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"Imagination is a collective project. We dream together. We change the world together."

Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at ASU, where he is an associate professor, with a joint appointment in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. A graduate of Princeton University and Stanford University (M.A. and PhD in English), Finn also serves as the academic director of Future Tense, a partnership with Slate Magazine. 


"Violence begets violence...We need to understand the chain of violence in order to break out of it."

Keith Brown is a professor in ASU's School of Politics and Global Studies. He is also director of The Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian & Eastern European Studies. Earning his bachelor's in classics from the University of Oxford and his master's and doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago, Brown taught at Bowdoin College, the University of Wales and Brown University before coming to ASU in 2017.


"Can all biodiversity be saved? And, if not, how do we decide which species to save?"

Leah Gerber is founding director of ASU's Center for Biodiversity Outcomes and a professor of ecology, evolution and environmental sciences within the School of Life Sciences. Trained as a population ecologist and a marine conservation biologist, Gerber earned both her master's degree and doctorate at the University of Washington in Seattle. 


"Let's love sport. But let's not lose sight of sport's role in addressing what ails us." 

Ken Shropshire is the Adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport and founding CEO of the Global Sport Institute at ASU.  He previously was director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative and for more than 30 years the David W. Hauck Professor at the University of Pennyslvania's Wharton School in the department of legal studies and business ethics. Shropshire earned his B.A. at Stanford and his J.D. at Columbia. 


"Rather than being ruled by fear, we can learn to better balance it with our reason."

Andrew Maynard is the director of ASU's Risk Innovation Lab, professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and author of the forthcoming book Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge. 


"True awareness of mortality, when it comes, is a permanent revolution...."

George Justice is a professor of English and a specialist in 18th-century British literature. A former ASU dean of humanities, Justice taught at the University of Pennsylvania (where he earned his master's and Ph.D.), Marquette University, Louisiana State University and the University of Missouri. 


"Inequity is about the lack of fairness. It's about the lack of justice." 

Swapna Reddy is a Clinical Assistant Professor at ASU's College of Health Solutions. Her primary research focuses on how law and policy can be utilized to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities and inequities. Reddy holds a law degree from the University of Houston and a master's degree in public health from Boston University.


"Rising above demonization and anger? That's not for wimps. It takes moral courage and smarts." 

Paul Carrese is the founding Director of ASU's School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. For nearly two decades, he was a professor of political science at the United States Air Force Academy. His most recent book is Democracy in Moderation: Montesquieu, Tocqueville, and Sustainable Liberalism.   


"Usually, we don't think about how we listen. But when we do, the world becomes remarkably richer." 

Garth Paine is an Associate Professor in Interactive Sound and Digital Media in the Herberger Institute's School of Arts, Media and Engineering and a Professor of Composition in the School of Music. He is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist with ASU's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.


"Many distinguished scientists profess that the universe is teeming with life...[but] it's almost impossible to estimate the odds." 

Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, and bestselling author. He is Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science and co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative, both at Arizona State University


"Anyone can be a geek...It means that you are passionate about a subject, often a technical one."

Nadya Bliss is Director of the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at ASU. She is also Professor of Practice in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. Before joining ASU, Dr. Bliss spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently as the founding Group Leader of the Computing and Analytics Group. 


"You have to learn how to watch and listen to your students...They'll show you how they want to be taught."

Frank Serafini is an author, illustrator, photographer, educator, musician and professor of Literacy Education and Children's Literature at ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. In addition, Serafini was an elementary school teacher for nine years and spent three years as a literacy specialist in K-6 classrooms.


"The secret of dogs' success is their ability to make friends...Dogs really are all about love."

Clive Wynne is a Professor of Psychology, director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at ASU, and co-author of "Animal Cognition: Evolution, Behavior and Cognition." Born in England, Wynne earned his undergraduate degree at University College London and his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh.

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