Expo Community Conversations

Throughout May and June 2022, 19 Global Ties Network members across the United States hosted Community Conversations, a special event series to share the socio-cultural impact of International Expos (also known as World Fairs) on U.S. citizens and communities. These events were a continuation of the paper, “Experiencing Expos: An Oral History of U.S. Citizens’ Engagement with World’s Fairs, 1962–2017,” and featured the authors of the paper, colleagues from the U.S. Department of State, and others including Youth Ambassadors and Cultural Performers from Expo 2020 Dubai who discussed the history and impact of Expos. Additional information about the paper can be found in the article “Presenting ‘Experiencing Expos,’ An Oral History Project.” Join us for a special final event on July 7 as part of the Global Ties Forum series, and join the #ExpoConvo on social media. 

Map of the continental U.S. with red pins marking each city where a Community Conversation was hosted.   

PAST EVENTS

  • Wednesday, May 18 
  • Community Conversations: The United States and the Future of International Expositions 
  • Presented by The International Center  
  • Virtual | 12:00 p.m. ET | Watch 
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  • Tuesday, May 24 
  • World’s Fairs & Expos—Refocusing the Lens, Past and Present 
  • Presented by WorldOregon 
  • Virtual | 3:00 p.m. ET | Watch
  • Tuesday, May 24 
  • The Socio-Cultural Impact of World Fairs on U.S. Citizens 
  • Presented by Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy 
  • Salt Lake City, UT | 9:00 p.m. ET 
  • Wednesday, May 25 
  • Understanding the Role of the United States in Expos 
  • Presented by WorldOrlando 
  • Virtual | 11:00 a.m. ET | Watch
  • Wednesday, May 25 
  • Community Conversations: World Expos 
  • Presented by Global Minnesota 
  • Virtual | 7:00 p.m. ET | Watch
  • Thursday, May 26 
  • Global Café: Rethinking World Fairs & Their Role in U.S. Diplomacy 
  • Presented by Iowa International Center 
  • Virtual | 10:00 a.m. ET | Watch
  • Thursday, June 2 
  • World’s Fair Legacies | From New Orleans to New York, with Anna Kaplan, Ph.D. 
  • Presented by Global New Orleans 
  • Virtual | 7:00 p.m. ET 
  • Tuesday, June 7 
  • Bringing International Expos Back to the United States: A San Francisco Bay Area Community Conversation 
  • Presented by Global Ties San Francisco 
  • Virtual | 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, June 9 
  • On Expos: The 60th Anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair 
  • Presented by World Affairs Council – Seattle 
  • Seattle, WA | 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET 
  • Tuesday, June 14 
  • Community Conversations: World’s Fairs – Past, Present, & Future
  • Presented by World Affairs Council St. Louis 
  • St. Louis, MO | 9:15 a.m. ET 
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  • Wednesday, June 15 
  • Kalamazoo Community Conversation: The United States and the Future of International Expositions
  • Presented by Global Ties Kalamazoo 
  • Virtual | 10:00 a.m. ET 
  • Wednesday, June 15 
  • Experiencing World Expos- Past, Present & Future 
  • Presented by the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (IVCLA)
  • Los Angeles, CA | 5:30-7:00 p.m. ET |
  • Thursday, June 16
  • World Expos- A History of How They Have Changed our Lives.
  • San Diego Diplomacy Council
  • San Diego, CA | 5:30-7:00 p.m. ET 
  • Saturday, June 18 
  • Global Expos Conversations: U.S. Representation
  • Presented by Global Ties ABQ 
  • Albuquerque, NM | 4:00 p.m. ET 
  • Tuesday, June 21 
  • Lunch and Learn: History of World Fairs in the U.S.
  • Presented by Global Ties KC 
  • Virtual | 1:00 p.m. ET  
  • Tuesday, June 21 
  • Experiencing Expos: World Expos Throughout History
  • Presented by WorldDenver 
  • Denver, CO | 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, June 22 
  • Understanding the Role of the United States in Expos 
  • Presented by Citizen Diplomacy International – Philadelphia 
  • Virtual | 12:00 p.m. ET 

 

  • Wednesday, June 22 
  • Expo Community Conversation Event
  • Presented by San Antonio Council for International Visitors 
  • San Antonio | 6:30 – 8 p.m. ET 
  • Thursday, June 23 
  • Expo Community Conversation
  • Presented by World Affairs Council – Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky 
  • Virtual | 12:00 p.m. ET