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Exhibit gives high school students chance to express themselves

A little more than a year ago, Charles St. Clair and Matthew King had a conversation.

St. Clair, technical director in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies within ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, wanted King’s art class at Academies at South Mountain high school to have an exhibit displayed this February as part of Black History Month.

Super Bowl is super lucrative

The Super Bowl is back in Phoenix for the first time since 2015. While fans around the world will be cheering during the Feb. 12 game, civic and economic leaders will be rooting for another reason — or a billion of them.

Eight years ago, the Super Bowl and related events produced a gross economic impact of $719.4 million in the region. This year’s big game combined with the Waste Management Open (Feb. 6–12) and Car Week (Jan. 21–29) is expected to help the Valley surpass the $1 billion mark.

The state of artificial creativity

​If you have been on social media in the past month, you may have been tempted to submit your photo to a content-generating website to see yourself transformed into a futuristic cyborg, a pop-art portrait or a mystical woodland creature. Or, you may have explored the depths of your imagination to pull the most obscure themes you could think of to see what image the technology could dream up.

With the help of artificial intelligence, or AI, all of this creativity is possible and accessible at the click of a button.

Annual community activist forum and festival returns to ASU with a new location

Tempe, Arizona-based volunteer organization Local to Global Justice is excited to be returning to Arizona State University for their 22nd Annual Forum and Festival, an event that includes a weekend of workshops, spoken word performances, live music and keynote speakers, along with a community solidarity action focused on energizing justice.

Experts from around the world gather to discuss Indigenous rights

Arizona State University is a place where big thinkers convene and important conversations take place. That tradition continued this week with a three-day international conference at the Tempe campus.

ASU’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics co-sponsored the “Indigenous Access to Justice Global Conference,” held Feb. 1–3 in the Memorial Union, gathering experts around the world and giving them an opportunity to connect and empower each other.

Toward equality in sports

Sociology and sports researcher Scott Brooks is no stranger to inequality. 

As early as high school, Brooks remembers seeing a few players get more opportunities to stand out on his youth basketball team. They would get more playing time, more support from the team and more chances to score, all of which led to a higher chance of a potential career in the sport. His coach would take players out of the game if players didn’t play according to his expected roles, and teammates would sanction other players who stepped out of line.

Finding intelligent solutions to the digital divide

Lack of access to computers and cellphones. No internet. Computer illiteracy. 

Dubbed the digital divide, these global challenges were tackled on Wednesday by panelists at Arizona State University’s Smart Region Summit. Now in its fifth year, the event took place at the Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix with a focus on digital inclusion. 

The issue impacts impoverished communities and other marginalized groups. 

Professor partners with Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics to bring ASU Worldbuilding Initiative to life

In her 2014 National Book Award acceptance speech, acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin said, “Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom — poets, visionaries — realists of a larger reality.”

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