Pandemic Risk: A Threat to Global Health Security Symposium, Monday, November 6th, 2017

Almost one hundred years ago, the 1918 Influenza pandemic killed between 50 and 100 million people worldwide. In 2017, is the world better prepared to prevent and respond to an infectious disease pandemic? How can governments better coordinate with academia, private industry, and international organizations to mitigate pandemic risk?

We will explore these questions, from both an academic and policy perspective, in order to further our understanding of how to enhance international efforts to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease pandemics.


See the full symposium agenda here.

North Korea: Bargaining in the Shadow of Armed Conflict Symposium, October 11th, 2017

On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, Perry World House and the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law partnered together to present a symposium focused on North Korean Negotiations. The overall goal of the symposium was to contribute to informed policy and public discussion on the North Korea crisis by examining the potential for, and obstacles to, negotiations with that country as a means to resolving or at least managing the crisis.

The symposium consisted of two consecutive panel discussions followed by a keynote converstation between Governor Bill Richardson and jornalist David Sanger. All speakers were experts on North Korea and reflected a balance of senior scholars, policy experts, former diplomats, and security practitioners. Their perspectives and interactions enriched public policy discussion on what is arguably the most severe contemporary international crisis.

To see content from the symposium, please click here

The Future of the Global Order in an Era of Populism, Nationalism, and Retrenchment: September 25th & 26th 2017

On September 25-26, 2017, Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania convened a colloquium for its theme on The Future of the Global Order: Power, Technology, and Governance. The first day of the colloquium featured leading scholars presenting cutting-edge research, with commentary from policymakers with real world experience. The second day of the conference, a public form, involved four high level discussions, culminating in the inaugural Penn Biden Leaders Dialogue, featuring former Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden in conversation with former President of México Felipe Calderón.

April 20-21, 2017: Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography: An Examination of Marginalization & Inequality

From the unprecedented scale of migration to questions surrounding the sustainability of urbanization and the consequences of demographic change, this conference examines three interconnected phenomena that individually and collectively shift the world’s population and transform the way we live. Perry World House has identified marginalization and inequality as particularly salient and cross-cutting characteristics of today's global shifts, and this conference helps us identify ways to disrupt these currents and address important questions about human rights across the world. Join us on April 21st, for a day of thought-provoking remarks and conversations on some of today's most pressing global questions with distinguished speakers including Ambassador Samantha Power, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Anne C. Richard, Jockin Arputham, and more. 

April 20th: "Displacement to development: How marginalization and inequality shape Global Shifts," was an invitation-only experts meeting, convening a select group of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners for a series of substantive conversations looking at the ways in which marginalization and inequality shape global shifts. April 21st was open to the public and featured a number of distinguished guests. 

Read the Daily Pennsylvanian's coverage of this event here.

See photos here.

September 19-20, 2016: Perry World House Grand Opening Conference

On Sept. 19 and 20, 2016, the University of Pennsylvania ushered in a new era for Penn’s global engagement and international policy impact with the grand opening of Perry World House. The program celebrated the interconnected missions of PWH—convening conversations around the most pressing global challenges, catalyzing interdisciplinary academic research with policy-relevant potential, creating a home for international students and students with international interests, and connecting Penn to the world. The grand opening included cutting the ribbon on the extraordinary new building at the heart of Penn’s campus, opening a physical space that has transformed Penn’s intellectual space, and bringing together students and faculty from across Penn’s schools and disciplines with practitioners and policymakers from around the world.

The program highlighted the important roles that PWH plays in Penn’s global engagement. Sept. 19 showcased the initial research agenda of the Global Innovation Program, the foreign policy think-tank pillar of PWH. Panel discussions brought together academic thinkers and international policymakers to examine topics at the forefront of global affairs, including emerging technologies, urbanization and migration, religion and politics, and the future of the international order. Sept. 20—the day of the formal ribbon cutting—turned to the relationship between academe and policy, with a series of high-level events focused on the future of U.S. foreign policy. The program concluded with a keynote conversation between Penn President Amy Gutmann and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. 

Click here to see the schedule and watch videos from our grand opening.

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