GlobalPhilly 2019 Events

During the 45 days of the Expo, we promote programs, workshops, tours, specialty events, and more on behalf of our members to highlight the contribution that their organizations make to our city's global fabric. 

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Friday, October 11, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Learn about Philadelphia's amazing and unique medical history. Hear about America's first female doctors, the rise of public health and what continues to make Medicine in Philadelphia cutting edge today.

Tour Includes:​

  • The Yellow Fever Epidemic 1793 leaders:Benjamin Rush and Richard Allen

  • The incredible history of Women in Medicine in Philadelphia

  • Barbara Gittings and homosexuality as a mental illness

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Join World Heritage historian Sarah Sharp for a two-hour tour of buildings around Independence Hall to talk about Philadelphia’s status as a World Heritage City! Learn about what this distinction means in our past and our present as Philadelphians. Children and adults welcomed.

We’ll meet at the World Heritage plaque outside the east-side of Independence Hall, walk around Independence National Historical Park and conclude at the Bourse for snacks and conversation. 

This event is free to attend but registration is required.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm

The final match up is upon us. After weeks of spirited competition, it will all come down to this— the title of 2019 Philadelphia International Unity Cup Champions.

This year’s competition has come a long way since the tournament’s conception in 2016. With five brand new countries rounding out the 52-team roster, the competitiveness reached new levels, and will meet its peak in this final game.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 2:00pm

 Join AAI Shared Spaces 共享空間, PCDC, and The Rail Park for our final Parks for Chinatown event of the season. This October we’re teaming up with Mural Arts, The Franklin Institute, Barnes Foundation, and some of our Shared Spaces 共享空間 participants to provide an afternoon packed with art demonstrations and performances for the whole family. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 8:00pm

Electrifying. There's simply no better word to describe Hiromi's live performances. A pianist/composer known for a creative output that expands on jazz, classical and pop, Hiromi's "dazzling, explosive keyboard abilities" (NPR) captivate audiences and critics alike. This "forceful presence on any stage" (The New York Times) returns to the Annenberg Center for a rare, solo performance.

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 10:36am

Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by Shofuso’s own tea school. Members of Urasenke Philadelphia will demonstrate a tea ceremony, and then provide guests with a bowl of matcha (green tea) and a seasonal sweet. Be prepared to sit on the floor for the duration of the program. Limited chairs are available. Two time slots for 1:00PM - 2:00PM & 2:30PM - 3:30PM are available to register for the tea ceremony at . Members must sign in to receive a $5 discount during checkout.

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join us for a book talk with author August Thomas, who will be in conversation with Ali Noori, PhD candiate in religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania about Liar's Candle (2018): a spy-novel set in Ankara, Turkey.     

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 5:30pm - 7:15pm

Join Council members, Northern Liberties residents, students, and a visiting delegation from a school in Incheon, South Korea for a panel exploring Korean culture and politics through the lens of K-Pop and the involvement of the country’s youth.

5:30 p.m. Registration opens

5:30 - 6 p.m. Light Reception

6 p.m. Program

7:15 p.m. Conclusion

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 11:30am - 2:00pm

Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the United States since 1988, when President Ronald Reagan signed a law that officially recognized the presence of Latinos in the country and acknowledged the substantial contributions they have made to the U.S. society ever since the inception of the republic.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

As tensions between the US and Iran ratchet up, and the 2015 nuclear deal increasingly looks like a dead letter, the prospect of war – whether by intention or by accident – is a growing concern. Is there a diplomatic way out of this impasse, or not? Is Iran on its way to becoming a nuclear power, or not? To explore these questions and others, we are pleased to feature Ariane Tabatabai, a prominent analyst of Iran and co-author of Triple Axis: Iran’s Relations with Russia and China. She holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London.

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Celebrate the diverse cultures and talents that international college students and scholars bring to the city of Philadelphia!

This signature event, (formerly known as the Welcome Reception and celebrating its 50th year), includes globally inspired food, music and dance performances and networking with people from around the world.

The Festival promotes the University of Pennsylvania’s global engagement highlighting the Penn Museum’s vast collection of cultural objects.

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

Guitarist Jesse Cook's music is "seductive, percussive and danceable...with each melody standing out above the weaving rhythms sung by his intoxicating strings." (Jazziz Magazine) A three-time winner of the Canadian Guitarist of the Year Award, Cook is known as one of the most influential artists in nuevo flamenco, creating an exhilarating fusion of jazz, R&B, electronic and world music. Welcome Jesse Cook for his Annenberg Center debut.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:00pm - 8:00pm

The Science Center is the home of Quorum, the central gathering space for the Greater Philadelphia region’s innovation ecosystem. Launched in 2011, Quorum enables idea generators to meet, share and learn. Beginning in Fall 2018, Venture Café Philadelphia powered by Quorum will give our innovation ecosystem an additional opportunity to convene, connect and spark new ideas.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

What truly caused the Civil War? The Director of The George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University, the Associate Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College and a Park Ranger and historian for the Civil War Defenses of Washington will discuss.

On Wednesday, October 30th from 7–8:30 p.m., a panel of historians will convene on Villanova’s campus for our next event in our Revisionist History series, “Revising the Civil War.”

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

For our College Night party at the Barnes Foundation, from 7pm to 9pm on Friday, November 8, flash back to the 1970s and 1980s for a retro evening where you’ll hear the classics of Stevie Wonder, The Commodores and other Motown favorites as you enjoy free access to the 23 galleries, with more than 3,000 objects in the iconic Barnes collection. You’ll end the evening with the high energy of HipHop Fundamentals, bringing historic knowledge of the continued legacy that is breakdancing. Don’t forget your 70s bell bottoms and 80s Adidas track suits!

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Oshogatsu is the Japanese New Year, celebrated on the first day of January. Celebrate an early Japanese New Year this holiday season with lush ikebana flower arrangements and traditional decorations of pine, bamboo, and berries. Displays for the new year’s tea and holiday games will be on view, along with an exhibition of winter kimono. Our Jizo statue will be decorated with a traditional cap and bib, and we will share the kamishibai story “Hats For Jizo” throughout both weekends. Oshogatsu will take place Dec 7, 8, 14 and 15.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

From the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Iran Contra Affair and from the Surge to today’s frenetic geopolitical environment, the National Security Council has been embroiled in the most consequential foreign policy decisions since its inception in 1947. But few people understand the inner workings of the NSC.