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September 2020


September 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mezzo Soprano Misoon

GEO's 130th Season continues with a virtual Border Crossings event presenting Misoon.
Born in South Korea, an opera singer, professor of voice, a breathing technique expert, and the mother of two, she is also a non-profit entrepreneur with a firm belief in the power of music that benefits the quality of life.
Misoon will talk about her journey - the cultural exchange between her native country and her hometown Philadelphia;
How classical music is perceived in different cultures, how the pandemic has affected the classical music sphere, and how breathing plays a crucial role as a key element of mindfulness and coping with life's challenges.

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October 2020

“Ancient Worlds, Modern Wines” with Dr. Jill Weber, the Wining Archeologist

October 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jet Wine Bar, 1525 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146 United States
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Dr. Jill Weber, the Wine Archeologist

Join our board president Jill, an archaeologist and restaurateur hold a tasting about Ancient World Wines on October 11 at 2 PM, virtual OR in-person. We will be tasting an amber wine from Georgia, a white wine from Turkey, and red wine from Greece.

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The Immigration Station of Philadelphia’s Ellis Island: Pier 53 on Delaware River

October 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$5 – $10

GEO presents the story of Pier 53, the Ellis Island of Philadelphia. We would love to hear from YOU, the descendants of immigrants who came through Pier 53 in South Philadelphia! How, when, your ancestors arrived in Philadelphia?

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November 2020

Casper Molenaar: Then and Now – An International Photographer in the Footsteps of Kurt Hielscher

November 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$5 – $10
Castle of Raesfeld and Casper Molenaar

The Geographical Society of Philadelphia's 130th season continues with an Eastern Europe expert, a photographer from the Netherlands, Casper Molenaar.

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December 2020

A Virtual Tour of the Sacred Valley of Peru

December 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5 – $10

Known as the Urubamba Valley, this unique area is home to several historically significant Peruvian sites: Cusco, Sacsayhuaman, Ollanta Tay Tambo, and Machu Pichu. People have flocked to see these sites for decades. Find out why on December 8th!

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March 2021

GEO’s Members/Friends Exclusive: Virtual Travel to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana with Nino Mohan

March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $10
Penguins Walking on a Sunny Beach

We invite you to travel to South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe while safely nestled in your home. As Nino Mohan expertly narrates each slide, we will take a deep dive into the exploration of travel destinations that most of us are unable to see in person in these times.

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April 2021

Göbekli Tepe: Beyond the Monuments – Marco Polo Series Returns with an Intriguing Presentation

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual – LIVE ZOOM
$10 – $15
An aerial/overhead view of the stone circles at Göbekli Tepe

Marco Polo Travel Series Returns with an Exclusive Event:
Following the last Ice Age, human culture entered a new era of adaptation and change termed the Neolithic. Early in this period, almost 12,000 years ago, people in ancient Anatolia built enigmatic structures that could be the world’s first megalithic ritual site - Göbekli Tepe. The ancient complex is so vast that, though archaeologists have been busy excavating it since its discovery in 1994, it still holds many secrets. Along the way, they’ve uncovered strange animal carvings, towering stone pillars, and the earliest known evidence of megalithic rituals. They’re still working to unravel the site’s biggest mysteries: Who built it, and why?

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PHILADELPHIA’S WATER: PRESERVATION/EXPLORATION – the Relationship Between Human Activity and the Health of River Ecology

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual – LIVE ZOOM
$5 – $10

Many would assume the best thing for the rivers would be a "return to nature", however, that really is not an option. The health of the Delaware River Watershed and its inhabitants depends on a highly managed relationship between human activity and the waterways. Each of our panelists has been deeply involved in that relationship and has valuable insights to share about past, current, and future challenges. 

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May 2021

Memory and Identity: Following the Footsteps of Freedom Fighters in Spain

May 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5 – $10
The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Join us for the journey across the Spanish Mediterranean corridor, ending in Catalonia, presented by María Luisa Guardiola, a Professor at Swarthmore College and an expert in Spanish language and literature. 

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June 2021

Honoring Guinness Records Holder Taylor Demonbreun – GEO’s 129th Legacy Event

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, 237 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States
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$40 – $60

Join us on June 3rd, 2021 at 6:00 PM, as we celebrate our 130-year legacy in honoring Taylor as our 129th Explorer. Let's raise a glass to reconnect in person, meeting old and new friends, and celebrating Taylor and the world travel! Taylor holds four Guinness World Records: the Youngest to visit all sovereign countries, both overall and female, as well as the Fastest to visit all sovereign countries, both overall and female.

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