News and Announcements

ASU Center for Political Thought and Leadership Launch Celebration

"Abraham Lincoln and the American Idea" Keynote Address by Richard Lowry, Editor National Review

Thursday, January 22, 6:30 pm
Old MainCarson Ballroom

The Center for Political Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University seeks to train a new generation of leaders well-versed in the principles of democracy.

Internships in Political Thought and Leadership

A workshop for undergraduate students

Wednesday, February 4, 3:30 pm
Coor Hall4411

The Center for Political Thought and Leadership is committed to placing students in high quality, rewarding internships.

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

“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. 

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

Distinguished Guest Lecture Featuring Tom Shippey

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

Tolkien’s fictions have been seen as guides to morality, ecology, philosophy and even religion – there are at least two sects which have constructed a system of ritual and belief from Tolkien’s myt

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Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group

Origins of Modern Science, Chapters 1-6 Discussion

Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 pm
Coor Hall3301

The Friends of Philosophy discussion group will meet on Tuesday December 9, from 7-9 PM, in Coor Hall 3301 Tempe Campus, ASU.

“The Federal Government and the Railroad Problem”

Guest Lecture by Greg Schneider

Tuesday, December 9, 2:00 pm
Coor Hall4403

Greg Schneider is a professor of history at Emporia State University, where he teaches courses in modern American history, the 1960s, diplomatic history, the history of railroads and the history of

Apocalyptic Violence: The Desire for Universal Destruction and Its Historical Origins

Monday, December 1, 12:00 pm
West HallRoom 135

Matthias Riedl is an associate professor of history and holds the privately supported Chair of Comparative Religious Studies at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary).

Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group

Herbert Butterfield's "Origins of Modern Science," Chapters 3 & 5

Tuesday, November 25, 7:00 pm
Coor Hall3323

To anyone interested in philosophical discussion:

Burton Barr: AZ Leader-Book Discussion

Thursday, November 13, 6:30 pm

Join panelists: Alfredo Gutierrez, Marty Shultz, and Richard de Uriarte as they discuss Philip VanderMeer’s new publication, “Burton Barr: Political Leadership and the Transformation of Arizona.” A

Fall of the Wall! Campus Weeks Final Lecture

"Youth Opposition, Youth Conformism and Youth Escapism in the Late GDR" by Catherine Plum

Monday, November 10, 4:00 pm
West Hall135

Wrapping up the Fall of the Wall!

Tear Down this Wall! Commemorative 25th Anniversary Activity

Fall of the Wall 25th Anniversary Campus Weeks Event

Monday, November 10, 9:00 am
Hayden MallLawn

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall!

Help build a replica wall using the materials provided and your creative expression to design a piece of history.

History Works in Progress

From “Industrial Education” to “Practical Anthropology”: Western Education in British Colonial Africa 1920-1940

Friday, November 7, 3:30 pm
Coor Hall4403

Fall 2014 Philosophy Colloquium Schedule

Impartiality and Universalizability

Friday, November 7, 12:00 pm
Coor Hall4403

Craig Taylor (Flinders University)
Impartiality and Universalizability

IHR/Wrigley Lecturer: Vandana Shiva

Ecofeminist, food security activist, social justice activist, physicist, philosopher, and founder of Slow Food International

Thursday, October 30, 5:00 pm
Memorial UnionArizona Ballroom

5:00 p.m. Reception | 5:30 p.m. Lecture
Followed by a book signing until 7:15

A Conversation with Dr. Vandana Shiva

Thursday, October 30, 1:45 pm
Memorial Union236

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a leading proponent of community food security, organic farming, seed saving and women's involvement in agriculture.

The Transhumanist Imagination: Innovation, Secularization, and Eschatology

Wednesday, October 29, 12:00 pm
Coor Hall4403

The Transhumanist Imagination: Innovation, Secularization, and Eschatology
Speakers: Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Ben Hurlbut

History Pizza Party!

Wednesday, October 29, 11:00 am
Coor Hall4th Floor

History Faculty and Students are welcome to join us for Free Pizza and fun times.

Fall of the Wall Campus Weeks Discussion

"Mauerspringer" East and West German Art across the Wall (together with Art History)

Friday, October 24, 2:30 pm
Memorial UnionLa Paz Room 242

Art did not only decorate the Western side of the Berlin Wall, but art often literally jumped across the wall.

The New Living History of Fred Harvey, the Santa Fe and the Great Southwest: a Panel Discussion

Friday, October 24, 11:00 am

Stephen Fried Returns to the Heard Museum, With Friends

Philosophy Pizza Party!

Wednesday, October 22, 11:00 am
Coor Hall3rd Floor

Philosophy Faculty and Students are welcome to join us for Free Pizza and fun times.

Friends of Philosophy Discussion Group

Herbert Butterfield's "Origins of Modern Science"

Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Coor Hall3323

To anyone interested in philosophical discussion:

"Community Archives in the Digital Era: Creating the South Asian American Digital Archive"

Honors Lecture Series with Samip Mallic

Tuesday, October 21, 6:05 pm
ISTB 4 Marston Theater

Samip Mallick will discuss the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) innovative post-custodial digital-only approach to building a community-based archives for the digital era.

Fall 2014 Philosophy Colloquium Schedule

Why Subjectivism

Friday, October 17, 3:00 pm
Coor Hall4403

David Sobel (Syracuse University)
Why Subjectivism

"Maria Tallchief": Ortiz/Labriola Lecture by Sandy Osawa, Filmmaker

Thursday, October 16, 7:00 pm
Heard Museum (2301 N Central Ave) Phoenix, AZ

Sandy Osawa (Makah), a filmmaker based in Seattle, WA, is the featured speaker in the fall 2014 installment of the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community


Beyond human: exploring transhumanism

Posted on December 16, 2014

Since the earliest stone tools, people have relied on technology to enhance their abilities. But will we eventually integrate with our tech so completely that we cease to be human?

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Strengthening the impact of ASU humanities

Posted on December 12, 2014

Arizona State University has launched the Provost's Humanities Fellows Program to boost book publication and career support for 10 emerging leaders.

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New ASU degree to expand knowledge of American culture

Posted on November 12, 2014

The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies announces the start of a new master's degree program in American Studies beginning in fall 2015.


Imagining the future of food

Posted on November 3, 2014

To bring together a diverse array of voices to discuss the food, health and nutrition challenges of the 21st century, various departments at ASU presented physicist, activist and author Vandana Shiva at a lecture, Oct. 30.


Lecture focuses on preserving stories in the digital era

Posted on October 27, 2014

Samip Mallick, co-founder and executive director of the South Asian American Digital Archive, will speak about the archive in a lecture, Oct. 21, at Arizona State University.


ASU celebrates 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Posted on October 6, 2014

Students in the School of International Letters and Cultures and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall through a host of lectures, events and student activities.


The relationship between religion, migration: ASU professor explains

Posted on October 6, 2014

ASU religious studies professor Leah Sarat talks about the relationship between religion and migration in Mexico and the United States.


International relations expert to lecture on the end of American exceptionalism

Posted on October 6, 2014

Andrew Bacevich, former Army officer, bestselling author and professor of international relations and history, will give a free public lecture titled "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism" at Arizona State University, Oct. 23.


Team of researchers wins grant to study borderlands culture, history

Posted on September 8, 2014

A team of researchers led by ASU professor Paul Hirt has won a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project titled “Nature, History and Culture at the Nation’s Edge.”


ASU alum to lead center for Holocaust education at Seton Hill

Posted on July 16, 2014

Professor Tim Crain has been appointed director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) at Seton Hill University.


History professor speaks at Nixon Presidential Library

Posted on May 2, 2014

Donald T. Critchlow spoke on April 24 at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California about his new book, When Hollywood Was Right: How Studio Moguls, Movie Stars, and Big Business Remade American Politics.


Philosophy professor earns leadership award for contributions to diversity

Posted on March 28, 2014

Regents' Professor Rebecca Tsosie has been awarded the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education 2014 Individual Leadership Award for her pioneering work in Indian law, particularly through Native Nations and the federal system, as well as her leadership at the institutional,


It's all in the family for history professor

Posted on October 3, 2013

As a third generation academic, with a grandfather and both parents having been English professors before him, Christopher Jones is pleased to keep what he calls the "family business" going.


Professor brings past to life with today's digital tools

Posted on October 3, 2013

As an urban historian who specializes in digital and public history, Mark Tebeau is helping bring the past to life for cities and cultural organizations throughout the country, using today's digital tools. In the process he is engaging citizens, builiding public audiences for history.


ASU professor invited to be visiting professor at Princeton

Posted on August 10, 2013

ASU philosophy professor Cheshire Calhoun will join the faculty of Princeton University as a visiting professor with the Department of Philosophy and visiting research scholar in the University Center for Human Values for the spring of 2014. Calhoun's studies cover normative ethics, moral psychol


ASU professor wins prestigious labor history book award

Posted on June 7, 2013

Matt Garcia has been awarded the prestigious Philip Taft Labor History Book Award for his book, "From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement."