The World Today

Please note that The World Today is now a virtual event series.

While we are not currently able to hold in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a varied program of virtual events, including The World Today. Click here to find out more.

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.