Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips! Then, discover more evergreen ways to stay engaged in our handy Do Something guide.
The civil war in Syria has lasted seven years and displaced over 11 million people, making it one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of our time. Yet coverage of the conflict is distorted by politics, and voices of ordinary Syrians are often unheard. Middle East expert Wendy Pearlman, a Northwestern University professor, has interviewed over 300 Syrians, recording their testimonials about the violence and displacement. At this event she will be discussing her book, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled, which tells the story of Syria using these first-hand narratives. Monday, November 13, 5:30 pm – 8 pm, $10 (with student ID) -$55, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street.
Join the lead attorney of the fraud case against the Democratic National Committee, Jared Beck, as he tells the story of the battle to gain public legitimacy and cause in what was alleged to be a stacked case against Senator Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton. Beck, a legal expert who has appeared in RT’s Redacted Tonight, Infowars, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and a variety of media outlets, will talk about problems in the Democratic party and solutions to help them move forward. Tuesday, November 14, 5 pm – 6 pm, free, 4th Floor, University of Pennsylvania College Hall, 35th Street and Locust Walk.
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The Reentry Project, a year-long collaboration of 15 media outlets, including The Citizen, culminates in a conversation on reentry with formerly incarcerated citizens discussing ways to address the challenges faced by having a criminal history. There will be six “Lightning Talks” (short TED-style presentations) on topics including crime and violence reduction, homeownership, entrepreneurship, trauma-informed care, and harnessing the political power of the formerly incarcerated. The event will be followed by a Q&A and remarks on how to hold each other accountable on this important issue. Wednesday, November 15 at 6 pm – 8:30 pm, free, The Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St.
With hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, Khalid Latif is a celebrity in New York and a sought-after public speaker, as well as chaplain of New York University and the New York City Police Department. He is a spokesperson for coexistence and mutual understanding, and passionate about building productive relationships between cultures, communities and religions. Latif will be talking about what it means to be a Muslim living in a post-9/11 world, dealing with Islamophobia and incorporating Muslim identity into everyday life. Thursday, November 16, 6 pm – 7:45pm, free, 3218 Market Street.
Photo: Councilmember Helen Gym
Fifty years after the 1967 Black Student Walkout, in which 3,500 Philadelphia high school students walked out of their schools to protest segregation and inadequate resources, youth activists continue to fight for educational equality and racial justice. Dr. Matthew Countryman, who wrote “Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia” traces the efforts of two generations of black Philadelphians to make the city more a more socially just place. He will be joining activists for a night of learning, dialogue and community-building at the African American Museum. Friday, November 17, 6pm – 11pm, Free, The African American Museum, 701 Arch St.
Photo: Sunrise Movement Swarthmore
At this interactive and family-friendly event, a time capsule will be sealed. Bring an object that represents what you love and are fighting to protect from climate change. As world leaders gather to decide what happens next with the Paris Climate Agreement, this event is for people of Pennsylvania who want to send a message that our state will lead, even while our federal government threatens to pull our country backward. Climate activists will come together to formally ask Governor Wolf to join us by committing to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement. Saturday, November 18, 3 pm – 5 pm, City Hall, Free, 1 Penn Square.
Don’t miss the closing night of this year’s Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, featuring The Soul of the Tiger, about a man of French Chinese descent, returning to Paris in search of an explanation for his brother’s death. Torn between two cultures and caught in a love triangle with women who represent both sides of his heritage, he must come to terms with his family’s past as he uncovers the truth behind his brother’s death. This film is a landmark achievement for the Francophone Asian diasporic community and showcases the Asian American experience. Sunday, November 19, 6:15 pm – 9pm, $8-$10, Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St.