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2018

May

From above, the Earth appears as a planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with the most vital resource for life…water.

An Arizona State University philosophy student’s interest in the crossroads of education, childhood and political theory led him to writing a prize-winning essay titled “Do Children Have ‘Rights-in

“ASU has the spirit of America in it,” says Khashayar “Shay” Khatiri, a recent graduate of the School of Politics and Global Studies and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studie

Royal watchers have had plenty of reasons to rejoice lately: Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday last month, the recent birth of Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s third child, Louis; Princess Char

April

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2018 co

Forrest Schreick has long been a friendly face around Coor Hall.

If you want to know something about scholarly activism and indigenous communities, the office of David Martinez would be a good place to start.

Two recent fatalities related to autonomous vehicles are raising concerns about trade-offs between societal progress and human collateral damage.

Last semester, two Arizona State University students in Jewish studies courses used their final project assignments as opportunities for creative expression, exhibiting the material that they learn

March

Christians all over the world are now facing the growing threat of persecution, according to Jason Bruner, an assistant professor of religious studies in Arizona State University's School of

Undergraduate Janna Tobin is currently majoring in history and political science. Last year, she was chosen to receive the Friends of History scholarship out of 45 applicants.

On most nights, it might be possible to catch a glimpse of Arizona State University student Alexander Bernard somewhere in Hayden library with his head buried in a book, working tirelessly to achie

Alumnus Bobby Gray graduated from SHPRS in 1998 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in philosophy and a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology.

Daylight saving time is right around the corner, and it's time to set those alarm clocks and watches forward again … Er, wait. Arizona doesn’t do have to do that. And neither does Hawaii.

For historian Yasmin Saikia, Women's History Month is an opportunity to recognize all women, in addition to trailblazing historical figures.

Alumna Julie Campbell graduated from SHPRS with her bachelor’s degree in history in 1979.

February

In 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her Montgomery, Alabama, bus seat to a white passenger and was arrested.

But you probably haven't heard of her.

“Thank you for your service” is a wonderful sentiment, and it can be a nice thing for civilians to say to active military personnel and veterans.

U.S. presidents have been political game-changers, prolific writers and social-policy pioneers. But did you know about the speeding and the cheerleading? 

Researchers from across Arizona State University are coming together to analyze, preserve and revitalize historic materials found during the renovation of Park Central Mall in midtown Phoenix.

Arizona State University researchers and librarians are currently working with developers Plaza Companies and Hoalualoa Companies to preserve and share the history of Phoenix’s very firs

For many, studying religion at a public university may seem out of place. Studying historical cultures and ancient languages in order to learn more about your own culture? Even more so.

Four minutes.

Twenty-six bullets.

Four dead.

A manhunt spanning hundreds of miles.

One of the longest prison sentences in Arizona history.

It might sound contrived, given her area of expertise, but to ASU Jewish studies Director Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, a career in academia is like a secular version of a religious commitment.

It is not uncommon for students to crave a sense of place while attending college, especially when traveling away from their home to start their new journey.

January

Alumna Elisha Scott graduated from the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies with her Master of Arts in History with a focus in public history in 2016.

It is important for undergraduate students to have opportunities to conduct research.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights icon, a beacon of light during a dark time in American history, and a defender of the poor, downtrodden and underrepresented.

There are benefits to learning more about the food system in America, but with so many components to keep track of it can be difficult to stay informed.

2017

December

Alumnus Jeffry Halverson graduated from SHPRS with his master’s degree and PhD in religious studies in 2004 and 2008.

When people think about World War II, they are likely to picture black and white photos of young soldiers going up against the Axis Powers.

All that remains in Retha Warnicke’s Coor Hall office are empty bookshelves, a whiteboard sprinkled with yellow Post-it notes, a dusty unplugged printer and a few remnants on her desk: a phone, a s

With the passing of the 76th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding that day.

She came from a house in rural Kentucky that had no electricity and no running water, yet Dr.

The night before Thanksgiving, while traveling with his family for the holiday, Jeffrey Cohen sat down in his hotel room for a Skype chat with Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow.

Native Americans across the country planted the Three Sisters — corn, beans, and squash — together.

How often do you think about water? You may be told to conserve water or drink more of it, but do you know where it all comes from?

On Tuesday, Dec.12, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, n

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Prince Harry’s recent engagement to American actress Meghan Markle is a contemporary Grace Kelly/Prince Rainier love story.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

November

Alumna Michelle Ford graduated from SHPRS with her bachelor’s degree in history in 1991.

Thanksgiving brings us closer together, but our conversations across generations in a family can sometimes drive us farther apart.

Podcasts are a new platform for sharing information.

Regents’ Professors are the elite of the academic world.

Although the majority of Americans would not be here if it weren’t for immigration, there are many today who might distance themselves from their family’s immigration history.

The digital age has revolutionized the way society intakes and produces knowledge.

October

The reign of corrupt Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and '80s was marked by a heavily controlled, strictly censored national media.

Imagine walking into a village in 1830’s New England. You can see the shoemaker at work, take a horse-drawn ride around Mill Pond or see what a cabinetmaker was capable of producing.

What’s the best type of training for an academic professional who teaches in large classrooms and aspires to become a public intellectual? Athletics.

Alumnus Manuel Giner graduated from SHPRS with his bachelor’s degree in history in 2008.

Two weeks ago Angela Merkel won a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor.

In a tribute to his impact on studies of medieval Chinese Daoism, former students of Arizona State University Regents' Professor Stephen Bokenkamp

September

As an out-of-state, incoming first-year student to Arizona State University, Angelica Berner decided to attend an Early Start program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

ASU Japanese Lecturer Bradley Wilson wishes his American students knew more about the cultural influences behind the anime comics they love so much.

At the beginning of the year, Arizona State University publicly launched

Since he was a young child, Steven Slugocki has been attending sporting events and cheering on the Sun Devils.

So many resources are available to the student body at ASU and some are made just for the discipline you are in.

Alumnus Amy Barthell graduated from SHPRS with her bachelor’s degree in history in 2015.

August

Finding the time and finances to complete a Master’s program can be difficult for a number of reasons.

After falling in love with the campus on a tour his junior year of high school, Logan Rhind decided to pursue an undergraduate degree and minor at Arizona State University.

Six alumni, who graduated from the largest and most diverse college at Arizona State University, have joined forces to create a renewed sense of pride in their alma mater. 

The ideals of a presidential candidate, the histories of persecuted peoples and the motives behind terror attacks are all things that can be better understood with a knowledge of the religions that

Jason Bruner was inspired by his engaging professors in college and graduate school. He hoped to emulate the example set forth by pursuing a doctoral degree and becoming a professor.

If you are a returning student, or just starting your journey with us here at the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, here are some things you need to know about us and what

Alumnus Katherine Loh graduated from SHPRS with her bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2014.

Alexander Avina grew up the son of undocumented Mexican migrants in California, constantly aware that at any moment his parents could be deported, leaving him and his siblings, all American-born, t

The threads of history are often found in the daily life of people, and Matthew Delmont has been exploring that theme.

July

Alumnus Jason Eberl graduated from SHPRS with his master’s degree in philosophy in 1998.

Alumnus Ryan Hanning graduated from SHPRS with his bachelor’s degree in religious studies in 2000. 

Imagine you’re on a 28-mile journey that takes you across icy rivers and up steep jungle trails.

June

Alumna Monika Bilka received her PhD in history from ASU in 2015.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University welcomes five new administrators into leadership ranks.

Alumnus Sara Mendez graduated from SHPRS with her master’s degree in history in 2016. 

Alumnus Jonathan Brooks graduated from SHPRS with his Bachelor’s degree in history and political science in 2006.

May

Historian and Director of K-12 Initiatives, Marcie Hutchinson, retired this summer after seven years of service at ASU.

History graduate student, James Dupey, was awarded the Max Millett Family Travel Grant last year and has since been utilizing it to achieve his research goals.

Professor of history, Christopher Jones, was recently awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship.

 

The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies is proud to support its students.

Mahshid Zandi, a Religious Studies doctoral student at the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, was recently awarded the Arijit Guha Graduate Student Advocacy Award.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

So you think Cinco de Mayo is a made-up holiday contrived to sell stereotypically Mexican bar food and alcohol to gringos?

From cultural influence and global insight to interdisciplinary learning, the study of religion has an extraordinary impact on some of society’s most complex and challenging problems.

April

On Tuesday, May 9, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at th

Many churches are filled to capacity on religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter, but the pews are often empty the rest of the year.

Genocide has been a thread through humanity, stretching back centuries and into modern times.

Imagine you’ve devoted years and years, even decades, gathering knowledge and insights in your given fields of study.

Professor of religious studies Anne Feldhaus has begun her position as president-elect of the Association for Asian Studies and is looking forward to connecting with scholars across the world as an

March

Professor of history Aaron Moore was recently awarded the “Fellowship for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan” sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Japan-U.S.

History Alumnus Blake Jones graduated from SHPRS with his Ph.D. in 2013. He started his journey in academia with the school as a faculty associate in 2013.

Arizona State University is a massive engine that runs at warp speed, and a new initiative is inviting a group of campus leaders to look under the hood so they can keep it going decades into the fu

February

We’ve all heard of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X.

Arizona State University is one of the top producers of prestigious Fulbright scholars among research institutions for 2016-17, coming in at No.

A roomful of teachers are huddled in groups around pages of text, hurriedly highlighting, circling and underlining certain words and phrases.

These black students at Arizona State Universit

Michael Songer graduated in 2016 with a master's degree in History. As an online student in Virginia, he mastered his time and technology to achieve a degree which lead him up the Hill in D.C. 

January

The sixth annual ASU Prison Education Conference will bring together a broad coalition of e

Join History, Philosophy and Religious Studies faculty next Thursday as they discuss the upcoming historical presidential transition.

Tensions over Russia have flared in the U.S. for weeks: An aide to President Vladimir Putin was among a handful of Russians added to a U.S. blacklist Monday.

The first week of the new year has come to a close and there have been no celebrity obituaries to dominate the news cycle — something that might have seemed unfathomable in December when George Mic

2016

December

We are deeply saddened by the recent loss of our former colleague, Dr. Francisco Arturo Rosales, Professor Emeritus. Dr. Rosales passed away on Dec. 22. 

President Barack Obama is urging his successor, Donald Trump, to maintain the newly established U.S.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

From above, the earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life.

November

Three SHPRS First-Year Discovery Seminars are exploring exciting and current topics through different activities and site visits.

Second-year Public History MA student Heather Roehl is representing SHPRS in numerous ways.

As digital media use has exploded in Western nations, transforming communications, news sharing and business practices, it has done the same across Asia — but a pair of ASU researchers say there’s

As the debate continues to wage over the relationship between race and sports today, ASU graduate student Terry Shoemaker is asking students to consider another, just as socially significant relati

Chefs, professors and everyday foodies were busy using their taste buds to delineate the finer notes of hibiscus, passion fruit and orange blossom.

Public History MA Student Jodi Silvio recently had the honor of presenting at the Oral History Association's annual conference in Long Beach, California.

History Lecturer Abraham Gibson recently published a book titled Feral Animals in the American South: An

Rachel Ginnis Fuchs, former professor of history at ASU's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, died on Oct. 15, 2016, following a very short illness.

October

Six new members will be joining Arizona State University’s Trustees of ASU today.

Is the United States a post-white Christian nation?

For Debbie Reese, cutting classes in high school was an opportunity to indulge her passions.

Did you know that Arizona State University was one of the leading forces in the desegregation of college sports?

September

There’s a number of ways to serve one’s country, from military service to volunteerism. For Arizona State University alumnus Steven Gillen, it was the U.S.

August

It’s no doubt a history degree can take you far- whether it’s far in your career or physically far from home.

July

Samantha Winter grew up with Arizona State University in her backyard.

June

Until July 15, Arizona State University is offering a four-week Summer Institute “Extending the Land Ethic” at Northern Arizona University that will explore the connection between ecologist Aldo Le

Brainstorming solutions to global problems, spending afternoons on Capitol Hill and touring national monuments like Gettysburg — that’s all just another week for students in the

May

Forty years ago, dozens of young black people lay shackled inside a film set that was made to look like the hold of a slave ship.

This Memorial Day, a remake of “Roots” hits the little screen in a revival of the most popular miniseries of all time. Based on the late Alex Haley’s bestselling book, “Roots” traces the his

April

On Tuesday, May 10, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest-achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at t

As the academic year comes to a close, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes exceptional faculty members who have gone above and beyond to educate the next generation of scholars.  

The horror that was the Holocaust exists now in our collective consciousness as one of the darkest periods in human history.

March

You’ve come a long way, ASU.

The March 22 attacks in Brussels served as yet another grisly reminder that we live in a world where the threat of terrorist attacks has become something of a new normal.

It may be hard to believe, but already the better half of a century has passed since World War II broke out.

The Navajo language is dying, and Manuelito Wheeler wants to change that.

February

Students in China are eager to learn about American culture, and Arizona State University is part of a project designed to meet that need.

2015

December

Discovering the rich tapestry of history can open our eyes to the connections between past and present, and how people and circumstances have shaped and continue to influence todays’ complex world.

Hands go up in a crowded ASU lecture hall when a social justice course instructor asks who has ever experienced prejudice.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

November

For years John Carlson and Scott Ruston worked just steps from each other, but their paths never crossed.

An eminent scientist and engineer with transdisciplinary expertise in sustainability, an award-winning musician, and a distinguished history professor of the American West and tribal communities ha

Driven by a burning desire to succeed in a competitive workforce, four remarkable alumni from Arizona State University have gone above and beyond in their professional careers to create positive ch

October

Editor's note: This feature is part of a series profiling different slices of ASU's diverse population.

September

Pope Francis’ speech to Congress on Thursday, the first by a pontiff, made history and invited a different perspective in an institution packed with entrenched viewpoints.

August

For most people, the thought of spending your summers in war-torn areas of conflict isn’t too appealing. But for Yasmin Saikia it’s more than an attraction, it’s her job.

May

ASU professor Rebecca Tsosie has been appointed vice provost for inclusion and community engagement.

April

ASU student Will Novak has a plan to beautify the 181 miles of canals that run through Phoenix.

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, a senior in Barrett, the Honors

March

Four College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students will represent Arizona State University March 20 at a national debate tournament.

Associate professor of history Calvin Schermerhorn has written an op-ed for Virginia’s largest circulating newspaper, “The Virginian-Pilot.” His piece is about the

Multimedia producer Victor Masayesva, Jr.

Most, if not all, of the major challenges of our time require us to consider a time far beyond the present.

February

Cultural historian Eric Lott kicks off the Provost's Distinguished Lecture Series on Feb. 11.

January

Editor's note: Jannelle Warren-Findley died in Phoenix on Feb. 4, at age 69, after the publication of this article.

In September 1962, the National Farm Workers Association convened its first convention in Fresno, California, initiating a multiracial movement that would result in the creation of United Farm Work

A panel of researchers from Arizona State University’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project will deliver public lectures as part of “

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will visit Arizona State University's Tempe campus to give opening remarks before a public lecture by Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan.

The Arizona-Mexico border serves as a national and international spotlight for discussions about border issues and illegal immigration.

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.

2014

December

Research for books in the humanities is hard, complicated and lengthy.

November

What do pacemakers, prosthetic limbs, Iron Man and flu vaccines all have in common?

The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies announces the start of a new master’s degree program in American studies beginning in fall 201

October

A postcard for “A Night in India,” an Indian-American banquet that was held in Phoenix in 1951, showed the cost to attend was only $1.50.

American power around the world is facing new challenges, and our government is often paralyzed by gridlock. How did we get here, and how do we fix it?

Professor Leah Sarat was interviewed on KAET’s "Horizonte" about the relationship between religion and migration in Mexico and the United States, which she explores in depth in her book “Fire in th

September

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 lectu

August

A team of researchers led by professor Paul Hirt of Arizona State University's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies has won a planning

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