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First of Planned Series of Joint Programs Entitled “World Affairs and the Enduring American Revolution”

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 at 6:15 p.m., the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Museum of the American Revolution will host keynote speaker Garry Kasparov and panelists Yascha Mounk and Curtis Milhaupt to discuss authoritarianism and other challenges facing humanity today. 

Kasparov, chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, political activist, and author of Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped, will open the event with a keynote address.

Afterwards, he will be joined for a panel discussion by Mounk, associate professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University; senior advisor at Protect Democracy; columnist at Slate; host of “The Good Fight” podcast and author of The People vs. Democracy and Milhaupt, professor of law at Stanford Law School.

According to the Human Rights Foundation, more than half of the world’s population currently live under the control of dictatorships, absolute monarchs, military juntas or competitive authoritarians. In more modern governments, some see a rise of “illiberal” democracy within NATO and the EU and democratic norms being challenged even in American politics. Kasparov, Mounk and Milhaupt will discuss the public’s belief that there is a “shift” to authoritarianism and the global impact it could pose.

The event is the first in a planned series of joint programs, “World Affairs and the Enduring American Revolution.” Tickets range from $45 to $85 and can be purchased here.

About the World Affairs Council
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to creating global citizens. The Council hosts speakers, supports student education and leads trips. Established in 1949 as a forum for discussing differing points of view, the Council does not endorse candidates for public office or lobby for policies. Members include more than 75 corporations and their CEOs and more than 3,000 other executives and individual members. For more information, visit

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital touchscreens bring to life the diverse array of people who created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit or call 877.740.1776.