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‘Humanities in Place’: Read our latest newsletter


Kristen LaRue-Sandler

The new issue of Accents on English, the Department of English at Arizona State University's annual newsletter, is now live. Themed "Humanities in Place: Desert Contours and Contrasts," contributor essays explore the concept of place, employing it as a transport into not just locations, but into local and far-off landscapes and traditions, established and emerging ideas, and cultural and online spaces.

We focus most deeply on where ASU English is physically situated—the Sonoran desert generally and Ross-Blakley Hall specifically, but don’t be surprised at the detours: to the coast, the library, the classroom, and even the ear.

“Places matter,” writes Rebecca Solnit in Storming the Gates of Paradise. “Their rules, their scale, their design include or exclude civil society, pedestrianism, equality, diversity (economic and otherwise), understanding of where water comes from and garbage goes, consumption or conservation. They map our lives.”

We’ve mapped a few Department of English places here, both within and outside of us, and we invite you to explore.