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*The application for this year's cohort of World House Student Fellows is now closed. It will reopen in February 2018.*

Spring 2017 Programming

World House Student Fellows Program (WHSF)

The WHSF program is designed for students who have identified a serious interest in exploring global affairs in depth during their time at Penn. The WHSF participate in a series of co-curricular seminars, projects, and activities oriented around critical global inquiry. While first year students are encouraged to engage with PWH programs as they begin exploring global affairs at Penn, the WHSF program is reserved for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The next application cycle will open in February 2018. Be sure to follow us on social media and check our website for updated information.

The WHSF will receive:

·        Special access to faculty and visitors

·        Research and career mentorship

·        Special events and experiences

Fellows will also complete an interdisciplinary policy project under the guidance of Perry World House distinguished fellow(s), Penn faculty member(s), or Postdoctoral fellow(s). Fellows’ research will be published, as appropriate, by Perry World House, and be presented to policymakers and affiliated Perry World House faculty and scholars.

Rapid Response Programs (RRP)

Schedule determined by world events

Location: Perry World House World Forum or Global Policy Lab

Rapid Response Programs examine fast-breaking global affairs events in real time with speakers, panels, and seminars—or simply a forum for discussion. The goal of Rapid Response programming is to help the Penn community process events as they unfold, facilitating discussion and critical thinking. They are organized to occur within days of a breaking event.

The World Today

Every Tuesday, 4-5PM

Location: Global Policy Lab

This is one hour each week dedicated to a conversation about global issues. All Penn students are welcome and encouraged to participate. The World Today will be led by a different individual each week, including PWH faculty, postdocs, visitors, or staff. Some weeks, it might be a general discussion of current events, and other weeks, it might have a specific focus on one pressing global issue. It will offer a consistent time during which members of the Penn community know they can come to PWH for an engaging conversation about current global matters. 


1/24/17: Bill Burke-White, Director, Perry World House

1/31/17: Sarah Paoletti, Practice Professor of Law and Director of the Transnational Legal Clinic, Penn Law

2/7/17: Tom Wyler, Former Member of the Office of Policy and Startegic Planning at the Department of Commerce and former Counselor to the Secretary

2/21/17: Ambassador Arun Kumar Singh, Former Indian Ambassador to the US

2/28/17: Michael Horowitz, Associate Director, Perry World House, and Associate Professor of Political Science


3/14/17: Cancelled.

3/21/17: Dominic Tierney, PWH Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College

3/28/17: LaShawn Jefferson, Deputy Director, Perry World House

4/4/17: Aaron Rock-Singer, PWH Postdoctoral Fellow

4/11/17: TBA

4/18/17: Julia Macdonald, PWH Postdoctoral Fellow

4/25/17: Daniel Agbiboa, PWH Postdoctoral Fellow

Global Lens: A Film Series

Every month (exact date and time TBA)

Location: World Forum

Each semester, this film series will examine different global issues from a range of perspectives. The films will engage students in thoughtful reflection about topics related to the Perry World House research themes. 

  • Tues. February 7th, 5PM: The Engine of My Life / El Motor de Mi Vida (2015, Short Film, co-directed by Melissa Beatriz Skolnick and Milena Velis) Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the co-directors and Amada Armenta, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Register here.

WATCH: Headline News @PWH

5-7PM (when the World Forum is open)

On evenings when the World Forum is not in use, feel free to come watch the news at Perry World House. If it's not on, feel free to ask a staff member to help you.

Global Career Perspectives

Perry World House is a resource for students interested in pursuing careers and professional experiences in policy and global affairs. Each October, Perry World House will host events highlighting international career opportunities to illustrate the breadth of professional opportunities and to expose students to new perspectives and leaders in various fields.

Past panelists, many of whom are Penn alumnae, have included:

·        NGO leaders and professionals in human rights

·        Government and think tank representatives

·        Foreign policy reporters and authors

·        Social impact entrepreneurs

PWH - PennIUR Photo Contest

Perry World House is pleased to announce its collaboration with The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR)'s annual photo contest. This year’s theme focuses on the topic of urbanization and migration. The contest aims to highlight the research theme of Perry World House's conference, "Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography." For this contest, we ask participants to submit images that relate to the themes of urbanization and migration, and examine the relationships between urbanization, migration, and marginalization.

Submissions will be accepted until April 5, 2017. For further information, please visit

A Home for Global Thinkers

Perry World House is a university-wide hub for those with international interests and backgrounds. Students should feel free to engage with Perry World House’s programming and to use the building as a place to study and gather with peers. For our building hours, please see the "Contact" tab, and for more information on reserving space for meetings and events, please see "Event Reservations."

    • Inaugural Cohort of World House Student Fellows
    • Inaugural Cohort of World House Student Fellows

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