The World Today

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, which takes place every Tuesday at 4pm, 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.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Perry World House is following the University of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 guidelines. We currently plan to limit in-person access to this fall’s events to current members of the Penn community (faculty, staff, and students). If you are not a member of the Penn community or are a Penn alum, you will still be able to take part in events virtually, using the Zoom details in your order confirmation email. All in-person attendees will be REQUIRED to wear a mask and show their Green Pass on PennOpen Pass in order to attend an event.