Past Events

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Middle East Center at UPenn is proud to partner with Penn Museum’s International Classroom Program, The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), and the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility (CCLR) in offering a Spring 2012 Lecture series, "Islam: Tradition and Diversity." This week's brings a discussion entittled, "Our Andalusia: Islam in the American Mix." Anne Norton, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the long history and diverse cultures and communities of Islam in the United States today.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

International House of Philadelphia's (IHP) International Vision Awards are given to prominent Philadelphian’s who contribute to making this a truly global city through philanthropy, business insight, innovation and continued commitment to the international community. This year, IHP is proud to present the International Vision Award to Anette Hoegh Goelet of the International Center for Clubhouse Development. Anette earned this Award through her tireless efforts in the field of mental health and for creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential locally and worldwide. The Vision Awards Program includes cocktails, food and entertainment.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Throughout April, International House Philadelphia presents a month of themed programming celebrating the people, culture and heritage of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Sweden. On April 3, Hej! Scandinavia presents a panel discussion on the business practices of Scandinavian corporations. Panelists will discuss the unique methods and values of some of the most successful businesses in the region, including multinational corporations. Moderated by Jan Campbell-Westlind, Honorary Consul of Sweden in Philadelphia. The event will be followed by a business networking cocktail party featuring the presentation of the International Vision Award.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 8:00am - 7:00pm

The Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) is hosting its 5th annual conference, entitled “Performance Indicators for Sustainable Water and Sanitation Projects in Developing Countries." The conference will bring together the worldwide experts on water and sanitation issues. It will feature findings from UNICEF, World Bank and USEPA representatives, panel discussions from leaders of other national/international organizations as well as voices from the experienced members and students in the PGWI network. The conference will start at 8 AM with a breakfast in Houston Hall and will end with a reception (5 PM – 7 PM) at the Philadelphia Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center.

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Pierre Englebert is professor of politics at Pomona College. In this talk, Professor Englebert will articulate the manner in which the international recognition of African states tends to translate into absolutist domestic power which undermines accountability and transforms governance into command. He will discuss possible policy recommendations including the provocative idea of derecognizing African states.

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00pm - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 3:30pm

Demand for foreign-language interpreters is booming in both the public and private sectors. If you want to help your community or travel while earning a good living, interpretation could be your exciting new career. Join Nationalities Service Center for a three-day interpreter training workshop this April. No interpretation experience is necessary. The workshop is open to bilinguals of all backgrounds and education levels who are fluent in English and at least one other language. This 15-hour course will take place over three days and costs only $250. Read here for more information about the three-day schedule and how to register.

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Penn Museum is pleased to announce a film series addressing the theme of cultural adaptation. This month's film, Tehran Has No More Pomegranates, offers a portrait of Tehran in Iran as it was and as it continues to change, a view nearly unseen in the west. Massoud Bakhshi, the film's director, uses archival footage, an original visual approach and a lively soundtrack to take the viewer through 150 years of Tehran’s history. Dr. Pardis Minuchehr, Middle East Studies Professor at George Washington University, will introduce the film and lead discussion afterwards. All programs are free with Museum admission donation. 

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

For the last three decades, Chamounix has established a tradition of honoring those who have worked to make Philadelphia a better place. This year, Chamounix's Annual Benefit honors Charles and Louise Baker, co-founders of the non-profit training program, Baker Industries. The general public is invited to join in the celebration as a sponsor, benefactor, patron or supporters. Attendees have access to a superb cocktail buffet at historic Chamounix Mansion while honoring the contributions of the Bakers.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 7:30am - 8:00pm

As the largest organization focused exclusively on English language teaching for speakers of other languages, TESOL annually hosts more than 6,500 people from across the United States and around the world at the international convention. The annual, four-day convention (March 28 through March 31), offers English language teaching professionals from around the globe the premier opportunity for professional development in the field. Participants have the opportunity to exchange ideas and practices, keep abreast of current trends, foster their professional networks, receive mentoring on research projects, review the latest books and professional resources, and learn about advocacy efforts in their communities and around the world.

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Temple University’s Office of International Affairs will celebrate its biannual event to showcase Temple University and Philadelphia’s dedication to globalization. The showcase will include an extravagant fashion show, featuring international wardrobe styles from around the world as well as cultural dance performances. The celebration will host a ceremony to honor the 2012 Global Award winners including the Global Philadelphia Award to Nancy J. Gilboy, president and CEO of International Visitors Council of Philadelphia, and Global Temple Award to Ann Weaver Hart, president of Temple University. Cultural dance performances include Esencia Latina, Spirit of India, Ladies of Elegance, Malaysian Student Association, Organization of African Students Dance Team, Penn Chinese Dance Club, Polish Intercollegiate Group, and Temple Irish Dance. All are welcome!

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 9:00am - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 4:00pm

Artists creating fiber and textiles often struggle with how to embrace their media while attempting to contextualize their meaning within the larger art world. Surface Design Association and Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. present this biennial Surface Design Conference on the theme of "Identity: Context and Reflection." The Conference will open at the Wayne Art Center on March 30 and include three days of lecture and panel presentations (March 30 - April 1). The conference will include bus trips to several of the center city venues participating in Fiber Philadelphia. Following this, participants can enroll in three-day post-conference workshops (April 2 - 4). See inside for more information about each of the Conference days. 

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 8:00am - 4:00pm

Global Education Motivators, along with the United Nations Impact Initiative, invites teachers, administrators, and NGOs to join in a global dialogue on integrating peace and human rights education into the classroom. This year's conference, "Teaching Peace and Human Rights in a Multicultural World," brings together teachers from different parts of the world to learn more about what is happening with peace education and human rights. On March 30, GEM will lead a contingent of teachers to the United Nations in New York City for an international videoconferencing program. Click here for detailed agendas for both conference days (3/29 and 3/30).

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 7:30am - 8:00pm

As the largest organization focused exclusively on English language teaching for speakers of other languages, TESOL annually hosts more than 6,500 people from across the United States and around the world at the international convention. The annual, four-day convention (March 28 through March 31), offers English language teaching professionals from around the globe the premier opportunity for professional development in the field. Participants have the opportunity to exchange ideas and practices, keep abreast of current trends, foster their professional networks, receive mentoring on research projects, review the latest books and professional resources, and learn about advocacy efforts in their communities and around the world.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm

On March 29, 2012, The Project for Nuclear Awareness will be honoring Helen Caldicott, MD former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, for her lifetime of work on seeking peace, global security, and nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. This Award Ceremony will be held at the WHYY Public Media Commons and will include a dialogue with Trudy Rubin, Foreign Affairs Columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Supper will be served.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Global Education Motivators, along with the United Nations Impact Initiative, invites teachers, administrators, and NGOs to join in a global dialogue on integrating peace and human rights education into the classroom. This year's conference, "Teaching Peace and Human Rights in a Multicultural World," brings together teachers from different parts of the world to learn more about what is happening with peace education and human rights. Day 1 of the conference is set to take place at Chestnut Hill College. Day 2, March 30, includes an option, all-day international videoconference program at the United Nations. Click here for detailed agendas for both conference days.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 7:30am - 10:00pm

As the largest organization focused exclusively on English language teaching for speakers of other languages, TESOL annually hosts more than 6,500 people from across the United States and around the world at the international convention. The annual, three-day convention (March 28 through March 31), offers English language teaching professionals from around the globe the premier opportunity for professional development in the field. Participants have the opportunity to exchange ideas and practices, keep abreast of current trends, foster their professional networks, receive mentoring on research projects, review the latest books and professional resources, and learn about advocacy efforts in their communities and around the world.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:00pm

As the largest organization focused exclusively on English language teaching for speakers of other languages, TESOL annually hosts more than 6,500 people from across the United States and around the world at the international convention. The annual, three-day convention (March 28 through March 31), offers English language teaching professionals from around the globe the premier opportunity for professional development in the field. Participants have the opportunity to exchange ideas and practices, keep abreast of current trends, foster their professional networks, receive mentoring on research projects, review the latest books and professional resources, and learn about advocacy efforts in their communities and around the world.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Cinémathèque is a foreign film series curated by an independent media arts collective. These intimate screenings take place in designated venues within Center City Philadelphia with the intention of expanding the discussion surrounding international film language. On March 28, Cinémathèque presents Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Veronika Voss (1982). Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Homay King, Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College.

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Philadelphia Speaker Series is proud to present General Stanley McChrystal (USA, Ret), former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive counter-terrorism units. Called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, few people can speak about leadership, teamwork, and international affairs with as much insight as General Stanley McChrystal.