The Center for Political Thought and Leadership (CPTL) invites ASU students, staff and faculty, and the community to join us for conversations concerning civic life, education, and leadership.

We host a wide array of civic education events including question and answer panels, movie nights, and community discussions.

Upcoming Events

Jack Holder's 100th Birthday

Submit a Birthday Card!

Jack Holder, a decorated veteran, a Pearl Harbor Survivor, and WWII Navy Flight Engineer, is asking for folks around the globe to send him birthday cards to celebrate his big day by November 30th.

Here's how you can help Jack celebrate his birthday:

  • Email us to provide you with a place to drop off your card or we can provide with a card to sign.
  • Spread the word to others about sending him cards.
  • Cards need to be sent out no later than November 30th.

You can even make free birthday cards online with Canva, Adobe, and more!

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Email us for details.

Email Us!

Open Door 2022

Join Us at Hayden Library!

Once a year, ASU Open Door invites the local community, adults and children of all ages, to experience ASU and discover why it was named the most innovative university in the nation six years in a row.

Participate in hundreds of interactive, hands-on activities created just for you by our faculty and staff. As a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival, ASU invites you and your family to discover all things science, technology, engineering, arts and math. ASU Open Door celebrates the fact that kids today are curious, tech-savvy and more involved in their own educational experiences than ever before!

Whether you’re an adventure seeker, lifelong learner, science guru or art enthusiast, you can find a distinctive experience at every ASU campus. We’re so excited to welcome you to Open Door 2022!

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hayden Library

Registration Links Coming Soon!

Future Events

Travel with us and experience the impact of race discourse at our Spring Race and the American Story Symposium.
Join our summer program to learn more about ASU’s campus and SCETL at the Summer Civic Leadership Institute.
Sign-up to join our new Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) student group's weekly tabling event.

See our Past Events

Veterans Day Parade


Open Door