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.
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
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.
An acclaimed memoirist, essayist, and cultural critic, Mendelsohn is also a classicist whose work moves seamlessly between high and low culture and displays a writing style that combines scholarly rigor with conversational ease.
“Arguably the best writer and critic at work today” — The New York Review of Books
Eddie Huang’s story is at once singular and universal, for many children of immigrants must find their own way within two often conflicting cultures, but he forged his own path. In both his memoir and his talk, he tells “Eddie’s story”—the story of a bright, brash, and hardworking Taiwanese kid who never let race define who he was or who he could be.
“A surprisingly sophisticated memoir about race and assimilation in America…as much James Baldwin and Jay-Z as Amy Tan.” The New York Times
Eric Schultz is one of many WashU alums whose career paths have led them to the White House. Join Eric for a conversation on what goes into the transformation from being a student majoring in political science to participating in the making of political history.