Lech Wałęsa on the state of democracy

The former Polish president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate had a wide-ranging chat with Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and Perry World House Visiting Fellow Trudy Rubin, tackling topics like Russia, Ukraine, and how to build democracies.

Kristen de Groot

Lessons from the 17th century ‘New Netherland’

Through study of the fur and wampum trade between the Lenape and Dutch in the 1600s, fourth-year history Ph.D. candidate Molly Leech is aiming to recenter Indigenous contributions to global trade.

Michele W. Berger

Two scholars on bridging difference to speak about the Middle East

In a conversation hosted by Perry World House, Omar Dajani, a Palestinian-American professor of law, and Mira Sucharov, a Canadian-Jewish professor of political science, shared their experience working together and discussed how despite their different views, they find ways to communicate and look for what they have in common.

Penn Today Staff

Orthodox America

In Orthodox America, students explore the history of Orthodox Christian communities influencing American religious, political, legal, and literary landscapes.

Kristina García

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Toronto Star

Few options available to Western leaders weighing response to Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny’s death

Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon of the School of Arts & Sciences says that Western countries have little practical leverage to push Russia off its authoritarian path after Alexei Navalny’s death, given the economic and diplomatic sanctions already levied against Vladimir Putin.


WVPB (Charleston, West Virginia)

Us & Them: Diminished trust in science

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education says that skepticism about science is almost built into the DNA of the U.S., in part because of its form of government.


Smithsonian Magazine

The ten best history books of 2023

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education says that America has lost a shared national narrative.



Biden says ‘vermin’ rhetoric by Trump echoes Nazis

Anna Berg of the School of Arts & Sciences says that Donald Trump calling his political enemies “vermin” is intended to rile up his supporters.


Fast Company

Controversial PragerU videos are catching on in a handful of states

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education says that PragerU videos are highly inaccurate and shouldn’t be incorporated into schools’ curricula or embraced by school districts.


“The Conversation”

Nazi Germany had admirers among American religious leaders—and white supremacy fueled their support

Melissa J. Wilde of the School of Arts & Sciences co-writes about what Americans thought about Hitler and the Nazi Party before the U.S. entered World War II and on what lessons those findings might hold for the U.S. today.