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2018

August

This summer, four Arizona State University students participated in a five-week teaching assignment in São Paulo, Brazil.

July

Arizona State University played a major role in the first-ever Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Litera

Want to know more about the romantic lives of 18th century English women? Read a Jane Austen novel.

Editor's note: This is the final installment in a three-part series on energy research at ASU. The 

June

For individuals looking to build a career in the international field of English language teaching, the ASU Online master's degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The new issue of Accents on English, the Department of English at Arizona State University's annual newsletter, is now liv

As Dorothy and the Scarecrow learned, sometimes nature talks back.

The figure of Robert F. Kennedy casts a long shadow, equally split between what was and what could have been. 

May

Getting a bunch of high school students to show up for a poetry reading on a Friday afternoon in the summer is quite a feat.

Satirical or sex-obsessed? Self-hating or self-commentary? Of the many ways late author Philip Roth has been described and discussed, the word “complicated” is rarely challenged in debate.  

Arizona State University abounds with academics who are also authors — often prolific ones — and their publications range from research-backed guides to literary works to theoretical explorations.

Most of us hope that our confessional emails to friends won’t wind up on the internet.

In fall 2018, Arizona State University will begin offering coursework toward a new Health Humani

Innovation at Arizona State University often comes in the form of research, business ideas and technology.

They interviewed an award-winning journalist who had just returned from Syria. They learned how religious conflict ushered in the modern system of states from a political scientist.

Congratulations to 2017-2018 grads and award-winners in the Department of English!

To have Joni Adamson tell it, these are exciting times for the environmental humanities.

“I try to let myself be inspired daily by treating each new thing I learn as a treasure and by expressing my gratitude that I am able to be at a school like Arizona State University,” said Se

April

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2018 commencement

As another academic year winds down, Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is awarding faculty members who have gone far beyond expectations to facilitate scholarly

ASU doctoral and MFA students in humanities disciplines were invited to compete in a Connected Academics Pitching Contest

Update: The National Endowment for the Humanities named ASU English Professor Devoney Looser a Public Scholar on Aug.

Three Department of English faculty members and one alumna announce recent and forthcoming books of French poetry in translation, a Kindle version of Alcatraz island fiction, and pedagogy for teach

Times sure have changed.

Young adult novels used to be about dealing with rites of passage like parents getting divorced, or dating and menstruation.

During the spring 2018 convocation ceremonies on May 8, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will honor their best and brightest undergraduates from the social scien

Author and Arizona State University alumna Adrienne Celt was once dubbed a liberal arts success story by her literary agent.

“And it's true,” Celt said.

On April 3, 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Tuesday, May 8, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities

March

Congratulations to five faculty members in the ASU Department of English, whose volumes on animal studies, writing research, poems of the dead, and international student writing have been released

The Juste family church tipi has been in service, helping heal the Salt River Gila community, for over 25 years.

If academic units had patron saints, the Arizona State University English department’s would be Geoffrey Chaucer.

Humanities studies and baseball? It’s not exactly an obvious pairing.

A good book can transport the reader into a faraway universe filled with rich detail.

For historian Yasmin Saikia, Women's History Month is an opportunity to recognize all women, in addition to trailblazing historical figures.

Harvey Weinstein. Kevin Spacey. Bill Cosby. Rob Porter.

February

“Gunfire Erupts at a School. Leaders Offer Prayers. Children Are Buried. Repeat.”

Three Department of English faculty announce recent and forthcoming books centering on medieval optical science, Eastern European immigration, and verb meaning in English.

 

The 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" has ushered in a new creation — but it’s something entirely different than the familiar eponymous creature.

U.S. presidents have been political game-changers, prolific writers and social-policy pioneers. But did you know about the speeding and the cheerleading? 

Researchers from across Arizona State University are coming together to analyze, preserve and revitalize historic materials found during the renovation of Park Central Mall in midtown Phoenix.

Valentine’s Day can bring visions of roses and flowery language — or at least the Hallmark-card version. But poetry did not always serve the romantically minded.

Krista Ratcliffe’s first semester at Arizona State University began in a cloud of dust.

January

It almost sounds like the start of a joke: How do you get a staunch Republican and a left-leaning Democrat to have a civil conversation about Arizona politics? Sit ’em down for a meal.

This issue of Writing Notes, ASU Writing Programs' newsletter, features stories and notes about our new space.

In 2012, fresh off her first visit to the Sundance Film Festival through her internship with the f

Update: Venita Blackburn was named a finalist for the PEN America Literary Awards on Jan.

We all remember when the floor was lava, when we were schoolteacher to our stuffed animals, when we played detective to solve the mystery before dinnertime.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights icon, a beacon of light during a dark time in American history, and a defender of the poor, downtrodden and underrepresented.

Professor James Blasingame (English Education) just returned from Washington, DC, with a group of 15 teachers from around the world as part of a

ASU English faculty celebrate recent and forthcoming book publications on topics from gender and sexual politics to existential poetry to sixteenth-century court literature.

The 2018 Golden Globes went dark Sunday night, dressing to match the pall of sexual misconduct that has hung over Hollywood and beyond this past year.

Alonzo Jones has one of the best jobs at Arizona State University: associate athletic director for inclusion and championship life.

Who doesn’t want to lead a championship life?

2017

December

Three ASU English faculty members and an alum announce recent and forthcoming book publications.

During the fall 2017 convocation ceremony on December 12, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will honor their best and brightest undergraduates from the social sci

On Tuesday, Dec.12, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, n

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

November

In the 1970s at the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove and Joy Harjo were the only non-white students.

Once sworn to secrecy about their cryptic contributions to U.S. military battle, some former hidden heroes are now decoding the details of their efforts for historical posterity.

Each year, the Department of English CARE committee partners with St. Vincent de Paul to "adopt" needy families for the holiday season.

Thanksgiving brings us closer together, but our conversations across generations in a family can sometimes drive us farther apart.

It started with a textbook.

Big questions about the nature of time and space and how they relate to mankind and the Earth have confounded some of the greatest minds since humans were capable of complex thought.

Associate Professor of English Jessica Early is the recipient of a Dean’s Humanities Fellowship from the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Scienc

Scooby-Doo, the animated character and series launched by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1969, is one of the most successful brands in entertainment history.

October

Three ASU English faculty, two alumni, and one student are celebrating the recent and forthcoming releases of new books of proverbs, stratospheric sci-fi, and second-language writing research.

The 2016 election left many communities looking for better ways to communicate with one another, an issue that Arizona State University is working to improve for students on and off campus. 

Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/Paiute-Shoshone), an award-winning filmmaker, citizen journalist and educator, is the featured speaker in Arizona State University's Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture

So unusual was the 1918 influenza, which killed an estimated 3 to 5 percent of the world’s population, that its symptoms were often mis

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

All of Arizona State University celebrates when its students win prestigious awards.

For the sixth year, the ASU English Department is recognizing a hard-working staff writer at ASU who deserves public recognition with its 2017 ASU "Behind-the-Scenes Writer of the Year” Award.

Hacking can imply something negative: your identity stolen, your bank account emptied. Can it go the other way?

Updated 11/1/17

September

Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Arizona State University, Amanda Ventura has been developing her writing style with a career in public relations and marketing whi

As an out-of-state, incoming first-year student to Arizona State University, Angelica Berner decided to attend an Early Start program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Four Department of English faculty members announce recent or forthcoming publications of work on topics ranging from aphorisms to Shakespeare, from nineteenth-century spiritualism to an illustrate

At the beginning of the year, Arizona State University publicly launched

Literature is rife with interpretations of home: There’s no place like it in the “Wizard of Oz”; the land Scarlett O’Hara lives on in “Gone with the Wind” is like her mother; Jay Gatsby’s is an opu

August

For nearly a dozen years, ASU’s Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture has prompted scholarly discussions on the role of cinema, media and music in society and has paid tribute to some of the 2

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles of fall 2017 incoming ASU students.

If, like Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, you want to see the sun blotted out from the sky and painted black, then you are in luck.

Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing has appointed Regents’ Professor and Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate Alberto Ríos as the new director of the center. 

Six alumni, who graduated from the largest and most diverse college at Arizona State University, have joined forces to create a renewed sense of pride in their alma mater. 

July

Two Department of English faculty members announce recent publications of edited work: one, a multi-volume reference set; the other, a journal special issue.

In pursuit of a career that embodied her appreciation for language, Arizona State University alumna Elizabeth Meadows became a speech-language pathologist at Kino Junior High School.

Update: Professor Devoney Looser's new book, “The Making of Jane Austen,”

It was day three of ASU’s 2017 Inspire program, the weeklong camp that offers high schoolers from tribal nations in Arizona a taste of college life, and the Arizona State University Memorial Union’

Arizona State University alumnus Matt Shindell found a way to bring all his interests together in a career many would rank high on their list of dream jobs: curating a collection at the Smithsonian

Any writer will tell you their craft is a mostly solitary one, requiring hours of time spent alone on reflection, execution and revision before a story finally emerges.

June

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University welcomes five new administrators into leadership ranks.

Arizona State University’s Department of English is feeling a little pride in the name of Alberto Rios: the Regents' Professor's work is part of U2’s Joshua Tree Tour 2017.

The latest in faculty books from the Department of English features algorithmic prose poetry, Frankenstein for STEM, a history of Jane Austen fandom, and an exploration of medieval English o

It’s not every day one’s name is mentioned in the same breath as the name Rosa Parks. It’s also not every one who has the honor of sharing that space with the late civil rights icon. 

May

Arizona State University Professor of English 

The way Alberto Rios tells it, it’s like it was fated to happen: He was going to lead a public art project to celebrate South Phoenix, but he didn’t know how until “it occurred to me that we could

It wasn’t until her second year as a doctoral candidate at ASU that Tracey Flores first read Chicana author Gloria Anzaldua, and it changed her life: She remembers it as her first time reading stor

Hey ASU undergrads: is the class you wanted already full? Bored by your initial scan of course offerings? Here’s your chance!

Professor Devoney Looser in the Department of English at Arizona State University found her calling to encourage deep thinking and foster lifelong learning as an undergraduate at Augsburg College.

Summer means graduation, vacations and — perhaps, most of all — blockbuster films.

Congratulations to 2016-2017 award-winners in the Department of English!

On Wednesday, April 26, recipients of the 55th annual Gle

As a way to highlight student achievement and inspire future outreach, Arizona State University's ASASU Council of Presidents sponsored the first-ever Students Shine contest this spring. 

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

Four Department of English faculty are celebrating the recent and forthcoming releases of their newest books.

April

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

Celebrity chef Nephi Craig, who made a guest appearance

On Tuesday, May 9, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at th

Sha Xin Wei, the director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, will give a keynote speech at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (S

Running an independent literary magazine and publishing house is a labor of love.

About 1 in 68 children have autism and face difficulties that range from socialization and communication problems to restricted and repetitive behavior. At ASU, efforts to better understand and hel

Horseback riding instructor by day and an author by night, Arizona State University alumna Brooke S. Passey has followed her bliss to find success and accomplish her dreams.

Arizona State University has long been a leader in conservation, offering the first comprehensive degree on the concept through its School of Sustainability. The university has worked to engage ind

Who says studying English isn’t fun and games?

There are 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, 1 million with Parkinson’s and nearly half a million with multiple sclerosis. And with an aging U.S.

March

From finding a movie to watch on Netflix, navigating traffic with Waze or Google Maps, fine-tuning your household budget with apps like Mint, or finding a date on Tinder, we find ourselves relying

Women in recent generations have made remarkable progress in academia and the workforce — but there’s a lot left to do.

In the contemporary art world, exhibitions don’t get much more esteemed than the Whitney Biennial and 

Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), a prominent poet, novelist, essayist and environmentalist, is the featured speaker in ASU’s Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Communi

ASU professor Devoney Looser is leading a group of students through the stacks of Hayden Library, in search of old books that bear traces of the past.

A breakthrough is on the horizon for doctoral students and the dissertation process at Arizona State University.

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, several ASU English professors reflect on women who have made history.

For International Women’s Day on March 8, a range of female professors at ASU shared names of women they consider to be influential and inspiring.  

Arizona State University is a massive engine that runs at warp speed, and a new initiative is inviting a group of campus leaders to look under the hood so they can keep it going decades into the fu

Arizona State University has hit upon a new solution to help Native American men and boys overcome the host of obstacles that block the path to socioeconomic success for so many: Get outside the cl

February

From visiting one of the most beautiful Nordic cities, to exploring interpersonal relationships on beaches in Fiji, to understanding the integration of science and humanities in Italy, Arizona Stat

For five evenings over the course of February, the public was invited onto Arizona State University's campuses for Night of the Open Door to see what each ha

We’ve all heard of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X.

In anticipation of National Poetry Month in April, Arizona Poet Laureate and Regents' Professor Alberto Ríos and ASU Now photographers Charlie Leight and Deanna Dent are collaborating to create a "

“Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film,” from director Sam Wainwright Douglas, will have its world premiere at The Museum of Modern Art’s 16th annual Documentary Fortnight film festival, in

Following the resignation of founding artistic director Jewell Parker Rhodes earlier this year, the Virginia G.

These black students at Arizona State Universit

A roomful of teachers are huddled in groups around pages of text, hurriedly highlighting, circling and underlining certain words and phrases.

An award-winning professor in counseling and psychology, an international expert in linguistics, and a renowned authority in geographical sciences and urban planning have been named the Outstanding

ASU and Tempe are offering up a taste of the Old West by hosting the Western POP Film Festival, which runs Wednesday through Friday at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

January

Shakespeare with a cast of black actors shouldn’t be a big deal, said actor Jonathan-David.

Searching for new ideas and unique experiences with the family in 2017?

The sixth annual ASU Prison Education Conference will bring together a broad coalition of e

Arizona State University alumnus Nick Lambesis pursued a master degree with one goal in mind: to teach humanities at the college level. But his path to success led him down a different route.

“Writing, in particular, is a very strong conduit for compassion, empathy and human connection,” said Jake Friedman, coordinator for ASU’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

ASU professor Neal A. Lester has won several awards and recognitions throughout his academic career, and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day he’ll receive one that ranks right near the top.

Three more Department of English faculty are celebrating the recent and forthcoming releases of their newest books and journals.

Director Damien Chazelle’s hit musical “La La Land” has been nominated for 14 Oscars, tying the mark for the most in Academy Award history.  

2016

December

Three Department of English faculty and staff members are celebrating the recent and forthcoming releases of their newest books.

Indigenous arts collective Postcommodity — whose members include two Arizona State University alumni — has been selected to participate in the

In Fall 2016, each of Sean Moxley-Kelly's English composition classes produced its own podcast.

During the fall 2016 convocation ceremony on December 13, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will honor their best and brightest undergraduates from the social sci

We can all rest easier knowing what keeps Carolyn Forbes up at night.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement. See more graduates 

The city of Phoenix has selected its first community poet, appointing ASU lecturer Rosemarie Dombrowski, who welcomed the nod, saying poetry represents a “recognition of the human struggle and a ce

The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) has announced Arizona State University as its partner institution after a competitive, nationwide search.

November

An ancient history professor with an upcoming lecture at ASU says it’s important to remember the past as we deal with mental health care in the present.

Hayden Library, which sits at the center of ASU’s Tempe campus, is the most visited library facility at Arizona State University, receiving more than 1.5 million visitors each year.

Leonard Cohen was never supposed to be a huge star. He was a failed poet and novelist before he tried his hand at songrwiting.

With a shrinking job market in tenure-track faculty positions, doctoral students in the humanities often must compete for alternative academic — known as “alt-ac” — careers, or even search fo

Each year, the Department of English CARE committee partners with St. Vincent de Paul to "adopt"

To explain why our planet is habitable, various different types of geoscientists studying Earth’s surface and its interior must work with each other and with communications scholars, say A

October

Operating out of the ENG 101/102: Indigenous Rhetoric at Arizona State University, and in partnership with Barrett Honors students, Project Communal Effort seeks to empower marginalized Indigenous

The ASU English Education Program has garnered several awards from the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALA

On Wednesday, October 19, the ASU Department of English announced the winners of the

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s winning the Nobel Prize in Literature has many in the literary community up in arms, and the genre-defying Dylan himself remains mum on whether he’ll accept.

Bobby Taylor closes his eyes and remembers the night he discovered Michael Jackson.

How do you break down cultural stereotypes? For two groups in the U.S. and Pakistan, it was through storytelling.

For Debbie Reese, cutting classes in high school was an opportunity to indulge her passions.

In many ways, the intersection of 48th Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix is unremarkable.

Driven by a desire to succeed and make a difference in the lives of others, three distinguished alumni from Arizona State University have persevered to overcome obstacles and accomplish personal an

Arizona State Univeristy's Institute for Humanities Research has appointed Jacque Wernimont as interim director of the institute's Nexus Lab for Dig

The Department of English’s Community Engagement Committee announces opportunities for local giving this fall. The initiative is in two parts: food banks and “pet” projects.

Most teens load up their smartphones with apps. 

Fifteen-year-old Ariana Sokolov doesn’t just use apps; she has already created five.

Three Department of English faculty members are celebrating the recent releases of their newest books.

 

From Bob Dylan’s 1964 folk rock anthem “The Times They Are a-Changin’” to Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama “hope” poster to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash “Hamilton” to Allen Ginsberg’s anguished

September

Historically, works of fiction dealing with climate change have focused more on visions of the future that include Mad Max-type dystopian societies, starved for resources, on the brink of collapse.

The striking landscapes that make up our national parks can inspire profound exclamations in even the most ineloquent of visitors.

ASU professor Martin Matustik discovered at the age of 40 that he was the child of a Holocaust survivor.

For six centuries, Geoffrey Chaucer’s work has stirred continued re-examination, modern adaptations and fresh insight into English society in the 14th century.

Sex, profanity and violence: Two of the foremost experts on censorship in young adult literature say that no other topics are more likely to get a book banned.

As autumn looms and temperatures drop (at least for for most of the world), Arizona State University’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project stirs to life wit

A new book by English education doctoral student Jason Griffith has just been released: From Me to We: Using Narra

August

Sports mascots, music lyrics, Halloween costumes, hairstyles, face paint: Arizona State University professor Neal A. Lester says cultural appropriation can take many forms.

Nearly 1,800 undergraduates will call the ASU Department of English their academic “home” this fall.

One institute, two academic units and four schools within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University are welcoming new directors and chairs.

Professor Aaron Baker, whose scholarship focuses on representations of social identity in American cinema and who was the former head of A

July

A year after a devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, the country still faces a lengthy path to recovery — both structurally and emotionally.

Not everybody is a fan of sci-fi.

Research in the ASU Department of English crosses boundaries and our faculty are engaged in work across the university as well.

Podcasts have exploded in popularity.

ASU professor Neal A. Lester says one of the worst things about becoming homeless can be the loss of one’s humanity.

Jewell Parker Rhodes writes children’s novels about tough subjects.

Curly Hopkins, Texas Pickles Franklin and Fat Bad Boy King sit contemplating their next verse in a classroom on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus.

Samantha Winter grew up with Arizona State University in her backyard.

Arizona State University's Institute for Humanities Research has announced the appointment of Cora Fox as interim director, following the departure of director Sally Kitch on July 1.

Professor Aaron Baker, a film and media studies specialist, has been named Interim Chair of the Department of English at ASU, July 1, 2016

June

Speculative fiction stories have the power to take abstract, contentious policy debates about humans and their changing environment and turn them into gripping, visceral tales.

Some of the most significant turning points in history began with a compelling argument.

Two hundred years ago, in the early morning hours of June 16, Mary Shelley found herself possessed by a waking dream in which she “saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the

On May 5, 2016, the Department of English presented its annual event celebrating 2015-2016 graduates and award-winners.

For Norman Dubie, poetry has been a lifelong pursuit.

Arizona State University has no shortage of high-achieving Sun Devils making their mark on the world — and being recognized for it.

Norman Dubie, Arizona State University Regents’ Professor of English, was awarded the 2016 international Griffin Poetry Prize for his collection "Th

Arizona State University's 5th Annual Prison Education Conference was hosted by the Prison Education Awareness Club (PEAC) and the Department of English.

May

Most pre-dental undergrads don’t conduct research on Malcolm X. But most pre-dental undergrads aren’t Sarah Syed.

Congratulations to the following graduate students in the Department of English who received honors and support for their continuing work this summer and next fall.

“I too am not a bit tamed — I too am untranslatable;
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”

The Department of English at Arizona State University announces spring 2016 winners of graduate and undergraduate awards, scholarships and fellowships.

We are deeply saddened to report that our colleague, Debra Schwartz, died while on a solitary camping trip in Oak Creek Canyon, an activity she embraced "to enjoy peaceful nature in a poetic kind o

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Foundation Professor of English Neal A.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

April

During the spring 2016 convocation ceremonies on May 10 at 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 10, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest-achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at t

As the academic year comes to a close, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes exceptional faculty members who have gone above and beyond to educate the next generation of scholars.  

The final tallies are in and once again the ASU Forensics (Speech) Team can report outstanding success at this year’s American Forensics Association’s National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIE

Students in Instructor Kyle Wilson's ENG 102 course have created Project Communal Effort and as part of American Indian Culture Week at ASU are raising funds for needy families.

When she was a child, Nicole Lemme’s father would take her to see an old mining town in northern Arizona that he used to visit when he was young.

Recent advances in biotechnologies, such as the completion of the human genome project and genetic editing, have not only raised ethical questions about their use and effects on humans, but also un

March

At a large, state-run medical facility, a young woman’s reproductive fate has been determined.

El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Día) at ASU has launched a campaign through ASU's Pitchfunder platform, which provide

His was the loneliest and most unlikely voice in rock and roll, with a posthumous career to die for.

The Navajo language is dying, and Manuelito Wheeler wants to change that.

People in the Arizona State University community who won Fulbright awards this year are living abroad and studying subjects ranging from virus engineering and flamenco guitar to a World War II resi

Nearly every Fulbright grant winner who spends time abroad faces challenges with a new language.

Those who work in developing countries face other issues as well.

Maureen Goggin is spending her Fulbright year in Austria, researching a little-known source of needlework done by women.

Immersion in another culture can change a person.

For writer Allegra Hyde, the year she is spending in Bulgaria will also likely affect her art.

The U.S. prison system is retreating from an era of force and punishment and is starting to think once again about education and rehabilitation programs.

Who was Nick Salerno? Many would say: a generous soul who changed the Valley of the Sun and ASU for the better.

Patience is a virtue. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Time and tide wait for no man.

The Arizona State University Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture and Arizona Humanities have announced a

A high school principal, a judge and a former prisoner walk onto a college campus …

The hallway on the sixth floor of the G. Homer Durham Language and Literature building looks more like a movie theater than a place of academia.

Sometimes getting even the most exciting news can be anticlimactic. (Curse you, caller ID!)

Language is complicated. Anyone who has tried to use high school French to navigate the Champs-Élysées can tell you that.

February

Mark Lussier, chair of the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University since June 2013, has announced he will step down from the position effective

Students in China are eager to learn about American culture, and Arizona State University is part of a project designed to meet that need.

Have you ever Wikipedia’d a topic to settle an argument? Ever made a donation to help victims of a disaster? Or sipped “fair trade” coffee at Starbucks?

Arizona State University is a training ground for many new forms of expression in fiction, including in the popular Young Adult (YA) genre.

On Friday, October 9, 2015, the Americanist Reading Group hosted an Archival Faculty Talk by Keith Miller and Eric Wertheimer, scholars in the field of American Studies and Department of English fa

The Prison Education Programs and the Prison Education Awareness Club (PEAC) announce a book drive for the Arizona State Prison in Florence.

Despite studying English every year since kindergarten, Chang Liu realized upon arriving in Arizona last August that she could not properly speak the language.

The United States is a young country, but it still has its fair share of history.

On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, the Department of English hosted Jeffrey N.

The National Endowment for the Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016.

January

In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, where quick soundbytes and images out of context dominate the online realm, rhetoric rules.

“Big data” sounds like it could be a pretty boring topic, maybe not something you want to bring up during a dinner party.

How do we classify texts produced by undocumented authors who no longer identify as Mexican, yet have no officially recognized status in the United States?

Never let it be said that we didn’t “show up.” The list of awards, recognitions, and “best ofs” from 2015 features a slew of outstanding work by ASU Department of English faculty and alumni.

It’s a fight to the finish for most graduate students at the end of their programs, their defenses looming on the horizon.

Monday marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a time to reflect on the struggles for equality and freedom in America. It's also a day to recall our various connections to the holiday's namesake.

Lori Alvord, Chief of Surgical Services and a practicing general surgeon at Banner Health Page Hospital, spoke on Thursday, Oct.

2015

December

Hands go up in a crowded ASU lecture hall when a social justice course instructor asks who has ever experienced prejudice.

Arizona State University’s Department of English has no shortage of talented alumni and faculty, as is evidenced by the latest crop of novels, short-story collections, memoirs and poetry to come ou

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are p

The Creative Writing Anniversary Gala celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Creative Wr

A team of faculty and students based in ASU’s Department of English has been awarded a Changemaker Central $1,500 Woodside Community Ac

During the fall 2015 convocation ceremony on December 15, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will honor their best and brightest undergraduates from the social sci

Several Department of English students were named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Students Leaders at a special reception at Manzanita hosted by CLAS Dean Patrick Kenney on Nov. 13.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are p

Does the holiday season put you in a reflective mood? Will winter break give you some unstructured time to jot your ideas and stories down? Is “become a published author” on your bucket list?

November

Decades ago the word “bootleg” carried an outlaw connotation.

British biographer and scholar Sir Jonathan Bate comes to ASU on Nov.

Episode I: The origin of ASU’s 'Star Wars' universe

Nick Salerno tells people that he grew up in the dark.

The Department of English Homecoming Writing Contest celebrates the creative and scholarly writing of undergraduate students within the ASU Department of English (English and Film and Media Studies

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

The Department of English's Community Engagement Committee (a.k.a.

Angela "Angie" O'Neal, who received her PhD from the Department of English at ASU in 2007, has been named the inaugural Joan Alden Speidel Chair in English at Shorter University, located in Rome, G

Civics education is not just for aspiring political scientists.

“And what is the use of a book,” asked Lewis Carroll’s Alice, moments before tumbling down the rabbit hole, “without pictures or conversations?”

The Arizona State University Department of English Community Engagement Committee presents:

Beowulf is the kind of guy who leaves an impression.

Do you remember where you were when you first read or were exposed to some incarnation of the Old English epic poem?

Some of us are Type A people; we plan our days down to the minute and make decisions based on a practical system of weighing pros and cons.

And some of us are daydreamers.

October

Valley newcomer Stacey Kuznetsov recently discovered a rather unconventional way to meet new people: fermented salsa parties.

It has been more than a century since women first called for the right to equal pay — yet they still make only 77 cents to a man’s dollar, according to 2012 data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

This summer President Barack Obama became the first sitting president of the United States to visit a federal prison, touring one in Oklahoma.

Two prominent thought leaders and authors from Europe bring a close to the Provost’s Distinguished Lecture Series for 2015.

Today the White House announced the creation of a nationwide “CubeSat competition” that partners high school students with leading universities for the development and operation of small space sate

The first Navajo woman to be board-certified in surgery, Lori Arviso Alvord, will deliver Arizona State University’s

Arizona State University’s resident Jane Austen expert, Devoney Looser, busts the myth of “sexy Mr. Darcy” in a recent piece for London newspaper The Independent.

Editor's note: Leading up to Homecoming, we'll be running several stories a week on ASU alumni.

It took a 60-year journey from Europe to the United States and back to bring Emmerich Kálmán’s musical comedy "Arizona Lady" to the ma

This week, three members of an indigenous artist collective called Postcommodity will install the largest-ever bi-national land art piece on the U.S.-Mexico border.

It’s only a few hours into the second annual Hacks 4 Humanity hackathon on Saturday, Oct.

September

Three artist-citizens from Arizona State University’s Department of English have been recognized for their engagement with the desert via the 37th annual 

What do an Arizona State University-Starbucks business student in Washington state, a sustainability research collaboration in Germany, and seven English classrooms on the ASU Tempe campus have in

Growing up in a tiny town on the Navajo reservation, Laura Tohe relied on comics, fairy tales and books to stimulate her mind — even if that meant a four-hour round-trip drive to the nearest librar

Phoenix native Joey Robert Parks believes in his hometown.

The Internet is a vast source of information, from news to entertainment and everything in between. For some, the Web is also a place where constant, targeted violence is unavoidable.

As a child, Joan Burtnett always looked forward to the days when the bookmobile would stop at the top of the hill where she lived.

August

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

A collection of inspiring visions of the future has earned ASU’s Center for Science and Imagination an honor in the present.

July

Josh Estes is humble, hard-working, stable – and not planning to couch-surf anytime soon.

When Tehreem Aurakzai stepped off the plane at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, she didn’t fully appreciate her new role as “cultural representative.”