Project News

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Source: The Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Arizona Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Dr. Neal Lester, Arizona State University English professor and founding director of the Pro- ject Humanities, spoke Thursday. He was intro- th duced by Berdetta Hodge. He just finished his 25 year at ASU, having previously been at the Uni- versity of Alabama and the State University of West Georgia. He has appeared on many leading national media. He teaches African American liter- ature and culture, as well as the politics of hair.” Neal discussed how ones hair came to be central to ones self-identity – often becoming a burden for what it is note, such as balding and thinning for those of either gender. Everybody has a hair sto- ry, and that hair story connects us to other peo- ple.

Service Saturdays - Filling A Need In The Community

Source: Arizona Informant Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022

In the days when the American west was still being settled, the Pony Express was (April 03, 1860) implememted by the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express company to deliver mail between Missouri and California, thus providing a valuable and viable service.

Utilizing the motto, "The Mail Must Go Through: Rain, sleet, snow nor dark of night will not defray our course".

Founding director of Project Humanities is first Faculty Servant-Leadership Award winner

Source: ASU News Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022

The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us to cultivate integrity in our lives along with happiness, according to Neal Lester, the founding director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University.

“I’m continually trying to respond to his call for maintaining integrity and truth that he framed as justice, peace and the social transformation and reclamation of our individual and shared humanity,” said Lester, a Foundation Professor of English at ASU.


ASU awards special MLK honor to local professor

Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022

It’s been 53 years since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and the societal change he fought and prayed for seems as much a dream now as it did in 1969.

But as his birthday is commemorated this Monday, the countless individuals who have continued his legacy haven’t given up his fight – people like Dr. Neal Lester of Ahwatukee.

Founding director of Project Humanities honored with 2022 ASU MLK Jr. Faculty Servant-Leadership Award

Source: ASU News Date: Monday, January 3, 2022

An influential professor at Arizona State University since 1997, Neal Lester has been selected as the 2022 ASU Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Servant-Leadership awardee, as a part of the university's annual MLK Jr. celebration.


Accolades are long for Ahwatukee prof's unique program

Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News Date: Sunday, December 26, 2021

Ahwatukee university professor Dr. Neal Lester has spent 2021 partly in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Project Humanities, a program of which he is the founding director at Arizona State University.

Celebrating the past 10 years of Project Humanities at ASU

Source: ASU News Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Over the past 10 years, Arizona State University’s Project Humanities has received high praise from many dignitaries around the world.

They include a Humanity 101 commendation from the Dalai Lama; an endorsement from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison; and a big thumbs up from Valley resident and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.

An annual event, “Hacks for Humanity” will focus on ways to intervene social issues with technology

Source: Arizona PBS Date: Friday, October 8, 2021

“Hacks for Humanity” is an annual event that brings people together to come up with interventions to a variety of social problems. This year’s focus is healthcare and water issues, along with concerns in sports. ASU Foundation Professor Dr. Neal Lester is the founding director of “Hacks for humanity.”

ASU academics work to dispel critical race theory myths

Source: The Arizona State Press Date: Friday, September 3, 2021

ASU faculty reflect on the origins, meaning and implications of critical race theory amid state legislative attempts across the nation to ban it.

ASU Project Humanities event dispels myths about critical race theory

Source: ASU News Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021

Despite flurry of bills banning it, the academic concept is not taught to kids.