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Programs for Spring 2015

"Toward a Just and Inclusive America"
12:00 p.m., Jan. 22, Brown Hall Lounge
Briggs is a leading authority on economic opportunity, racial and ethnic diversity, and innovation in urban areas within the United States and around the globe. He is on leave from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to serve as vice president for the Ford Foundation's Economic Opportunity and Assets division. Briggs' books have won many awards in the social sciences fields. His most recent publication, "Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty," (2010) won best book of the year from the National Academy of Public Administration. His earlier works include "Democracy and Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities across the Globe," (2008) and "The Geography of Opportunity: Race and Housing Choice in Metropolitan America," (2005). More information
Center for Social Development (CSD) 20th Anniversary Lecture
Co-sponsored by: Brown School's Policy Forum; the Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series in the School of Law; the Weidenbaum Center on Economy, Government, & Public Policy; the Department of Sociology in Arts & Sciences; and the Law & Social Work Society.

Featuring Meghan McCain, Gregory T. Angelo and Fred Karger. Moderated by Jill Stratton
6:00 p.m., Feb. 3, Graham Chapel
Three pro-marriage equality Republicans will express their views about their party's stance on the subject. McCain, author, media pundit and daughter of Sen. John McCain, is an outspoken ally of the LGBT community; Angelo is the executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans; and Karger is a political consultant, gay-rights activist and the first openly gay presidential candidate. Stratton, associate dean for undergraduate education, will moderate the panel. More information
WU College Republicans Presentation
This program is funded by Student Union and is part of the SU Speaker Series.

WU Foreign Policy Engagement Lecture
6:00 p.m., Feb. 17, Graham Chapel
Aslan is an acclaimed religious scholar and author of several New York Times bestsellers including "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." He has appeared frequently in the media to help explain the rising threats of extremist groups such as ISIS, particularly since the Jan. 6 attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. As he told CNN's Don Lemon recently: "Europe is facing nothing short of an identity crisis … there have been these seismic changes on the continent, culturally, racially, religiously, politically. And that's resulted in this intense anti-immigrant and, more specifically, anti-Muslim backlash."
This program is funded by Student Union and is part of the SU Speakers Series.

WU Political Review Lecture
7:00 p.m., Feb. 18, Graham Chapel
As national correspondent of The Atlantic, Coates is known for his thought-provoking takes on culture, politics and social issues, and since this summer, he has become better known as the author of the Atlantic cover story, "The Case for Reparations." Coates begins the 15,000-word article with this statement: Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
This program is funded by Student Union and is part of the SU Speakers Series.

"Celebrating Curiosity - Celebrating Arts & Sciences"
4:30 p.m., Feb. 26, Graham Chapel
Arts & Sciences at Washington University is a many-splendored thing, and throughout the week of Feb. 23-27, it is hosting "Ampersand Week," offering opportunities to experience the joys of the liberal arts. The week will culminate with a presentation by Abumrad and Krulwich, whose syndicated public radio program Radiolab is a long-running Peabody Award-winning show that explores topics of a scientific and philosophical nature. Their presentation is free, but tickets are required. Information concerning Ampersand Week events and ticket information for the Radiolab program will be available in early February at ampweek.artsci.wustl.edu.

"Reading the Quran at Starbucks: An American Secular Feminist and a Traditional Muslim Scholar Find Commonalities"
5 p.m., April 14, Umrath Hall Lounge
For decades, veteran journalist Power has been covering the Middle East, telling stories about its people, traditions, cultures and conflicts. Now, the Time correspondent has written an engrossing account of her yearlong undertaking to learn the Quran, the central religious text of Islam, guided by her madras-trained Muslim friend.

The book, “If the Oceans Were Ink,” reveals what can happen when open-minded people break through stereotypes and misperceptions and search for common ground. This is the Rabbi Ferdinand Isserman/Phi Beta Kappa Lecture. A book-signing will precede the talk at 4 p.m. on April 14.

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