Geographical Society of Philadelphia

Border Crossings

What is “Border Crossings”?

Join us to explore people, places, and cultures that are in the news!
‘Border Crossings’ aims to humanize people and places around the world through substantive presentations and conversations with those intimate with the cultures…to encourage active discussion and meaningful dialogue, in a casual setting.

SAVE THE DATE: March 30, 2022 – A PANEL DISCUSSION ON MODERN TRADE&BUSINESS COMPARED THE HISTORIC SILK ROAD, presented in collaboration with Citizen Diplomacy International Philadelphia. 



Moderator:  DR. Berrin Guner, ROWAN UNIVERSITY

…and visiting entrepreneurs representing international talent special guests of Citizen Diplomacy International Philadelphia.


Border Crossings is hosted by archaeologist and GEO President, Jill Weber, Ph.D.
Jill worked in Syria for over 15 years, and also excavated in Turkey, Armenia, and Oman. She currently is involved in projects in Iraq and Italy. In addition to her archaeological work, Jill, a wine connoisseur also owns three restaurants in Philadelphia: Jet Wine Bar, Rex 1516, and Cafe Ynez.


Border Crossings explores Medical Boundaries – October 2019

Medical care – as part of larger Culture – is grounded in a society’s ethics, values, and traditions. Dr. Bekir Karabucak DMD, MS will help us understand how that affects dental access, care, and training in countries such as Saudi Arabia and China.
Dr. Karabucak is Chair, Associate Professor of Endodontics, and Director of the Postdoctoral Endodontics Program at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He is involved with endodontic courses/seminars in pre- and postdoctoral programs. He also runs selective microscope training courses for predoctoral students.
Dr. K has also been the attending endodontist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 2005 and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. He has lectured at national and international conferences and also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Endodontics.
A casual conversation with cocktails and light snacks (included in your ticket!), and expand your horizons on cultural border crossings, on October 2, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Embracing Refugees in Crisis, A Greek Example,  by Jai Mexis  – August, 2019

In 1939 during Turkey’s annexation of the Sanjak of Alexandretta, approximately 12,000 Greeks fled as refugees to Damascus and Aleppo joining existing Greek communities. Some decades later, history reversed and in 2015, 1 million refugees cross the Aegean and land on the Greek shores. This will be a short presentation of their journey, highlighting how a country like Greece in its worst economic crisis was able to welcome these displaced groups, transforming a challenging reality into a story of solidarity and hope. We will explore some examples of the most innovative ways that are currently happening to help them integrate and become an integral dynamic part of the Greek society.
Jai Mexis is an award-winning architect and leading social entrepreneur in Greece. He is the founder and director of Odyssea, a humanitarian NGO in Greece focused on up-cycling, digital fabrication, and social design. With NextFab Foundation, he established Astrolab, the first FabLab in Athens for social innovation that is serving hundreds of vulnerable groups every year. Jai has received numerous architectural awards and is currently completing the design & construction of a community center in the outskirts of Athens as well as, a large school for orphan children in Enugu, Nigeria.  

Changing Landscape of Modern Day Turkey — Is Turkey Still a Democratic Republic?”

GEO’s 128th season opened with an introduction to our new Executive Director, Dilek Karabucak.
Dee received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marmara University in Istanbul Turkey. After she moved to Philadelphia, she pursued a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Marketing/International Business at Drexel University, and Project Management/Team Leadership certificate from Temple University. As a native of Turkey, she has witnessed tremendous changes in the country’s political and social landscape. There is no question that the country’s history is complicated. And in the past decade, many are questioning whether democracy can be maintained.
Limited seats available.