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Ron McCurdy Jazz Quartet to perform the Langston Hughes Project

A multimedia performance planned for April 13, 2017, at ASU’s West campus will embody Langston Hughes at his best. Taking place in the La Sala Ballroom at 6:30 p.m., the Langston Hughes Project will pay homage to the struggle for artistic and social freedom in the 1960’s and include live music, spoken word, and video representing the Harlem Renaissance. The performance by the Ron McCurdy Quartet is comprised of a twelve-part epic poem with music drawn from Dixieland to Latin Cha Cha, titled “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.”

“The project is a celebration of the African-American experience. It is a lesson in literature, music, culture, history, and, ultimately, human rights. I have never been so entertained, educated, and inspired. Our campus did not stop talking about the event and what it meant on a personal level for several weeks after the performance.”

Mike Mader, Sr. Associate Dean of Students, ASU’s Polytechnic campus

Register for your free ticket at Complimentary parking will be provided. For more information about upcoming events, visit or call 602-543-6450.

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ASU Professor Recognized with the John Lachs Award for Public Philosophy

Bertha Manninen, ASU New College, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics faculty, has received the prestigious 2017 John Lachs Award for Public Philosophy.

During the decade Manninen has taught at the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies at the ASU West campus, her research in reproductive rights, applied ethics, biomedical ethics such as abortion has been published in several journals and has helped create dialogue for these issues.  Her book, “Pro-Life, Pro-Choice: Shared Values in the Abortion Debate,” is praised to be an approach to the abortion controversy with a “philosophical investigation,” that both students and faculy should real to further engage the ethical argument says Christine Overall, Professor of Philosophy and University Research Chair, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

Along the way, she has also become a favorite professor, due in particular to her commitment to presenting interesting lectures, thinking of material in new ways, and treating students – and their ideas – with respect.

Congratulations to Dr. Manninen on her continuing efforts to engage the public in the discussion of philosophy and applied ethics.

Jacob Meders presents “Window Dressing – Indians Behind Glass” through April 13

Jacob Meders, IAP faculty member, has created an installation titled “Window Dressing – Indians Behind Glass” currently on exhibit in ArtSpace West at ASU’s West campus.

This installation is rooted in the history of museum-based dioramas of Indigenous Peoples with the infusion of undertones of retail display windows, or “window dressing.” The use of “window dressing” alludes to the idea of presenting something in a better light or manipulating the viewpoint to create a better impression. Using current commercial printing processes, video and ready-mades, this installation presents a dialogue that questions the historical conditioning and perspective built into the American framework with the labeling of the Indigenous People of this land.

ArtSpace West is located in the University Center Building near the 47th Avenue campus entrance. The opening reception begins this evening, March 28, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., and the exhibition runs through April 13th (Mondays-Thursdays) from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Visitor parking ($3 per hour) is available in the north lot across from the gallery.

The School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies offers a BA in interdisciplinary arts and performance in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU’s West campus.

Black History Month celebrated at ArtSpace West

Artist, Kris Rhymes
Artist, Kris Rhymes

“The Collection:  Artworks by African-American Artists from the Valley of the Sun,” currently features an installation of unique paintings, sculptures and visual art works on display at ArtSpace West.  Celebrate Black History Month by visiting Arizona State University’s West campus and appreciating the work of artists from the greater Metro Phoenix area, including Valerie Fair, Kris Rhymes, Jackie Muhammad, and Lowaunz Farrow.  The exhibition is open now and runs through February 23 (Mondays-Thursdays only) from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The gallery of ArtSpace West is coordinated by faculty, staff and students of the IAP program within the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies.  Students who major in interdisciplinary arts and performance receive extensive preparation for careers as artists, performers and creative professionals, and develop critical backgrounds useful for becoming future teachers and scholars.

1 Day until Convocation | Touch of University tradition – Paley Gates

ASU New College Spring 2015 Convocation Paley GatesOnly ONE more day until our New College graduates say farewell to ASU West. On Convocation day, take time to reflect on all you have learned and the memories you have made. But most importantly, DON’T FORGET TO TOUCH THE PALEY GATES AT CONVOCATION! Here’s why!


As you walk through the Paley Gates at Convocation, it is tradition to reach out and touch the gates, placing your hand on them as a catalyst for reflection. By reaching out you are asked to reflect on how ASU has touched you during your studies here. No doubt university work demanded much of you, touching your heart and mind in many powerful ways, in many unexpected ways, perhaps.

Regardless of your area of study, your experience at ASU made demands that you be rigorous, that you be insightful, and that you be perceptive. Indeed, as Socrates says at the end of Plato’s famous allegory of the cave, education is the “art of orientation.” ASU has equipped you with the means by which you now know how to turn your critical attention, that is, how to orient yourselves, toward what is most pressing in our world today and which calls for our being responsible for and responsive to it. And this is as it should be. Universities are meant to touch you in these ways so that your having been here makes a promise to the larger culture concerning your participation in the life of our city, the enterprise of our state, and the hopes for our cosmopolitan future.

You are now in a position to understand better that you can be in your own activities and excellence become co-creators of what is to come next. Here at ASU you have been a part of a community of scholars and you have engaged in the conversations, studies, and activities of research that are becoming such a community. We are hopeful that your time here has left you with the three qualifications for public life that the Czech philosopher Vaclav Havel deems necessary viz., tact, good taste, and the proper instincts.

Education habituates us to these three traits. It allows us to read situations in which we find ourselves, develop the proper tests and programs fitting to our collective circumstances, and allows us to investigate with care and understanding the world around us. Today you leave the university and the community of scholars who have touched you and you do so that you may enter community of critical citizenship. Your responsibility, in turn, is to touch with your education everything with which you come into contact. You must leave a mark of excellence on the larger cultural matrix of which universities are but one, albeit vital, part. Leave a touch of your education with each person with whom you encounter in the following years.

Education is not a finite quantity; sharing it does not and cannot diminish it, rather the opposite is true: each sharing with another adds to what you already have. From among the many, two examples show what you must do: Invent new and progressive ways to touch others and imagine the ways you can cultivate the relations necessary to improve yourself and all those around you.

The Paley Gates at ASU’s West campus will continue to be here, standing as a symbol for the next generation of students. As well, the faculty will be here making certain that the community of scholars is vibrant, welcoming, and awaiting all those who will wish, as you did, to be touched by education.

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2 Days Until Convocation | Voices of ASU New College 2015 Graduates

Bring out the tissues and watch our interview with New College graduates of 2015.  We asked about there most memorable experiences and life as a student at ASU West campus.  Don’t forget to tag your graduation pics #newcollegegrad

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5 Days Till New College Convocation | You Dreamt It, You Did It!!!

We are so proud of all the ASU New College graduates at the ASU West campus!  All your hard work, sweat and tears are concluding at our New College convocation this Tuesday (get the details here). Watch the video and let’s starting celebrating your graduation, you dreamt it, you did it!


5 days till New College convocation at ASU West campus

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New College Graduate Studies Worthwhile Option for Class of 2014

ASU West 4-18-13 094Graduation is just around the corner and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is sending out over 500 students around the world to begin the next chapter in their lives. Many are headed to careers in fields such as medicine, marketing, communications, politics, government, psychology, and computer science. But for some, their future is still undecided.

Tosha Ruggles, Academic Success Coordinator for New College Graduate Studies, wants the Class of 2014 to consider sticking around West campus for a bit longer and exploring all of the great graduate programs New College has to offer. Ruggles said “New College graduate programs give students the opportunity to expand on their existing knowledge base, engage in a higher level of dialogue with faculty, and continue innovative research. New College is unique in that our graduate students have access to world-renowned faculty and receive an outstanding education for an affordable price, all while staying in the valley.”

New College graduate programs include Communication Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Justice & Human Rights, and Psychology. Graduate programs have flexible course options designed to meet the needs of working professionals and full-time students, and make students more competitive in today’s marketplace.

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New College Graduate Studies Information Session

ASU New College Graduate Degree Programs Information Session

Interested in ASU graduate school?  Please join us for a Graduate Degree Programs Information Session  Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 5:30-6:30 pm in the University Center Building (UCB), Room 240 (Faculty/Staff Lounge).

Masters Degrees Offered at ASU New College:

 The Value of a Masters Degree

  • Gain a competitive advantage in the workforce
  • Earn an average of 23% more than students with an undergraduate degree*
  • Focus on your individual research interests

    *U.S. Census Bureau 2004

Graduate Directors and Staff will be on hand to talk about the programs and to answer any questions.  Jan Lacey with any questions –

Interested in a Master’s degree?

ASU New College offers four graduate programs at the ASU West campus.  They will be hosting an information table today, Feb. 18 from 10am to 1:30pm in the Sands Breezeway.  Stop by and talk with advisors and find out more about the following ASU graduate programs:

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