Project Humanities begins fall series of events

With all of the technological advances that have changed the way we communicate in our daily lives, are we, as a society, losing our humanity?

Project Humanities seeks to answer this very question via a series of events and discussions set to take place Sept. 9 through Sept. 15 to officially begin the fall semester.

“We are excited to have so many diverse offerings across the ASU campuses and in our surrounding communities for this fall's kickoff," said Neal A. Lester, associate vice president for humanities and arts in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development.

"This theme of 'Are we losing our humanity?' resonates with many as we continue daily to make sense of the seemingly senseless acts that make the news headlines, vicious personal attacks in the name of political campaigning, public massacres, and other happenings around us,” Lester says.

All events are free and open to the public.

Judaism, Science and Medicine Group 5th Annual Meeting
Sept. 9-10
The University Club, Tempe campus
Registration required, for full details:

Gaming Solutions to Societies’ Biggest Challenges
noon-1:30 p.m., Sept. 10
Mohave Room, Memorial Union, Tempe campus
Panelists: Sierra Campbell, Center for Games & Impact; Brenden Sewell, Learning Sciences Institute
Moderator: Jeff Holmes, Center for Games & Impact

“Gender Circuits: Bodies and Identities in a Technological Age”
Lecture by Eve Shapiro
11:30-1 p.m., Sept. 11
Cottonwood 101/103, Barrett Complex, Tempe campus

Human Identity in the Digital Age
10:30 a.m.-noon,
130 Santa Catalina Hall, Polytechnic campus
Panelists: Manuel Aviles-Sangtiago, communication; Eva Brumberger, technical communication; Andrew Pilsch, English
Moderator: Ian Frederick Moulton, English

Athletics and Sports Culture
5-7 p.m., Sept. 12
A.E. England Building, Downtown Phoenix
Panelists: Ann Meyers Drysdale, WNBA Hall of Famer and vice president of Phoenix Suns & Mercury; Jean Boyd, Sun Devil Athletics; Ronnie Cox, School of Social Transformation; Kevin Correa, Institutional Inclusion; Peter French, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics
Moderator: Lasana Hotep, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy

Filmmaking: A Conversation with Raymond De Felitta
10-11:30 a.m., Sept. 13
Turquoise Ballroom, Memorial Union, Tempe campus

Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story
(AZ Premiere Screening & Discussion)
6-9 p.m., Sept. 13
Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe
Panelists: Raymond De Felitta, director; Yvette Johnson, co-producer
Aaron Baker, Film and Media Studies, Keith Miller, English
Moderator: Sherry Rankins-Robertson, English, UA-Little Rock

Young Voices Rise Open Mic: “Are we losing our humanity?”
Public workshop at noon, slam at 2 p.m., Sept. 15
Burton Barr Central Library, Downtown Phoenix
In partnership with Phonetic Spit

For more information on these and other Project Humanities events, visit