Phoenix Theatre Cookie Company comes to West campus

February 20, 2013

“Peacemaker,” a play that is sure to please kindergarteners through third-graders and their family members, will be presented twice, at noon and 2 p.m., March 2. The free performances will take place in Second Stage West, lower level of the University Center Building on ASU’s West campus at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.

The play is presented by Phoenix Theatre Cookie Company. Written by David Holman, “Peacemaker” is a story of friendship and acceptance. "Peacemaker" Download Full Image

The plot centers on the Blues and the Reds, who have lived on either side of the Wall for decades. Interaction is forbidden, and both communities live in an atmosphere of fear, suspicion and mistrust. But when circumstances allow Simp, a curious young Red, to meet Bluey, they learn they have a great deal to offer one another and that their similarities far outweigh their differences. Full of clowning, juggling and physical storytelling, this production promotes acceptance, empathy and friendship.

The 30-year-old Cookie Company strives to illuminate, illustrate and foster the hero that lies within each of us. Qualities like compassion, kindness, integrity and honesty are some of the heroic building blocks that, when nurtured and expressed, can empower children to change any circumstance for the better. The troupe focuses on these innate qualities and demonstrates their positive effect through its productions.

Cookie Company is an initiative of Phoenix Theatre, a fixture in the Valley’s arts scene for more than 90 years. Phoenix Theatre programming also includes the Mainstage Season series of Broadway and world premiere musicals and plays; the annual summer New Works Festival; and PT Education, supporting curricular and extra-curricular educational programs for all ages across the Valley.

The presentation of “Peacemaker” on March 2 is part of the Open Door @ ASU West event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the West campus. Open Door @ ASU West, the campus’s contribution to this year’s Arizona SciTech Festival, features myriad activities and attractions for visitors of all ages, including science experiments and demonstrations, art exhibits, a Rubik’s Cube competition, new automobile displays, and more. All of the day’s activities are free and open to the public.

More information about “Peacemaker” and the rest of the upcoming arts and performance schedule can be found online at, on Facebook @ asuwestevents, or by calling the arts information line at 602-543-2787.

Conference to examine Obama administration's foreign, domestic policy agendas

February 21, 2013

Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) is hosting a three-day conference, March 6-8, to examine the implications of the Obama administration’s foreign and domestic policy agendas over the last four years in office.

Titled Barack Obama and American Democracy IV (BOAD): A National Conference for the Study of President Obama and Contemporary America, the event will bring together scholars, leaders and change agents to discuss, debate and analyze the meaning of the historic 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, paying close attention to issues of race, active citizenship and international affairs. Download Full Image

Several key faculty members, including the center’s director Matthew Whitaker and Alonzo Jones, dean of students for the Multicultural Student Center, will lend their voices to the discussion.

“The Barack Obama and American Democracy conference is particularly relevant for the ASU community, the New American University, because we at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy believe in engaging in diverse and critical conversation about our past, present and future,” said Whitaker.

The annual conference is now in its fourth year. The BOAD conference was originally created by Tufts University (TU) and paved the way for a Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to be created at TU. Now a sister organization of the CSRD at ASU, Whitaker says he is overjoyed to carry on the tradition at ASU.

The CSRD serves as a source of expert opinion on the matters of race and democracy at the local, state, national and international levels. Researchers and practitioners affiliated with the center are tasked with expanding the study of race and democracy beyond the black/white binary to foster an understanding that race and participatory democracy intersect with gender, class, religion, sexuality and nationality.

This event is free and open to the public. Visit to register now.