The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Activities

Natural Science | Presentation

Interactions of Light and Matter

Rainbows, fireworks, and studying stars and planets all have something in common -- they involve the interaction of light and matter. This presentation shows how what we see and can measure, even light-years away, is determined by the behavior of electrons.

Social Science | Tour

Study Abroad video

Watch this fun video from a Hugh Downs School Starbucks online student on her study abroad experience in 2017 to London, Edinburgh, and Dublin

Art/Design | Presentation

Metropolitan: Conversation with Author and Director Whit Stillman

Arizona State University faculty Devoney Looser and Kevin Sandler moderated this March 31, 2017 conversation with writer-director Whit Stillman after a screening of his 1990 film "Metropolitan." Audiences may be most familiar with Stillman's award-winning, Jane Austen-inspired 2016 film, "Love and Friendship," which starred Kate Beckinsdale as the deliciously awful widow, Lady Susan. Stillman has had a long, fruitful relationship with reimagining Austen for contemporary audiences. He describes himself as a long-time Austenite ("among the most fervent") and had previously revisited Austen material in his Mansfield Park-influenced "Metropolitan."

Social Science | Presentation

What does a degree in Political Science look like?

Political science is the study of how citizens interact with their governments and how governments at all levels formulate policies to serve their citizens. Political Science students are well-rounded learners with the research and writing skills useful for success in political or governmental careers, law school, graduate study, business or the nonprofit sector.

Natural Science | Demonstration

NASA Psyche Mission: Journey to a Metal World

Psyche is the name of an asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter and the name of a NASA space mission to visit that asteroid, led by Arizona State University. The full spacecraft, including the solar panels, is about the size of a singles tennis court! Join Psyche’s journey today by building and decorating your own scale model. When you are done, we invite you to share it on social media with #PsycheSpaceCRAFTY or submit it to

Natural Science | Presentation

Discovery of the Electron

Our modern understanding of the atom has a story that begins in the 4th century B.C.E., around the time of Aristotle. See how, over 2000 years later, the electron was discovered. See a beam of electrons, called a cathode ray, in a cathode ray tube, the ancestor to the television.

Natural Science | Presentation

Catching the Next Wave

This movie is a simulation showing movement of a fluid inside a rectangular cavity. The fluid is heated from above and cooled from below, resulting in a stable temperature stratification. When the cavity is oscillated up-and-down, the fluid experiences an instability which develops into a full-fledged wave-breaking event. The movie illustrates this event over ten oscillation periods, using the temperature to visualize the flow. The simulation was conducted over one month on the ASU Agave supercomputer. Brought to you by postdoctoral scholar Jason Yalim and associate professors Juan Lopez and Bruno Welfert.

Natural Science | Presentation

Ask a Physicist

Ask a Physicist is a monthly webinar series, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University. Each month they address the big questions in physics with viewers participating in the discussion during the live event!

Natural Science | Presentation

Einstein's Photoelectric Effect

For centuries people debated if light was a particle or a wave. Einstein in his groundbreaking work in 1905 finally settled the question. Both! In this video we talk about how Einstein was inspired to think about the Photoelectric effect and what the over-reaching effects of his principle are. We also discuss how to this day we still use his principle in our research of solar panels, CAT scans and the study of different materials.

Natural Science | Presentation

How Strong is Strong?

Do you like strong coffee? The concentration of solutions is important whether you're talking about the weather, swimming pools or your coffee.

Humanities | Presentation

Young Adult Authors Discuss the Writing Process

During this 2014 roundtable, award-winning young adult (YA) authors discussed their writing processes and how they became published authors. Arizona State University's Department of English hosted the special session for students an ENG 471: Literature for Young Adults class. Featured authors and YA specialists included: Tom Leveen, Faith Hochhalter, Amy Fellner Dominy, Amy K. Nichols, Janette Rallison, Shannon Messenger, Shonna Slayton, and Suzanne Young. Professor James Blasingame, an English education specialist, facilitated the discussion.

Social Science | Presentation

Civic Classics Collection

The Civic Classics Collection is comprised of historically and culturally significant rare books and manuscripts related to American political thought. The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership curates the collection in collaboration with ASU’s Hayden Library. Prominent items include a 1788 first edition of The Federalist, a 1776 first edition of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, an 1848 partial printing of the Seneca Falls Declaration in The North Star, signed copies of two books by Martin Luther King, Jr., a first edition of Zitkala-Sa’s Old Indian Legends, and many more. For more information, visit

Natural Science | Presentation

Poker probabilities (in under one minute)

Assuming that all possible 5-card poker hands are equally likely, what is the probability of being dealt 1 pair, 2 pairs, 3 of a kind, 4 of a kind? This video gives a proof in under one minute, following Khachaturian's Sabre Dance. Brought to you by associate professor Nicolas Lanchier.

Humanities | Presentation

Seeking Justice Part 1: Reyna Montoya Co-creating Healing & Agency: DACA, Undocumented and Youth Leadership

The Seeking Justice in Arizona Fall Lecture Series brings in experts from our local communities to discuss critical national issues in an Arizona context. Reyna Montoya, a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow, a 2017 Echoing Green Fellow, a Forbes: 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, and an ATHENA 2019 recipient by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce among other awards. In 2013, she was the lead organizer, who prevented an immigration bus of undocumented immigrants from deportation in Arizona for the first time in the nation’s history. In the same year, with the help of the community, she stopped her father’s deportation.

Humanities | Presentation

TomorrowTalks with Michael Eric Dyson: Long Time Coming

Author, academic and media commentator Michael Eric Dyson was the featured guest on February 25, 2021 in TomorrowTalks, a new virtual series at Arizona State University. The series places thought leaders of today in conversation with the changemakers of tomorrow: our students. Each distinguished speaker explains how they use writing to address our most pressing challenges. Dyson discussed his most recent book, "Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America."

Sustainability | Presentation

ASU Common Read: A Virtual Visit with Jonathan Safran Foer

In this presentation, best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer discussed his work and answered questions from Arizona State University students and faculty about food, climate change and the writer's life. Foer's most recent book, "We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast," was selected as the 2020-2021 ASU Common Read and The College hosted him for a virtual visit on October 1, 2020. Known primarily for his fiction, which includes the novels "Everything is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"—both adapted for film—Foer is also an internationally acclaimed writer of nonfiction.

Social Science | Presentation

Character-Driven Leadership

As part of Arizona State University’s Innovation Week 2020, General Freakley, Special Advisor to President at ASU, gives an introduction to the tenets of character-driven leadership. Freakley is part of the Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab advances character-driven leadership, diplomacy, and national security education and training in support of the full range of university enterprises.

Culture/Language | Presentation

Laura Tohe: Armed with Our Language, We Went to War—The Navajo Code Talkers

During WWII, a select group of young Navajo men devised a secret code using their language. The code was never broken. A cloak of secrecy hung over the Code Talkers' service until the code was declassified in 1968; the men were finally honored for their military contributions in 1982. In this presentation from November 10, 2015, Arizona State University Professor Laura Tohe, a native speaker of Navajo and daughter of a Code Talker, discussed the Code Talkers’ cultural background, how the code was devised and used, and how Navajo spiritual beliefs were used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Social Science | Presentation

Degree Exploration: Global Studies

Katie Reese, Manager of Academic Advising for the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, shares information on the global studies Bachelor of Arts degree at ASU. The BA program in global studies examines the causes and consequences of problems that cross national boundaries and the governance of these problems in social, cultural and economic contexts.

Humanities | Tour

Virtual Tour of Ross-Blakley Hall

Come along for a tour of Ross-Blakley Hall on the ASU Tempe campus, a jewel in the university's architectural crown. Originally constructed as a law library in the early 1990s, the building's midcentury-esque geometry nods to its Southwest environs, combining exuberant form with function. It provides a physical home for the study of the foundational discipline of the humanities, currently housing two of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' flagship humanities units: the Department of English and the Institute for Humanities Research. Note: this tour mainly focuses on portions of the building occupied by the Department of English.

Social Science | Presentation

What is human communication?

Learn what is meant by human communication with this fun video!

Natural Science | Presentation

Dr. Mineral: Science, Form, and Beauty

Meet Dr. Mineral; also known as ASU Professor Tom Sharp, a geologist who specializes in mineralogy, field geology and electron microscopy. View specimens in incredible detail and learn about the science, structure and beauty of minerals.

Natural Science | Presentation

ASU & NASA Missions: Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies

Discover ASU's involvement in current and upcoming NASA missions. Meet planetary geologist Dr. David Williams, Director of the Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies for an exciting overview of how ASU explores Earth - and way beyond.

Natural Science | Demonstration

GEOPIG: Into the field! An exploration in geochemistry

Meet the Group Exploring Organic Processes in Geochemistry (GEOPIG). This presentation will show basic concepts in geochemistry and how scientists work in the field in places like Yellowstone National Park. See a demonstration of gases dissolved in water using a can of soda, and simple water-rock interactions. Our demonstration of fieldwork will use a local water source, take the temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen measurements and compare with samples collected from a Yellowstone hot spring. Will there be a difference? Find out how your water source compares to a hot spring.

Natural Science | Presentation

Math can save the world

There are so many amazing applications of math in medicine, sport, space sciences, artificial intelligence, biology and even music! When mathematicians solve equations and draw graphs of functions - we also save patients lives in hospitals and send shuttles to space. The beauty of mathematics can be described with theorems and proofs, but also with lists of data, models and simulations. Brought to you by lecturer Julia Inozemtseva

Culture/Language | Presentation

A Celebration of Natalie Diaz

On Feb. 12, 2019, ASU held an event honoring poet Natalie Diaz for her literary achievements, including her recent 2018 MacArthur Foundation fellowship. Diaz, who is an associate professor of English at ASU and also holds the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, spoke about language and belonging and read from her work. Diaz is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her 2020 poetry collection, "Postcolonial Love Poem," was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her 2012 collection, "When My Brother Was an Aztec," won the American Book Award.

Natural Science | Presentation

Combustion Reactions

Combustion reactions are an exciting and important type of chemical reactions. A variety of combustion reactions are presented, along with their importance.

Engineering | Presentation

Demonstration of How Space is Cold and Empty

The Interplanetary Lab test satellites in the rigors of space. Professor Danny Jacobs demonstrates vacuum and cold, with surprising results.