Project News

E.g., Jan 2022

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.

What Is Cultural Appropriation? Here's Why the Practice Is So Harmful—and How You Can Avoid Doing It

Source: Date: Friday, August 20, 2021

Cultural appropriation a term that you've probably been hearing more recently. As influencers wear accessories to music festivals, as your friends go to parties in costumes, and as celebrities post videos of themselves talking in accents, they might be called out for cultural appropriation. 

Do sports police femininity?

Source: ASU News Date: Friday, August 13, 2021

Project Humanities fall-kickoff lecture sheds new light on the debate over transgender athletes in sports.

ASU initiative connects with people in dire straits

Source: East Valley Tribune Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021

Every other Saturday morning, a group of volunteers, many from Ahwatukee, join Dr. Neal Lester in a special way of helping and connecting with people experiencing homelessness.