Project News

E.g., Oct 2020

America's past and present: parallel plagues.

Source: ahwatukee foothills news Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Project Humanities: Talking, listening and connecting from a distance

Source: ASU Now Date: Friday, March 27, 2020

These are most precarious times. COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. Almost everything we know has changed in a matter of weeks, including how we interact with others. But does that mean we should unlearn what’s important, including how we show our humanity to each other at such a crucial time?

Ahwatukee prof receives 2 awards for his work

Source: ahwatukee foothills news Date: Sunday, March 22, 2020

ASU Project Humanities Founder and Director Dr. Neal Lester, an Ahwatukee resident, was recently recognized with two awards for his leadership and community service.

Social connections can ease 'toxic parenting' behaviors, experts say

Source: ASU Now Date: Friday, March 20, 2020

Parents need strong social support because poor parenting not only damages children, but also leads to negative consequences for the larger community, according to a panel of experts who spoke at an Arizona State University event on Thursday.

Ahwatukee Prof Receives 2 Awards for His Work,

Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

ASU Project Humanities Founder and Director Dr.Neal Lester, an Ahwatukee resident, was recently recognized with two awards for his leadership and community service.

While the coronavirus has us out hoarding supplies, they risk helping those at risk

Source: azcentralDate Date: Monday, March 16, 2020

Once the coronavirus outbreak morphed from a slightly alarming news story into THE news story, the ONLY news story, I asked Neal Lester if COVID-19 concerns had dramatically impacted his usual schedule.

Service Saturdays On Hold

Source: Arizona Informant Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

ASU Project Humanities/Service Saturdays, the outreach program to distribute needed clothes, shoes, and hygiene items to homeless individuals will suspend services immediately stated the programs architect Dr. Neal Lester in a written communication to the many volunteers knows as ambassadors of goodwill.

Are the Humanities in Crisis?

Source: AZ PBS Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Ron Jans gebruikte het meest beladen woord in de Engelse taal

Source: Algemeen Dagblad Date: Monday, February 17, 2020

Soccer coach Ron Jans and racism? The Netherlands is hard to imagine, but in America the term he used is more than a word. 

That has a historical reason. For centuries, black Americans were dehumanized by white countrymen with that n-word. It was intended to put them inferior, and was often accompanied by brutal violence. ,, This word can have such a deep, almost physical impact on people. It is so permeated with violence, with negative history, with the dehumanization of brown and black people, "describes Neal Lester, an English professor at Arizona State University who is researching the n-word. "Too many people think that if you sing or quote a song, you can."


Humanity 101 in Action

Source: the chronicle interview Date: Friday, February 14, 2020

Neal A. Lester has always looked beyond his classroom walls, beyond disciplinary definitions, to exemplify the importance of the humanities.