May Salons

Reservations required for all salons.

Spaces for some salons are limited and reservations will be
accepted in order of receipt. If you cannot honor
a reservation please call to cancel.

(chair) = please bring small folding chair
that has padded tips on chair legs.



1st Friday 7PM The Salon
New Dimensions in Color

Humans are visual creatures, but our perception of color leaves a lot on the table. Frank Wilczek, PhD, a Nobel Laureate, Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics, MIT, and a visiting professor at Origins, ASU, will discuss how and why our unaided perception falls short of reality, and then describe - and display - some ways we can access more. Frank Wilczek will also explain the nature of dichromacy (color blindness) and tetrachromacy (super-normal color vision), and propose a surprising relationship between them. He suggests that you will see that these ideas bring the concept of ‘extra dimensions’ down to earth.


2nd Saturday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Music for Piano and Saxophone

Pianist Hannah Creviston and saxophonist Chris Creviston, both faculty at the ASU school of music, will perform with Grace Chen, alto saxophone, Justin Rollefson, tenor saxophone, and Carolyn Braus, baritone saxophone, for an evening of music.


14th Thursday 7PM The Salon
Conversation with Paul Bender

Paul Bender, former US Deputy Solicitor General and former ASU Law Dean, will discuss current cases and issues of the U.S. Supreme Court.


15th Friday 7PM The Salon (chair)
The Human Generosity Project

Athena Aktpis, PhD, co-director of The Human Generosity Project, professor of psychology, ASU and director of human and social evolution and co-founder of the center for evolution and cancer, UCSF, will discuss if generosity is essential to human existence.


18th Monday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Future of War

Brad Allenby, PhD, President’s Professor and Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, and Director, Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management, will discuss technology and the future of war.


20th Wednesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Evolution of Newspaper Business

Outside under the night sky, Don Henninger, former long time editor of The Phoenix Business Journal, who now has formed DH Advisors, a business and executive consulting firm, will discuss the newspaper industry.


21st Thursday 7:15PM The Salon
The Making of Ebola Therapy

Charles Arntzen, PhD, a Regents Professor, and Florence Ely Nelson Presidential Endowed Chair, The Biodesign Institute, ASU, will discuss his instrumental role in the making of ZMapp, a drug that was used in 2014 to treat Ebola aid workers.


27th Wednesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
ACLU Priority Issues

Alessandra Soler, executive director of the ACLU of Arizona, will discuss these priority issues: LGBT equality and balancing religious freedom and equality, reproductive rights, police accountability, and immigration enforcement in schools and communities.   Alessandra will also give a legislative 2015 recap, and discuss religious refusals – next battle in LGBT and abortion rights.


28th Thursday 7PM The Salon (chair)
The Seven Deadly Sins

Outside under the night sky, Richard Newhauser, PhD, a professor of English, ASU, and editor of ‘The Seven Deadly Sins as Cultural Constructions in the Middle Ages’, will discuss the Middle Age’s church teachings about the capital vices, and insights into the political and social ethics of medieval communities.


29th Friday 7PM The Salon
The Price House

Sperry Hutchinson II, historian for The Price House Foundation, a landmark home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Frank Myron Price in Paradise Valley, will discuss The Price House and the Foundation created for the home’s preservation and renovation.



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