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Here are 6 virtual events to attend before the end of the semester

Despite in-person event cancellations, the virtual sphere is thriving with online performances, lectures and art galleries

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The SDFC on the ASU West campus is pictured on Monday, June 22, 2020, in Glendale, Arizona.

In-person University events have largely been halted this semester, but there is still a plethora of engaging virtual ASU events to attend before finals.

Whether you're looking for dance performances, thought-provoking lectures or art galleries, ASU Events has an opportunity for everyone to learn and socialize. Below is a brief list of some events or opportunities highlighting the ASU West and Polytechnic campuses.

"In the Zone" — Online Gallery

Open every day until Dec. 4

Part of an annual initiative, "Call and Response," organized by the interdisciplinary arts and performance program of the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, "In the Zone" seeks to investigate how the moment between boredom and anxiety fosters innovation. 

The virtual gallery features work from student artists within the IAP program that materializes the range of experiences during the pandemic. The "Call and Response" series is typically held in the ArtSpace West gallery, but was mutated into a virtual format due to the closure of the gallery. 

"Corruption's Comparative Quagmire" — Online Lecture

Nov. 10 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

This lecture from Nnamdi Igbokwe, a political economist specializing in geopolitics and global capitalism, is part of the "COVID and Corruption" series presented by the School of Politics and Global Studies. 

Aimed at questioning and comparing methodologies in studying corruption, "Corruption's Comparative Quagmire" will delve into the political realities of COVID-19 and how the pandemic relates to abuses of power and corruption. 

"Confronting Disinformation: Views from the Trenches" — Online Panel

Nov. 12 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

The number of people who distrust mainstream U.S. media has been proliferating over the past decade, partially attributable to President Donald Trump’s fervent proclamations of "fake news." In the "Confronting Disinformation: Views from the Trenches" panel, four journalists will reflect on their experiences with conspiracy theories, disinformation and a politically polarized electorate. 

The panel will be monitored by Keith Brown, a professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies, and will feature B. William Silcock, assistant dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Lauren Gambino, senior political reporter for Guardian News, Holger Roonemaa, an investigative journalist based in Estonia, and Noreen Shams, a freelance journalist based in Pakistan.

"Fall Forward" - Online Dance Performance — $10

Nov. 13 and 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This online dance performance is set to highlight works choreographed by BIPOC students and alumni artists. The show will consist of five films and pre-recorded performances that cover a range of dance styles and influences. 

"Humanities Dialogues @ Poly: Stop Motion Animation, Juvenile-Lit Censorship, Transnational Feminist Activism" — Three Virtual Presentations

Nov. 17 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

"Humanities Dialogues @ Poly" is a triad of presentations from scholars within the interdisciplinary humanities and communication program. Wendy Williams, an assistant professor of English, will showcase a presentation investigating how students utilize their expertise of various visual modalities in creating stop-motion animation. 

Kendall Dawson, a masters student in narrative studies, will look into the array of challenged juvenile fiction books and works that are banned from child consumption. Lastly, Rafael Martinez Orozco, an assistant professor of southwest borderlands will present "Undoing Global Paradigms: and Spiritual Exercise," an analysis of how migrant women utilize spiritual activism to spur newfound feminist discourse and action.

"Toward a Liberatory Theory and Praxis" — Online Lecture

Nov. 18 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Part of a broader lecture series, "Toward a Liberatory Theory and Praxis" will feature speaker Michelle Téllez, an assistant professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. 

Téllez writes about transnational community formations, gendered migration and Chicana feminism and has had a longstanding affiliation with various grassroots movements and community arts and organizing. This lecture will focus on the idea that the borderlands region can be reimagined as a space to foster community, radical resistance and agency.

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