Social Justice

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication welcomes new faculty member

This fall semester, the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University welcomes new tenure-track faculty member Jenna Hanchey as an assistant professor of communication.

Hanchey, who comes to ASU from the University of Nevada, Reno, specializes in decolonial intersections of rhetoric, African communication studies and critical development studies.

Interactive theater production addresses the housing crisis

Millions of Americans are facing the threat of being displaced from the homes they rent.

Research by Arizona State University found that in Maricopa County, where more than a third of residents are renters, a combination of factors including a lack of affordable housing and low wages is creating housing insecurity.

So how can a crisis as big and scary as housing insecurity make for an entertaining theater performance?

Inflation, trading and government finances under the microscope this fall

This fall, Arizona State University students will have a chance to gain a deeper understanding of economics by diving into the history of economic thought — from the classical political economy of Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill to contemporary concerns about trade, economic growth and money.

In the process, they will notice that many of today’s concerns are echoed in the issues that led to the development of economic theories in the last 300 years. 

ASU historian says to examine our past, take responsibility for our future

A middle-aged woman with dark auburn hair was the last person to ask Brooks Simpson, Foundation Professor of history at Arizona State University, a question after he delivered the first Gabor S. Boritt Lecture on June 12 at the annual Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College.

She tilted her head back to speak into the microphone that was slightly above her head. Her voice was weary, her frustration palpable.

Pride Month: Summer reading list

June is Pride month, a time to commemorate the people, places and events that have catalyzed change for the LGBTQ community.

Arched by the story of the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, the monthlong observance calls attention to LGBTQ culture — including artists, creators and authors — and that can be an affirming space for members of the LGBTQ community, especially among young people still struggling with identity and acceptance.

Lessons learned in Israel and the West Bank

Israelis and Palestinians have spent 75 years immersed in a complex dispute about international law, sovereignty and human rights. How can 21st-century American students grapple with the divergent narratives on religious, cultural, historical and political tensions in this conflict? Moreover, how can this conflict involving the Middle East’s only liberal democracy help future professionals develop the knowledge and skills to lead through global challenges?

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