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About the Assembly Series

Since 1953, the Washington University Assembly Series has brought some of the most important voices in contemporary society to campus. The programs, which cover a broad range of topics designed to complement the University's curriculum, are free and open to the public.

Support for the series comes from Student Union and the University, as well as from other student groups, academic departments, and schools. Faculty and students may submit recommendations for speakers to the Assembly Series Committee at Campus Box 1070 or by calling (314) 935-4620.

Weather may affect lectures being held on campus as well as flight departures/arrivals for speakers traveling from other cities. Please check this page for updated information on the day of lectures.


Helen Fisher
"Lust, Romance, Attachment: The Drive to Love and Whom We Choose"
5 p.m., April 4, Louderman Hall #458
We die for love; we kill for love: Twas ever thus.
But why? That's the question biological anthropologist Helen Fisher has been asking for decades. From her research, she has identified three brain systems driving the universal human desires of lust, romantic love and long-term attachment. Among her best-selling books is the most recent, "Why Him? Why Her?" Her TED talks are among the most popular; "Why We Love, Why We Cheat" has been viewed by more than 5 million people.
Sponsored by Student Union, the undergraduate governing body that provides funding for student group programming, and presented by the Student Health Advisory Committee, a student organization that promotes health and wellness.

Bob Harris
"The International Bank of Bob"
5:30 p.m, April 10, Simon Hall May Auditorium
While in Dubai to write about its luxury resorts, Bob Harris accidentally stumbled upon the ugly story behind the beautiful hotels: these structures for the rich were being built on the backs of poverty stricken workers. Determined to help these individuals, Harris began issuing loans via the microloan financing site, Kiva.com. Not content to sit back and enjoy changing lives from afar, Harris decided to travel the world, meet these men and women and record their life-changing dramas. The result is "The International Bank of Bob" a witty and poignant account of his encounters with the people he was helping, one $25 loan at a time.
Sponsored by Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Holden Thorp
"From Salesman to Hamletmachine: The Need for the Humanities"
5:00 p.m., April 17, Simon Hall May Auditorium
Holden Thorp, WUSTL provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, will consider the current state of the humanities in American higher education and examine the arguments and strategies being used to garner support for teaching and research in the humanities in the current fiscal and political context.
Phi Beta Kappa Lecture.

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