GLOBAL NEWS FROM PHL

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Global Philadelphia Association is proud to announce the appointment of Alan Luxenberg to the Presidency of Foreign Policy Research Institute, a GPA Member organization. Mr. Luxenberg, who had been FPRI's acting president for a year, has served the organization since 1976, when he was still a student at the University of Pennsylvania, and over the years has served in virtually every position within the organization.
February 3, 2012
The Free Library's One Book, One Philadelphia series for 2012 highlights a stirring collection of essays by Edwidge Danticat, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. In this, the One Book, One Philadelphia 10th Anniversary year, the Free Library of Philadelphia will once again present an incredibly rich and diverse series of events to supplement the reading experience. Attached is a detailed Calendar of Events which also includes a Resource Guide that contains supplemental reading suggestions and discussion questions for classrooms and book groups. The 2012 program runs from January 25 to March 17, 2012.
February 1, 2012
Mark your calendars because the Philadelphia International Flower Show is coming to the Pennsylvania Convention Center March 4 - 11, 2012. This video gives only a glimpse of the wild times and outrageous displays in store for Hawaii: Islands of Aloha!
February 1, 2012
With "MAYA 2012: Lords of Time"—a world premiere exhibition opening May 5th—the Penn Museum confronts the current fascination with the year 2012, comparing predictions of a world-transforming apocalypse with their supposed origins in the ancient Maya civilization. "MAYA 2012" leads visitors on a journey through the Maya’s time-ordered universe, expressed through their intricate calendar systems, and the power wielded by their divine kings, the astounding “lords of time.” Visitors explore the Maya world through a range of interactive experiences and walk among sculptures and full-sized replicas of major monuments while uncovering the truth behind these apocalyptic predictions. Tickets Go On Sale February 1st. The exhibition runs through January 13th, 2013.
February 1, 2012
From The Wrap -- Greenman, the green-Lycra-ed It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia character, is appearing in a new ad for Virgin America as the airline announces new nonstop flights to Philadelphia from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Watch the ad here. 
January 24, 2012
On January 24, the Philadelphia Union and Major League Soccer (MLS) announced that Philadelphia will be the host city for the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. The annual showcase event will feature three days of festivities, culminating in a match between the League’s top players and a renowned international club on July 25 at Chester, PA’s PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union and its boisterous supporters, the Sons of Ben.
January 24, 2012
Each year, Eisenhower Fellowships send approximately eight to ten high-achieving mid-career (aged 32-45) U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents abroad for an intensive, individually designed program in the country of their choice. This year's cohort of distinguished Eisenhower Fellows features three remarkable Philadelphians: Nikki Johnson-Huston, Assistant City Solicitor ∙ City of Philadelphia Law Department; Andrew Stoberm, Chief of Staff Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities; and Wendell E. Pritchett, Chancellor of Rutgers University Camden. 
January 24, 2012
The January edition of GPA's "International City Series" features our first-ever, co-written op-ed commenting on Philadelphia International Airport's Capacity Enhancement Program. 
January 24, 2012
Linda Loyd, Philadelphia Inquirer -- Virgin America Inc., California's hip and high-tech airline with seat-back touch-screen TVs, wireless Internet, and mood lighting, will begin nonstop flights from Philadelphia to California in April. Virgin America, which launched in 2007, is the first new airline to start service at Philadelphia Interantional Airport in nearly eight years. 
January 24, 2012
On January 12, 2012 Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced the city’s first-ever coordinated and sustained visual arts marketing campaign called With Art Philadelphia™. The $2 million, two-year campaign aims to: position Philadelphia among the world’s great art destinations; draw more and new audiences; and generate overnight stays from visitors worldwide. With Art Philadelphia will launch in March 2012, just prior to the opening of the Barnes Foundation’s Philadelphia campus on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in May. 
January 19, 2012