Public Affairs Lectures

The Woodrow Wilson School’s public affairs events place an emphasis on bringing in the most senior level figures in the worlds of policy, diplomacy, academia, and the media who address pressing issues of public policy and international affairs in each of our four fields of study at the School. These events are typically open to the public and on the record with media invited. Key to this programming is our “Up to the Minute” series, which focuses on world events as they occur.

Leadership Through Mentorship

The Leadership Through Mentorship Program enables us to invite prominent leaders to the School for a two- to three-day visit. It is designed to provide the opportunity for our students to meet and learn from exemplary public leaders and practitioners through a variety of forums that can include a 4:30 p.m. public lecture, individual and small group meetings with WWS faculty and students, and classroom visits.


Our Lunch-Timer events feature midlevel level officials and practitioners and provide an informal setting in which our students and speakers can engage in a lively discussion over lunch, which we provide. These events, which are held from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., and open to Woodrow Wilson School students and faculty only, have been met with great success. The afternoon also includes several one-on-one meetings with students and the speaker, his/her schedule permitting.

Policy Forums/Colloquia

With the Woodrow Wilson School acting in the role of a facilitator, these forums provide the “neutral territory” for policymakers, stakeholders, and researchers to discuss pressing and often controversial issues. Woodrow Wilson School students are encouraged to attend.