The Transformation Project


2016 - 2017

Michael KimmelMarch 24, 2017 - Michael Kimmel, "Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era"
In this lecture drawn from the book ANGRY WHITE MEN, Kimmel will discuss why men seem so angry, and the different groups that organize and express that anger -- from men's rights groups, to men who "go postal" in their workplaces, to angry white boys, to the extreme right wing.



William HamrickApril 18, 2017 - William Hamrick, visiting scholar "Kindness and the Good Society"
will discuss the relationship between kindness and social justice and explain their roles in creating a practical wisdom for good citizenship. He also will explore their influence on the communication difficulties experienced by contemporary U.S. Americans across economic and political lines, with a special focus on current immigration issues.

A Way OutDecember 3–4, 2016 - A Way Out, “Reframing How We Communicate Compassion”, a film by Rosalie Fisher
This documentary film is about the events that took place on August 20, 2013  at an Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia, when a young man came to the school with the intention of carrying out a mass shooting.


intercultural studentsNovember 19, 2016 - Intercultural Dialogue Workshop
This workshop is an opportunity for students to participate in a dialogue with other student leaders to have meaningful conversations about how to create a more diverse and inclusive campus community.


Lawrence FreyOctober 13, 2016 - Larry Frey, “Takin’ it to the Streets and the Seats: Promoting Social Justice through Communication Activism Research and Teaching”
This presentation explains a new perspective—communication activism—that highlights the unique and central role of communication in promoting social justice, explicates theoretical commitments and applied practices of this perspective, offers concrete examples of such research and pedagogy, and identifies lessons learned from that scholarship about being part of the solution.

2015 - 2016

Democracy ConferenceDecember 5, 2015 - Facilitating Structured Dialogue Groups: Characteristics of the Facilitator Role
This workshop is part of the Democracy Conference 2015 sponsored by Arizona State University. The conference will bring together academics, students, practitioners, researchers, appointed and elected public officials, teachers, administrators, members of community organizations, and all those interested in participatory democracy, public engagement and citizenship education.

Thomas SochaOctober 5-6, 2015 - Thomas Socha, visiting scholar "Viewing Research Methods from a Lifespan Perspective" and "Positive Family communication: creating a new Norman"
Thomas J. Socha is a leading researcher of the communication dynamics of parent-child relationships and a prolific contributor to the literature on lifespan and family.



Conflict Transformation ProjectApril 24, 2015 - 2015 Conflict Transformation Summit 
During this one-day event, scholars and practitioners will meet to share findings, ideas and strategies for the successful management of conflict in a variety of contexts. The days activities will include panels, workshops, and roundtables on a variety of topics, including leadership, civil dialogue, marital mediation, and social transformation.

Previous Events:

Conflict Transformation Project

2011 Arizona Conflict Summit on Conflict Management Resolution
Keynote Speaker: Steven Dinkin, Director of the National Conflict Resolution Center, San Diego, CA and Washington, D.C

2010 Public Lecture with Jackson Katz, Ph.D.
More Than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women 
How can we encourage men to attend programs on sex and gender issues, encourage men to move beyond defensiveness on the subject of rape and other forms of gender violence, and educate men about these issues without blaming them for centuries of sexism and gender oppression? Jackson Katz addresses these topics, inspiring men and women to confront one of the most serious and persistent problems facing college students: violence against women. More Than a Few Good Men focuses on the lives and attitudes of boys and men.

Project for Wellness and Work-Life

October 29, 2011 - Communication and Work-Life Presentations
Dr. Kathy Miller, Texas A & M University, delivered a research presentation, “Communication Standpoints and Tensions During the Twilight of Life”. Dr. Miller’s teaching and research spans the areas of organizational communication, health communication, and family communication, considering issues such as the communication of care and support in human and health services, emotion and stress in the workplace, and the development of identity among professional and family caregivers. She has published two textbooks, was the editor of Communication Monographs and Management Communication Quarterly and has published widely in seval communication journals.

Eric Harding, Optimization Manager for Human Resource Employee Services at Intel spoke about his work at Intel – “the world leader in silicon innovation”. Eric and his group act as coaches and consultants in improving business processes. He will provide a behind the scenes look at the processes that propel and motivate the employees in this fast-paced organization.

October 16, 2011 - Shape Up Arizona at Chandler's Day of Play
The Day of Play is a state wide celebration recognizing the importance of fitness, health, and wellness for kids of all ages and will feature a variety of fun activities organized by many of the non-profit organizations, businesses and municipal divisions serving the community. The Shape Up US programs are aligned with Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign and the FIT Kids Act, H.R.1585, recently passed by the House of Representatives that renews the emphasis on physical education in schools.