inquirer" editorial penned by GPA Board Chair, John F. Smith, and WTC-GP President, Linda Conlin, on public officials and overseas exchange.
March 26, 2012
On Sunday, March 4, Global Philadelphia Association attended Le Souk, an evening of food, conversation, and cultural exchange featuring Al-Bustan Music Ensemble and sponsored by Crossroads Music and International House Philadelphia. Guests were invited to enter new lands, break bread, and enjoy art together. The art we shared was melodic, certainly, but through Al-Bustan’s skillful presentation, it also became an art of relationship, of learning about one another and building bridges towards cultural understanding.
March 7, 2012
FiberPhiladelphia is an international biennial, regional festival for innovative fiber/textile art. The festival is a collaboration of artists, curators, educators, historians, galleries and institutions promoting the best in the expansive textile and fiber arts fields. Exhibitions are planned for 40 locations including major institutions and independent venues. They will include work by renowned international artists and a new generation of artists breaking into the field. Visit the FiberPhiladelphia webpage for a detailed list of events and exhibits taking place over the next two months throughout the City.
March 6, 2012
Led by Penn Law Prof. Jacques deLisle, the Law School and Penn’s Center for East Asian Studies have launched a lecture series and seminar convening experts from academia, government, and NGOs in both China and the U.S. to address aspects of human rights in China. Mondays at 4:30PM in Silverman Hall, Room 240B in the Penn Law School. For more information, visit the Center for East Asian Studies events calendar.
March 6, 2012
"Muslims in America: Building Bridges in a Climate of Fear" brought together GPA Member Nationalities Service Center with several Philadelphia-based non-profits, in an evening of audience engagement and informed dialogue.
February 27, 2012
NUCLEAR SKIES: A Vision for a Nuclear-Free World
February 21, 2012
In an effort to expand educational opportunities for children of all backgrounds during the school year, in 2012, Al-Bustan resumes its weekly Saturday program at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Open to Kindergartners through 8th graders, the Saturday Program focuses on Arabic instruction with reinforcement of the language through the arts. The first two hours of every Saturday workshop focuses on Arab language instruction, and the third hour is a percussion class taught by Hafez El Ali Kotain. Al-Bustan also offers Adult Education classes these same days. Read inside for information about registration.
February 20, 2012
Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is pleased to launch a concert series presenting a resident music ensemble performing classical Arab music repertoire that features a different guest soloist for each program. Led by Music Director Hanna Khoury, the ensemble brings together musicians of exceptional experience, providing opportunities to hear exemplary live Arab music on a regular basis in Philadelphia. See inside for details on upcoming concerts.
February 20, 2012
From July 15 - 18, the 6th Annual Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange will make its first ever international visit to Toronto, Canada. Applications will be accepted online starting February 6 thru March 15, 2012. To be eligible to apply, you must live and/or work in the Greater Philadelphia region (which includes counties in southern New Jersey and New Castle County in northern Delaware) and serve in a leadership role in a business, civic, or government organization.
February 17, 2012