Gloria Steinem speaks to students in Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, April 12, 2010.

Assemble. Listen. Learn.

The Assembly Series, Washington University’s signature lecture series, enjoys a long and rich tradition. For most of its 62-year history, its programs were held Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in Graham Chapel, and no classes were scheduled so the entire campus community could assemble.

Assembly Series programs are always free and open to the public, although some programs may have limited seating. Please check this site for new information or changes in the schedule, and subscribe to receive announcements.

Here’s the complete Fall 2016 program schedule: fall-2016-handout

Upcoming Events

  • November 2, 2016 • 5 PM – 6 PM
  • Umrath Lounge

“Hatred alone does not result in genocide. Sadly, there’s a lot of hatred in this world. What galvanizes or transforms it into action is usually, maybe always, leadership.” — Doris Bergen

  • November 3, 2016 • 5 PM – 6 PM
  • Graham Chapel

Why You Should Listen: “We are doctors, for Christ’s sake, and I simply want to know what happens to the body during sex.” When the actor Michael Sheen, playing WashU doctor William Masters on the hit TV show, Masters of Sex, utters this line, we are shocked to realize that in 1950s America, not even […]

  • November 7, 2016 • 4 PM – 5 PM
  • To be announced

Why You Should Listen:

In “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals,” Darwin showed that humans of every race, throughout the globe, express their emotions identically. For instance, we all cry when we’re sad and smile when we’re happy. Darwin claimed that this identity amounted to a “new argument” for all the races descending from a single, common ancestral stock. In his talk, Darwinian scholar Radick will track the origins of Darwin’s research that led to this conclusion and offer a better understanding of how and why Darwin first began to collect evidence on emotional expression across the human races. It can also help us see exactly how Darwin’s scientific work reflected his lifelong hatred of slavery.