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Past Council Events

Headline and Cultural Forums

To Save Everything Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism

Evgeny Morozov

To Save Everything Click Here: The Folly of Technological SolutionismEvgeny Morozov (acclaimed author of The Net Delusion) launches into a candid investigation of the digital world, exploring how smart-technology may be a threat to real-life democracy and "solutionism" could affect our society's morals, ethics, and civil behavior. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2013)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Environmental Summit

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Inspiration for the Global EnvironmentHis Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet has long been a central figure in global initiatives to promote peace, compassion and environmental stewardship among all nationalities and religions. Hosted by Maitripa College Read More ››

International Visitor Leadership Program

Special Reception with Wildlife Conservation Professionals from Africa

Along with the World Affairs Council, Oregon Wild, and the Zimbabwe Artists Project, join a group of 13 visitors from Africa and learn about the work they're doing in Wildlife Conservation across the continent of Africa - from Angola to Mozambique, South Africa to Zimbabwe. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

WorldCraft: Batik Trunk show & Lecture

WorldCraft: Batik Trunk show & LecturePreview the textile mastery of internationally acclaimed artists Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam of Batik Studio Brahma Tirta Sari based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia - stunning work that marries traditional techniques to contemporary art innovations. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

The Tough World of Soft Power

David Ensor

The Tough World of Soft Power The Voice of America broadcasts in 43 languages and weekly reaches more than 134 million people around the world, filling a critical void, especially in countries that lack a free press.How is VoA navigating the sea-change of state-controlled media and the grassroots digital and social media revolutions? Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

WEBCAST: American Global Military Power—Indispensable or Overreaching?

John Bolton
Barney Frank

American Global Military Power—Indispensable or Overreaching?Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia live via webcast for an engaging exchange of views between U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton (2005-2006) and US Congressman Barney Frank (1981-2013) on national security, national priorities and on the purposes and costs of American power in the 21st Century. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2013)

Avoiding Climate Catastrophe: Putting Science Before Politics

Dr. James E. Hansen

Avoiding Climate Catastrophe: Putting Science Before PoliticsNamed one of Foreign Policy's 100 Top Global Thinkers in 2012, legendary climate scientist James E. Hansen, the maverick former head of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space, was the first to issue the clearest warning of about the dangers of global warming. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History

William Bernstein

Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped HistoryBernstein (author of "A Splendid Exchange," an Economist and Financial Times Best Book of the Year) explores how new communication technologies from the clay tablet and the printing press to the radio, photocopier, and internet have impacted history. Read More ››



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