Project Humanities - Impact

"I really admire the team and volunteers of Project Humanities for helping out people who are shunned by society. I was fortunate enough to be a part of this rewarding experience. I really applaud and appreciate  Dr Lester and his team for taking this great initiative of helping the homeless and dispossessed factions of society. The organized manner in which the Project Humanities team operates is really impressive.
In this day and age of violence and intolerance Project Humanities emerges as a beacon of light for the underprivileged people. I wish the entire team all the best for their future endeavors. I wish and pray for Project Humanities to expand and flourish beyond borders and boundaries." --Tehreem Arslan Aurakzai, Lecturer, Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Pakistan

 

"Project Humanities is quite the project with endless possibilities as to how and where we can improve relationships between and for humans. I want to encourage you to continue to show up as a versatile agent of change.”-- Arcelious S., UGIMA

 

"I saw an article in the State Press about Project Humanities, and I am very curious about some of the events you have coming up this year. My school is an international baccalaureate school that focuses on big concepts like identity and culture as part of our curriculum. Many of our students and teachers are passionate about advocating against discrimination and open-mindedness, and I was wondering if there was any way we could bring a similar project to our school or even partner up with your organization to raise awareness in our school or district." --- Carrie Viers, grade 7th Language Arts Teacher, Tempe Academy of International Studies

 

“[Project Humanities is] my favorite happening group in the Valley.”—Cynthia Wheeler, Registered Client Associate, Wells Fargo Advisors

 

 “I follow your Facebook page, and I am very impressed by the imprint you have made on the Humanities at ASU.”—Professor Barbara McCaskill, University of Georgia

 

“I love Project Humanities. So many programs. So little time…aarrggh!”—Brenda T.

 

“It has been a great experience for me as well to have an opportunity to contribute what insight I can concerning the topics that the Project Humanities addresses.  The engaging dialogue on the conversations that need to be had and growth obtained by those who accept the opportunities presented, I believe bring the community to a greater place of unification.  I would love to engage more opportunities to partner events / programs.  All for the events that I have attended with Project Humanities has enriched my life in positive ways.  Thank you for your contribution to making the world a better place on the grass roots level where it matters the most.” ---Sharon Summerise-Brown

 

“We just met and talked at the ASU humanities event. I wanted to get with you right away and let you know that the Project Humanities mission is one that I would like to get behind. I have been looking for chances to serve for a while, and I didn't know where to start. Hopefully you can help to get me going in the right direction. I look forward to hearing back from you.”--Keith H.

 

“I really liked the project humanities pop-up banner of “Humanity 101” with all of the different aspects of humanities. Is it possible to get that in a high resolution format? I’d like to print posters of it and hang it in each counseling center location. Thanks so much!”-- Aaron D. Krasnow, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President/Director, ASU Counseling

 

“We are very pleased to be associated with Project Humanities’ continued work in engaging the public with the arts, humanities, and sciences and we applaud your success with your recent programs like Hacks4Humanity and Humanity 101." --John Churchill, PhD, Secretary, The Phi Beta Kappa Society

 

“Thank you for offering this opportunity to our students.  I have heard that they really valued the experience.  Two wonderful events in a week! We value you and your work!" --Josephine Payton Marsh, Professor in Residence, ASU Preparatory Academy

 

"I just know that no matter how busy or tired I am, I cannot miss your programs. It is food for the soul every time. The size of crowd never dictates the quality of the experience. Small or large, these are human interactions not to be missed. I am glad you are doing what you are doing … and that you are so good at it." --Brenda Thomson, Executive Director, Arizona Humanities

 

"Thank you so much for the opportunity to view the Project Humanities Raise Your Voice film this evening.  I was very moved and inspired by the video and the important message that lies within this significant work.  I am thrilled and honored to have been a witness to this groundbreaking project and look forward to seeing this project grow exponentially.  The [Humanity 101] values that you expound are dear to my heart as they are the core values that I teach in my home and in my classroom.  I am excited to work with you in the future and look forward to spreading the message and to being of service in any way possible." -Joyce Staehle, 5th Grade Teacher, Frontier Elementary, Peoria Unified School District

 

“Project Humanities is putting on quality programming that touches people's lives in a meaningful way. No one else in the Valley is doing what you're doing…” -Marshall T.

 

"Over the course of the past five years we keep running into each other at many diverse venues, but at all times you have been working at setting the foundation and spreading the word of Project Humanities, and I have been enabling students to find their own foundation to begin firming up and growing their writing and speaking roots in hopes of going somewhere." - Anonymous

 

"I have fallen in love with everything that Project Humanities stands for, and strongly believe that your message needs to get out to the younger people in our communities. I know that I will be using your pillars within my classroom lessons and writing activities in hopes of teaching my students how they should be living each and every day." - Anonymous

 

"As always continue your powerful work.” - Tracy Weaver, AP English/Mosaic Writing Advisor, Vice President Young Authors of Arizona, National Writing Fellow (Mesa, Arizona)

 

"It was indeed a fantastic experience to participate and to listen to so many wonderful lecturers and to connect with so many bright and enthusiastic young people! Thank you Neal Lester and your great team. We enjoyed it so much! You can be sure we take it with us in our hearts wherever we go... And who knows, even Amsterdam might join in ♥" - Helga M., The Netherlands

 

“I saw your short video on fear of the unkown in our lives and found it really insightful.  Great stuff!” – Jason R.

 

“Nice linkage of narrative in the video with Steve Neuberg.” - Jeffrey L.

“The ‘Why do we fear what we do not know or understand?video you did with Steve Neuberg (Professor of Psychology) is really good. … I think this is a great approach to Project Humanities. Great piece of work. I am wondering if we can figure out a question like this that we could do around religion.” - Carolyn Forbes, Assistant Director, ASU Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict

 

"I have been meaning to write simply to thank you for the work you've done on the Project Humanities.  I can't describe the feelings/thoughts I experienced while listening to the names of the folks you have brought (and only since last spring 2011) at the bell hooks' talk. I know that you are very aware of how critical their presences have been to the vitality of our intellectual life. So, thank you."  - H.L.T. Q.

 

"It is my pleasure to know this group. Neal and Ernesto are the conduit for compassionate humanity and I am now, happily, part of their tribe. Metta (compassionate love), Shanti (peace to all), Namaste ( I recognize your divine spark)." - Susan H.

 

"I just know that no matter how busy or tired I am, I cannot miss your programs. It is food for the soul every time. The size of crowd never dictates the quality of the experience. Small or large, these are human interactions not to be missed. I am glad you are doing what you are doing … and that you are so good at it."-  Brenda Thomson, Executive Director, Arizona Humanities Council

 

"Congratulations! Project Humanities is soaring." - Brenda T.

 

"ASU's Project Humanities is a model for communities!" - Professor Andrea Houchard, NAU Philosophy in the Public Interest

 

"The [ Phoenix Public ] library is also very pleased with our continued partnership with Project Humanities, and we very much look forward to future endeavors." - Karl J. Kendall, Deputy Director, Burton Barr Central Library

 

"A week's worth of excellent events are underway as part of ASU's 'Project Humanities' and they are free and open to the public. Whatever your passion is philosophy, film, gaming, science, fiction, sports or any number of other topics, there's something for you." - ASU President Michael M. Crow

 

"I am writing to thank you for organizing such a useful and provocative forum last month. Many of the themes explored by the panel and in our luncheon discussion have continued to resonate in the many conversations I have been having over the first weeks in my new role at NHA. Thanks again for your leadership and your willingness to commit ASU's voice to the humanities community's collective effort." - Stephen K.

 

"Just wanted to write and express my gratitude for Project Humanities--particularly bell hooks' visit to ASU last year. We all felt so fortunate we had been able to be part of the experience and that the Humanities Project welcomes all students. Thanks for the Humanities Project and all you do for it. It's important that in academia we take off our blinders, branch out, and see what other fields are up to. We're often surprised by how connected we all are." - Alice S.

 

"On behalf of the ASU Retirees Association and the planning committee for our retirees Day event on Saturday, February 23, I want to thank you sincerely for your presentation, Project Humanities: A Model for Collaboration and Possibility. You have accepted and developed a very significant initiative for ASU that is so relevant and important now. I know the audience, including, was excited about the project, your leadership, and enthusiasm for Project Humanities." - Mary S.

 

"I am appreciative and humbled!! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!" - Kevvin T.

 

“I'm always impressed by the diversity of and sheer number of events that Project Humanities organizes.” - Grant F.

 

"Thank you for bringing bell hooks to ASU.  What a delight.  She is truly a Mark Twain for our time, although she may not appreciate the association, but they both have a plain spoken way of looking at American life.  I heard bell for the first time in Boston at the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion annual meeting years ago.  We were both younger.  Her writing became a guide for me on my own intellectual journey." - Don B.

 

"[Sports and Humanities] was great. I thought the panel was terrific. Glad to be there." - Jim R.

 

"Project Humanities is such a great resource for students and alumni, and I'm so flattered to be a part of it." - Melissa T.

 

"I think it was wonderful. I learned a lot and really enjoy being with other advisors from different schools and colleges. All of the speakers were very good as well." - Carol C.

 

"Major shout out to Dr. Neal Lester and Project Humanities for yet again producing another dope lecture yesterday "Truth in Arts," featuring Bill T. Jones. It was such an honor and blessing to not only attend but also contribute to the event. What Dr. Lester & Project Humanities are doing to progressively strengthen the minds of our communities is such a blessing. Angela Davis, Nikki Giovanni, bell hooks, Bill T. Jones.... Who is next? Please support this movement by liking 'Project Humanities' Facebook page. Thanks again! " - Tomas S., Phonetic Spit

 

"This work is so important and timely.” - Frank G., Professor, Swarthmore College

 

"Thank you for being a part of Project Humanities and the wonderful presentations that have come from Project Humanities." - Deseure D.

 

"I LOVE Project Humanities --by far the BEST public discourse sponsored by ASU!"  - Mary S.

 

"Congratulations on orchestrating another great semester of events!” - Quentin W.

 

"The Project Humanities program is a unique initiative that informs important dialogues across faculties within ASU as well as engaging the larger public. Such an organizing principle of forefronting the humanities and how they inform diverse academic endeavors is a strategic model for Pakistani academics and administrators to consider replicating." - Chad H.

 

"I have been meaning to write simply to thank you for the work you've done on the Project Humanities. I can't describe the feelings/thoughts I experienced while listening to the names of the folks you have brought (and only since last spring) at the bell hooks' talk. I know that you are very aware of how critical their presences have been to the vitality of our intellectual life. So, thank you.” - HQ

 

"Thank you for all of the amazing events that Project Humanities has been putting on; they have been amazing! Many of my friends have enjoyed them as well, and I will continue to spread the word about them." - Kaari A.

 

"My Dean has just asked me to take charge of a new initiative to boost the profile of the Humanities at Stanford, and of course I thought of your "Project Humanities" as a fabulous model." - Jennifer S., Professor of English, Stanford University

 

"Your new Project sounds great!” - Nell P., Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University

 

"I went to ASU and got my master's degree in social work. I just read the article, 'Right Sized Life: Project Humanities,' in ASU Magazine (December 2011) about what you are doing at ASU, and was very inspired by it! I'm wondering if there's any way I can be involved. I currently live in Kansas, but I may be moving back to Tempe this summer.” - Amy K.

 

"Congratulations to you and to the team for the great events you have created to showcase the Humanities.... Great job!" - Debby L.

 

"The Project Humanities program is a unique initiative that informs important dialogues across faculties within ASU as well as engaging the larger public. Such an organizing principle of forefronting the humanities and how they inform diverse academic endeavors is a strategic model for Pakistani academics and administrators to consider replicating." - Chad H.

 

"You are doing a terrific job with Project Humanities." - Linda L.

 

"Project Humanities has enabled ASU to join the on-going national discourse on the challenges facing the Humanities in the 21st century. We need to continue to bring to campus scholars and public intellectuals who could help revive interest in the Humanities among students and solidify the commitment of the ASU leadership to invest in the Humanities. The Humanities determine not only the intellectual depth of one’s college education but also the cultural depth of American society at large.” - Hava S.

 

"[Project Humanities has] made people more aware of the relevance of the humanities in their lives." - Mary F.

 

"[Project Humanities is] a wonderful endeavor!" - Katherine K.

 

"Project Humanities gives visibility to the work done at ASU by a number of faculty and students working across disciplines. By posing the foundational question of what are the humanities, the project highlights the value of humanities investigations into what it means to be human." - Ron B.

 

"Bringing the humanities into focus for everyday life is a long neglected area in my opinion, so I am excited about the possibilities the project makes available." - Sue W.

 

"Congrats on bringing Project Humanities to the community ... and, the community to Project Humanities …. Project Humanities has really done a good job to raise awareness.” - Carol H.

 

"Power to Project Humanities!” - Charity M.

 

"Congratulations on this amazing report on your Project Humanities. Keep up your fine work.”- William F.