Top March events at ASU

Jump for joy — spring is here, and there’s lots to do at ASU!

March 1

  • March is Women’s HERstory Month, dedicated to increasing the visibility of all women and women-identified people in the Arizona State University community and highlighting the issues impacting women on campus and beyond. Look for stories and events all month long that elevate women’s voices and showcase women who inspire, enrich and strengthen the Sun Devil community.

March 2

In this year’s Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture, “Drugs, Devices and Deception: Reporting on America’s Health System,” Christina Jewett, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, will discuss her award-winning work that includes a top prize in the recent Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Journalism. Jewett discovered that for nearly 20 years, the FDA was striking deals with medical device makers to keep millions of malfunction and injury reports out of a public database — and instead letting device makers submit reports to a secret database, hidden from public view. Jewett will be introduced by Kristin Gilger, senior associate dean and Reynolds Professor in business journalism. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m., First Amendment Forum, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

March 3

“A Sip of Science” invites you to join in casual conversation at local restaurants with notable researchers and scientists to learn about some of the world’s most fascinating and current scientific issues. This month, in “How will polar ice melt impact the migration of infectious disease?” Associate Professor Matthew Scotch, Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering, presents how melting ice caps have the potential to change the landscape for humans, animals and infectious disease. Learn how warming temperatures threaten to change migration patterns and unlock new dangers of transmissible diseases. Open to the public. Tickets are $15, with proceeds to fund community science events. 5 p.m., The Henry, Phoenix.

  • The Center for the Study of Economic Liberty presents “Jane Jacobs: Economist,” a talk by Sanford “Sandy” Ikeda, professor of economics at Purchase College of the State University of New York and a research associate at New York University. His premise: Those who know of Jane Jacobs tend to think of her almost exclusively in terms of her trenchant writings and fierce activism against heavy-handed urban planning and top-down urban design. Most are unaware that she thought of herself foremost as an economic theorist. Free and open to the public. Registration required. 4:30 p.m., Memorial Union 207, Gold Room, ASU’s Tempe campus.

March 4

The Graduate College’s Knowledge Mobilization Awards are an annual research showcase and competition recognizing the scholarly achievement, impact and action of ASU’s graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Engage with creative scholars across disciplines and learn more about how current research at ASU is being moved from the page and into action. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m., Memorial Union Ventana Room A, ASU’s Tempe campus.

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March 6

Start your First Friday artwalk with the First Friday Reception and Art Exhibit at ASU Law Featuring: Matthew Baral. Baral’s work is an attempt to bridge the gap between nature and art more effectively by exploiting patterns that humans most resonate with. He creates sculptures through the use of basic fractal geometry, resulting in geometric shapes that are equally complex in their details as in their overall form. A theory that explains the human affinity for these patterns is that they result in “cognitive resonance,” in that fractals may subconsciously represent to us the process of thought. Enjoy additional works, live music, appetizers and refreshments. Free. Registration required; IDs required for check-in. 4 p.m., W. P. Carey Foundation Armstrong Great Hall and Snell and Wilmer Plaza, Beus Center for Law and Society, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

March 7

Your Sun Devil Men’s Basketball ends the home season against Washington State. Be loud and proud, Devils! Free for students; tickets start at $15. 4:30 p.m., Desert Financial Arena, ASU’s Tempe campus.

March 8

Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, “Once on This Island” is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, ready to risk it all for love. Open to the public; prices vary. Continues through March 8. ASU Gammage, ASU’s Tempe campus.

March 10

Sun Devil Baseball opens Pac-12 play, and you know it’ll be a good one because it’s the rivalry game against Arizona. Go, Devils! Free for students; general admission ticket prices TBD. 6:30 p.m., Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix.

March 16

In The Undefeated: A Conversation with William C. Rhoden,” hear from longtime New York Times columnist and writer-at-large for The Undefeated William C. Rhoden on the intersection of sports and culture, as well as “Opinion in the Digital Age,” the new course he’ll teach in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication sports journalism program as a visiting professor. The discussion will be moderated by Brett Kurland, director of sports programs and the Cronkite News — Phoenix Sports Bureau. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m., First Amendment Forum, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

March 17

March 18

It’s Pi Day! Celebrate with Sun Devil Fitness and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in a fun Pi Day 5K! This 3.14-mile run takes you on a scenic route through the beautiful Tempe campus. All finishers receive their own mini fruit pie after the race! Free and open to the public. Registration required. 5 p.m., Sun Devil Fitness Intramural Fields, ASU’s Tempe campus.

  • Join the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law for an “Evening with Author Jack Goldsmith — In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.” As a young man, Jack Goldsmith revered his stepfather, longtime Jimmy Hoffa associate Chuckie O’Brien. But as he grew older and pursued a career in law and government, he came to doubt and distance himself from the man long suspected by the FBI of perpetrating Hoffa’s disappearance on behalf of the mob. It was only years later, when Goldsmith was serving as assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration and questioning its misuse of surveillance and other powers, that he began to reconsider his stepfather, and to understand Hoffa’s true legacy. “In Hoffa’s Shadow” tells the moving story of how Goldsmith reunited with the stepfather he’d disowned and then set out to unravel one of the 20th century’s most persistent mysteries and Chuckie’s role in it. Along the way, Goldsmith explores Hoffa’s rise and fall and why the golden age of blue-collar America came to an end, while also casting new light on the century-old surveillance state, the architects of Hoffa’s disappearance, and the heartrending complexities of love and loyalty. A presentation by the author will be followed by a Q&A with Zachary Kramer, associate dean and professor at ASU Law. Free and open to the public. Registration requested. 6:30 p.m., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

March 19

It’s Sun Devil Giving Day, ASU’s biggest day of giving back! On this annual day of giving, we celebrate and encourage gifts in support of Arizona State University. All members of the ASU community — alumni, parents, fans, friends, faculty, staff and students — are invited to give to the causes they care most about through ASU. Join us! Show the world what we can accomplish when we all give together on Sun Devil Giving Day.

March 20

March 21

What does it mean to eat in a world of increasing environmental extremes? Explore this question at Emerge 2020: Eating at the Edges. Bring your hands, noses and mouths — they are critical tools! Together, we will think and taste our way through asking what alternative forms of food production, distribution and consumption we should consider to build a more inclusive, equitable and delicious culinary world. Free and open to the public. 4 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, Mesa.

March 23

Learn about “Crisis Communications in the Digital Age” from Aaron Walker (’02), the chief communications officer at Rock Ventures, responsible for the overall communications strategy for numerous national brands. He works with communications leads from Quicken Loans to the Cleveland Cavaliers to make sure the brands’ narratives are aligned. Previously, he headed up Edelman’s crisis and risk practice in the Washington, D.C., office with a specialty in digital crisis and strategy. The discussion will be moderated by Public Relations Lab director Lisa Schmidtke. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m., First Amendment Forum, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

March 24

  • A Sun Devil tradition, ASU’s annual Academic Bowl pits teams of four students against one another in a fast-paced trivia competition. Come cheer your fellow Sun Devils and see who comes out with bragging rights, scholarship awards and victory for their college! Free and open to the public. 4 p.m., Student Pavilion, ASU’s Tempe campus. Continues through March 26.

March 25

We have some famous authors in our midst! Join the ASU Book Group monthly to read a book by a Sun Devil, meet the author and discuss. March’s selection is “The Weight of Light,” edited by Joey Eschrich and Clark A. Miller. This collection of science fiction stories, art and essays explores human futures powered by solar energy, with an upbeat, solarpunk twist. The book is available for free online download at the Center for Science and the Imagination. Haven’t read the book? Come anyway! Authors are always present. Other meetings and selections for 2019–2020 are:

  • April 29: Kelly deVos, “Fat Girl on a Plane”

Free and open to all in the ASU community. Noon, Piper Writers House, ASU’s Tempe campus.

March 26

For most people, the image of the American West has been formed by movies of “cowboys and Indians.” It is one of conflict combined with romanticism. Those images, however, are far more fiction that fact. In “The ‘Not’ So Wild, Wild West,” the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty presents Terry L. Anderson, the John and Jean DeNault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; past president of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana; and professor emeritus at Montana State. He’ll discuss why the real history of the West offers lessons for living with one another and with the environment. Free and open to the public. Registration required. 4:30 p.m., University Club Heritage Room, ASU’s Tempe campus.

March 27

It is 1692, and the Salem witch trials create a fear that spreads from the courtroom to the town when a group of young girls is accused of witchcraft. In “The Crucible,” no one knows who to trust, for the devil’s influence may ensnare even those close to you. Open to the public. Tickets: $20 adult; $15 faculty, staff and alumni; $15 senior; $12 group (min. 10); $10 student; Sweet Saturday (first weekend only) $11, $8 for students. Herberger Institute faculty, staff and students are eligible for complimentary tickets when requested in advance. 7:30 p.m., Paul V. Galvin Playhouse Theatre, ASU’s Tempe campus. Continues March 28, April 2–4; additional performances at 2 p.m. March 29 and April 5.

March 29

Get those ’Forks up, it’s rivalry game time! Men’s tennis faces Arizona for the Pac-12 home opener. Free and open to the public. 1 p.m., Whiteman Tennis Center, ASU’s Tempe campus.

March 30

Head to the Cronkite School for “Covering the Presidential Election,” as a panel of experts joins the discussion live from Washington, D.C., to discuss covering presidential elections ahead of the 2020 elections. The discussion will be moderated by Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism and the longtime former executive editor of The Washington Post, where he earlier helped supervise the newspaper’s Watergate coverage. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m., First Amendment Forum, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.


Attending a Study Abroad 101 workshop is your first step to seeing the world through an ASU Study Abroad program. This information session, led by a study abroad student recruiter, covers all the basic information on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Free. Study Abroad Office, Student Services Building 278, ASU’s Tempe campus. Visit throughout the semester: 1–2 p.m. Tuesdays, 2–3 p.m. Wednesdays and 3:30–4:30 p.m. Fridays. Can’t make the in-person Study Abroad 101? No problem! Every Wednesday, we’re offering an online 101 webinar.

Want to study abroad, but don’t know if you can afford it? Want to know how financial aid works with study abroad? Join the Financing Your Study Abroad Program Workshop in person or online to figure out how to fund your study abroad program!

Through March 28

Drawn from ASU Art Museum’s permanent collection, “Wonderland” presents the work of internationally known artists Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero. Their ceramic sculptures share an emphasis on the figure and issues of the human condition, using satire, humor and the fanciful as ways to explore daily realities and new imaginaries. Mixed cultural and historic references in the work reflect the artists’ own hybrid identities and experiences. Visit the museum website for directions and hours and information about bringing classes to tour exhibitions or meet with curators. Free and open to the public. ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Even more ASU events

At ASU, there’s always something to do on campus. You can find out about performances, career services events, lectures, fitness programs and more on the ASU Events site.

Be sure to check out what’s coming soon in “Top Things to Do This Spring at ASU.”

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