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Religion and Public Life

A five week continuing education course at ASU Sky Song

Monday, April 13, 7:00 pm

We will study the relationship in America between religious beliefs and how they shaped and are formed by public life and the public sphere.

SHPRS New Student Orientation

Wednesday, August 19, 9:00 am

Mandatory new student orientation for all SHPRS Graduate students. This event will allow new students to meet our school director, discipline directors, and faculty members.

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The Politics of Emotion

2915 IHR Fellows Symposium

Friday, May 1, 8:30 am
Social Science Building109

The 2014-15 IHR Fellows investigated the power of affect across time and space, across fields of knowledge and varieties of personal experience, analyzing how the mobilization of affect shapes cult

Bargaining for Women’s Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy

Friday, April 24, 12:00 pm
West HallRoom 120

Alice Kang is an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She received her B.A.

Conversation: A New Library for the New American University

Thursday, April 23, 12:00 pm
Social Science BuildingRoom 109

University Librarian Jim O’Donnell will begin the conversation by discussing the ways humanists conceive and use knowledge. A panel will repond to his remarks.

Qu Qiubai Translates Sociology

Tani Barlow, Rice University

Thursday, April 16, 3:30 pm
Coor Hall4403

The talk examines Qu Qiubai's effort to translate the logos of social science into appropriate Chinese.

People's Peace: Culture, Agency, Lived Experience

A multi-disciplinary conference

Thursday, April 16, 9:00 am
West HallRoom 135


"Politics in Tolkien: What We Can Learn From Hobbits"

Distinguished Guest Lecture Featuring Tom Shippey

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 pm
Old MainCarson Ballroom

Parking is available for a fee in the Fulton Center parking garage at 300 E. University Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281. 

Literature, Culture, Globalization: A Talk by Gabriele Schwab

Radioactive Ghosts: Precarious Lives in the Aftermath of Nuclear Contamination

Wednesday, April 15, 4:30 pm
West HallRoom 120

In her presentation, Gabriele Schwab will explore literary representations of what Ward Churchill calls the “radioactive colonization” of indigenous lands that developed during the

Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group

John Searle’s "Chinese Room" essay

Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 pm
Coor Hall3301

To all who are interested in philosophical discussion:

Jazz from A to Z Concerts

Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents Vincent Gardner

Thursday, April 9, 7:30 pm

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Performing Live Series
Where: Mesa Arts Center
Start time: 7:30PM
On Sale to the Public: Now
Price: $50

Spring 2015 Religious Studies Forum

Tod Swanson

Wednesday, April 8, 12:00 pm
Coor Hall4403

Global Dynamics of Violent Extremism

Tuesday, March 24, 12:00 pm
West HallRoom 135

This event is at capacity, but it can be watched live online at:

Political Thought and Leadership Dialogue Series

"Public Safety and Public Policy Making: Criminal Justice Leadership and an Evidence-Based Approach"

Monday, March 23, 5:00 pm
Coor Hall4403

Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney visits the PTL Dialogue Series to discuss criminal justice leadership.

"Indian Time": Ortiz/Labriola Lecture by Victor Masayesva, Jr., Multimedia Producer

Thursday, March 19, 7:00 pm
Location: Heard Museum (2301 N Central Ave) Phoenix, AZ

Multimedia producer Victor Masayesva, Jr.

Campus Meet-and-Greet with Victor Masayesva

Thursday, March 19, 10:00 am
Hayden LibraryLabriola Center (LIB 2nd flr) ASU

Please join us for a meet-and-greet reception honoring multimedia producer Victor Masayesva, Jr. The reception is hosted by the Labriola Center.

Dubious Figures: Speculation, Calculation, and Credibility in Early 20th Century Chinese Stock Exchanges

Wednesday, March 18, 3:30 pm
Coor Hall4403

This talk examines elite and vernacular understandings of finance in the context of a speculative bubble in 1921 Shanghai.

Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group

Herbert Butterfield, Origins of Modern Science

Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm
Coor Hall3301

To all who are interested in philosophical discussion:

Civil Rights Film Series - Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders

Thursday, March 5, 4:30 pm
Memorial UnionPima (MU 230)

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is a special initiative of the

“The Meaning of Political Liberty: Three 18th C. Perspectives”

A panel discussion

Thursday, March 5, 4:00 pm
Coor Hall4403

Three prominent scholars meet to discuss the meaning of political liberty in the 18th century. 

Spring 2015 Religious Studies Forum

Kyla Pasha

Wednesday, March 4, 12:00 pm
Coor Hall4403

ASU Humanities Career Fair 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 1:00 pm
Memorial UnionArizona Ballroom (MU 221) ASU

In the format of a traditional employer showcase event, the Humanities Career Fair offers ASU students in humanities majors an opportunity for focused networking and career and internship "shopping


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ASU historian's book on slavery's contribution to capitalism gets high marks

Posted on April 29, 2015

The Daily Beast has published a review of "The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860," (Yale University Press, 2015) by ASU associate professor of history Calvin Schermerhorn.


ASU student aims to clean up Phoenix canals

Posted on April 21, 2015

ASU student Will Novak has received funding through the university's Innovation Challenge to further his idea to make Phoenix-area canals a more welcoming, integrated part of the community.

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'What to do when an astronaut dies in space' focus of ethical analysis by ASU student

Posted on April 10, 2015

Questions like whether a body left in space can be used as compost, and whether it’s legal to let a corpse drift into the great beyond are posed by Daniel Oberhaus, an English and philosophy senior at Arizona State University in an article for Slate.


ASU professor pens op-ed on history of sugar, slavery

Posted on March 20, 2015

Associate professor of history Calvin Schermerhorn has written an op-ed for “The Virginian-Pilot" about the intertwined history of slavery and sugar.


ASU liberal arts, sciences students selected for national speech and debate tournament

Posted on March 20, 2015

Four College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students will represent Arizona State University March 20 at a national debate tournament. All four students are part of the ASU Forensics Team, a student club for those interested in speech and debate. 


Experimental filmmaker to headline ASU lecture on indigenous time-keeping

Posted on March 17, 2015

Multimedia producer Victor Masayesva, Jr. is the featured speaker in the spring 2015 installment of the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community.

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ASU historian tells story of Civil War through those who lived it

Posted on March 12, 2015

ASU associate professor of history Brooks Simpson (center) is co-editor of a new anthology marking the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War.


Students examine democracy through debate in new ASU program

Posted on March 12, 2015

Since the launch of ASU's new Political Thought and Leadership program, students have been learning by answering and debating fundamental questions about democracy and government.


Arizona PBS honors Women's History Month with new programming

Posted on March 11, 2015

Beginning March 16, Eight, Arizona PBS will celebrate Women’s History Month with a new lineup of programming that spotlights influential women in history, and offers in-depth portraits of complex women who left their mark on the world. 


For a human problem, a humanities solution

Posted on March 6, 2015

A group of scholars at Arizona State University is addressing long-term sustainability problems by using a potent combination of humanistic scholarship and scientific research.

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Students find opportunities at second annual ASU Humanities Career Fair

Posted on March 3, 2015

On Tuesday, March 3, CLAS will host the second annual Humanities Career Fair at ASU’s Memorial Union (MU 221) on the Tempe campus. The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m.


Harvard professor to shed light on the situation in Ukraine

Posted on February 17, 2015

Serhii Plokhii, professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard University and the author of "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union" (2014), will discuss the origins and driving forces of the Ukraine crisis in the lecture that brings together the fall of the USSR and the events of ongoing


'Race in the age of Obama' jumpstarts provost's lecture series

Posted on February 3, 2015

Cultural historian Eric Lott kicks off the Provost's Distinguished Lecture Series with his talk, "Hauntologies of Race in the Age of Obama," at 4 p.m., Feb. 11 on the Tempe campus. Developed by ASU Provost Robert E.


Distinguished career award given to ASU history professor

Posted on February 2, 2015

Retired professor of ASU's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Jann Warren-Findley, will be awarded the Robert Kelley Award from the National Council on Public History.


United Farm Workers focus of ASU Barrett lecture

Posted on January 26, 2015

In a presentation titled “Capitalism in Reverse: The United Farm Worker's Grape Boycott and the Power of Inter-racial Organizing,” Matt Garcia, director of the Center for Comparative Border Studies at Arizona State University, will discuss the accomplishments of the United Farm Workers movement.


Lecture to address 'Faith, Death, and Freedom on the Arizona Frontier'

Posted on January 21, 2015

Luis Cabrera, a political scientist at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, will discuss how unauthorized immigration can be viewed as a practice of global citizenship in a free public lecture, Jan. 21, at Arizona State University.


Gov. Doug Ducey to give remarks at launch of new ASU center

Posted on January 21, 2015

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will visit Arizona State University's Tempe campus Jan. 22 to give opening remarks before a public lecture by Rich Lowry in celebration of the launch of the new Center for Political Thought and Leadership.


ASU researchers explore cultural legacy of 'Frankenstein'

Posted on January 21, 2015

A panel of researchers from Arizona State University's Frankenstein Bicentennial Project will deliver public lectures as part of "It’s Alive!: Frankenstein on Film," a weekend of screenings and conversations, Jan. 23-25, at the SIFF Film Center in Seattle.


Chicago artist leads annual public history short course at ASU

Posted on January 9, 2015

Rebecca Keller, professor at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, is teaching the annual public history short course at Arizona State University. The short course is a distinctive component of the public history program at ASU.


History of capitalism professor to join ASU faculty

Posted on January 9, 2015

Arizona State University's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies has hired Jonathan Barth as an assistant professor of history of capitalism and political economy.