2020 Innovation Quarter

Designed to immerse attendees in intriguing topics and creative projects that explore new ideas, build connections and develop valuable professional development skills, Arizona State University's Innovation Quarter is filled with activities to both entertain and enlighten you over ASU’s winter break.

This free, non-credit bearing, multi-week experience is a great opportunity for students to build relationships with faculty, staff and other ASU students while enjoying some time away from class!

Here's a look at our Innovation Quarter events:

Caves & Chimeras: (Role-)Playing through Platonic Philosophy

December 14 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. 
December 16 | 3 - 4:30 p.m.
December 18 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. 

Join professor Jordan Dorney to explore Socratic political thought through (virtual) tabletop gaming!

Explore Socratic political thought through (virtual) tabletop gaming. You wake up in a world very much like our own, determined to pursue justice and understand the truth. Adventure through famous scenes from Plato’s Republic and beyond, determining the fate of your characters and meeting some poets, philosophers, and political leaders. This series seeks to connect the study of classic texts to the student experience and to encourage openness, inclusivity, and confidence in the idea that anyone can be equipped for philosophical exploration. Students will be asked to complete short preliminary readings and come prepared for a light-hearted take on some serious subjects. We will meet for three 90-minute sessions, with some brief preparation prior to the first meeting and a request for reflection and feedback upon the conclusion of the series. No prior experience assumed.

Register to attend.

Law School and Beyond: Understanding the Supreme Court and Sources of American Law

December 14 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
December 15 | 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
December 16 | 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Join professor Emily Rap for a three-day workshop designed to introduce students in all disciplines to the study of Supreme Court jurisprudence and the interpretation of American legal materials.

This three-day workshop is designed to introduce students in all disciplines to the study of Supreme Court jurisprudence and the interpretation of American legal materials. The first session, “How to Read a Supreme Court Opinion,” is a law-school-style Socratic discussion guiding participants to develop strategies for reading and analyzing published Supreme Court decisions. We will focus on historic First Amendment caselaw including Brandenburg, Tinker, and Mosley. The second session, “The Supreme Court and Legal Sources,” will help participants hone their skills by examining how the Supreme Court interprets and applies different sources of law, including the Constitution, federal and state statutes, the Supreme Court’s own precedents, state court decisions, and international law. The final session, “Law School and Legal Reasoning,” will explore the unique features of American legal education – in particular, the Socratic method and common-law reasoning – and debate what it means to learn to think like a lawyer.

Register to join us. 

ASU and the American Story

December 14 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
December 15 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
December 16 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
December 17 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

ASU and the American Story will invite participants to reflect upon the place of ASU within the broader context of national narratives about race and ethnicity with professor Adam Seagrave.

The program will consist in four one-hour sessions held on consecutive days during Innovation Quarter. Each session will consist in a discussion of primary sources selected by a scholar-expert and related to one of four topics: African American history and culture, American Indian history and culture, Latino/a history and culture, and Anglo American history and culture. The goal of the program will be to introduce participants to the important contexts of race, ethnicity, and the search for freedom, equality, and justice within which ASU pursues its charter in the 21st century.

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