Current Global Issues

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.
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.
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.