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ASU Thrive magazine features Hacks for Humanity Hackathon 2018

Source: ASU Thrive magazine Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

HACKS FOR HUMANITY The annual event, sponsored by ASU’s Project Humanities, provides “a burst of creative disruption,” says Neal A. Lester, Project Humanities director. In 2018, the 36-hour entrepreneurial marathon brought together developers, artists, humanists, futurists, designers and visionaries to create technical solutions to global issues.

What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean today?

Source: KSTAR NEWS Date: Monday, January 21, 2019

It’s been 51 years since Martin Luther King Jr., the American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights, was assassinated. But since that fateful April 4, 1968 day in Memphis, America has continued to learn from King Jr.’s legacy. Dr. Neal Lester, an Arizona State University English professor, said he believes the holiday should allow people to reflect not only on how far society has come but also to learn from the past.

Remembering the poetry of Ntozake Shange

Source: ASU Now Date: Monday, January 21, 2019

Talking, listening and connecting: They’re the three pillars of Arizona State University’s Project Humanities, and there were plenty of each to be found Monday night at the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center in downtown Phoenix, where roughly 100 community members gathered to celebrate the life of the late black feminist poet, novelist and playwright Ntozake Shange, who passed away in October 2018.

The Best Free Things to Do in Phoenix This Week

Source: Phoenix New Times Date: Monday, January 21, 2019

It’s often overlooked, but American music is filled with indigenous inspirations, influences, and artistry.

An MLK Day Not Nearly Enough, Honored Prof Says

Source: SanTan Sun News Date: Friday, January 18, 2019

Arizona State University Professor Neal Lester will be honored in two separate celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr., but he’s more than a little wistful about all the memorials that will be taking place in advance of and on the slain civil rights leader’s birthday Monday.

ASU’s Neal A. Lester to receive two MLK awards for impactful humanities efforts

Source: ASU Now Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Arizona State University Professor Neal A. Lester agrees with poet Maya Angelou’s words: “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” But that doesn't mean that he sees no value in our differences. So he challenges people to recognize, celebrate and embrace those differences.

'Mustard Man' at Woolworth's 1963 sit-in celebrated by maroon and gold

Source: ASU Now Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

“Mr. Salter’s story is a reminder that unsung heroes for justice are always among us. To put a face and story with the iconic Woolworth’s sit-in photograph, especially someone with an Arizona connection, is refreshing,” said Lester, professor of English and director of Project Humanities.

AZOIC, Arizona MLK Celebration Announce 2019 Honorees, New Award

Source: Arizona Informant Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Ahwatukee prof grateful to Ahwatukee for stepping up

Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018

It is so easy to point out challenges and problems and even point fingers of blame at others as we look around and pay close attention to what’s happening in our world – the disappointments, the disagreements, the fights, the incivility and the intolerance.

Dispelling the myths of drag performance

Source: ASU Now Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Forget everything you thought you knew about drag. “It’s not (about) gender. Drag is everything; whatever you can imagine,” said local Valley drag performer Miss X on Thursday night at an event hosted by ASU’s Project Humanities, an initiative created to bring people together to listen, talk and connect.