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Join ASU Family in congratulating the fall 2021 graduating class during ASU's commencement and convocation celebrations! In-person ceremonies are being offered in addition to live-streamed options for guests watching from home. Please visit or click the links below for more details and information on how you can help celebrate the achievements of our incredible Sun Devils this year.

For centuries, during the so-called Age of Discovery, the European maritime powers partitioned and asserted ownership over the homelands of Indigenous peoples worldwide according to which among them first sighted or set foot on a land previously unknown to Europe. This practice, known today as the Doctrine of Discovery, enabled Europeans to appropriate vast territories and build colonial empires. The Conquering Columbus webinar will describe the theory and historic process of the Doctrine of Discovery and consider how it instituted long-term negative impacts on Indigenous people.

Sounding Bodies, Sounding Histories: Christi Jay Wells and Rashad Shabazz in conversation about Between Beats: The Jazz Tradition and Black Vernacular Dance

Join us for a discussion of the just published book, Between Beats: The Jazz Tradition and Black Vernacular Dance, by CSRD Race, Arts and Democracy fellow Christi Jay Wells. Professor Wells will be conversation with Rashad Shabazz, ASU Associate Professor of African and African American Studies.

Holocaust education, and genocide education more broadly, is an area in which humanities scholars and scholarship can make important contributions to civic education. While many US states include the Holocaust and other genocides in their history and social studies standards, there are relatively few resources for high school teachers to teach these atrocities in a way that is sensitive to the historical particularities of each genocide and provides their students with a meaningful comparative framework.

Ideas of the human—of what humanity is and what it can be—have long been bound up with narratives of progress.

The universal human, defined by reason, was at the core of the Enlightenment project. In the 20th century, projects of global development ushered in new figures of the human as the subject of universal rights and agent of economic transformation. The 21st century has, in turn, ushered in a figure of humanity as author of the Anthropocene and the subject of its own projects of technoscientific transformation—biological, cognitive and social.

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