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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.

To see the entire semester calendar, visit the Upcoming Speakers page. See below for information on next three programs.

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.

Upcoming Events

  • February 18, 2016 • 7 PM – 8 PM
  • Graham Chapel

In a career spanning four decades, campaign strategist David Axelrod has influenced the outcomes of more than 150 Democratic campaigns, many of which were considered landmark victories. But in 2008 he orchestrated his most historic campaign, helping elect the first African-American as the 44th president of the United States.

  • March 9, 2016 • 12 PM – 1 PM
  • Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, Room #310

Elijah Anderson’s concept of the “cosmopolitan canopy” is that urban island of civility that exists among the ghettos, suburbs, and ethnic enclaves where segregation is the norm. In these spaces, all kinds of city dwellers co-exist, and by doing so, reinforce and spread tolerance through contact and mutual understanding.

The Cosmopolitan Canopy offers a gift for our pessimistic times: a book of realistic optimism.” — Randall Collins

  • March 24, 2016 • 4 PM – 5 PM
  • Umrath Hall Lounge

Among her many research interests, noted sexuality and queer theory scholar Juana Rodriguez studies how various forms of representation can transform the way we “see” people. Using a group of elderly sex workers in Mexico City as an example, she demonstrates how combining visual and narrative information can influence the way their stories are understood.