Big Ideas for Strange Times is intended to feed our need to engage with ideas that transcend the immediate crisis of the pandemic. This series features short lectures on life’s bigger questions from Penn Arts & Sciences experts.

Featured graduate students:

Aylin Malcolm, Ph.D. Candidate, English
"How Do We Know How Words Were Pronounced in Languages No Longer Spoken, Like Old English?"

Sarah Ray, Ph.D. Candidate, History and Sociology of Science
"Why are we Drawn to the Morbid?"

Angelina Eimannsberger, Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Literature & Theory
“How Did Socialism Become a Dirty Word in Western Politics?”