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Humanity 101 Endorsements

In order to have a positive impact in the world, we all must place emphasis on respect, integrity, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, empathy, and self-reflection. Jesus perfectly embodied all of those traits in His life and is my example for daily striving to live out those principles. I commend efforts, such as the work of Humanity 101, that remind us of the opportunities we have to create positive change that could ultimately change the world.

Kurt Warner, Retired NFL Quarterback, Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, CEO of Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation

As we lift the fog of war to allow the sunshine of peace, it is both a pleasure and a comfort to know Project Humanities is here helping us become better human beings. Life is a good idea. Love and laughter are as much a part of life as tears and mourning. We are human—an emotional two-legged animal. I am so proud of Neal Lester and this Humanities Project.

Nikki Giovanni, Poet and Distinguished University Professor, Virginia Tech University (Blacksburg, VA)

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s mission is to fight hate, teach acceptance and seek justice for society's most vulnerable members. Arizona State University Project Humanities’ Humanity 101 principles align with our vision when equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Morris Dees, Attorney and Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center (Mobile, AL)

I commend the Humanity 101 effort by Project Humanities at Arizona State University as it is an admirable effort to promote fundamental human values such as kindness, compassion, etc. among educators and students. These human values, which are art of what I call secular ethics, have the capacity to make our lives happier. I hope the initiative will be able to reach to the widest number of communities and peoples.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Humanity 101 at Arizona State University is bannering some qualities that everyone finds useful, like integrity and respect. [Project Humanities] promises much, delivers more.

George D. Greenia, Professor of Hispanic Studies, College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA)

Humanity101 is the right effort at the right time. The myths that science is practiced under a bell jar, isolated from our humanity, and that humans are apart from, rather than a part of, the natural world have been shattered and we begin the important work of integrating humanity and nature. The projects scientists choose to pursue and the resources society allocates to them are and should be prioritized based on values. That cannot be done well without some serious introspection at the interface of the humanities and natural sciences. I applaud Dr. Neal Lester and ASU’s Project Humanities for boldly leading the way.

Quentin Wheeler, President, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse, NY)

Humanity 101 offers elements to increase our level of thinking. If we are to increase our level of thinking, we must assess how and why humanity fails – and what it means that the failure is never an accident.

Pamela Stewart, PhD, Historian, School of Letters and Sciences, Arizona State University

Arizona State University is proud to be home to Project Humanities and the Humanity 101 initiative, designed to ultimately become a worldwide movement encouraging humanity to operate at its best.  Humanity 101 provides a critically needed sustained collective consciousness around key principles such as self-reflection and compassion.  These principles—the “how” we live life and communicate with others—are often the difference between peace and conflict, progress and exploitation, and hope and despair. This movement’s time is now.

Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University

I take the pledge and endorse these values as I was raised with these imperative values and have tried to live by them both in the philosophy behind my art and in my day to day life. Thank you all for carrying this message of kindness, compassion and hope to all our world. We need these values more than ever now in our world today. Bravo to you all!!! I am willing to stand with you and work with you now and in the future.

Beth Ames Swartz, Arizona artist

Project Humanities provides a framework for shaping public awareness around humanities questions and offers a vibrant demonstration of the relevance of the humanistic tradition. There is no more critical time than now to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to discuss the most fundamental questions of human existence. Project Humanities should be commended for its leadership in fostering difficult dialogues that will inevitably strengthen our communities and further our shared commitment to social justice.

Lynn Pasquerella, President, Mt. Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA)

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"I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for inviting me to be a part of the Maya Angelou event last night. It was a wonderful evening, and I am grateful to have played some role in the process!"- James Wermers, Digital Humanities Course Manager, Languages & Cultures, College of Letters and Sciences, ASU Downtown campus

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