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Presidential Engagement Programs to engage community with ASU innovation, research

Ayanna Thompson
October 03, 2012

Presidential Engagement Programs (PEP), a community outreach program of the ASU Foundation for A New American University, has entered its October calendar of events, providing engaging opportunities for the public to learn from professors, researchers and students at Arizona State University.

While PEP events include both single-session and series presentations, October’s three discussions are multi-session presentations, including “The Life and Works of William Shakespeare” (Mondays, Oct. 15-Nov. 5); “American History A to Z: 1620–1900” (Wednesdays, Oct. 17-Nov. 14); and “Emerging Technologies Transforming Your Life and Society” (Thursdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 15).

Formerly the President’s Community Enrichment Programs, PEP sessions range from short, one-day lectures to longer, more in-depth programs. Some PEP events are free, while the cost to attend others varies. PEP events are open to the general public and attendees have the opportunity to review cutting-edge ASU research and discuss timely topics guided by ASU faculty members such as renewable energy, the global economy, the Middle East, and mind and body health.

A full schedule of upcoming events, registration information and locations is available at or via phone at 480-727-7208.

“These events are designed to inform and showcase the incredible work being done by ASU faculty and students,” says Sally Moore, PEP director. “At the same time, the topics and discussions are relevant and meaningful in today’s environment. Through our events, the community is presented a unique opportunity to engage directly with this great university.”

Additional 2012-2013 topics include Arizona stories from PBS “History Detectives,” featuring ASU Bob Stump Professor of History and “Detectives” co-host Eduardo Pagán; a lecture with ASU director and Foundation Professor for the School of Earth and Space Exploration Kip Hodges and Phoenix Symphony timpanist Bruce Pulk, followed by a musical voyage through the planets conducted by the symphony’s Michael Christie featuring 3-D NASA images; President Michael M. Crow’s annual “Future of the New American University” presentation; and more.

Presidential Engagement Programs are the greater Valley and Arizona communities’ link to the vast array of knowledge and talent that thrives across all of ASU's campus communities. PEP participants engage with ASU, becoming part of a constantly growing community full of talent and purpose. They enhance their understanding of the world by absorbing the knowledge offered by program presenters. They enrich themselves by joining ASU in its mission to pursue solutions that will change the world.

Sally Moore,
Director, Presidential Engagement Programs