Annual Topics

PPEH programs, research initiatives, workshops, seminars, performances, and public engagement projects are designed around a central topic. Click through below to explore annual topics:

Climate and Democracy (2023-2024)
Topic Director: Bethany Wiggin

Presented with the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy 

Crowd protesting for climate action.

Past Topics

Listening for the Anthropos-not-seen (2022-2023)
Topic Director: Kristina Lyons

Painting of a tree, water, a person in a boat by Pedro Ruiz 1957
Pedro Ruiz,  Natural Richness Series, 2020


Transition/Transformation (2020-2021)
Topic Director: Daniel Barber


screen with vein-like image of waterways, man's face partly obscured on the right side, black background


Elements (2019-2020)
Topic Director: Nikhil Anand

Grays Ferry Bridge


Places of Language; Languages of Place (2018-2019)

Red Winged Blackbird


How Did We Get Here? (2017-2018)
Topic Director: Etienne Benson

bird nest by the Schuylkill River