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Bartels World Affairs Lecture

The Einaudi Center’s flagship event brings distinguished international figures to campus each year to speak on global topics and meet with Cornell faculty and students, particularly undergraduates. The Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels World Affairs Fellowship supports the speaker’s visit.

October 4, 2023: Building Our World Better

N. K. Jemisin, Hugo Award–Winning Novelist

Jemisin discussed how she learned to build unreal worlds by studying our own—and how we might in turn imagine a better future for our world. After her talk, she joined a faculty panel to explore how we can take a brave leap into the visionary future with Cornell's newest Global Grand Challenge.

N. K. Jemisin speaking Oct. 4, 2023
Fantasy author N. K. Jemisin speaking about world-building at Einaudi's fall 2023 Bartels lecture. Photo: Simon Wheeler

Bartels 2023 in the News

Past Bartels World Affairs Fellows

Spring 2023: Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Former President of Costa Rica

YouTube Video: Fighting for Democracy and the Planet 

2022: Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate

Cornell Chronicle: Nobel Laureate Offers Wisdom, Gbowee to Speak on May 3; Bartels Explainer by Naminata Diabate; YouTube Video: Forging Lasting Peace

2021: Amartya Sen, 1998 Nobel Laureate in Economics

Cornell Chronicle: Bartels Lecturer Speaks Out on Rising Threats to Democracy, Nobel Laureate Sen to Lecture on Protecting Democracy

2019:  Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesian Minister of Finance

Cornell Chronicle: Bartels Lecturer Outlines How Developing Countries Can Build Human Capital

See previous Bartels World Affairs Fellows in Cornell Library’s eCommons archive.