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, November 12, 4:30-5:30pm | Global Policy Lab, Perry World House
The World Today presents: U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela - Are They Working?

The current U.S. administration has imposed harsh economic sanctions on Venezuela, with the stated goal of ousting its president, Nicolás Maduro. Are the sanctions working, and is Maduro any closer to leaving office? What has this strategy cost the Venezuelan economy? This edition of The World Today will look at the the impact sanctions are having on politics and society in Venezuela, and opportunities for possible change.

Tuesday, November 19, 4:30-5:30pm | Global Policy Lab, Perry World House
The World Today presents: Renegades or Realists? The United States in Syria

What are the consequences of the recent decision by President Donald Trump to pull U.S. forces out of northeastern Syria? How will this affect the fight against ISIS in Syria and the broader region, and what does it mean for America’s standing in the regional balance of power? This edition of The World Today will examine this controversial decision and its manifold consequences for people living in the region, and its knock-on effects both locally and globally.