The Desert Humanities Initiative fosters work in the arts and humanities that is in relation to desert spaces. We seek to connect that work to projects in the sciences and social sciences and to share it with communities beyond ASU.
Initiative Director, Jason Bruner and Associate Director of the IHR, Curtis Austin, were awarded an Arizona Humanities grant on August 28, 2023 for their “Mapping Randolph” project, which they will develop with the expertise of Matt Toro in ASU Libraries. Randolph, AZ was settled in the 1920s and '30s by Black families who migrated westwards to work in the Gila River Valley’s cotton fields. This project will make accessible the unique history of Randolph by embedding oral history excerpts in a dynamic digital map of the region that will visualize its many changes from the 1920s to the present.