ASU lecture to examine bioethics, animal studies, race and postcolonialism

Author and professor Rachel Lee to speak on April 20

April 7, 2016

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 underscored criticisms of animal cruelty that have been central to animal studies.

Rachel Lee will lecture on this topic at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in West Hall room 135, as part of the "Interactions and Interchanges" lecture series (RSVP here). Rachel Lee Professor Rachel Lee Download Full Image

Lee will consider intersections between the study of biotechnologies, animals, and the regulation of human life and death in the ream of politics. She will discuss how the focus in animal studies and bioethics on the interconnectedness of humans with other life forms parallels the study of the political regulation of human populations marked by intersecting social identities and forms of subjugation.

Rachel Lee is Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, Director, Center for the Study of Women, and founder of the Life (Un)Ltd project. She is the author of "The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America: Biopolitics, Biosociality and Posthuman Ecologies" (2014). Her scholarship draws on critical methods from race and ethnic studies in conjunction with theories of gender and sexuality to examine the specific interfaces and choreographies of stand-up comedy, dance, new media/digital technology, and literature, most recently as they reflect on the life sciences. She is a founding editor of the peer-reviewed online journal, Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience.

The event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are recommended. For more information please see the event webpage.

This event is sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict and the Department of English. The Interactions and Interchanges speaker series was developed in conjunction with a grant from the U.S. State Department for a project on “Globalizing Research and Teaching of American Literature,” a university partnership between Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore, Pakistan and ASU.
The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict is an interdisciplinary research unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that examines the role of religion as a driving force in human affairs.

Terry Williams

Communication and events coordinatior, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict


Life on Earth and beyond to be focus of upcoming New Discoveries Lecture at ASU

April 7, 2016

The search for life beyond Earth is one of the major drivers of space exploration. From the sands of Mars and the oceans of Europa to the Earth-like planets orbiting other stars, one of the most profound questions we can ask is: “Are we alone?”

Ariel Anbar, President’s Professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences, will explore the search for life — and the implications for us here at home — in his talk “Life on Earth and beyond: Present, past, and future” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, on ASU’s Tempe campus. Ariel Anbar Ariel Anbar Download Full Image

Ariel Anbar is a scientist and educator interested in Earth’s past and future evolution as an inhabited world, and the prospects for life beyond. His research group’s major focus is the chemical evolution of the atmosphere and oceans, as revealed by the development of novel geochemical methods. Trained as a geologist and a chemist, Anbar is also a Distinguished Sustainability Scholar in ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

The School of Earth and Space Exploration’s New Discoveries Lecture Series brings exciting scientific work to the general public in a series of informative evening lectures, free and open to the public, each given by a member of the SESE faculty once a month throughout the spring.

Lectures are at the Marston Exploration Theater, located on the first floor of ASU's Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB4) (map) on the Tempe Campus; RSVP to reserve a seat. Parking is available at the Rural Road parking structure just east of ISTB 4.

Karin Valentine

Media Relations & Marketing manager, School of Earth and Space Exploration