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Stacking the deck for sustainability

July 20, 2021 - 2:47am
Scientists have been sounding the alarm on the climate crisis for nearly three decades, and we still face major challenges. A group of Arizona State University educators are reaching out to youth for solutions. “Scientists have warned us that the planet’s systems are dangerously close to irreversible tipping points. Children and youth are well aware that we live in environmentally precarious times and that they face an uncertain future,” said Iveta Silova , professor and director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College . “Yet, schools and universities continue to reproduce the hierarchical ‘man over nature’ relationships in an ongoing pursuit of economic growth.” She believes this requires a complete paradigm shift and that our very future survival depends on our capacity to make this shift. Which is why Silova is participating as a research director for a new ASU initiative...
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In praise of beautiful books: Hayden Library to display 'Kelmscott Chaucer'

May 24, 2021 - 3:34am
In what reads like a piece of advice from a 19th-century version of Marie Kondo, British textile designer William Morris once wrote, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” An artist, poet and visual designer, Morris was devoted to beautiful things and created many in his lifetime. In 1891, he founded the Kelmscott Press out of a desire to return to an artistic craft that had faded during the Industrial Revolution: the finer production of books. The ASU Library holds all 53 titles printed by Kelmscott, including the 1896 publication of “The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer: Now Newly Imprinted,” thought to be one of the most beautiful books ever printed, exemplifying Morris’ vision of the ideal book. Both the original and a facsimile of the "Kelmscott Chaucer," as it is known, will be on display, Friday, June 25, at...
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6 humanities-based projects receive seed grant funding

May 10, 2021 - 1:40am
The Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University has awarded funding to six new seed grant projects for its spring 2021 funding cycle. The projects and their principal investigators (PIs) are as follows: "'The task is hers': Asian American Women, Literature and Reproduction" PI: Karen Kuo , associate professor, School of Social Transformation. "A Third Act for Intergenerational Climate Activism: Using Narrative to Engage Climate Action" PIs: Shirley Rose , professor, Department of English; Jennifer Richter , assistant professor, School of Social Transformation. "Circles of Truth: Story Circles for Diversity and Inclusion" PIs: Rafael Martínez Orozco , assistant professor, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts; Lily Villa , PhD candidate, School of Human Evolution and Social Change. "Future IDs Art and Justice Leadership Cohort" PIs: Gregory Sale , associate professor, School of Art; Julio Cesar Morales , curator, ASU Art Museum; Johanna K. Taylor , assistant professor and program...
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On the road with Stephen Marc: ASU photography professor awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

May 5, 2021 - 6:54pm
Photographer and digital montage artist Stephen Marc has been named a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in photography by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Marc is the fourth faculty member in ASU’s photography program to be named a Guggenheim Fellow; he joins Mark Klett , Betsy Schneider and Liz Cohen . “Stephen is an extraordinary photographer doing essential work,” said Herberger Institute Dean and Director Steven Tepper. “I think the story of Stephen Marc is a story about discovering our common humanity in the face of polarization — something we need desperately now.” “This wasn’t my first time applying,” Marc said. “I also never expected to get it. I wasn’t doing the work for the grant; I was doing it for myself. You have to have tough skin as an artist. You get rejected all the time. But it’s better for them to reject me, than for me to reject myself...
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ASU digital art grad activates and honors Indigenous perspectives

May 4, 2021 - 10:21pm
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates . John Joe is an Irish and Din é (Navajo) student graduating this spring with an MFA in art (digital technology). He has been creating art for 30 years and has slowly integrated digital technology over the past decade. He was named one of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts’ Outstanding Graduating Students for 2021 in the category of Excellence and Innovation in Creative Practice. His work is currently on display in the Harry Wood Gallery. Joe’s MFA thesis exhibition, "Our Way, Route 2021,” features a soundwalk project with a route that is Joe's journey traveling from his family home in Naschitti, New Mexico, to Hweeldi-Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The project “offers a 2021 route to be held by the land, honoring our way of life, family, traditions, tribal community and ancestors,” according...
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ASU Class of 2021 overcame tumultuous times on path to success

May 3, 2021 - 3:31am
Arizona State University’s spring 2021 graduates were congratulated for not only persevering through the difficulties of a pandemic, but also for helping to make the university a better place despite the challenges. “What we’ve found in 2020 and 2021 is that we’ve learned to be a better university, our faculty have advanced and we’ve developed new teaching and learning techniques,” said ASU President Michael Crow during the commencement video. “I hope people see what we’ve done. We’ve kept the institution moving forward in the middle of the first global pandemic in over 100 years.” Crow said that the 2021 graduates are prepared to be lifelong learners. “We’re living in a world where everyone is empowered by technology and they’re able to study across cultures and across complex subjects, and they’re able to double major and triple major and they’re able to build things and do things,” he said. “Our undergraduate...
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New ASU graduate was taught from early age to advocate for herself

April 19, 2021 - 5:05am
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates . Amber Cook’s parents taught her to advocate for herself — a skill that has served her well while in college. She is graduating from Arizona State University this semester with a degree in art studies from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts , with a minor in design studies. Cook, who is from St. Michaels, on the Navajo reservation, was born with cerebral palsy. She uses a wheelchair, has a slight speech impediment and some limitations in her hands. “My parents fought to raise me to be as independent as I can be and to have just as much equal opportunity as everyone else,” she said. Amber Cook is graduating with a degree in art studies and would like a career in architecture, designing accessible housing. Photo courtesy of Amber Cook...
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Graduating art student finds inspiration in American Southwest

November 18, 2020 - 4:02am
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates . During her time at Arizona State University, Rachel Hebert walked 500 miles across Colorado, climbed a 1,200 foot wall in Zion National Park and summited numerous 14,000 foot peaks. “I have spent much of my time here exploring the public lands that make this country great and seeking to convey their beauty in the gallery space,” said Hebert, who graduates this December with a BFA in printmaking. “I grew up nestled at the base of the Wasatch Mountains and my childhood was spent mostly alone,” she said, “exploring the endless woods behind my house in search of natural treasures. In my teenage years, I embarked on a series of solo road trips through the Four Corners Area. These early experiences in the desert formed a deep love for the arid region, so I...
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ASU strives to promote and advance Native American higher education

November 13, 2020 - 3:00am
It was seeing herself reflected that made the college decision for Maria Walker. The high school senior had been all set to go to Columbia University on a full scholarship, but then Tribal Nations Tour visited her school in the White Mountain Apache community. The outreach program brings Arizona State University students to schools throughout the state with large populations of American Indian students. That spring 2017 visit made all the difference for Walker. “It was heartwarming to see other Native Americans from ASU, who were successful and took the time to share their stories with us,” said Walker, now a senior in ASU's College of Health Solutions. “It made me realize that if I went to ASU, I’d be studying with fellow Native Americans and be taught by Native staff who could help me along the way. "I decided that I’d rather have a community at ASU rather than...
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New classes in the School of International Letters and Cultures shine light on sustainability

October 25, 2020 - 6:48pm
Principles of sustainability are the focus of four courses that will be offered this spring through the Italian program in Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures . 
 Most of the classes are new to ASU and they arose independently of one another, reflecting a broadening prioritization of sustainability across multiple academic disciplines. Though the courses are taught by faculty from the school's Italian program, they are open to students from a variety of majors and can satisfy undergraduate general studies requirements, such as global awareness and humanities, arts and design. 
 For example, students in “Natural Disasters: Environmental and Cultural Resilience” taught by Principal Lecturer Chiara Dal Martello will identify and analyze examples of Italian cultural resilience in the face of natural disasters. Students will learn from experts in numerous fields, from volcanology and disaster management to history and art, and examine a variety of texts,...
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