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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.

A parents' guide to cultural appropriation: an expert breaks down kids' Halloween costumes

Source: USA Today Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

Google tells us many search to learn whether the costume their child wants to wear might be racist or insensitive. Many of us moms and dads grew up wearing Native American head dresses and Geisha garb and didn't hear boo about it. Sadly.

Bringing a humanities approach to a hackathon

Source: Student Life Asu Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

In 2013 Project Humanities, led by Neal Lester, an English professor at ASU and the founding director of the organization, launched the first Hacks for Humanity hackathon. During the annual, 36-hour event, people from all occupational backgrounds team up to create a tech product for social good. Oct. 19–20, Project Humanities will be hosting their sixth hackathon.

Ahwatukee professor slates annual Hacks for Humanity

Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Ahwatukee Professor Neal Lester’s Project Humanities at Arizona State University will host its sixth annual Hacks for Humanity hackathon Oct. 19-20. Hacks for Humanity is a 36-hour creativity and innovation event for people of all ages and professions who create technologies that address local and global issues. The finished products must embody these seven principles that Project Humanities identifies as Humanity 101: kindness, compassion, integrity, respect, empathy, forgiveness, and self-reflection. 

Project Humanities cooks up forum on how food, identity and politics relate

Source: ASU Now Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019

Food is not only a staple of life, but a staple of one’s own identity; that’s the idea behind an Arizona State University engagement program designed to examine and discuss how foods define us.

ASU professor's 'hackathon' is an exercise for humanity

Source: East Valley Tribune Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Mention the word “hackathon,” and the people who don’t look puzzled probably think of a group of geeks locked in a room, huddling over computers and working on codes. But Neal Lester, foundation professor of English at Arizona State University, has something a lot different from that going on with his fourth annual Hacks for Humanity scheduled Oct. 6-7.