Project News

E.g., Aug 2022

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.

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T . . . Find Out What It Means to Me”: Appropriating vs. Appreciating Cultures

Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News Date: Friday, July 2, 2021

At its very core, “cultural appropriation” is stealing—whether intentional or not. It’s profiting off something that is not materially or culturally one’s own. It’s like plagiarism an idea or paper, submitting it as one’s own and then getting credit for it.

A student's continuing effort to support Phoenix's unsheltered community

Source: The State Press Date: Monday, June 7, 2021

AZ HUGS for the Houseless, formed by Austin Davis, continues to provide necessities to people who are unsheltered a year after the project's formation.

Facebook post sparks discussion of racism here

Source: Scottsdale Progress Date: Monday, May 24, 2021

An online disagreement on a Scottsdale school group’s Facebook has sparked a community discussion on race and institutional racism.

The argument focused on SB 1532, which passed along party lines in the State House and was amended by Rep. Michelle Udall, R-Mesa, to include a stipulation imposing fines of up to $5,000 on teachers who don’t present both sides of controversial topics.


The not-so-positive side of positivity

Source: ASU Now Date: Friday, March 26, 2021

ASU’s Project Humanities hosts event on 'toxic positivity' with author and podcast host Nora McInerny.

Ahwatukee prof looks at 'Curriculum violence': teachers, classrooms and race

Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021

My daughter's elementary school in Tucson does a Civil War reenactment play. The 5th graders write the play based on their readings/studies, and act it out. Some children act as slaves and Confederate soldiers.

ASU student inspired to help homeless — and bring a little joy

Source: ASU Now Date: Monday, March 15, 2021

AZ Hugs for the Houseless helps those in need get the essentials, along with special requests like a deck of cards.

The Driving Force Behind Natural Hair Anti-Discrimination Laws

Source: KJZZ Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

There are now 10 cities in the country that have approved a measure making it illegal to “enforce a dress code or grooming policies that discriminate against a person’s natural hairstyle.”