About Us

About Us

We are a concerned group of people from the Philadelphia area who share an interest in the people and countries of the New World - the Americas. We are from all walks of life, and from all of the countries of the Western Hemisphere. We are educators, political scientists, diplomats, business and community leaders, students, and just plain concerned citizens. 

Regardless of our heritage or experience, we all share a common goal – to pursue “Panamericanismo” – that special relationship that exists among the people and countries of the Western Hemisphere.

As members of the Pan American Association, we wish to deepen our knowledge of the countries of the Western Hemisphere, broaden our friendships, and enjoy the infinite variety of the social and cultural experience of our family of nations.

During the year we carry out a calendar of varied events that are open to members and their guests, and which highlight many aspects of the Western Hemisphere's political, social and cultural environment.

Principal Activities Include:

  • Scholarships and Awards - Annual scholarships, prizes and awards issued on a competitive basis to students who excel in Latin American studies at area colleges and universities.
  • Contemporary Lectures - Guest speakers who are subject-matter experts in Western Hemisphere matters affecting the political, social, and cultural relationships among the peoples of the Americas.
  • Social Events - seasonal parties and cultural get-togethers are held periodically, to build comraderie among members, recruit new members, and to support the Association's fundraising for scholarships and educational programs. 
  • Joint Ventures - the Association cooperates with a wide variety of organizations involved in educational, social, and cultural activities related to the Western Hemisphere, as well as many Philadelphia-based community organizations. 

News & Commentary

Brazilian Army

Tuesday July 11, 2017

What should the Brazilian Army do in the absence of threats to the country? Perhaps the answer is to...

Shifting Latin American Trade favors China

Tuesday July 11, 2017

A sobering assessment of trade relations: “What happened to free trade? The United States has fr...

FARC Out of the Jungle

Tuesday May 9, 2017

Article describes how a FARC commander, a man of bourgeois taste, prepares for peace after years of ...

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Membership has its priviledges:

• Member Discounts
• Quarterly Newsletter
• Social and Political Dialogue
• Networking
• Annual Schedule of Events