Assemble. Listen. Learn.

The Assembly Series, Washington University’s signature lecture series, enjoys a long and rich tradition. When the speaker series was established in 1953, 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.

Upcoming Presentations

  • October 25, 2018 • 4 PM – 5 PM
  • Graham Chapel (Seating for the public will be limited)

A survivor herself, Tarana Burke has now joined forces with the “me too” Movement to assist survivors and those working to end sexual violence. Her talk will be a poignant and inspiring reminder of how one person can create an international movement that actually moves society in the right direction.

  • October 31, 2018 • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Women's Building Formal Lounge

LaValle’s horror stories are infused with messages and meanings, and will leave you not just scared or disturbed, but thinking.

  • November 5, 2018 • 5 PM – 6 PM
  • Umrath Lounge

For this year’s Holocaust Memorial Lecture, the British cultural scholar Sue Vice will explore why “Shoah”, and the footage cut from it, holds a special place in the pantheon of Holocaust studies, as it uniquely bridges the gap between historical and aesthetic approaches to understanding the Holocaust era.

  • November 13, 2018 • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Umrath Lounge

Now retired after 25 years of teaching at the famed Iowa Writers Workshop, Marilynne Robinson will share some insights on the subject during her campus visit that includes three distinct lectures for the annual Humanities Lecture Series.

Visitors without a parking permit can park in any garage on the Danforth Campus. For exact requirements at each garage, visit the Parking & Transportation website.


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Live Stream of Mitt Romney’s Presentation

By WashU on February 27, 2017

Due to an expected capacity crowd for Governor Romney’s presentation today, please note that you can watch a live stream of the program from your computer or digital device.

Each Groundhog Day reminds us…

By WashU on February 2, 2017

February 2 is Groundhog Day, which reminds us at Washington University of the extraordinary alumnus who brought us one of the greatest American films: Harold Ramis.