The origins of the universe, how we emerged as humans, the histories of civilizations, a family tree and childhood memories all share something very important: a discovery of the past. Traditions, biographies, personal narratives and the fleeting, troubling sensations of the déjà vu interact with a collective desire to document the facts. What do we know, and how do we know it? Who are we, and from where do we come? Every idea has origins, every person ancestries.

Religion. Evolution. Politics. Music. Physics. Sculpture. War. These are among the collective histories that inform our futures. But, there is more. Yesterday has come and gone. We remember, and sometimes we weep. We do not always enjoy knowing what really happened. Such are our struggles, embattled and embroiled, awaiting anxiously.

Where to from here? The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies; College of Integrated Sciences and Arts; American Indian Studies; New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences; and School of Human Evolution and Social Change show how what happened in politics, science, the arts and our lives are relevant.

History lives well in the moment.


The mission of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is to enable and promote the most expansive, creative, and daring scholarship in medieval and renaissance studies.
The classics program is in the School of International Letters and Cultures at ASU
ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts develops master learners, interdisciplinarians, and integrative solutions-makers who are future-ready, through degree programs that emphasize innovative teaching and applied, often project-based, learning.
Department of English's mission is to study, create, and teach spoken, written, visual and digital communication practices and texts of every sort, ranging from the imaginative to those functioning in civic, social, personal, academic and professional communities, and to mentor others to do likewise.
The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is the driving force behind the forward-thinking philosophy and culture at ASU's West campus, combining the benefits of a liberal arts education with a responsiveness to the demands of the 21st-century workforce.
Project for Writing and Recording Family History supports and inspires individuals who want to bring the stories of the past to life and begin to record their own stories for future generations.
At the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, we explore our diverse heritage, traditions, beliefs and history, and express their relevance through application in every day life.
The study of other languages and cultures has always been one of the most rewarding of human activities. However, in today’s increasingly global environment, intercultural and interdisciplinary communication and knowledge have unprecedented value.