Neal Lester has never cared much about awards.
Residents of Arizona are no strangers to the notion of their state’s landscape being barren and harsh, however misguided it may be.
This fall, the Department of English at Arizona State University will again offer courses that engage a local-to-global view of issues through the lenses of media and language.
The wide expanse of jade green lawn known as the Great Court in the center of Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University’s Tempe complex was transformed into a beautiful garden with po
It’s a busy spring for publishing, and five faculty members in the ASU Department of English announce new books recently launched or imminently forthcoming.
The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at Arizona State University is welcoming Wynton Marsalis to host its
Black history is not always taught in public schools throughout the country.
This fall, Arizona State University students will have the opportunity to meet the challenges of the future in a new and innovative degree program.
Lee Griffo’s sister, Jessie McCaskill, was murdered by her wife in 2012.
If you ask ChatGPT, a chatbot that was launched by OpenAI last fall, how it feels about being used by students to cheat on school assignments, here’s what it will spit out.
In her 2014 National Book Award acceptance speech, acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K.
Austin Davis can recall the first time he met Jenny Irish.
A simple phrase; two small words to represent the magnitude of a global commitment to forever stand against the atrocities of the Holocaust.
In its continued effort to make college more accessible through innovative methods, Arizona State University is partnering with YouTube and Crash Course to offer college courses
William Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616. Seven years later he was immortalized.
Three faculty members in the ASU Department of English announce new books recently published or imminently forthcoming.
If you Google image search the word “desert,” you’ll find a series of glamorized yet homogenous landscapes of sand dunes, mountains, open sky — and a significant lack of people.
Ron Broglio, a renowned educator, leader and scholar, has been appointed as Arizona State University’s new director of the Institute for Hu
In 2022, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University made headlines across ASU News and beyond. But there were a few stories that readers really gravitated towards.
With the full return to campus, in-person commencements, a lively Homecoming and buildings opening near and far, time seems to be moving awfully fast these days.
You want to be the first in your family to graduate from college. But how do you navigate a journey that nobody close to you has ever traveled?
An undergraduate student and three faculty members in the Department of English announce new books recently published or imminently forthcoming.
Three project teams of principal investigators at Arizona State University have received funding from the Crossing Latinidades Huma
Editor's note: This story is part of our Salute to Service coverage, Nov. 1–11.
Webster’s Dictionary defines disgust as a “marked aversion aroused by something highly distasteful.”
Devoney Looser, a professor of English at Arizona State University, literary critic and Jane Austen aficionado, is taking other Austenites and bibliophiles into the world of another Jane — an
With public service at the heart of Arizona State University’s charter, many Sun Devils have had successful careers in public office, and this fall, a few have been busy preparing for c
Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory is now home to the UNESCO BRIDGES Sustainability
Arizona State University Principal Lecturer Rosemarie Dombrowski and alumna Amber McCrary have received 2022 Humanities Awards from Arizona Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment
In a battle for content, streamers like Amazon Prime, Hulu and Disney+ are relying more than ever on books and graphic novels for compelling stories to attract subscribers.
Natalie Diaz loves language.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will host the annual Jonathan and Maxine Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series with Rita Dove, a Pulitzer Prize-winning po
We’ve been told that so much gets lost in translation.
Four faculty members in the Department of English announce highly anticipated new books recently published or imminently forthcoming.
This fall, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will host a collection of inspiring and high-impact even
The steel gray muzzle of a military police officer’s machine gun pointed at her mother’s head as Nicole Anderson, then age 11, and her two sisters,
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University has launched "Learning from Experience," a podcast that tackles some o
Imagine if the Amazon River had legal representation. Or if the Colorado River had a bill of rights. Or if an ecosystem was granted personhood.
Four faculty members in the Department of English announce new books recently published or imminently forthcoming.
As sure as dusk turned to dawn, they began to appear.
It takes a couple of weeks to arrange an interview with Miciana Hutcherson.
The new issue of Accents on English, the Department of English at Arizona State University's annual newsletter, is themed ar
A family with longtime philanthropic ties to Arizona State University has made a $1 million gift to the university’s Department of English.
Aviva Dove-Viebahn is an expert on "Charlie’s Angels."
Not because she’s a huge fan of the cheesy TV series and movies that followed, mind you.
What happens when something new, something inspiring, becomes — well — routine?
The Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University has announced 11 faculty members as new fellows for 2022–23.
The Earthmen came by the handful, then the hundreds, then the millions. They swept aside the majestic, dying Martian civilization to build their homes, shopping malls, and cities.
June is Pride month, a time to commemorate the people, places and events that have catalyzed change for the LGBTQ community.
Mitchell Jackson was in Saudi Arabia the first week of June for the Hegra Conference, a three-day series of panel discussions and town halls th
Madeline Sayet is a busy woman these days.
Three faculty members in the Department of English announce new books recently published or imminently forthcoming.
James Edmonds, an Arizona State University alumnus who earned his PhD in religious studies in 2021, taught a course as a faculty associate on Buddhism this spring for the first time and opene
As society evolves, so do the technologies that serve us. Today, technology impacts the way that we think, learn, grow and communicate — and, in doing so, has transformed our sense of community.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University offers courses that nearly every ASU student takes at some point in their college jour
Three faculty members and an alum in the Department of English announce new work recently published or imminently forthcoming. Books veer from memoir to translation, from desert to city.
On May 11, 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 the spring
Spoiler alert: In the final scene of the 1973 movie “Soylent Green” actor Charlton Heston, who plays detective Frank Thorn, is being led off on a stretcher following a gun battle when he desperatel
Average annual greenhouse gas emissions were at their highest levels in human history throughout 2010–19.
April is National Poetry Month. Poet T.S.
Each year, Earth Day is on April 22.
In honor of Earth Month, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University is highlighting work throughout its academic units and centers that addresses climate chang
Arizona PBS presents "The Futures of Democ
Ayanna Thompson is not a fan of musicals.
An undergraduate student and two faculty members in the Department of English at ASU announce new books recently published or imminently forthcoming.
Investigative journalism and history will converge on March 23 when Arizona State University’s Institute for Humanities Research will sponsor a virtual talk with Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, whose years
If you jumped on TikTok Monday morning, you might have seen a video of a toddler talking to herself in front of a mirror, a rooster wearing blue pants or a three-minute makeup tutorial: Fun, harmle
If you’re feeling like recent geopolitical events have that grim, here-we-go-again vibe, you’re not alone.
Sometimes fiction can illuminate a real-life topic better than nonfiction.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to linger and we approach World Wildlife Day on March 3, many scholars among the Homo sapein variety of animal have found themselves pondering more than usu
Gene Valentine, Arizona State University professor emeritus and a charter member of the ASU Emeritus College, died on
By any measure, Arizona State University Associate Professor Joe Lockard is an expert in African American studies and 19th and 20th century
Fifty years later, we still can’t refuse the offer.
As the country’s attention turned toward issues of social justice during the summer of 2020, a group of students in the Herberger Institute for Design
Four faculty members in the Department of English announce new practical, speculative, scholarly and creative work recently published or imminently forthcoming.
In 1964 Sidney Poitier made history, becoming the first Black actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in "Lilies of the Field."
Mitchell Jackson has a story to tell.
Can participating in sports keep a young man out of trouble?
In May 2020, Arizona State University reached a major milestone when it enrolled approximately 3,500 American Indian students.
The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Have you ever thought about the amount of single-use plastic cutlery disposed of daily on the ASU Tempe campus? How about in a semester? Or a year?
Helping close one year and open another, three faculty members in the ASU Department of English announce the recent publication of new books, including a baseball film monograph and two collections
An influential professor at Arizona State University since 1997, Neal Lester has been select
Throughout 2021, problem-solvers, storytellers and dog lovers made headlines at The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.
As the pandemic nears the end of its sophomore year, it's worth taking a moment to acknowledge the compassion, grit and creativity of the Arizona State University community.
On Tuesday, Dec.
The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English announced the winner of two of its annual contests for 2021-2022, the Mabelle A.
The Center for Imagination in the Borderlands, directed by Associate Professor of English Natalie Diaz, announces MFA in creative writing stude
The School of International Letters and Cultures hosted a conference in November, sponsored by Arizona Humanities and Ari
It’s not easy keeping the attention of 100 third graders.
Recent years have seen a concerted effort by many in public-serving institutions to acknowledge the ancestral peoples and cultures that inhabited — and were often displaced from — the lands on whic
By the mid-1980s, Jane Goodall was already internationally renowned for her groundbreaking work illuminating the lives and minds of chimpanzees when she paid a visit to a research facility where th
In September, the Department of Energy released the Solar Futures Study, outlining the Biden administration’s efforts to tackle c
Over the past 10 years, Arizona State University’s Project Humanities has received high praise from many dignitaries around the world.
On October 28, 2021, we celebrated the winners of our annual Homecoming Writing Contest with a virtual awards presentation and a reading from the students’ works.
Arizona State University junior John Keane visited Iraq earlier this semester as part of a group teaching English as a second language, an experience that helped him develop skills he intends to us
In 2021, ongoing social, environmental and economic upheavals have made sifting through the noise — sometimes metaphorical noise, s
Four top faculty members in the ASU Department of English announce the recent and forthcoming publication of new titles. Work already garnering acclaim includes a U.S. edition of a U.K.
A conference sponsored by Arizona Humanities and Arizona State University will bring together national and international translation professionals and scholars later this month to discuss the theor
When you step into Neal Lester’s Discovery Hall office on the ASU Tempe campus, you’ll never forget it.
When Clint Smith was growing up in New Orleans, it was impossible to escape the adulation of the Confederacy.
Throughout “Twelve Minutes and a Life,”
As a student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Arizona State University English Professor Natalie Diaz remembers seeing the Robe
Arizona State University welcomes back author, academic and media commentator Michael Eric Dyso
If Shakespeare believed that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” perhaps he would also be amenable to the idea that his plays, updated with modern English, would still hit the same.
The School of International Letters and Cultures brings the 21st U.S.
In 2019, the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University made a definitive statement to the academic world about the issue o
The ASU Book Group, hosted by the Virginia G.
This year, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will host the inaugural Humanities Week
The terrorist attacks that took the lives of almost 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001, continue to haunt and define us some 20 years later.
Nobody ever said getting a book published was easy.
In an overwhelming response to a call for stories and perspectives related to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, more than 100 Arizona State University graduate students and postdocs submitt
In the crowded landscape of divisive topics and misinformation in the U.S.
Incoming Sun Devils have more than 800 fully accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs to choose from — plus 275 available minors and cer
Three faculty members and an alum of the ASU Department of English announce the recent publication of new books.
The new issue of Accents on English, the Department of English at Arizona State University's annual newsletter, is themed ar
When it comes to the topic of transgender athletes competing in sports, people have a lot to say. But it's more than just talk.
This fall, the humanities division at Arizona State University will welcome scholar Elisa New as the first-ever
It’s not easy bein' green, a famous frog once said.
In the case of a certain legendary knight, it’s not a spoiler to say that sometimes being green will cost you your head.
The distance between the work of academia and the society that work is intended to improve is something scholars themselves often lament, but two publications from Arizona State University faculty
One of Matt Bell’s goals as a novelist is to write at least one book in every genre he loves.
This fall, critically acclaimed sci-fi and fantasy writer Nnedi Okorafor will join The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University has selected
Hollywood has reached another milestone in LGBTQ representation, and this one is definitely moving the needle.
Five faculty members (one of whom is an alum) and two graduate students in the ASU Department of English announce the recent or forthcoming launch of exciting new work.
Besides the usual cornucopia of courses, the Department of English at Arizona St
This fall, Arizona State University will welcome renowned writers Mitchell S. Jackson and Safiya Sinclair to The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of English.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University offers a variety of courses on gender and sexuality as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ)
Devoney Looser, Regents and Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University, has uncovered new informatio
Topping the headlines again, Arizona State University Associate Professor Natalie Diaz has been awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for h
In “Pride,” a new FX docuseries currently streaming on Hulu, ASU Associate Professor of film and media studies
Arizona State University student Charleigh Reid has aspired to become a published author since high school.
It’s no coincidence that the exhibit map for “Telephone,” an ambitious project that enlists creators of all kinds to mimic the classic children’s game by “w
Every bookworm in Phoenix knows that one of the best ways to ride out triple-digit temperatures is to chill out indoors with a good summer read.
Military spouses often face situations and challenges that most civilians don’t — deployments, long periods of separation and adhering to codes that sometimes can stifle human emotion.
Four faculty members in the Department of English at ASU announce publication of recent books, both new and revised editions, covering topics from American cinema to women and material culture to s
The Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University has awarded funding to six new seed grant projects f
During the spring convocation ceremonies on May 3, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University honored its best and brightest undergraduates from the social sciences, natur
The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) at Arizona State University has awarded fellowships to eight ASU faculty for the 2021–22 academic year.
In the intro to her new book, “Blackface,” ASU Regents Professor of English
On Monday, May 3, 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 divisi
The English Renaissance ended nearly 400 years ago, yet the people and creative works of that era can tell us a lot about ourselves today.
Two members of the Arizona State University community are named in the new membership rolls of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced on April 22.
Amanda Baldeneaux is living proof that a writer can create solid work under the most trying of circumstances.
From food insecurity to biodiversity collapse, the field of environmental humanities addresses big issues from an interdisciplinary angle, aiming to connect two fields that have traditionally
Arizona State University's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy will feature influential civil rights and social justice leader Rev. William J.
Despite a decade of widespread decline in humanities majors and enrollments at higher educat
COVID-19 has impacted lives across the globe in a variety of ways. Some have lost loved ones, others have lost their jobs or their homes, and many suffered isolation from friends and family.
There’s something new this year for Indigenous Culture Week.
It’s the word “Indigenous.”
Given the sheer number of incarcerated individuals in the United States — the country with the highest incar
As a warm-up for Shakespeare’s birthday on April 23, here’s a book-day celebration in honor of our medieval and Renaissance scholars.
“At least the play was good,” Mrs. Lincoln never said.
“I've always wanted to visit Europe,” said no one on D-Day.
“We get to swim!” said nobody on the Titanic.
Freedom is a word that comes to mind when describing the unmediated self-publishing space of zines, short for “fanzines” or “magazines,” a creative space that Rachel Leket-Mor, an associate librari
If we want to change the world for the better, we’ve got to start by empowering women and girls.
The past year has brought on challenging new circumstances and called attention to existing social injustices.
In March 2020, as college students were scrambling to adjust to the sudden changes wrought by the pandemic, Arizona State University undergraduate Austin Davis kept his focus on others — specifical
We now know what the wind on Mars actually sounds like — to a robot’s “ears” a
Over the past year, the Institute for Humanities Research's Health Humanities Initiative
This fall, Arizona State University’s Department of English and Arizona Center f
The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is hosting an online peer-reviewed journal, known as the SHPRS Digital Humanities Journal, started by undergraduate students.
It has been nearly a decade since Louise Erdrich’s novel “The Round House” first told the story of Joe Coutts, a 13-year-old boy living on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota who takes it upon hi
The innovative work of three ASU Department of English students is now in book form!
Anybody who has had the opportunity to hear Michael Eric Dyson speak will tell you how powerful an experience it can be.
In her novels, award-winning author and Arizona State University Professor Jewell Parker Rhodes often combines he
Sometimes, when you’re stretched to the limit and you think you can’t go on, all it takes to bring you back to a state of equilibrium is a calming voice — and a little poetry.
The humanities encompass everything from history, literature and creative writing to film and media, language and culture, philosophy, linguistics and religion.
When it comes to American history, ASU Foundation Professor Lois Brown believes no story is too small to tell.
There is a line in “Northanger Abbey,” Jane Austen’s satirical coming-of-age novel, that Devoney Looser thinks of often, whenever she is
A dispiriting job on Wall Street led Ayanna Thompson to the realization that she wanted to change the world more than she wanted a big
The Andrew W.
Author Colson Whitehead felt a responsibility to stick to the truth when he wrote the terrible events in “The Nicke
This January, Amanda Gorman’s stirring words at President Biden’s inauguration celebration ignited a love for poetry many Americans didn’t even know they had.
Five Department of English faculty are the proud authors or editors of recent publications, new and reissued.
Three recent graduates and a senior at Arizona State University have won prestigious fellowships offered by the U.S. Department of State.
As the turbulent summer of 2020 wound to a close, with the nation still reeling after the killing of George Floyd ignited a spate of Black Lives Matter protests calling for an end to systemic racis
Arizona State University’s Project Humanities will be recognized for excellence in education by the city of Tempe at
Arizona State University Director of Creative Writing and Associate Professor Matt Bell was faced with a challenge many educators experienced t
On Monday, Dec.
Three Department of English faculty announce recent and imminently forthcoming works of literary and cultural criticism.
The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English announced the winners of two of its annual contests for 2020-2021.
On November 18, 2020, we celebrated the winners of our annual Homecoming Writing Contest with a virtual awards presentation and a reading from the students’ works.
They are the best and brightest and have brought honor and distinguishment to their disciplines.
Storytelling is a tool that has been used cross-culturally for centuries as a means to teach lessons, express viewpoints and build communities.
Many historians have stated that this country was founded on the exploitation of Indigenous peoples and the Earth.
When Arizona State University alumni reflect on their Sun Devil stories, they often remember the influential courses they took from The Coll
It was seeing herself reflected that made the college decision for Maria Walker.
Aya Matsuda, Arizona State University associate professor of applied linguistics, recognizes the need for her students to ga
Early in her academic career, Arizona State University alumna and former faculty member Laura Bush developed an appreciation for the power of memoirs and autobiographies.
Three Department of English faculty have been, as of late, hard at work in “editing mode” and have been busy collaborating with others.
“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”
A biomedical engineering student in Arizona, a designer in New York, a nonprofit professional in Canada and a high school student in Israel wouldn’t typically find themselves in the same plac
While some holiday traditions may be in jeopardy this year because of the pandemic, one small group of students at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus will celebrate an important Hispanic
Zombies have been scaring us with horrible table manners since the 16th century, but now they’re about to get an air of respectability.
Editor's note: This story is part of a series from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for National Book Month.
Raising children isn’t like it was in your parents' and grandparents’ generation.
Editor's note: This story is part of a series from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for National Book Month. Read m
“There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.”
— Octavia Butler
In 1767, nine chiefs from the Cherokee Nation were invited to New York City to view a performance of Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” Exactly what they thought of the play, rife as it is with themes of
2020 has been a year. While the nation may feel more divided than ever, it seems we can all agree on the unprecedented nature that this calendar year has brought us.
The facts surrounding the climate crisis probably aren’t news to you.
In April, Arizona State University’s Narrative Storytelling Initiative invited people worldwide to write a short story on what
Addressing present concerns in social justice, sustainability and technology, the Department of English at Arizona State University has recruited five additional faculty to its programs in film and
Three Department of English faculty are shepherding new and relaunched books to publication in late 2020. Recent and forthcoming titles include a celebrated poetry collection in a U.K.
White women have historically played a curious role in race relations in America, occupying dual roles as oppressor and the oppressed.
Arizona State University offers more than 800 fully accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs — not to mention more than 270 minors and c
Voted in by Congress on June 4, 1919, ratified on Aug. 18, 1920 and enacted into law on Aug.
The centennial of a landmark decision that affected half the United States' population will take place Aug. 18, 2020, as the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment turns 100.
The new issue of Accents on English, the Department of English at Arizona State University's annual newsletter, is themed ar
As awareness of racial injustice has broadened this spring and summer, reading lists have been shared to help increase people's understanding of our nation's past and present — including one
Three Department of English faculty and a student announce extraordinary new work responding to the challenges, conflicts, contradictions, and crises of 2020.
Having just launched in late January of this year, ASU’s
Most of us find ourselves fully immersed in the digital age.
It goes without saying that the benefits of scholastic endeavors go beyond the intellectual. They’re also a way that kids can learn social skills, develop literacy and master how to deal with life’
Last Saturday, about halfway through Part 1 of the ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy’s two-part Impact
The Virginia G.
Editor’s note: While this article attempts to shed light on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting members of the disabled community, it is by no means intended to be comprehen
The practice of lynching was originally used against British loyalists. But after the Civil War it became a way of brutally suppressing the rights and agency of African American citizens.
When Arizona State University Professor and inaugural Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos wrote his latest collection of poetry, he couldn’t have kn
It's not a club that requires a monthly fee, a secret key or a password. All that’s required is a listening ear and a curious mind.
Graduation ceremonies recognize years of hard work, dedication, and often, no small amount of sacrifice on the part of students.
Two Arizona State University professors are now among a prestigious class of poets that have been selected by the Academy of American Poets for fellowships made possible by the Andrew W.
Fully online for Summer Session B, 2020 ASU Department of English courses run the gamut from Shakespeare to Star Wars, spanning centuries (and galaxies) of knowledge.
In the midst of the recent COVID-19-related economic, social and academic upheaval, something profound occurred.
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable s
ASU Department of English staff member Shauna Dranetz is being recognized for her outstanding work guiding undergraduate students toward academ
Four ASU Department of English faculty are ushering in new, inventive work—no small feat in these unprecedented times. Releases include the U.S.
Every student in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University is talented and special in their own way.
Coffee and college seem to be a perfect match.
During the spring convocation ceremonies on May 11, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will honor its best and brightest undergraduates from the social sciences, n
Arizona State University's May 11 commencement will celebrate many firsts and milestones: the university's first virtual ceremony because of the novel coronavirus, the first graduating cohort
On Monday, May 11, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social scien
The Environmental Humanities Initiative of the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University is collaborating with the University of Texas Humanit
In the 50 years since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, the United States has moved from a focus on pollution to a broader awareness of how the ecosystem needs to be nurtured.
“Take a risk: We can’t forget the future,” says Dr.
In a relatively short time, much has been written about the global cultural response to the COVID-19
Callout culture is a sticky business.
Who wrote Malcolm X’s autobiography? The obvious answer is Malcolm X.
But, according to Keith Miller, it’s not that simple.
For advice during the present COVID-19 crisis, we need look no further than Shakespeare: “Have patience and endure.”
“Who cares if I fold up at my desk
a heap of angry sorrow. Not any candidate
no ambassador. Sign a petition? Email some senators?
I make nothing happen.”
Although uncertainty abounds today, there is at least one thing you can count on: this fall 2020, edifying and mind-bending courses will be available to you from the Arizona State University Depart
These are most precarious times.
COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. Almost everything we know has changed in a matter of weeks, including how we interact with others.
We get it. You want to be informed, but you’ve been in the house for days on end with nothing but coronavirus updates in all of your feeds and headlines. But now, you just need a break.
Parents need strong social support because poor parenting not only damages children, but also leads to negative consequences for the larger community, according to a panel of experts who spoke at a
Editor's Note: To stave off the stay-at-home blues, Devoney Looser is also participating with other scholars and Janeites (including ASU alumna Amanda Prahl) in VirtualJaneCon, a free, on
Editor's note: To stave off the stay-at-home blues, Devoney Looser is also participating with other scholars and Janeites (including ASU alumna Amanda Prahl) in VirtualJaneCon, a free, on
Cooperation is essential during a pandemic.
The health of the Sun Devil community is a top priority at ASU.
The ASU Health Services website is Arizon
Hot off the presses, three members of the Department of English announce the arrival (or near-arrival) of highly anticipated books.
Kicking off Women’s History Month this year is the 107th anniversary of the first large political march in Washington, D.C., the Woman Suffrage Procession of 1913, which took place March 3.
In front of a record-breaking crowd of more than 950 community leaders, business executives and Arizona State University alumni on Feb.
Three Department of English faculty members are celebrating the launch of recent work in several kinds of media.
Complete black. Then, out of the darkness, from underneath a pile of dirt in the center of the room, emerges Fargo Tbakhi, into the light, for all to see.
Artistic expression has always been a catalyst for discussion in society.
Love finds us all at different times and takes us to different places — just ask these Sun Devil faculty and alumni.
As the largest college at Arizona State University, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to more than 25,000 students.
The Faculty Women of Color Caucus at Arizona State University is pleased to welcome Menah Pratt-Clarke, a leader in institutional transformation in hig
Many prominent American writers of the last 50 years — including Alice Walker, Spalding Gray, Maxine Hong Kingston, Louise Erdrich, Tobias Wolff and Sandra Cisneros — have one noticeable career mil
The energy at Arizona State University's Katzin Concert Hall on Thursday night was mostly celebratory, sometimes solemn and decidedly female.
In Aristotle’s groundbreaking critical theory composition “Poetics,” comedy is one of several forms of literature.
Three women, three countries and hundreds of letters spanning five decades.
Three women, three countries and hundreds of letters spanning five decades.
Marlon James is a writer for a few reasons: It brings him joy. It allows him to address cultural erasure.
Three Department of English faculty members are celebrating recent and forthcoming books and journals spanning a range of interests.
The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English announced the winners of two of its annual contests for 2019-2020.
A stretch of the imagination is needed when picturing Jane Austen.
Arizona State University Department of English President’s Professor Joni Adamson, an internationally renowned professor in environmental humani
It’s only fitting that the literature produced by citizens of a country predicated on the idea of personal and societal freedoms should reflect those deeply entrenched values.
As the sun rises on a new decade, Alberto Ríos is reminding us of how far Arizona has come and how much more there is to discover.
As the new year approaches, it's time for a look back at some of the notable Arizona State stories of the past decade.
But first, two caveats.
Many children in the U.S. grow up hearing holiday stories of Santa Claus bounding through the skies with a fleet of reindeer and a bundle full of presents.
Two Arizona State University faculty members have been named President’s Professors, adding to the growing list sinc
Arizona State University took great strides forward in 2019, cementing partnerships to further student access and success, facilitating groundbreaking scientific research and earning prestigious aw
Alyssa Orozco believes a healthy planet is a human right.
On November 19, 2019, we celebrated the winners of our annual H
With 23 boundary-spanning departments and schools, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University offers some of the most interdiscipl
Four Department of English faculty members are celebrating new and forthcoming books and journals that showcase a wide array of research and creativity.
Hemingway. Salinger. Whitman. All legendary writers who once served in the military.
T’was the night after Halloween, when all through the town, the jack-o'-lanterns had dimmed and the candy been downed.
As long as there have been people, there have been stories. We tell stories to convey knowledge, to entertain and to explain that which we do not understand.
A nuclear physicist, a high school student and three undergraduates find themselves sharing a table at Arizona State University.
For Superior Court Judge Michael Convey, leaving his native Chicago to attend college at Arizona State University started off as a chance to see a new part of the country.
Guising. Mumming. Souling. That which we call Halloween costuming, by any other name would it not still trick-or-treat?
African American actress Regina King is the star in an HBO adaptation of D.C.’s “The Watchmen,” premiering Oct.
This spring, the Department of English at Arizona State University wants you to plug in.
If you’re Italian, you don’t miss Mama’s “red lead” on Sunday night.
What awards course credit, builds your resume, provides hands-on experience and gives you the opportunity to travel the world?
Study abroad programs.
Sometimes the best conversations are the ones where all we do is listen. And when it comes to communing with the environment, there’s a lot that can be learned.
Arizona State University has been one of the top producers of students who win the prestigious Fulbright award to travel overseas, and this year, the university has engaged even more people in the
Arizona State University marked a record first-year undergraduate cohort of nearly 14,00
True crime shows are beloved by many for their comprehensive (if not entirely accurate) portrayal of forensics investigations.
Representation and inclusivity in modern American fiction are essential components of honest, accurate writing, novelist Jess Row told a crowd of faculty, staff and students at Arizona State
How do we think about the future during precarious times?
Witches, pagans and polytheists: They’re not seance-holding weirdos, tree-worshipping nudists or Stonehenge-dancing hippies.
Ahead of the wave, we’re sharing news of a virtual tsunami of new books on track to be released by Department of English faculty in October 2019.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for pride and reflection, celebrating millions of Americans who have positively influenced and shaped our society.
We don't often think about medieval and Renaissance culture.
Arizona State University’s Project Humanities has developed a reputation for its provocative and engaging programming.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse academic unit at Arizona State University.
ASU faculty members are pretty smart — and we don't just mean being experts on carbon c
Four Department of English faculty members are celebrating the publication of important original research.
If you walk with Don and Alleen Nilsen through the well-manicured retirement community where t
With a literary oeuvre that includes 11 novels, several children’s books, plays, and even an opera, Toni Morrison long has been revered as one of the most accomplished and impactful writers in Amer
Editor's note: July 3 marked the start of "the dog days of summer," the most sweltering days of the year.
Artificial intelligence algorithms have become pervasive in daily life, but should they? And what are the drawbacks and advantages of using machine learning?
Arizona State University history alumnus Kino Reed regularly teaches O’odham cultural studies and social studies at Salt River High School near Scottsdale, Arizona.
Editor's note: July 3 marked the start of "the dog days of summer," the most sweltering days of the year.
Ayanna Thompson is the director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University. She is currently working on a collection of essays on Shakespeare and r
Fifty-six years ago, on a humid Sunday in early May, thousands of African American congregants walked calmly out of the New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and headed toward the city
There’s a scene in Season 1, Episode 2 of FX’s acclaimed series "Pose" that chronicles the ballroom culture of New York City in the late '80s and early '90s, wherein one of the main characters, Bla
Four Department of English faculty members present innovative new work in various fields and formats: a journal special issue on politics and race; an edited volume of medieval and Renaissance conf
We all know the meaning of that blue decal with a stick figure person that hangs from rearview mirrors. What we probably don’t know is how to refer to the person it depicts.
The new issue of Accents on English, the Department of English at Arizona State University's annual newsletter, is now live.
In what is likely one of its most eclectic collaborations to date, last weekend several faculty from the Department of English joined A
Congratulations to 2018-2019 grads and award-winners in the Department of English!
Stacey McCreary first enrolled at Arizona State University in 1993 as a self-described “very young” 18-year-old.
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2019
On Thursday, April 11, recipients of the 57th annual Glen
ASU English faculty, staff, students and alumni made waves on the local, state, and national scenes during National Poetry month 2019.
Roden Crater, a large-scale art installation of light and perception in northern Arizona, is seen by only a few hundred people every year.
Each spring, high school students across the U.S. declare their college decisions, a first major step in carving their future path, and it deserves celebration.
Reflecting on her life’s journey as a writer — from having her mother create story books for her at a young age to being on the threshold of having her second book of poems published — Arizona Stat
Among the uninitiated, Phoenix might conjure less-than-savory thoughts of suburban sprawl, ecological challenges or a dearth of history.
The acronym DOWM is a trope many scholars of Western canon are familiar with.
Last fall Google turned 20.
During the spring convocation ceremonies on May 7, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will honor its best and brightest undergraduates from the social sciences, na
On Tuesday, May 7, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students fro
Three Department of English faculty members introduce new, published work.
Arizona State University alumnus Dan Shilling considers himself a good example of somebody whose life was changed by the humanities.
When speaking with young writers, Chicana essayist, playwright and poet Cherríe Moraga has a perennial piece of wisdom — for an authentic voice, go home.
Michele Clark studies invasive plant species, and her research could help save people from being attacked by tigers in a forest in Nepal.
Editor’s note: Winter is coming. As are spoilers.
From hip-hop to fashion and narrative art to indigenous urban pop culture: The seventh annual Phoenix Indian Center Youth
The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University welcomes Eric H. Holder Jr.
Some 1.7 billion people are speaking or learning English around the world today, a number expec
Arizona State University's Emerge, a festival of futures, interweaves art, science and technology to explore the future in evocative ways.
In front of a sold-out crowd of 800 community leaders, business executives and ASU alumni on March 20, the 2019 Founders’ Day celebrated the founding of the institution by honoring ASU alumni
The ASU Alumni Association Founders’ Day awards program honors the pioneering spirit of the institution’s founders and celebrates the innovations of alumni, faculty members and supporters of one of
If you’ve returned from spring break in a panic because you haven’t yet made your fall 2019 class selections, we can help.
Three Department of English faculty members and one affiliate from the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies announce publication of important new books: an overview of modernist arts cul
Today, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences boasts the most students, courses and — as of fiscal year 2018 — the most externally funded research expenditures at Arizona State University.
Shiv Shah is a scientist first and foremost.
Editor's note: This story is part of an ASU Now series celebrating the centennial of the Gr
The final Open Door event introduced visitors to everything from rescue robots to healthy eating.
An English master’s student, a business sophomore and an urban planning undergrad walk into a classroom. There is no punchline here, and they are all in the right place.
The latest exhibit at ASU Gammage will feature the works from photographer Jim Bochenek.
“What is the language we need to live right now?”
In the midst of increasing chaos caused by climate change, from devastating hurricanes to deadly polar vortexes, the literary genre of climate fiction offers stories that capture our anxieties, bro
ASU Open Door welcomes visitors to campus locations, allowing the public access to spaces usually accessible only to ASU students – laborator
Three Department of English faculty members are celebrating the recent and/or imminent release of books.
The public lecture Oxford Professor Jonathan Bate delivered Tuesday night at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, cheekily titled "T
A collection of miniature artist’s books and a limited-edition English translation of poetry by a child Holocaust victim are now available for reading and viewing at ASU Library.
As a global studies and linguistics double major, senior Karina Alonso has grown accustomed to learning about the world through her classes, her textbooks and her professors at Arizona State Univer
ASU Library has announced that four Arizona State University students have been selected to attend three days of seminars and research at the Newberry Library
With the new year comes a chance to start over with a clean slate — an opportunity to learn something new, embark on an adventure and explore the unknown.
Talking, listening and connecting: They’re the three pillars of Arizona State University’s Project Humanities, and there were plenty of each to be fo
Arizona State University Professor Neal A.
For many years, there existed among scholars of the medieval and Renaissance periods the old chestnut that those were the times before the concept of race existed.
Combining the artistic space of a traditional residency with the teaching and professionalization of an academic fellowship, the Virginia G.
For Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th and current Dalai Lama, his love of science began in childhood. Curious to know what made a mechanical watch tick, he took it apart and put it back together again.
A prominent British biographer, broadcaster, eco-critic and Shakespearean is visiting Arizona State University this spring to elevate further the university’s already top-ranked humanities research
The World Health Organization estimates roughly 47 million people worldwide are currently living with dementia. By 2050, that number is expected to almost triple.
From the dusk of the drive-in to the dawn of the login, America’s movie-watching journey has traversed a twisty plot of romance, drama, enterprise and disruption in the decades since the first “Aut
With entire social media handles dedicated to the genre, today’s epic stories of animal connections enjoy an easy ride to internet fame.
Three Department of English faculty members are ringing in 2019 by launching new books.
Everyone has a story, and everyone has the voice to tell it.
During the fall 2018 convocation ceremonies on December 11, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will honor their best and brightest undergraduates from the social s
On Tuesday, Dec.
The annual Tempe Writing and Cover Design contest, now in its fifth year, again invites ASU students from all majors and cam
Margot Plunkett is a bubbly freshman studying English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
In recent years, talk of border security, child separation, caravans of migrants and building — or not building — “the wall” has dominated U.S. headlines.
Forget everything you thought you knew about drag.
During World War II, cartoons, posters and screwball comedies were just as deadly as panzers and Thunderbolts.
On November 1, 2018, we honored the winners of our annual Homec
Judging by the success of Duolingo, Rosetta Stone and Babbel, tech-based language-learning is here to stay.
Santa Monica College is now the first California community college to host an onsite transfer services program manager from Arizona State University.
Matt Bell knows the importance of a sense of place.
Arizona State University Associate Professor Natalie Diaz has been named the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poet
The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a Hispanic tradition celebrated annually Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 in remembrance of lost loved ones.
You may think of Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck as the lovable cartoon characters you grew up watching in Sunday morning cartoons.
Five Department of English faculty members are launching three new books: a discussion of girls and science writing, a collection of sensual poetry, and an introductory text for humor studies.
“And so it stays just on the edge of vision,/ A small unfocused blur, a standing chill/ That slows each impulse down to indecision./ Most things may never happen: this one will.”
With whistles, pipes, toy pianos and automobile horns, Arizona State University’s orchestral contribution to the "Frankenstein" bicentennial celebration looks to be almost as piecemeal as Mary Shel
Female action heroes. Everyman poet-musicians. Fake news. Publishing YA lit. Saving the planet. Writing theft. A history of English.
Discarded pizza boxes. Empty energy-drink cans. Dozens dancing. And hundreds of people cracking, hacking and tapping away on laptops during a 36-hour marathon binge.
Monsters exist across time and culture, from the infamous Count Dracula to the more obscure Filipina vampire creature, the Manananggal, who is said to sprout giant bat wings and fly through the nig
Single-use plastics — such as cups with straws, takeout containers and water bottles — are so common in our culture of convenience that we often don’t give them a second thought.
Just after 6:30 p.m.
"You're going to need a bigger boat."
"We're not in Kansas anymore."
"I'll have what she's having."
"Go ahead, make my day."
Three Department of English faculty members announce new and forthcoming volumes of recent work: an environmental humanities journal special issue, a discussion of algorithms (in Italian), and an e
Arizona State University Facilities Development and Management was busy during summer 2018 opening several new buildings and completing multiple facilities upgrades. Facilities Development an
For the seventh year, the ASU English Department is recognizing a hard-working staff writer at Arizona State University who deserves public recognition with its 2018 ASU "Behind-the-Scenes Writer o
Capturing a big, complex idea in 60 seconds is not easy.
The excitement in Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos’ voice when he tells a crowd of people gathered at a recent Changing Hands Bookstore event in Phoenix that he will soon become a gr
This fall, the Department of English at Arizona State University is getting another upgrade, and this time it’s personal. Rather, personnel.
With its emerging skyline, newly renovated stadium and continual growth, sometimes it’s easy to forget that Arizona State University’s Tempe campus sits on the ancestral homelands of American India
Arizona State University English Professor Devoney Looser has been named a Foundation Professor effective fall 2018.
"True awareness of mortality, when it comes, is a permanent revolution...."
Before she was the first lady of the United States, Laura Bush was a librarian, and in 1995 she founded the Texas Book Festival as a way of honoring Texas authors and promoting the joys of reading.
Editor's note: Explicit verbal permission was given by Louise Wilson to publish photos depicting the Gitksan language.
World-class scholar. Accomplished leader. True innovator. A major force. These are just several of the accolades Ayanna Thompson’s colleagues use to describe her.
This summer, four Arizona State University students participated in a five-week teaching assignment in São Paulo, Brazil.
Want to know more about the romantic lives of 18th century English women? Read a Jane Austen novel.
Arizona State University played a major role in the first-ever Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Litera
Editor's note: This is part of a series investigating gun violence from many angles
For individuals looking to build a career in the international field of English language teaching, the ASU Online master's degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
The new issue of Accents on English, the Department of English at Arizona State University's annual newsletter, is now liv
As Dorothy and the Scarecrow learned, sometimes nature talks back.
The figure of Robert F. Kennedy casts a long shadow, equally split between what was and what could have been.
Arizona State University abounds with academics who are also authors — often prolific ones — and their publications range from research-backed guides to literary works to theoretical explorations.
Getting a bunch of high school students to show up for a poetry reading on a Friday afternoon in the summer is quite a feat.
Satirical or sex-obsessed? Self-hating or self-commentary? Of the many ways late author Philip Roth has been described and discussed, the word “complicated” is rarely challenged in debate.
Most of us hope that our confessional emails to friends won’t wind up on the internet.
In fall 2018, Arizona State University will begin offering coursework toward a new Health Humani
Innovation at Arizona State University often comes in the form of research, business ideas and technology.
They interviewed an award-winning journalist who had just returned from Syria. They learned how religious conflict ushered in the modern system of states from a political scientist.
Congratulations to 2017-2018 grads and award-winners in the Department of English!
To have Joni Adamson tell it, these are exciting times for the environmental humanities.
“I try to let myself be inspired daily by treating each new thing I learn as a treasure and by expressing my gratitude that I am able to be at a school like Arizona State University,” said Se
As another academic year winds down, Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is awarding faculty members who have gone far beyond expectations to facilitate scholarly
ASU doctoral and MFA students in humanities disciplines were invited to compete in a Connected Academics Pitching Contest
Update: The National Endowment for the Humanities named ASU English Professor Devoney Looser a Public Scholar on Aug.
Three Department of English faculty members and one alumna announce recent and forthcoming books of French poetry in translation, a Kindle version of Alcatraz island fiction, and pedagogy for teach
Times sure have changed.
Young adult novels used to be about dealing with rites of passage like parents getting divorced, or dating and menstruation.
During the spring 2018 convocation ceremonies on May 8, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will honor their best and brightest undergraduates from the social scien
Author and Arizona State University alumna Adrienne Celt was once dubbed a liberal arts success story by her literary agent.
“And it's true,” Celt said.
On April 3, 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Tuesday, May 8, 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
Arizona State University has become the 37th school to join the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Research Consortium.
Congratulations to five faculty members in the ASU Department of English, whose volumes on animal studies, writing research, poems of the dead, and international student writing have been released
The Juste family church tipi has been in service, helping heal the Salt River Gila community, for over 25 years.
On March 13, English professor James Blasingame received an ASU Pat Tillman Veterans Center
If academic units had patron saints, the Arizona State University English department’s would be Geoffrey Chaucer.
Humanities studies and baseball? It’s not exactly an obvious pairing.
A good book can transport the reader into a faraway universe filled with rich detail.
For historian Yasmin Saikia, Women's History Month is an opportunity to recognize all women, in addition to trailblazing historical figures.
Harvey Weinstein. Kevin Spacey. Bill Cosby. Rob Porter.
“Gunfire Erupts at a School. Leaders Offer Prayers. Children Are Buried. Repeat.”
Three Department of English faculty announce recent and forthcoming books centering on medieval optical science, Eastern European immigration, and verb meaning in English.
The 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" has ushered in a new creation — but it’s something entirely different than the familiar eponymous creature.
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.
Valentine’s Day can bring visions of roses and flowery language — or at least the Hallmark-card version. But poetry did not always serve the romantically minded.
Krista Ratcliffe’s first semester at Arizona State University began in a cloud of dust.
It almost sounds like the start of a joke: How do you get a staunch Republican and a left-leaning Democrat to have a civil conversation about Arizona politics? Sit ’em down for a meal.
This issue of Writing Notes, ASU Writing Programs' newsletter, features stories and notes about our new space.
In 2012, fresh off her first visit to the Sundance Film Festival through her internship with the f
Update: Venita Blackburn was named a finalist for the PEN America Literary Awards on Jan.
We all remember when the floor was lava, when we were schoolteacher to our stuffed animals, when we played detective to solve the mystery before dinnertime.
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.
Professor James Blasingame (English Education) just returned from Washington, DC, with a group of 15 teachers from around the world as part of a
ASU English faculty celebrate recent and forthcoming book publications on topics from gender and sexual politics to existential poetry to sixteenth-century court literature.
The 2018 Golden Globes went dark Sunday night, dressing to match the pall of sexual misconduct that has hung over Hollywood and beyond this past year.
Alonzo Jones has one of the best jobs at Arizona State University: associate athletic director for inclusion and championship life.
Who doesn’t want to lead a championship life?