Student Events

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership hosts many events that are available only to current Arizona State University students. These might include intimate lunch-and-learn type events with our lecture series speakers, lectures with visiting scholars or public figures visiting the school.

Some of these events might be specifically for civic and economic thought and leadership major or minor students. If you have any questions about an event, please email us at and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. 

Civic Awareness Award

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership has launched a new program for ASU students to earn recognition for attending events hosted by the school and its two centers. To learn more about the Civic Awarness Award, click here

SCETL Movie Night: "Gattaca"


In the world of Gattaca, genetic engineering has generated a society in which every member is categorized and determined by genetic origin.  The film depicts a dystopian society in which one’s genomic scores determine one’s cast and fate in the society. 

The film’s hero, Vincent, was conceived the old-fashioned way, without genetic engineering and, as a result, the society categorizes him as an “in-valid.” His dam is to be an astronaut, but he is fated by his genes to be a janitor.  Vincent impersonates a “valid” but is in danger of discovery prior to his first space flight.

Can technology produce such a world? What happens to individual freedom when and if technology catches up to the dystopic society we see depicted in Gattaca? What are the social and legal implications of a world in which parents can select the characteristics of their children from appearance to talent? Will the result be a scientifically sanctioned caste system? 

Does the existence of genetic engineering guarantee a dangerously unequal dystopia? Or would American political principles that protect equal liberty and equality remain in effect, and safeguard against inequality brought about by such technology?

* Pizza will be served! 

January 14, 2020 | 6 p.m. |  Memorial Union, Pima Auditorium 230


Visiting Scholar Forrest Nabors: “Natural Justice and the Extended Republic” 

Forrest Nabors, University of Alaska Anchorage

The purpose of the extended republic was not only to prevent the ascendancy of unjust factions, but also to increase the probability that natural justice would become the ruling principle of the United States. James Madison and Aristotle have similar views on what natural justice is, but Aristotle believed that a just political regime could only endure as long as the life of a just king or aristocracy.

Join the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership welcome Forrest Nabors, an associate proessor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Nabors is the author From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction, which won the award for best book in American Political Thought in 2017. He earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Oregon and is a former business executive in high technology. 

Reading material: Federalist #10 and excerpts from Aristotle’s Politics.