Humanities

Seeking a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary understanding of why and how people thrive

Despite news headlines screaming about viruses, inflation, climate and conflict, people across the world are actually better off than at any other time in history. Understanding how humanity continues to thrive, even in the face of adversity, is the focus of the Global Scientific Conference on Human Flourishing on Nov. 29 and 30. 

Past meets future: Humanities students engage with WWI history through virtual reality

“Welcome to the front line of the war.”

Looking around, students in Victoria Thompson’s HST 130 course, The Historian’s Craft, found themselves in No Man’s Land: the treacherous, muddy tract besieged by shelling that separated the Allied and German trenches during World War I.

“Put yourselves in the mindset of a soldier who has just arrived. Think about your motivation for joining up. What do you think about what you see around you?”

Debating socialism

Having a firm grasp on the practice of civil discourse is of the utmost importance when discussing difficult topics. Thankfully, Arizona State University undergraduates will have a chance to learn from experts throughout history to better understand — and debate — the pros and cons of socialism in an upcoming seminar-style course that will examine and discuss socialism from economic, moral and philosophical perspectives.

Krystal Tsosie to be ASU's first Indigenous human geneticist

Krystal Tsosie (Diné/Navajo Nation) is an advocate for Indigenous genomic and data sovereignty. She is a co-founder of the first U.S. Indigenous-led biobank, a 501(c)3 nonprofit research institution called the Native BioData Consortium. Her current research at Arizona State University centers on ethical engagement with Indigenous communities to ensure Indigenous peoples equitably benefit from precision health and genomic medicine. 

Where war meets the law

Almost eight months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, news headlines have exposed the war’s tragic consequences for the civilian population.

According to the United Nations, Putin’s armed forces commit daily war crimes, including deliberate attacks against civilian targets, human rights abuses and the targeted destruction of critical infrastructure. The Kremlin rejects these allegations and discredits the images as fabricated. How do international law principles determine what is a lawful war tactic and what qualifies as a war crime?

ASU English professor gives story to forgotten sister storytellers

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 — and her sister — in a revealing new biography, 20 years in the making.

“Sister Novelists” is a tale of two sisters — Jane and Maria Porter — once wildly popular writers of England’s Regency era — until they weren’t, and all but faded from literary history.

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