On July 27, 2016, Perry World House was delighted to a host a conversation on the impact of the 2016 Election on American national security featuring former Secretaries Madeleine Albright and Leon Panetta, former USAID Administrator and Penn Alumnus Rajiv Shah (M'02, GrW'05), Iraq War Veteran Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass), former Undersecretary Wendy Sherman, a lead negotiator on the Iran deal, former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, former Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama and current Foreign Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton Jake Sullivan, and former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President Julie Smith. It is available to stream in full here: http://bit.ly/2aeanuz
On November 4, 2015, Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, offered a keynote address on the Sustainable Development Goals and Cities. Dr. Sachs addressed the urgent need for collective action if we are to protect our environment and avoid warming of more than two degrees Celsius. He also said that we must move to zero emitting vehicles and overhaul our heating and electric systems in a move toward clean grids. Fair and democratic urban systems, Dr. Sachs stated, are essential to urban sustainability. In addition, a panel featuring several leading thinkers will examine the challenges of providing affordable housing in an urbanizing world. Panelists included: Eugenie Birch, Co-Director, Penn IUR; Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education Professor, Department of City & Regional Planning, Penn Design; Chair, UN-HABITAT's World Urban Campaign (WUC); Robert Buckley, Senior Fellow, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, The New School; Maruxa Cardama, Executive Coordinator and Founder, Communitas Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions in the New UN Development Agenda; Marja Hoek-Smit, Adjunct Professor of Real Estate, Director and Founder, International Housing Finance Program, Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center, The Wharton School; and Stephen Malpezzi, Professor, Real Estate & Urban Land Economics, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Introduction by William W. Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor, Penn Law; Inaugural Director, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania and panel moderated by Susan Wachter, Co-Director, Penn IUR; Sussman Professor, Professor of Real Estate and Finance, The Wharton School.
On October 6, 2015, University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Perry World House hosted Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, for a public lecture on shared U.S.–German values. Gauck's historic trip occured on German-American Day, a holiday that remembers the 13 families from Krefeld who settled in 1683 in Germanopolis—or Germantown—in hopes for a better life. The arrival of those families might be considered the start of German-American relations. President Gutmann introduced President Gauck, describing Benjamin Franklin's own trip to Germany, where he studied the federation model of governance. Gauck was elected by the Federal Convention on March 18, 2012, at which time he became the eleventh president of the Federal Republic of Germany. He gained prominence in German politics for his involvement in the opposition in the German Democratic Republic and the quest for freedom, democracy and human rights. A pastor for many years, he was one of the initiators of the church and popular resistance to the communist regime in the GDR, leading weekly prayers for peace that led to protest demonstrations. His message was a powerful one: “Freedom is our shared bond. For this reason, it is our duty today—as it was in the past—to shoulder responsibility and to work with and for each other.”
On March 17, 2015, with over 750 people in attendance and just after their recent appearance on Season 3 of House of Cards, Perry World House and the School of Arts and Sciences hosted "A Conversation with Pussy Riot" in Harrison Auditorium at the Penn Museum. Pussy Riot, a punk activist art collective known for its controversial, political performance art, was founded by Russian conceptual artists and political activists Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova. In August 2012, Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were sentenced to two years imprisonment following a performance protesting the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. At Penn, they discussed arts and activism, as well as their latest video, “I Can’t Breathe." The piece speaks to the Russia-Ukraine crisis and Russian politics while evoking the tragic death of American Eric Garner. They said, “Law enforcement agencies, they think they cannot be touched … they should be touched." In addition to being founding members of Pussy Riot, the duo are also the co-founders of Zona Prava, an NGO that focuses on the need for prison reform in Russia and prisoners’ rights, and the independent news service Mediazona which reports on Russia’s courts, law enforcement, and prison system. The event was sponsored by Perry World House, the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Penn Arts & Sciences, and The Voice Project.
Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price today announced that William Burke-White has been named the inaugural Richard Perry Professor and director of the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. Burke-White is currently a professor and Deputy Dean for International Programs at Penn Law School. His new position will become effective July 1. Burke-White, an expert on international law and global governance, joined Penn in 2005 and has been a Deputy Dean of the Law School since 2011. From 2009-2011, he served on the policy planning staff of United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, where he was the principal drafter of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, Secretary Clinton’s hallmark foreign policy and institutional reform initiative.
The University of Pennsylvania will establish a central home on campus for global activities and initiatives to be known as the Perry World House, President Amy Gutmann announced today. It will be a gathering place for faculty and students from all 12 of Penn’s schools to engage with eminent international scholars and policymakers on pressing global issues of the 21st century. As a hub for international exchange and activity, the Perry World House will anchor Penn’s global resources on an interdisciplinary campus while creating partnerships abroad. A $10 million gift from University Trustee Richard C. Perry and his wife, Lisa Perry, will name the house and establish the Richard Perry Endowed Professorship to be affiliated with the house.