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Neal Lester

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Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:00 pm

ASU’s Project Humanities stepped into the national spotlight again and was recognized recently by a leading higher education organization for its innovative effort to engage communities with the arts and sciences.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society selected Project Humanities as its inaugural recipient for the Key of Excellence Award at a Dec. 4 ceremony in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was the launch of The Phi Beta Kappa Society’s National Arts & Sciences Initiative, which recognized Project Humanities for its leadership and impact.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society was founded in 1776 and is the oldest and most widely-known academic honor society in America. It celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and has more than half a million members and chapters at 283 American colleges and universities.

Ahwatukee resident Neal Lester, who helped create and has directed Project Humanities since its inception, accepted the award and a $5,000 cash prize to support continued work.

ASU’s Project Humanities is a university-wide initiative that promotes and showcases the range, relevance and diversity of faculty and student humanities research and outreach. With both a national and international presence in conversations about the role, impact and importance of humanities study, content, courses and multidisciplinary collaboration, Project Humanities sponsors or co-sponsors approximately 100 programs a year.

For more information on ASU’s Project Humanities, visit

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