Book award, authors' reception celebrates transdisciplinary humanities publications

The annual IHR/CLAS Humanities Faculty Authors' Reception, which recognizes and celebrates the substantial body of research reflected in publications by humanities faculty at ASU, will be held at 4 p.m., Sept. 20 at the University Club. This event is free and open to the public.

The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) will honor the winner of the 2011 Transdisciplinary Book Award, Prasad Boradkar, and his book, "Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects," which examines the cultural meanings of things and the role of designers in their design and production.

Boradkar is an associate professor in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts' Industrial Design program, as well as director of Innovation Space, a transdisciplinary laboratory at ASU where students and faculty partner with corporations to design and develop human-centered product concepts that improve society and the environment.

Every year the IHR honors a work of academic non-fiction by a humanities faculty member, alternating years between ASU faculty and faculty from around the world with the Transdisciplinary Book Award.

The Institute for Humanities Research in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was established in 2005. It has taken the lead in promoting excellence and innovation in humanities scholarship by contributing to scholarly research that addresses socially significant issues and engaging the community. More information is available at or 480-965-3000.

Kirsten Keane,