Origins Project gears up for weekend of science stories, activities

March 6, 2013

The Origins Project at Arizona State University is hosting a weekend celebration of creativity, science and the stories of science featuring the world’s foremost scientists and artists on March 29 and 30.

The series of exciting events making up the Origins Stories weekend include a live broadcast of NPR’s Science Friday; a panel discussion and test screening of a new feature movie documentary; and a panel discussion on the stories of science and the science of storytelling. Download Full Image

“I’m very excited that Origins can once again bring an exciting weekend of science and culture to Tempe,” said Lawrence Krauss, project director of Origins. “With a new film, exciting interactive panel discussions, and world-renown storytellers who will use a variety of media to convey their messages about science and reality, we hope to help the public learn more about and further enjoy the amazing universe we live in.

"It is through stories of origins, both scientific and cultural, that we can most effectively celebrate the tremendous impact that science and reason can have in improving our everyday lives.”

The Origins Stories weekend activities are:

National Public Radio’s Science Friday, 11 a.m., March 29, Eight, Arizona PBS studio A, ASU Downtown Campus (555 North Central Avenue, Suite 500, Phoenix). NPR's Science Friday will broadcast its show live from ASU. Hosted by Ira Flatow, Science Friday focuses on timely science topics and brings a balanced, well-educated discussion to bear on the topics at hand. This event is free and open to the public, but there is limited seating. RSVP at

Science, Myth, Reality: The Unbelievers, 7 p.m., March 29, Gammage Auditorium ASU Tempe campus (1200 South Forest Avenue, Tempe). Panel discussion and test screening. Join evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, author Ian McEwan and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, as well as other possible surprise guests, as they discuss the importance of reason-based inquiry and the process of filmmaking.

The discussion will focus on a test screening of the new feature film documentary “The Unbelievers,” starring Dawkins and Krauss, with additional contributions from noted actors, filmmakers and writers. This is a ticketed event, with prices ranging from $16 to $26 and two night ticket packages from $26 to $42.

The Science of Storytelling and the Storytelling of Science, 7 p.m., March 30, Gammage Auditorium, ASU Tempe campus (1200 South Forest Avenue, Tempe). This event will feature a panel of esteemed scientists, public intellectuals and awarding-winning writers and performers talking about the stories that make science so fascinating and relevant.

Panelists include theoretical physicist Brian Greene; astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson; Science Friday’s Ira Flatow; Bill Nye, the Science Guy; popular science fiction author Neal Stephenson; executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day; and moderator Lawrence Krauss. Actor/musician Tim Minchin is tentatively scheduled to participate as well. This is a ticketed event with prices ranging from $16 to $26 and two-night ticket packages from $26 to $42.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday evening events are available online through and at the ASU Gammage Box Office, 480-965-3434. Discounted student tickets are available with a student ID at the Gammage Box Office.

For more information on Origins Stories weekend, please go to, or call 480-965-0053.

Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


Transnational migration scholar Leo Chavez headlines public lecture series

March 6, 2013

Arizona State University’s Comparative Border Studies initiative is hosting professor Leo Chavez as its spring 2013 Scholar-In-Residence for a three-lecture series March 18, 20 and 22. The transnational migration expert will speak at ASU’s Tempe and West campuses.

The series is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and can be made at Download Full Image

The three Scholar-In-Residence public lectures include the following:

March 18: “The construction of ‘anchor babies’ and implications for creating a class/caste.” The lecture is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Classroom/Lab/Computer Classroom (CLCC), room 180, on ASU's West campus.

March 20: “Immigration trends and xenophobia.” The talk takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in Institute of Humanities Research (IHR), Social Sciences (SS) Building, room 109, on ASU's Tempe campus.

March 22: “From SB 1070 to anticipating immigration reform.” The discussion is set for noon-3 p.m. in Memorial Union, room 85, Union Stage, on ASU's Tempe campus.

Professor Leo Chavez received his doctorate from Stanford University and is currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. His research examines various issues related to transnational migration – including immigrant families and households, labor market participation, motivations for migration, use of medical services, semiotics of visual imagery and media constructions of “immigrant” and “nation.”

Chavez has authored books including “Shadow Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society,” “Covering Immigrations: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation” and “The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation.” His recently published research includes “Undocumented Immigrants and Medical Care: Popular Perceptions and Empirical Realities in Social Science & Medicine and “’Awakening to a Nightmare’: Abjectivity and Illegality in the Lives of Undocumented 1.5 Generation Latino Immigrants in the United States,” with Robert G. Gonzales in Current Anthropology.

Within the School of Transborder Studies in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Comparative Border Studies initiative is designed to bring scholars, artists and publics together to discuss and debate issues pertaining to geopolitical and cultural borders. For more information, contact Elizabeth Cantú at 979-492-7502 or; or visit