Books Can Change the World

Becca Simpson is a junior at ASU and part of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), an organization that uses parallels from the Harry Potter books to mobilize young people across the globe against real world challenges such as human rights issues and natural disasters.

At Ignite @ ASU, Becca spoke about how books can change the world. She said, “Literature teaches empathy… as we move into our future and how we want it to look, we must realize the importance of encouraging kids to read all of the time.”

For example, the Harry Potter Alliance, inspired by Harry Potter, has successfully mobilized youth around the world to create change. When Haiti was in need of help after the earthquake in 2010, the HPA raised over $123,000 in less than 2 weeks.

The Haiti campaign is only one example of how one book character has inspired many to create change. Check out her video and learn about how Harry Potter is teaching young people around the globe and here at ASU to take action and be more empathetic.

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Gaming for Change

Theresa Devine is a professor at Arizona State University leading the Studio 4 Gaming Innovation, a center that is designing video games for social good.

After finishing her Master´s in Fine Arts, she discovered the universality of video games and noticed that she could utilize games to facilitate change. “Games were an exciting medium that could actually communicate the complicated messages that I wanted to communicate,” explained Theresa.

Check out her video to see how she is using video games to help end child mortality, increase classroom retention and encourage conflict management through rhetoric.

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Make Someone’s Day… Volunteer with Desert Oasis Hospice

Desert Oasis Hospice is seeking volunteers. We have a large population of geriatric clients, many of whom are classified as ‘forgotten’ – people who do not have family or have family in Arizona to accompany them on this last journey.

Desert Oasis Hospice is looking for volunteers for ‘hospitality’ services: being a gentle loving presence, with good listening skills. We also have a small craft division where small gifts and/or cards are made and sent to our patients; the have a small quilting group who make quilts for our patients; we would love to have someone who can play an instrument for clients…

All volunteers are screened (background check, T.B . test, drug test), and they would like individuals to have a decent driving record.

If you are called to be in service to those who need a smile or a gentle touch, contact Courtney at Desert Oasis Hospice, 602-424-4204 or email

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AZ Muay Thai & Fitness hosts self-defense seminar on August 20

On August 20th & 21st AZ Muay Thai & Fitness is hosting a Jeet Kune Do, Kali-Silat, Self-Defense Seminar with Sifu/Guru Raymond Crow from Dallas, TX. Raymond Crow is certified under 3 of Bruce Lee students. Cost is $175.00 for 2 days, 8 hours and food will be provided. Space is limited, so contact the school at (623) 533-4801 to pay and reserve your spot today. A great seminar for all individuals, security and law enforcement personnel to learn practical real world self-defense skills.

More info at or

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Seminar: Towards a Knowledge Democracy Movement

School of Social Transformation and School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University


Towards a Knowledge Democracy Movement: Social Movements, Knowledge Access, Community-Based Research and Cognitive Justice in a Global Perspective

Professor Budd Hall, University of Victoria, Canada

Friday, August 19, 2011, 10- 11.30 am

Room 255 Wilson, Tempe campus, ASU

Budd Hall lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where he is a Professor of Community Development at the University of Victoria.  He is also the Secretary of the Global Alliance on Community Engaged Research, a loose global structure devoted to advocacy and policy formulation on issues of community university research partnerships at the global level.  He has more than 40 years experience in community and university settings on issues of participatory research, social movement learning, poetry and social movements, and community-university engagement.  Professor Hall has just returned from a year in England, Spain and Turkey of research and writing on issues of knowledge democracy. Professor Hall was the founding Director of the University of Victoria’s Office of Community Based Research.

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Gaining the Competitive Edge Career Workshop

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


University of Phoenix – Hohokam Campus

4635 East Elwood Street

Phoenix, AZ 85040

Learn valuable tips at a complimentary Career Workshop free to the public and gain an edge when taking the next step in your professional life.

This complimentary workshop hosted by University of Phoenix will be conducted by Stacie Garlieb, president of Successful Impressions–a local company that assists professionals with their career search.

You’ll learn how to write compelling résumés and master phone and face-to-face interviews. Participants will also walk away with complimentary career resources.

Topics Include:

•       Building a Résumé for Excellence in Interviews

•       Preparing for the Phone Interview

•       Mastering Face-to-Face Interview Skills

Space is limited.

Register through Eventbrite:

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An Afternoon with the Tudors

The College of Brymstonne (ASU’s Chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism – SCA) and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) would like to invite you to join us for “An Afternoon With the Tudors”. See live action pre-17th century armored combat and arts displays by members of the SCA; followed by a lecture by ASU’s one and only Dr. Retha Warnicke.

11:30a – 1:30p Armored Combat and Arts Demonstration
2pm Lecture by Professor Warnicke – MU Pima Room #230
3:30p – 5:30p Armored Combat and Arts Demonstration

ASU’s Memorial Union (Tempe Campus) Room 230 – Pima

About Dr. Warnicke:
In June 2010, Professor Warnicke was interviewed by Showtime for The Tudors series. Her expertise in Tudor England was called upon to give historical depth to the fictionalized series. Dr. Warnicke has published numerous books and articles on Tudor women including three books featuring Anne Boleyn, Anne of Cleves, and Mary, Queen of Scots. Her most recent project is “Wicked Women of Tudor England: Queens, Aristocrats, and Commoners,” which reveals how historians have validated negative gossip about Alice More, Jane More, Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, the Duchess of Somerset and the Countess of Leicester.

About SCA:

The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th Century Europe with over 30,000 members worldwide. Members experience the fun of creating and dressing in the clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, while attending a wide variety of events including tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes, hands on workshops, and so much more!

Come and join in the camaraderie and excitement!!

For more information on how you too can join in the fun of the SCA, please contact the ASU Chapter at or visit our website at

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