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Big Ideas

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

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Nationalism, American evangelicals, and conservatism

Historians Anthea Butler and Heather J. Sharkey and political scientist Michele Margolis share their thoughts on the history of American evangelicals in politics, Trump’s appeal, and what it means for the future of the GOP.

Panoramic view of the village of Gangotri at the shore of a river.

‘Cities in water’

Architect and landscape architect Anuradha Mathur and anthropologist Nikhil Anand are collaborating on questions of design and human practices to create new ways of thinking about low-lying coastal cities in India and around the world.