Our theme for this season’s programs is Year of the Woman. Why? The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which at long last recognized that women have the right to vote, passed 100 years ago in 1919.  It was ratified in 1920. So, our program year spans the exact months during which our nation 100 years ago took this overdue and major step towards a more perfect union. Accordingly, every speaker and panelist we’ll hear from during this program season will be a woman who plays a leadership role in making our region and nation more vibrant, more innovative and more just.
The New Wave on Capitol Hill Presented by Brandywine Realty Trust @ Union League of Philadelphia
Oct 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Our region played a huge role in the so-called Blue Wave congressional election of 2018.  Three of the four women whose victories made the new PA delegation so historic now represent Philadelphia or its suburbs.  They are Madeleine Dean, Mary Gay Scanlon and Chrissy Houlahan. Meanwhile, in Delaware, Lisa Blunt Rochester won re-election as the state’s first woman and first African-American representative.  Who better than this group of up-and-coming elected officials to join us Oct. 2 at the Union League as we kick off our program year with its theme of Year of the Woman? The theme marks the 100th anniversaries of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which finally recognized women’s right to vote.  This year, all of our speakers and panelists will be distinguished, dynamic women with important things to say.
All four representatives have been invited; Rep. Dean has confirmed, the others are trying to arrange schedules to take part. We’ll talk to the representatives on how they have been finding their footing in a raucous, emotional year on Capitol Hill, and what they hope to accomplish in the rest of their term.  Also on tap will be a brief review of Vision 2020, the locally grown national initiative to promote true women’s equality during the Vote 100 anniversary.
IVY AND WHITEWATER: Navigating Change on Campus @ Union League of Philadelphia
Nov 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We will have as our guests three women who lead major area colleges: Phoebe Haddon of Rutgers-Camden, Colleen Hanycz of La Salle and Julie Wollman of Widener. We’ll talk about the issues swirling about higher education, including student debt, unequal access, free speech on campus, cultivating innovation, online vs. in-person education, town-gown relations.
PHILLY’S SAINT OF THE STREETS: The Dynamo behind Project HOME @ Union League of Philadelphia
Dec 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sister Mary Scullion, founder of Project HOME, is our guest, appropriately, during a season that is supposed to be about giving and concern for those in need. She’ll talk about how over the years she’s developed her holistic approach to attacking the problem of homelessness, and what Philadelphians can do to help.
EXCITEMENT, STAGE RIGHT: The Women of Philly Theater @ Union League of Philadelphia
Jan 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We have lined up three of the theater artists who have helped turn Philadelphia theater such a varied, vibrant, creative scene: Paige Price, head of the Philadelphia Theatre Co., Barrymore-winning playwright and actor Mary Tuonamen, and poet, actor and new playwright Jaylene Clark Owens.
WHAT IS AMERICA THINKING?: Trends, Tumult and Trolls @ Union League of Philadelphia
Feb 5 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Kathleen Hall Jamieson – director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, a regular on national news programs and author of Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President – will offer her usual brilliant take on public opinion, political debates and the 2020 election (including the prospects for foreign interference).
The View from Atop a Colossus @ Union League of Philadelphia
Mar 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
As CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Madeline Bell runs one of the biggest employers and premier engines of health innovation in the region. Trained as a nurse, she works to maintain quality care amid pressing competitive and funding challenges.
PHILADELPHIA’S MONARCH OF MYSTERY @ Union League of Philadelphia
Apr 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We should all be so good at changing careers. When Lisa Scottoline decided that life as a lawyer at a Center City firm was not for her, she decided to put her legal knowledge to use in writing crime novels. Well, she’s written 32 of them so far, plus nine collections of the humorous essays she writes with her daughter for The Inquirer and other outlets (sample title: Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog). More than 30 million copies of her books are in print; she’s won the Edgar Award (the top honor for mystery writers) and she’s a regular on the New York Times best-seller list. She’ll share her pithy observations on the writing life and how to find the humor in things going wrong. Everyone who attends on this guest night will get a copy of one of her books.
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