March 18, 2018

Editor's note: Welcome to ASU Now's live-blog coverage of the opening week of the Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center at Arizona State University, the university's new home in Washington, D.C. Find the event schedule here and more photos from the week here.

Day 1: Free speech, national security, covering Washington in the age of Trump

Day 2: Mission-focused research, the future of autonomous vehicles — and locusts

Day 3: Grad student research, police and trust, and terror and the rule of law

Day 4: The day's theme is international

Day 5: Educating pro athletes, educating the public, ASU's partnerships in DC, redesigning design education


Two more days of celebration

6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18

Events continue this week at the new Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center in our nation’s capital.

“The McCain Institute at ASU: How Do We End Terrorism?” 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 19 — Former Homeland Security Advisor (and McCain Institute Trustee) Fran Townsend, former Director of the US National Counter-Terrorism Center Nick Rasmussen, and special guests describe the evolution of global terrorism since 9/11and discuss long-term approaches for overcoming it. 

CGEST Reception, 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 — This event hosted by the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology convenes leading African-American women in STEM to provide a forum for women to strategize and build coalitions, continue discourse from previous gatherings that have led to grant-funded projects, share job announcements and explore opportunities to support and lead interagency functions.

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Katherine Reedy, Steven Beschloss and Penny Walker contributed to this blog. Top photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now