Humanities

ASU event to address human dignity and technoscience

Intersecting crises — the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and environmental catastrophes — have destabilized daily life and public institutions, rendering perennial questions about progress increasingly urgent. And yet, rethinking progress is not simply a question of what should be done through scientific or technological know-how; it is also a question of what it means to be human.

When it comes to writing, Mitchell Jackson's wound is his bow

Throughout “Twelve Minutes and a Life,” Mitchell Jackson’s stirring essay about the last moments of Ahmaud Arbery’s life, the writer often compares himself with the former high school football star and murder victim.

Arbery was arrested for carrying a gun a year after graduating high school, Jackson tells us, before relaying that he, too, was arrested a few years after high school for a similar offense.

ASU lecture to preview forthcoming book 'The White Savior and the Waif'

In recent years, respected humanitarian organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Feed the Children and Oxfam have come under pressure for being part of what is described as the “White Savior Industrial Complex.” Critics are forcing the organizations to confront the historical legacies of empire and colonialism in their day-to-day operations, media campaigns and collaborations with countries that have poor human rights records.

Living and documenting the power of place drives ASU scholar Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez

Growing up in New Mexico, Arizona State University Associate Professor Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez fondly recalls chasing after grasshoppers, trying to catch them so she could feed them to the chickens. She and her siblings rode four-wheelers, but she never learned to roller-skate or how to swim.

“There was a pool, but it was 30 minutes away,” Fonseca-Chávez said of the rural community of Bluewater, a small town between Gallup and Albuquerque.

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