The Perry World House's annual Global Order Colloquium begins on Tuesday with the goal of bringing together experts in diplomacy, media, and academia to understand the future of international cooperation.
The theme of this year's conference is "A Fracturing World: The Future of Globalization." The events will be held on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 and take place in PWH's World Forum with a Zoom option that requires registration beforehand. Speakers will include former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull and several ambassadors to the United States.
Tom Shattuck, the colloquium's program manager, wrote in an emailed statement to The Daily Pennsylvanian that the goal of the conference is to bring together professionals in different disciplines to "tackle the world's most pressing challenges." He said that the events and speakers this year will address how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted ideas of globalization.
"The pandemic has cast into doubt expectations of inexorable globalization and an interdependent, worldwide prosperity," Shattuck wrote.
This year's program kicks off with a conversation between Turnbull and Director of the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media Michael Mann, moderated by Director of Penn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center and Communications professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. They will discuss how world leaders can pursue solutions to climate change and challenge environmental disinformation.
Shattuck wrote that Turnbull is an important voice to include in the colloquium because he can offer the perspective of the "challenges of climate negotiations at the country level and lessons for the future."
This keynote conversation will be preceded by remarks from Penn President Liz Magill who will introduce the program.
On Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. New York Times diplomatic correspondent Edward Wong will moderate a panel of three U.S. ambassadors – from Uruguay, Singapore, and the African Union – to discuss how economic deglobalization has affected the international economy and their specific regions.
The last public event is a conversation between Rana Foroohar, a global business columnist and associate editor for The Financial Times, and Wharton Dean Erika James that will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday. They will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic encouraged national economies to shift locally and whether or not this practice will remain in the long term.