Big Ideas

A look at a few of our big picture priorities that improve Penn as we create knowledge to benefit the world.

Supporters of Turkish President Erdogan wave Turkish flags in the street at night after his runoff win.

Harun Küçük on the Turkish elections

Harun Küçük, faculty director of the Middle East Center and associate professor in the Department of History and Sociology of Science, shares some takeaways from the runoff elections and what five more years of Erdogan means for Turkey and the world.

A snowy field of marked gravestones, with yew hedges and a large obelisk in the background

War and welfare in colonial Algeria

A new paper from political scientist Melissa M. Lee finds that veteran benefits were distributed unequally between citizens and colonized subjects.

Archaeological site filled with stacked, dusty, aged bricks and surrounded by rocks..

Reconsidering world heritage for the modern era

Through recent research, archaeologist and Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor Lynn Meskell has continued to highlight how World Heritage Sites have become flashpoints for conflict and out of touch with local communities.