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The Consciousness Calendar is published bi-weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Consciousness Calendar March 10 to 23: Featured Is A Talk On Islamic Humanitarianism But Also Available Is A Tribute To Activists, And Information On Sustainability, Science, Culture And Race


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 10, 2016 — For nearly 100 years, the U.S. and the western world has sought to intervene militarily when other countries face humanitarian crises.

What may have started in the Berlin airlift era has become an Islamic question: do they want the west’s help and does the west want to pay the price in blood and gold?

Sohail Hashmi, Alumnae Foundation Chair and professor of international relations at Mount Holyoke College, will address these issues in a free public lecture, “Is There an Islamic Ethic of Humanitarian Intervention?” at noon, Wednesday, March 16, at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict in West Hall, room 135, on ASU’s Tempe campus.

“In such crises, what response does Islamic ethics require from Muslim states and peoples?” said Hashmi in a release promoting the event.

Hashmi is author of numerous articles and the editor or co-editor of five books, including Islamic Ethics: Civil Society, Pluralism and Conflict, which was named one of Choice magazine’s Outstanding Academic Books of 2003, Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Religious and Secular Perspectives, and most recently, Wars, Holy Wars, and Jihads: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Encounters and Exchanges.

The lecture is part of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict’s “Conversations at the Center” speaker series. It is one of several activities exploring issues of human rights and humanitarian intervention under the Center’s Religion and Global Citizenship initiative, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

For more information and to register for the lecture, visit the event page

Thursday, March 10 to Friday, March 11

Arizona AILA Chapter's "Breaking Bad Border Policy" 2016 Conference will be held over two days. March 10 beginning at 6:30 a.m. at Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, Tucson. With the election-season well underway, there has been a lot of talk about immigration. Well, those interested can get a first hand look by touring the U.S. Border Patrol facilities at the Nogales border and see what services are offered to deported immigrants. Day two is at Arizona Summit Law School, 1 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, and will feature a continuing legal education conference. For more information or to get tickets, visit the event page at

Friday, March 11

Tribute to John Trudell from 6 to 10 p.m. at 1937 W. Adams St., Phoenix. This event is being held in order to honor John Trudell, a Native American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist who was the spokesperson for the United Indians of All Tribes' takeover of Alcatraz beginning in 1969. The night will be filled with music, poetry, art and more. This is a free event that is open to any who would like to attend, though donations are being accepted. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

Junior Citizen Science Festival at 9 a.m. at Long Dog Wash Trailhead, 12601 N. 124th St., Scottsdale. The McDowell Sonoran Field Institute will be hosting this event in order for school children ages 10 to 12 to get involved in activities that teach them about the Sonoran Desert natural history. Those who would like to attend can RSVP by emailing For more information, visit the event page at

Saturday, March 12

Historical Americana and Pop Culture Collectibles Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St., Phoenix. Fans of learning about American history and pop culture via an Antiques Roadshow style showcase should definitely lineup for the Historical Americana and Pop Culture Collectibles Show. Collectors from multiple states will have their items on display and what’s more, much of it will be on sale. Admission to the event and parking are both free. For more information, visit the event page at

Support Prop. 123 — Free Car Show With Barrett-Jackson from 10 a.m. to noon at Barrett-Jackson Collection Dealership, 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Barrett-Jackson will be “revvin’ it up for Arizona K-12 education” in support of Proposition 123. There will be free coffee and donuts provided by Bosa Donuts as well as appearances by Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and more. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

SCC Planetarium Show - Pluto Encounter, The New Horizons Mission from 11 a.m. to noon at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Rd., Scottsdale. Space enthusiasts and generally curious minds should be prepared to boldly go where no man has gone before by taking in SCC’s Planetarium show, which will focus the New Horizon’s mission and what it taught about Pluto. This is a free event. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

The Arizona Water Association is holding its 5th Annual Run For World Water beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Kiwanis Park, 5299 S. Ash Ave., Tempe. Funds benefit Water For People’s efforts to reduce water poverty in developing countries of Africa, Asia, Central and South America. For more information, visit

Monday, March 14

Must See Mondays: Race, Sports and Media at 7 p.m. at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. ESPN Senior Vice President Kevin Merida, editor-in-chief of “The Undefeated.” This is a free event and is open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

Tuesday, March 15

A free screening of four short films created by students from the School of Sustainability, under the direction of Sustainability Scientist Peter Byck (director of Carbon Nation) at the Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe. The films, starting at 6:30 p.m., offered are The Weaver, Tres Rios, Save Oak Flat and At What Cost. For more information, go to

Wednesday, March 16

“Is There An Islamic Ethic of Humanitarian Intervention?” will be hosted by Sohail Hashmi at noon in West Hall 135 on the ASU Tempe Campus. Hashmi, a professor of international relations at Mt. Holyoke College, is a frequent contributor to academic journals. For more information or to RSVP, visit

Thursday, March 17

“A Journey Into Law and Society from Pedrick to Same-Sex Marriage” will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law on the ASU campus, 1100 McAllister Ave. William C. Canby Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and founding faculty member of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, will host. To RSVP, visit

Friday, March 18

Movement Source Dance Company kicks off Art Detour 2016 at 6 p.m. at The Newton. The works include a piece choreographed by Pilobolus dancer and Movement Source alum, Jordan Kriston, and a tango duet choreographed by Brady Hugins, Movement Source board member and local tango dancer. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 19

Arizona Patriots will host A Day of Action, at 10 a.m. To RSVP, go to

Sunday, March 20

The Primavera Equinox Celebration will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Farm in South Mountain, 6106 32nd St., Phoenix. Yoga and other related presentations will be offered. The event is free and open to the public. To attend or for more information, visit

Monday, March 21

Equality Day will be held starting at 8:45 a.m.  the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Participants can learn about LBGTQ issues, adoption and transgender equality, and also meet with elected officials. Lunch will be provided at Wesley Bolin Plaza. For more info, visit

Tuesday, March 22

Sustainability and the Navy will be discussed at 3 p.m. in Room 481 of Wrigley Hall on the ASU Tempe campus. Rear Admiral Yancy Lindsey, a Phoenix native with 30 years of active service as a naval aviator, will speak on his experience with the U.S. Navy’s energy initiatives. For more information, visit

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