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 Monday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Animal Property Rights

Karen Bradshaw, an ASU law professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, who researches environmental and natural resource issues, will discuss animal rights to the natural environments in which they live.


2nd Tuesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Mike O’Neil on Politics

Michael J. O’Neil, PhD, political analyst and pollster of the opinion research firm O’Neil Associates, who hosts ‘The Think Tank’ on KTAR radio, will discuss the national and Arizona politics.


4th Thursday 7PM The Salon
Eastern and Western Civilization

Ian Moulton, PhD, an author and professor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, ASU, who leads an online EDX course on Western Civilization, will discuss a comparison of Eastern and Western Civilizations, focusing in particular on competing definitions of the “West."


10th Wednesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
The Cirassian

Benjamin Fortna, PhD, director and professor of School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, UofA, will discuss his book ‘The Circassian: A Life of Esref Bey, Late Ottoman Insurgent and Special Agent’
a biography, based on private family papers, of the Young Turk’s very own ‘Lawrence of Arabia‘ that offers insights into the Modern Middle East


12th Friday 6:30PM The Salon
The Bats

Outside at sunset, Angela McIntire, a bat specialist at the Arizona Fish and Game Department and President, Western Bat Working Group, will lead members to visit a major bat home in Phoenix to see the flight of the bats.


13th Saturday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Societal Impact of Artificial Intelligence

Subbarao Kambhampati, PhD, a professor of Computer Science and Engineering, ASU, will discuss the societal impact of artificial intelligence.

15th Monday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Conversation with Paul Bender

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


18th Thursday 6PM The Salon
New Black Leadership for a New Era

Matthew Whitaker, PhD, Founder and CEO of Diamond Strategies, will facilitate a panel of young prominent Black leaders, who will share their visions of the past, present and future of black leadership in Arizona and beyond. Including: Hon. Reginald Bolding, Arizona State Representative, District 27; Roy Tatem, President, East Valley NCAAP; and Rev. Reginald Walton, chair Black Lives Matter Phoenix; and Kiana Sears of the Mesa School Board.

22nd Monday 7PM The Salon (chair)
French BD

Enrico Minardi, PhD, a senior lecturer at the School of International Letters and Cultures, ASU, will discuss Franco-Belgian comics.


23rd Tuesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Ancient DNA and Human Origins

Anne Stone, PhD, a Regents professor at the ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change, will discuss ancient DNA and human origins.


30th Tuesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Music for Cello and Ukelele

Josie Greenwald, who will this fall be a Kenan scholar at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will perform music of Bach, and will perform with her father Rick Greenwald who performs the ukelele.





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