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.

ATTENTION WASH U STUDENTS…Check out this special offer…

Be one of the first 100 students to present a current WU ID at the Garth Risk Hallberg program Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Holmes Lounge, and receive a free copy of his literary sensation, “City on Fire.”  As a bonus, you will be the first group in line to get Garth’s autograph at the reception. See below for program details.

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

Upcoming Events

  • September 28, 2016 • 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Holmes Lounge

“The central question driving literary aesthetics in the age of the iPad is no longer ‘How should novels be?’ but ‘Why write novels at all? — Garth Risk Hallberg

  • October 20, 2016 • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Anheuser Busch Hall Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom

“Whenever some violent lunatic snaps and claims some kind of warped justification for his murderous acts as a so-called Muslim warrior, it’s not his damaged childhood or the flood of assault weapons in America or the climate of unrelenting violence in our country that gets blamed – it’s Islam, an ancient, Abrahamic religion.” — Arsalan Iftikhar

  • October 25, 2016 • 4 PM – 5 PM
  • Umrath Lounge

“It (a college education) changed everything for the family. It changed their economic position but it also changed their sense of the world; new possibilities opened up, there was more pleasure and leisure in their lives. There was also more innovation at work and at home. There was more value created for the economy and there was also just more of a sense of the possibilities of ordinary life for themselves, and they passed that along to their children.” — Chris Newfield