What is a Humanities Lab?

Arizona State University continues to be one of the most innovative universities in the country. The new Humanities Lab is consistent with that ranking because it changes the way faculty and students approach instruction and research.

The Humanities Lab provides students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on research on compelling social challenges of interest to today's students while working with others who are also invested in making a difference.

To accomplish this goal, the Humanities Lab has designed a flexible, experimental space in Ross Blakely Hall to promote collaboration and team-based activities including huddle spaces and rough tables for building models, making posters, etc.

Students parading with signs about transforming the world

Why do we need a
     Humanities Lab?

 

Most of the really big challenges we face are not fundamentally about technology, science, economics, etc. They are human challenges that have been with us for a very long time and therefore require human-centered inquiry as part of the search for a solution.

Yet, often the humanities disciplines are not included in such discussions. Therefore, the Humanities Lab brings the humanities to the table by emphasizing the study of values and the way we understand the world around us. Merging the humanities with diverse disciplines helps us to see the grand social challenges more holistically and therefore puts us in a better position to conceptualize solutions.

Where is the Humanities Lab?

We are located in the newly renovated Ross-Blakely Hall in the Humanities Research suite (room 183). The Lab classroom is room 171.