Bartels World Affairs Fellowship

Bringing distinguished international public leaders to Cornell

The Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels World Affairs Fellowship was established in 1984, to bring prominent international leaders to Cornell. The mission of the fellowship program is explicitly educational—to foster a broadened world view among Cornell students by bringing to campus persons who have distinguished themselves as international public figures. In addition to delivering a major public lecture for the University and local community, Bartels Fellows spend two or three days on campus in close interaction with faculty and students, especially undergraduates. In classes, seminars, and informal gatherings, the Bartels Fellow discusses major issues of global concern as well as his or her own personal experience in international public service. The Bartels World Affairs Fellowship enables students to appreciate the opportunities and constraints of an international career.

"The world is getting smaller all the time. As a result, to make a positive mark in this world, our young people will have to consider the international perspective of their actions." –Henry E. Bartels

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2013 Bartels Lecture

Kishore Mahbubani

Former President of the UN Security Council

Kishore Mahbubani is the current Dean Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LYKSPP) of the National University of Singapore. With the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004, he had posting in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington, D.C., and New York, where he served two stints as Singapore's Ambassador to the UN and President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002.


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Media Coverage:  Cornell Chronicle

Past Bartels World Affairs Fellows

View the complete list of our past Bartels World Affairs Fellows.