Whether you're a native or a newcomer, we all have our own varied interpretations of Phoenix. As the one of the most populous cities in the U.S. and a frontrunner for political scrutiny, our city gets its fair share of attention.
But what kind of image is portrayed? How do you correctly identify a city that supposedly has no history and a wide range of contradictory stereotypes?
David William Foster is an ASU Regents' Professor and author of the book Glimpses of Phoenix: The Desert Metropolis in Written and Visual Media. In this critical work, Foster investigates the false stigmas of Phoenix and its culture through a comprehensive collection of narratives from novels and investigative reports to personal accounts and cartoons.
For one night only, Foster will be meeting with humanities students and interested locals alike to discuss the history of Phoenix culture and observations drawn from his book, of which he will be signing copies.
Perspectives on Place: Phoenix Rising will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, at The Ellis-Shackelford House. Public admission is free but seating is limited. To RSVP, visit ASU Project Humanities online.
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