State Department special representative inspires future diplomats at ASU

October 14, 2016

Shaun Casey, special representative for Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. State Department, offered ways to “be prepared if the lightning strike comes” to a classroom of Arizona State University politics and global studies students. Casey met with ASU professor Charles Ripley's "Professional Career Development" course during his visit to the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict on Oct. 6.

Stressing the importance of getting out from behind the desk and into the communities of the places they would be stationed, he told aspiring State Department workers to not be afraid of looking at posts in places that aren’t well-known. “There’s no magic in opening mail and answering phone calls in D.C.,” he said. U.S. Special Representative Shaun Casey U.S. Special Representative Shaun Casey speaking to politics and global studies students. Download Full Image

He discussed his own fascination with the political implications of religion that stemmed from a sense of conflict he felt filling out his draft card as a teenager who was raised as a pacifist. He also touched on the importance of having a liberal arts degree in the State Department, and the difficulties of the transition from working in an academic field to the federal government.

Casey was at ASU to deliver the 2016 lecture for the Marshall Speaker Series on Religion and Conflict. A video of the lecture is available for viewing on the Center's Vimeo site.

Story and photograph by Sarah Jarvis

Terry Williams

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


@SunDevilVB #RoadWarriors Earn First Pac-12 Win, Take Down Bears In Four

October 14, 2016

The Arizona State volleyball team (8-11, 1-6 Pac-12) took down Pac-12 foe California (7-10, 1-6 Pac-12) in four sets, 25-21, 21-25, 28-26, 25-22, on Friday at Haas Pavilion. Download Full Image