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Deserts are demanding and pose large questions to us—questions that invite large ecological solutions. A domain of extremes, the desert challenges its inhabitants to imagine what a good life consists of; how to practice a sustainable and equitable mode of living that life, paying careful attention to the long history of human cultures attempting just that; and the relation of art and story to the creation of both.
Desert Humanities explores our cultural comportment within the environment of the desert Southwest and innovates ways of reconfiguring cultural habits that determine how we bear upon this world. Desert Humanities is committed to life in the desert through building resilient communities and sustainable futures with attention to wellbeing, which is fundamentally a matter of understanding culture, ideas, religion, and society.
ASU’s Desert Humanities initiative’s mission is specific and inclusive, focusing upon collaboration and community-building as the best means of producing new knowledge. The Desert Humanities incorporates four imperatives: