Location: First Church UCC Phoenix, 1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, Arizona
In partnership with Project Humanities, Angels of Our Better Nature is a documentary following the efforts of Jon Linton of “Let’s Be Better Humans” and “I Have A Name” as he demonstrates compassion and respect to those experiencing homelessness and instability in local Phoenix and the southwest. A post-screening involves film director Douglas Proce and other individuals and local organizations addressing this American dilemma. Local agencies represented include Aris Foundation, Circle the City, Phoenix Rescue Mission, Fans across America Foundation, Homeless ID Project, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Dress for Success.
Arizona State University Project Humanities released their Fall 2016 event calendar. Events include programs directly sponsored, supported, or created by Project Humanities as well as events that highlight the range and value of the humanities at Arizona State University.
Spring 2015 Kickoff
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Dispelling the Myths of the Beauty Queen Mon, Mar. 2nd 6:00–8:00 pm
ASU Tempe Campus, Memorial Union, Pima Auditorium. A conversation on the realities behind the image of a beauty queen. The panel includes Patti Council, State Director/Producer at Miss Arizona United States Organization and the Miss Arizona World Pageant and the reigning Miss Arizona, Mrs. Arizona and Miss Arizona World. Moderated by Dr. Joanne Rondilla, faculty member in the School of Social Transformation.
The Kindness Challenge Thurs, Mar. 19th 11:00am–1:00pm
ASU Tempe Campus, MU North Plaza. Take the Kindness Challenge by performing one or more acts of kindness from our list and receive a prize as a token of our thanks.
Beyond the Hijab: Pakistani Women’s Perspectives Thurs, Mar. 26th 6:00–8:00pm
ASU Tempe, West Hall 135. A conversation with the visiting Pakistani faculty from the Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore, Pakistan. In partnership with the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict.
Vital Voices: What A Children’s Story Taught Me About Humanity Weds, Apr. 8th 5:30 – 7:30pm
Tempe Public Library, Meeting Room A. Bring a passage, picture, quote, or artifact to an evening of discussion and sharing. What has your favorite Children’s book taught you about respect, kindness, integrity, empathy, forgiveness, compassion, and self-reflection? In partnership with the Tempe Public Library. Open to families.
International Jazz Day Thurs, Apr. 30th 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
ASU Tempe Campus, MU North Stage. Listen to student jazz performers tell stories through music, a universal language that connects people from all walks of life.
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Sherman Alexie is one funny guy. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry and short stories, adult and young adult novels, and four screenplays, including the 1999 award-winning film Smoke Signals. He was the recipient of the National Book Award prize for Young People’s Literature in 2007, and the PEN/Faulnker award winner for his novel War Dances in 2010. Yet despite his many successes, Sherman Alexie maintains an easy going attitude and a witty, self-deprecating sense of humor. From my own experience seeing him speak at the kick-off of ASU’s Project Humanities last February, I can attest to the fact that Alexie really knows how to work an audience. When he read his poetry, you could hear a pin drop in the auditorium. But most of his speech was riotously funny, and whether he was recalling an anecdote about his daily life or poking fun at ASU’s president Michael Crow, he had the audience crippled with laughter.
What makes Sherman Alexie’s humor so outstanding is his fearless confrontation of difficult subjects. During his speech for Project Humanities he discussed racial stereotypes, sexism, and homophobia, always with his trademark wit. If you visit his website or follow him on Twitter (which I highly recommend), you will see the same thing: his unflinching willingness to speak his mind about social issues. Yet his convictions never overtake his artistic integrity. Instead they connect his work to the day-to-day world and prompt the reader to reconsider their assumptions about privilege, race, and class. Sherman Alexie is truly one of America’s most valuable writers, and we are very pleased to publish his work in Issue 8 of Superstition Review.
As part of Project Humanities launch week festivities, they will be holding an event at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Monday, February 7th at 7 p.m. The keynote speaker for the event will be author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie and he will speak on the topic “People, Places and Stories.”
Alexie, currently residing in Seattle, Washington, bases much of his writing on his experiences as a Native American. Some of his best known works are a book of short stories entitled The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1994), the film Smoke Signals, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, an autobiographical novel for young adults.
In 1999, Alexie was named as one of The New Yorker’s top 20 writers of the twenty-first century. In 2007, Alexie was awarded the National Book Award prize for Young People’s literature for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Last year Alexie won the PEN/Faulkner Award for War Dances, the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award, and was the recipient of the Puterbaugh Award and holds the distinction of being the first American to receive the award.
The event takes place February 7th at 7 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts located at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ. 8528. Parking is free for guests in the lot adjacent to the facility. No tickets are needed for this event; seating is on a first come first serve basis. Guests may arrive at 6 p.m. and doors to the theater will open at 6:30 p.m.