Pan American Day: Expanding Economic Opportunities with Latin America

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 11:45am - 1:30pm
Sofitel Hotel Philadelphia, 120 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

Since its founding in 1940, the Pan American Association of Philadelphia has been dedicated to “promoting cultural, educational and economic activities designed to increase understanding and cooperation among the peoples of the Americas.” Today, the Philadelphia region is home to more than 600,000 residents who are proud to trace their roots to Latin America. Under these circumstances, the need for cultural understanding expressed by our Association founders has become much more relevant. 

Pan American Day is celebrated annually as a "commemorative symbol of the American nations and the voluntary union of all in one continental community" marking the anniversary of the day in 1890 when this union was established. It is important to understand the interdependence of the American nations and how the organization which unites them -- the Organizations of American States-- works for the peace, security, welfare, and human rights of all our peoples.

The Luncheon also highlights educational excellence in Latin American studies among area universities. The Alejandro Reyes Award is presented annually to a student selected from among nominees attending Latin American studies at a Philadelphia area university or college. Additionally, Pan American Scholar plaques and cash prizes are awarded to university seniors graduating from Latin American Studies programs.

This year the annual conference will focus on expanding economic opportunities with Latin America. In addition, our Keynote Speaker, Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, has spent a major part of her career working on women’s issues, particularly those affecting the U.S. Hispanic community. The Association is honored to have Ambassador Lomellin address the continuing relevance of the OAS and “Panamericanismo” among the peoples of the American nations.

Event Type: 
Economic Development
International Studies
Cultural Awareness
Global Region: 
Central America/Carribean
Global Region: 
North America
Global Region: 
South America