The World Today

The World Today 

Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30pm

Perry World House Global Policy Lab

Perry World House is a convening resource for the University of Pennsylvania across its twelve schools and dozens of globally-minded centers and institutes.  We catalyze conversations critical to some of the most formidable global problems the world faces today.  We connect students, faculty, and the broader Philadelphia community to leading thinkers, academics, and public policy practitioners around pressing global issues. 

As part of this mission, Perry World House hosts The World Today, an open seminar on one of today’s most pressing global issues. This weekly one-hour event is dedicated to a timely and intimate conversation on a global policy issue that changes each week. It is open to the entire Penn community, regardless of academic focus, and aims to be accessible and interesting to students who might not have the time to take classes on these topics but still want to deepen their understanding of the world. Members of the wider Philadelphia community are always welcome as well, and often join for these conversations.

Featured experts include PWH visiting fellows and scholars, postdoctoral fellows, and staff members; Penn faculty members; and other guest speakers. This semester, we've had events on climate change, global pro-democracy movements, bioethics and global healthcare, and how the world can prepare for future disease pandemics. 

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 15, 4:30-5:30pm | Global Policy Lab, Perry World House
The World Today presents: A World In Crisis with Trudy Rubin and Edward Wong

In a special edition of The World Today for Global Career Week, Edward Wong, diplomatic and international correspondent for The New York Times and former Beijing bureau chief, and Trudy Rubin, Perry World House Visiting Fellow as well as foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer and former Middle East correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, discuss their experiences at home and abroad, and how they see the challenges moving forward.

Tuesday, October 29, 4:30-5:30pm | Global Policy Lab, Perry World House
The World Today presents: Corruption, Caravans, and Cages: Asylum - Past, Present, Future

In this edition of The World Today, professor Fernando Chang-Muy and law student Adam Garnick will share their first-hand experiences in Honduras this past May. They will explore why people leave their home countries (Corruption), how they leave (Caravans) and what awaits them when they arrive in the U.S. (Cages).