Project News

E.g., Oct 2020

Are the Humanities Really in Crisis?

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020

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

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Downtown Phoenix remembers legendary black writer Toni Morrison

Source: Downtown Devil Date: Monday, January 20, 2020

Arizona State University’s Project Humanities partnered with the Black Theatre Troupe, a multi-ethnic performance organization, to honor author Toni Morrison in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

What does it take to expand someone’s worldview?

Source: Date: Friday, January 10, 2020

The sun is barely over the Phoenix horizon one morning in June, but the temperature already is inching its way to 105 degrees. Despite the heat and the early hour, about 150 men and women experiencing homelessness line up along the sidewalk spanning 12th Avenue between Jefferson and Madison streets.

IMPACT with Project Humanities Feature

Source: ASU Impact Fall/Winter 2019, Issue no. 9 Date: Monday, January 6, 2020

ASU Professor Neal A.Lester brings diverse people together to examine these questions as part of Project Humanities, a unique, donor-supported, community-oriented ASU initiative. Read about his work on page 18.

Dr. Neal Lester on the Race and Gender Politics of Hair

Source: KJZZ News Date: Monday, January 6, 2020

Hair is ASU English professor Neal Lester’s domain. He’s studied it, written about it, and he recently sat down with The Show to talk more about why hair means a lot more than we think.

Lester: MLK holiday is another opportunity for serving, learning, and unlearning

Source: Daily Independent Date: Friday, December 27, 2019

About peeling back and shedding the layers and layers of our consciously and unconsciously learned behaviors and attitudes that prevent us from experiencing the richness of diversity, tolerance, and acceptance, anti-racism educator and activist Jane Elliott contends that “what we learn, we can unlearn.”

What Do You Do When Your Young Child Uses the N-Word?

Source: lifehacker Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Sometimes parents wish they could have a conversation do-over with their kids. A “big talk” can smack us in the face when we least expect it. This week’s Parental Advisory question comes from the parent of a child who, at 6 years old, heard and subsequently used the N-word for the first time. But did they handle it the best way possible?

Opinion: Be respectful when choosing your Halloween costume

Source: The Daily Gamecock Date: Monday, October 28, 2019

Dressing up as someone else for a night can be exhilarating. It is half the fun of the holiday after all. While choosing a costume can be one of the best parts of celebrating Halloween, avoiding cultural appropriation and other offensive costumes choices needs to play a role in what you decide to wear this October.

Annual Hacks for Humanity showcases how diversity fosters creation

Source: ASU Now Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A nuclear physicist, a high school student and three undergraduates find themselves sharing a table at Arizona State University. Fueled by energy drinks, late-night snacks and a break for silent disco, their mission over the next 36 hours is to identify an issue impacting society and hack their way to a solution.

In 36 hours, these Arizonans built tech solutions for everyday problems

Source: azcentral Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019

People from a variety of backgrounds took part in Hacks for Humanity, a 36-hour competition at Arizona State University to create technological solutions to everyday problems.