Current Global Issues

Ai Weiwei
Acclaimed Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei joined Sabine Eckmann, William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator of the Kemper Art Museum, for a conversation on Ai’s wide-ranging and critical practice. The newly expanded Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in …

Istanbul bureau chief for the New York Times

In this discussion, titled "Understanding Afghanistan: Insights from the New York Times," the New York Times’ Istanbul bureau chief, Carlotta Gall, shared insights about Afghanistan. She covered Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2011 and has since continued covering Middle East …
Christian Parenti headshot
The second entry on climate change features Christian Parenti, whose focus is on the geopolitical fallout from ignoring the signs and consequences of the climate crisis.
Col Frank Sobchak
Retired Col. Frank Sobchak discussed lessons from the Iraq War. Col. Sobchak is co-author of the “U.S. Army in the Iraq War” report, the first U.S. government history of the war. This lecture was part of the Crisis & Conflict in Historical Perspective co-curricular initiative, which serves …
Diversity and inclusion are not new ideas for philosopher Helen Longino. She has long argued that scientific progress is dependent upon a plurality of perspectives; that when inquiry is open to many disparate points of view, it’s more open to critical analysis and thus more …
Drone image for AS spring 16
Three WashU experts explore how drone technology is changing our world in a discussion that promises to bring intriguing insights. “Technology, Ethics, and Laws” featuring Humberto Gonzalez, Neil Richards, and Meredith Malone, at 5:30 p.m. March 31 in Steinberg Auditorium. At 5 p.m. please join us for a reception and viewing of the exhibition on which the discussion will be based: “To See Without Being Seen: Contemporary Art and Drone Warfare,” in the Kemper Art Museum.
Ira Flatow
The Compton/Ferguson lecture series, established decades ago with endowed funds to support programs covering topics in science, has ended its hiatus and is reappearing this fall under the title, Science Matters.
Jack Kloppenburg
Jack Kloppenburg, professor emeritus in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver the Thomas Hall Lecture in the History of Science.
Jason de Leon

professor of anthropology, UCLA

The 2019 Holocaust Memorial Lecture featured a presentation by Jason De León, professor of anthropology at UCLA, entitled ‘Understanding the Current Politics of Migrant Life andDeath along the U.S.-Mexico Border.'
Katie Herbert Meyer
Even before the U.S. imposed new restrictions for asylum seekers and refugees, the path to citizenship or legal residency for immigrants has been circuitous at best; there is no “line” to get in legally. Even those who enter our country legally find their future and safety are anything but …
Kishore Mahbubani with students

Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

This lecture examined the many dimensions of the U.S.-China geopolitical contest and provided some suggestions on how both America and China can handle this contest better.
Laurell Kendall

Curator of Asian Ethnographic Collections,American Museum of Natural History

Laurel Kendall, curator of Asian Ethnographic Collections at the American Museum of Natural History, delivered the Morrell Memorial Lecture in Asian Religions on“Gods and Things in Four Asian Places.” This presentation described a comparative project that became Kendall's recently published …
NOTE: Due to the anticipated large turnout, seating for the public will be limited. Doors open at 4:30 PM – seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. A book signing will follow his talk. Through his several books on the growth, preparation and consumption of food, Michael Pollan has …
Michelle Oberman

Katharine and George Alexander Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Oberman’s lecture, entitled ‘Her Body, Our Laws: On the Front Lines of the Abortion War, from El Salvador to Oklahoma,’ is based on her 2018 book that draws on years of research in El Salvador.
Nicole Cortes
Nicole Cortes got her first glimpse into the St. Louis Latino community as an undergraduate, and in doing so, discovered that there weren’t many Spanish-speaking lawyers around. Determined to add one more to the mix, Cortes earned not only a law degree from WashU but also a masters degree in …
Olympia Bekou and Leila Sadat

Professor of Public International Law and Head of School, University of Nottingham

Professor Olympia Bekou discussed how to overcome barriers to justice and achieve accountability in Liberia and beyond. The conversation was moderated by WashU Law Professor Leila Sadat. This event was sponsored by Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers …
Robert Sagastume
Robert Sagastume’s journey, from arriving in America as an adolescent on a visa, to becoming undocumented, to receiving rights under the DACA law, and finally, obtaining a green card, illustrates the challenging plight of children caught in America’s immigration morass through no fault of …
Severine Autesserre

Professor of Political Science,Barnard College

Severine Autesserre, award-winning author, peace builder and researcher, spoke about her new book, The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider's Guide to Changing the World, which draws upon in-depth field research in twelve different conflict zones to challenge popular beliefs and scholarly ideas …
Stephen Legomsky
Reacting to the Trump administration’s announcement this summer to detain migrant families together instead of separating parents from their children, Stephen Legomsky, a recognized authority on U.S. and international immigration law, noted that detaining families at the border makes no sense …
Ferguson Councilman Wesley Bell’s recent upset of Robert McCulloch’s 28-year-run as St. Louis County Prosecutor was a stunning victory for the underdog running on a platform to reform its criminal justice system. This January, Bell became the first African American prosecutor in St. Louis …
AS spr 2017 mcarthur
The desire to improve living standards throughout the globe is a commendable goal, but given the enormous scope and scale of the challenges, how can someone who has dedicated his life to meeting that goal remain optimistic? By focusing on the successes! Join Brookings scholar John McArthur on February 23 to learn about the successes -- and potential future successes -- as he reports on the UN's Millennium initiative.
AS spring 2017 easterling
On January 18, 2017, NPR reported that last year is the hottest on record. Perhaps more alarming is the news that 2016 is the third consecutive year to break this record. To translate what this means to global climate change, and how that affects the world's population, David Easterling, chief scientist at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, will give us “A Scientific View of Climate Change” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28.
On April 14, 2015 at 5 p.m. in Umrath Hall Lounge, veteran journalist Carla Power talked about "Reading the Quran at Starbucks: An American Secular Feminist and a Traditional Muslim Scholar Find Commonalities."
On February 17, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Graham Chapel, Reza Aslan, delivered the Washington University Foreign Policy Engagement Lecture on faith, extremism and democracy.