Welcome to the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University is excited to welcome its speakers and guests to the annual spring 2020 Conference. The conference will take place over two days on February 28 and 29 at ASU's Tempe campus. If you're coming from out of state and need lodging and flight information for your trip, please visit ASU's comprehensive travel site, which covers airport information, hotel and lodging rates and more. 

Flight & Hotel Information

About the school

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership began offering classes in 2017 with a curriculum that combines a classical liberal arts curriculum with intensive learning experiences, which include study abroad programs, professional internships and leadership opportunities. Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree or minor in civic and economic thought and leadership are ready for careers in government, law, business and civil society.

As part of its civic education mission, the school has also been tasked to curate an annual speaker series, which invites leading voices in education, politics, business, law and civics to visit the ASU campus to speak and hold civil conversations with students, faculty, and our community. The annual series is, which is the namesake of this conference, is aired on Arizona PBS and available online, as a part of the School’s "Civic Discourse Project".

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership currently offers three academic programs and is in the process of developing a masters program that is expected to launch in the fall of 2020. Learn more about our academic offerings: 

  • Bachelor of arts in Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
  • Bachelor of science in Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
  • Minor in Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

Conference Information & Schedule

The who, what, when and where of the 2020 Spring Conference.

Conference Information

Speaker Information

Learn more about all of this year's speakers, including our two keynote speakers, Rich Lowry and Yascha Mounk. 

Speaker Information

Where to eat in Tempe

While you're here, check out these great places to grab a bite to eat within walking distance of ASU’s Tempe Campus.

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What to do in Tempe

While you're here, take advantage of our amazing "winter" weather! Here is a list of fun things to do in and around Tempe.  

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What to see on campus

In your free time, we encourage you to explore ASU's beautiful Tempe campus! We made a list of places for you to check out. 

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Changing your registration

Are you already registered for the Spring 2020 conference but need to modify or change your registration information? Visit the registration page to make any adjustments you need. 

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