News and Announcements

New Humanities Faculty Orientation

Pre-Research Networking Reception Orientation

Thursday, September 10, 3:30 pm

The IHR’s annual Research Networking Reception offers a chance to network with colleagues from across the university, discover common areas of interest, and share your research projects.

Program in Political Thought and Leadership Information Session

Monday, September 14, 12:00 pm
Coor Hall4th floor patio

The ASU Center for Political Thought and Leadership invites undergraduate students from any major to enroll in the Political Thought and Leadership certificate program.

Melikian Bible Symposium Part I

The Melikian Bible Collection: Wanderings of the Sephardic Jews, From Spain and the New World to India

Saturday, October 17, 6:30 pm

The Melikian Bible Collection: Wanderings of the Sephardic Jews, From Spain and the New World to India


Melikian Bible Symposium Part II

Christian and Jewish Biblical Perspectives: From Anglo-Saxon texts to post-Biblical Commentaries

Saturday, November 7, 6:30 pm

Christian and Jewish Biblical Perspectives: From Anglo-Saxon texts to post-Biblical Commentaries
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 6:30-9:30pm

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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.

Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group

Thinking Fast and Slow Part 1

Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 pm
Coor Hall3301

To all who are interested in philosophical discussion: Our May discussion will be held Tuesday May 19, 2015 at 7-9 PM in Coor Hall 3301, ASU Tempe campus.

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:

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.

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


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ASU philosophy professor tackles sexual harassment on behalf of her discipline

Posted on June 23, 2015

ASU philosophy professor Cheshire Calhoun is also the chair of the American Philosophical Association. In that role she was integral in writing an open letter to victims of sexual harassment in philosophy departments around the country.


ASU professor on the history of safety in oil pipelines

Posted on June 23, 2015

Arizona State University assistant professor Christopher Jones has written a piece for Zócalo Public Square in which he looks at the history of oil pipelines in the United States.


ASU professors' passion for history wins them prestigious fellowships in Berlin

Posted on June 15, 2015

History professor Monica Green and art history professor Corine Schleif share the honor of being the first two Berlin Prize Fellows chosen from Arizona State University.

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Energy historian illuminates on NPR's BackStory

Posted on June 15, 2015

ASU assistant professor Chris Jones, the author of "Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America," joins the crew of NPR's BackStory with the American History Guys as they explore the history of pipelines and American infrastructure.


How technology could improve life for farm workers.

Posted on May 27, 2015

Matt Garcia recently wrote an article for Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, Arizona State University, and New America, where he details how technological advances will impact farm workers and agricultural production. 


Rebecca Tsosie appointed ASU vice provost for inclusion, community engagement

Posted on May 27, 2015

ASU professor Rebecca Tsosie has been appointed vice provost for inclusion and community engagement. She hopes to develop a transformative model of inclusion and community engagement that will set an important standard for leadership in higher education.


Words to remember: Digital archives help immigrants share their stories

Posted on May 7, 2015

Researchers at ASU are collecting stories from immigrants to the U.S. and finding information that doesn't typically get included in history books.


Liberal Arts and Sciences names 2015 Dean's medalists

Posted on May 7, 2015

ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honors its 2015 Dean's medalists for going above and beyond when it comes to taking opportunities to further their education. They take advanced courses, study abroad, participate in research – and do it exceptionally. 


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 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. 


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.


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