News and Announcements

America's Health Care System: Historical Origins and Contemporary Issues: January 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 7:00 pm
SkysongSS1 201 (Global) on January 6, 13, 20, 27; SS1 301 (Ingenuity) on February 3

This course describes the evolution of the American health care delivery system from the late 1700s to the dawn of the 21st century.

New Challenges to Constitutional Law: An Academic Symposium

Friday, February 19, 6:30 pm
Armstrong Hall

Eric Claeys is a Professor of Law at the School of Law at George Mason University. He has also taught at Saint Louis University School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School.

The Puzzle of the American Economy

Panel Discussion

Friday, March 25, 6:30 pm

Senator Jon Kyl, who left Congress in January 2013 as the second-highest ranking Republican senator, advises companies on domestic and international policies that influence US and multi-national bu

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Student Discussion with Senator Jon Kyl

Friday, November 20, 3:00 pm
Coor Hall4401

ASU students are invited to join us as we welcome Senator Jon Kyl to the Center.

Sacred Battles: Violence in Southern Sport and Culture

Tuesday, November 17, 1:00 pm
West HallRoom 135

Eric Bain-Selbo is the Department Head of Philosophy and Religion at Western Kentucky University and Co-Founder of the WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility.

German Unity Event: Film Screenings

Saturday, November 14, 10:30 am
Language and Literature Building002


"Is the American Great Crime Decline Sustainable?"

Ft. Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute, Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney, John Gillis, Crime Victims Advocate

Thursday, November 12, 6:30 pm
Interdisciplinary BISTB 4, Marston Exploration Theater

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal.

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

Debate: "Would eliminating the state income tax contribute to the economic well-being of Arizona?"

Saturday, November 7, 8:00 am
Memorial UnionCochise Room MU 228

Debate Format

Political Thought and Leadership Dialogue: Clint Bolick

Monday, November 2, 5:00 pm
Coor Hall4403

Clint Bolick is the Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rabbinic Texts and Anger in Late Jewish Antiquity

Part of the History of Emotions Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 pm
Arizona Jewish Historical Society - Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center 122 E. Culver Street Phoenix, AZ 85004

Presented by Joel Gereboff

Associate Professor of Religious Studies,
School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, ASU

Philosophy Pizza Party

Wednesday, October 21, 11:45 am
Coor Hall3rd Floor Patio

Are you a Philosophy major?  Would you like to become one?  Come to this informal pizza lunch to meet with other like-minded people: students (undergrad and grad), faculty, and advisors.  Challenge

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

Monday, October 19, 4:00 pm
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Religious self-identification is on the decline in the United States.

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


Religious Studies* Pizza Party

Plus Jewish Studies, Plus Asia Studies!

Wednesday, October 14, 11:45 am
Coor Hall4th Floor Patio

Are you a Religious Studies major?  How about Jewish Studies?  Maybe Asia Studies?  Come to this informal pizza lunch to meet with other like-minded people: students (undergrad and grad), faculty,

History Pizza Party

Wednesday, October 7, 11:45 am
Coor Hall4th Floor Patio

Are you a History major?  Would you like to become one?  Come to this informal pizza lunch to meet with other like-minded people: students (undergrad and grad), faculty, and advisors.  Learn if His

American Civil War: Causes and Legacy

Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 pm
SkysongSS 201/301

This five week continuing education course is designed for all those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the American Civil War.

Political Thought and Leadership Dialogue: Kevin D. Neal

Monday, October 5, 5:30 pm
Coor Hall4403

Kevin D. Neal is a trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience before judges, juries and arbitrators.

Magna Carta & Its American Legacy

A Symposium in Honor of the 800th Anniversary of Its Signing

Thursday, October 1, 6:00 pm
Memorial UnionPima Room 230

This 2-hour symposium will analyze the relevance of the Magna Carta both as a historical document and as a catalyst in the development of modern-day American legal thought.

"Is America Still the Land of Opportunity?"

Tuesday, September 29, 4:00 pm
Memorial UnionPima Auditorium

ASU's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies (SHPRS) will host Damien Cave of The New York Times in a panel discussion about the current state of migration into the United States

Violence and Vulnerable Communities

Friday, September 25, 3:00 pm
West HallRoom 135

Marginalized and vulnerable individuals and communities often face multiple forms of violence--economic, cultural, physical, and psychological.

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.

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.


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Prof. Christopher Jones is awarded Edelstein Prize

Posted on October 23, 2015

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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 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 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 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.