Have yourself a hopeful new year

A new year is traditionally a time for looking forward, but in the midst of a relentless pandemic, growing climate crisis and rising political divisiveness, it can be exhausting to stay hopeful about the future. When you do find sources of hope, however, life may feel a little less difficult and a little more inspiring.

For a dose of optimism, we asked various researchers at Arizona State University to share what gives them hope from within their fields of work and research.

New ASU course focuses on dismantling racism, reshaping the humanities

The summer of 2020 gave way to the largest protests for racial justice and civil rights in the U.S. during the 21st century. Realizing the need to stand in solidarity with human-rights protesters who took to the streets and the desire to implement effective and meaningful change to actively fight against racism, the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University created the Anti-Racism Committee.