The Perry World House has released a list of its fellows for the coming academic year, and it includes not one but two former National Security Advisors, as well as the former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón.
Established in 2016, the Perry World House was designed to serve as a center for advancing dialogue on issues of global importance. Its visiting fellow program invites a handful of former and active political leaders to campus each year. During their stays at Penn, which can range from five days to an entire semester, the fellows engage students through guest lecturing, meetings, and presenting their own research.
For the 2018-2019 school year, Penn has selected 13 fellows, including former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who most recently worked for President Trump.
McMaster, who was tapped by Trump to serve as his advisor in February 2017, is expected to teach some classes on foreign policy and potentially give a keynote speech, Philly.com reported.
"We try to bring to campus a series of visitors from the policy world to try and help Penn scholars and Penn students better connect their research and thinking to global policy," Perry World House Associate Director Mike Horowitz, a political science professor, said.
According to Horowitz, this year's distinguished lineup of fellows has been made possible by Perry World House's increased recognition in the world of government.
"I think as Perry World House has written in prominence and become a more established institution, it's increased our ability to attract some of these distinguished visitors to campus," he said.
While the schedule for the fellows' stays at Penn have yet to be completely finalized, Horowitz said the upcoming annual Global Order Colloquium entitled "Competing Visions of the Global Order" will feature some of the fellows as speakers.
At the end of 2017, the Perry World House received a two-year $498,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation to fund workshops through the Perry World House’s Global Innovation Program.