Journal of Policy History now housed at ASU


October 11, 2011

Last fall, the Journal of Policy History made the front page of the New York Times when historian Susan Reverby revealed in a forthcoming article in the journal that the United States government had deliberately infected Guatemalan men with venereal disease in the late 1960s.

Reverby, a professor at Wellesley University, discovered that the Public Health Service had engaged in medical experiments on 700 Guatemalan soldiers, prisons, mental patients, and children by injecting infected fluids into their spines or supplying them with afflicted prostitutes. Download Full Image

This horrendous discovery led Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to apologize officially to the Guatemalan government. President Michael Crow when he saw the story decided that the Journal of Policy History was exactly the kind of journal that should be at Arizona State University. 

Crow, trained in political science, has a deep interest in the history of public policy, as an integrative field bringing together the social sciences and history. One year later, the Journal of Policy History is now housed in ASU's School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. 

Now in its twenty-fifth year of publication, the Journal of Policy History, published quarterly by the prestigious Cambridge University Press, brings together historians, social scientists, legal scholars, and economists from across the world in its pages.  Articles have been published by scholars from Great Britain, Japan, France, Germany, and Israel. 

Donald T. Critchlow, the current editor, joined ASU this year as the Barry Goldwater Chair in American Institutions and University Research Professor. He is the author of nineteen books.

"This is an exciting time for the journal,” Critchlow said. “We are pleased to be part of this university as its enters the 21st century.” 

He added that with the support the journal is receiving from ASU, a new stage is being set for future.

Special issues are planned on Disaster Policy in Historical Perspective; Morality, Politics, and Policy; and American Politics and Policy in an Age of Austerity. 

In addition to editing the journal, Critchlow teaches History courses in American Contemporary History since 1974 and The History of Modern American Conservatism. He is working with colleagues in the faculty of history to establish an undergraduate program in political thought and history.

The Journal of Policy History joins another journal brought to SHPRS this year, French Historical Studies. These journals further enhance the university’s growing reputation as a leading international academic institution.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

School of Dance presents new choreography, free concerts


October 11, 2011

ASU School of Dance students will present new and works-in-progress choreography during free concerts Oct. 20-21, at the Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio, on the Tempe campus.

The Graduate Project Presentations from MFA students in the School of Dance, in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts include: Download Full Image

• Julie Akerly's It's Always Too Late uses multi-media projections to enhance character evolution and development of the main character, Mother Earth. Original music and costumes are contributed by collaborating artists Gil Dori, graduate music composition major, and Haley Peterson, undergraduate costume design student.

• In Fingerdance: The Solo, Helen Buck performs a traditional Irish Step Dancing set, Planxty Davis, in an unexpected way. This piece is an offshoot of Buck's thesis research.

• Inertia Dewitt presents Swimming in the Psyche, a piece that captures the disorienting process of unpacking the details of the true self.

• Although Breaking Bounds, choreographed by Kelsey Finlayson, explores concepts of abandonment and bondage, it also uncovers ways to escape restrictions.

• Amanda Ling’s solo, Grass and Gravel, is a self-exploration and reflection of home. Referencing her Southern roots, Ling's sparkling movement creates the essence of home and provokes nostalgia.

• Violet Flight: Pursuit of Significance, a new work by Britta Joy Peterson, is an exploration of the conflicting desires to be one of, stand out from, and be significant to the rest of the flock.

• Kristopher Pourzal presents in the middle of things, a conversation piece and improvisation score that subtly flexes its muscles at the futility/inevitability/substantiality of sense-making in an illogical world.

• Tricia Ragsdale’s Envidia explores the inner ferocity that is sometimes hidden within women and what happens when that ferocity is released.

• Ashlee Jo Ramsey presents a new solo that considers the human disposition to compare and classify individuals or cultural groups. Inspired by her experiences traveling in India for five months, Ramsey explores assumptions about beliefs and purposes as well as cross-cultural ideas of gender, race and sexuality. This work questions the boundaries between fascination and objectification, seeking and grasping, curiosity and voyeurism, self and other.

• Lose Those Love Handles (so someone will love you), choreographed by Denise A. Stein, is a comment on the absurdity of cardio dance workout videos.

• Laurel Wall-MacLane interweaves the cast’s stories of everyday life with quirky movement and full, expressive dancing in the closing piece speak/hear listen/tell.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each night. The studio is at 611 E. Orange St., in the Physical Education Building East (PEBE), room 132 . Although the concerts are free, but tickets are required and are distributed at 6:30 p.m. for each performance night on a first-come, first-served basis in the Physical Education Building East lobby. Only one ticket is issued per person.