Public Programs

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership invites ASU students, staff and faculty, and the community to join us for conversations concerning civic life and leadership. The school hosts a robust schedule of speaker events, including an annual series aired on PBS Arizona. The school is dedicated to offer these events for its students and the community at no cost as a place to hold civil discourse around the pressing issues of our times.

Upcoming Spring 2022 Events

SCETL Annual MLK Day Lecture

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The conversation between Professor Lara Bazelon and Wall Street Journal Opinion Columnist Jason Riley is the second in a series called “Can We Talk Honestly About Race?” co-sponsored by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

The goal of this program is to provide have an honest conversation about race that provides the community with a range of views on crucial issues, including perspectives that may not have been included in other events or programs on campus.

Light refreshments will be served!

Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ventana B Ballroom, Memorial Union 241, 301, E. Orange St., Tempe, AZ 85281

Register here.

SCETL Student Movie Night: The Truman Show

Friday, January 28, 2022

We all have our secrets, private thoughts and free will over our life. All of us, except Truman. What if you didn’t know that your life was a LIVE television production? What if you had no idea that all of the people in your life were actors? Watch this film with us and explore how the themes of surveillance and free-will apply in our own lives.

Join the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL) and the SCETL Student Assembly for our annual January Movie Night on January 28 at 6:00 PM in the Memorial Union Pima Auditorium room 230. 

Bring your friends and we will bring the movie treats!

Date: Friday, January 28, 2022
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Pima Auditorium, Memorial Union 230, 301, E. Orange St., Tempe, AZ 85281

Register here.
 

AEI Spring Policy Summit Agenda

Friday, February 11, 2022

Join the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University to discuss The Futures of Democracy, Liberalism, & Capitalism.

More topics include: Sustainable Liberalism and Polarized Politics, Liberalism, Islam, and US Policy towards the
Middle East. Governance in an Era of Performative Politics, and more.

Conference details and speakers are coming soon.

Date: Friday, February 11, 2022 and Saturday, February 12, 2022
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Registry link coming soon.
 

SCETL Spring Conference 2022

Friday, February 25, 2022

Join the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University for an important discussion about citizenship in the United States; its origins, its meaning, and its contemporary place in American democracy and the globalized community. 

Each year, SCETL hosts an annual conference to invite scholars, prominent writers and speakers to come together each spring to discuss the school’s annual speaker series topic.

The school's annual speaker series is developed in part by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. The speaker series is also aired regularly on Arizona PBS. Watch past episodes and previous seasons here.

Conference details and speakers are coming soon.

Date: Friday, February 25, 2022 and Saturday, February 26, 2022
Time: TBD
Location: Ventana A Ballroom, Memorial Union 241, 301, E. Orange St., Tempe, AZ 85281

Registry link coming soon.
 

The Civic Discourse Project

The Civic Discourse Project is a multi-year project addressing the pressing issues of our times.  Each year, the project addresses a particular important theme by inviting the top minds — civic leaders, academics, public intellectuals — engaged in thinking through the big ideas and challenges facing American society, to discuss and explore them with our community. 

Learn more. 

"I honestly have not been to better ASU events than the events hosted by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. Whether it was the Robby George and Cornel West talk or the Jonathan Haidt, who I would later do my research thesis on, those have been amazing opportunities to learn and hear ideas of prominent scholars and people in the field."

- Justin H., CEL Major