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Nourish Your Global Curiosity with our virtual events! 

Each month, join us and meet international guests from all over the world - people who want to stay connected with Philadelphia. Together, we'll spend time in LIVE conversations about life, the world, and everything in between.

Upcoming Events


The International Art World and its Museums
The International Art World and its Museums

Thursday, January 14, 12 PM Eastern Time

Hear how museums are keeping communities inspired, connect directly with artists and cultural enthusiasts across the globe and in Philadelphia.

Val Gay, Deputy Director of Audience Engagement + Chief Experience Officer at the Barnes Foundation

Mladen Banjac, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Republika Srpska, Bosnia Herzegovina Representative to the International Council of Museums, IVLP alumni

Moderated by Christine Pfister, Director and owner of Pentimenti Gallery and Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Philadelphia

Presented in partnership with the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.

Vikram Dewan, Philadelphia Zoo

Thursday, January 21, 12 PM Eastern Time

Although they are temporarily closed in January 2021, Vik updates us on how the Philadelphia Zoo is connecting with the community through online activities and videos and getting ready for special experiences this spring!  The region’s leading family destination and one of the area’s foremost conservation organizations, Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. The impact of their work extends far beyond our city – as an agent of environmental protection it impacts our world!

Dr. Joel Duah Afi Talks About Creating Opportunity From Crisis

Thursday, January 28, 9:00 – 9:30 AM Eastern Time

Joel will talk about this work in Healthcare and Economic Empowerment in Ghana.  An alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, he recently launched a vocational training program in response to covid empowering women through sustainable employment skills. Joel is a winner of the USADF, USAID, CITI Foundation grant competition to expand his organization to a community clinic, the first ever hospital facility and access to healthcare in a district with a population of over 114,000 residents.

Miao Poya Turning a New Page in Taiwan's Politics

Tuesday, February 2, 8:30 – 9:00 AM Eastern Time

As part of our Social Justice Series, please join us to hear Taiwan's covid success stories with IVLP alumna, Miao Poya. Miao became one of the first ever openly lesbian politicians in Taiwan when she was elected to Taipei City Council in 2018 as a member of the Social Democratic Party. She has since gone on to become a driving force advocating for issues such as the abolition of the death penalty, judicial reform, gender equality and labor rights. She was named among the “16 women fighting for fairness in Asia” in June 2020 by Tatler Asia. 

Annual Meeting and Donor Appreciation Coffee Break

Thursday, February 4, 3:00 - 3:45 PM

Join us for a coffee break and recognize the efforts of Citizen Diplomats in 2020 to keep Philadelphia connected to the world throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. President and CEO Siobhan Lyons will share highlights of 2020, plans for 2021, plus a special message from Senator Bob Casey. 

RSVP by Jan 28 and a special Thank You Box will be mailed to the first 100 current members and donor households.
(Not a donor or member? Donate or update your membership here.)

Questions? Email Andrea.silva@cdiphila.org or call 215-486-2092

Kim Cahill on Educating Responsible Global Leaders

Thursday, February 11, 12:00 – 12:30 PM

Under her leadership, study abroad by business students increased 1,000 percent. Join our discussion on the best ways to promote global opportunities to Philadelpia's emerging leaders in 2021 and what it takes to compete in the 21st-century workforce as responsible global citizens. Currently, the Director of The Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership at Villanova's School of Business (VSB), Kim has been involved in international education for more than 20 years. She serves a member of the MidAtlantic District Export Council and in 2015, Kim received a distinguished Fulbright International Education Administrators award to travel to Germany.

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Our corporate partners at Elap Services, Volpe KoenigSpangles Custom Jewelry DesignsThe Windsor Suites a Modus Hotel, and generous support from the Albert W. Bader Foundation make public programs like First Thursdays and Diplomacy & Dialogue programs possible.