Education & Society

A brief rundown of Adam Foss’s early years shows a trajectory that aligns with his choices as an adult: Born in Columbia and adopted by an Irish-American family from Massachusetts; experienced childhood as one of color in a small town; arrested at age 19 for marijuana possession but got off …
Antony Shugaar

Author and translator

The 2020-2021 Paul and Silvia Rava lecture titled "Families of Worlds" featured Antony Shugaar. The prolific Antony Shugaar has translated more than 40 books from Italian, including several award-winning modern novels. His translation of Gianni Rodari’s Telephone Tales (Enchanted Lion Books) …
Brittany Packnett
On October 24, 2019 WashU alumna, activist and educator Brittany Packnett joined organizer and strategist Kayla Reed for a conversation about the power to lead, confidence and inclusivity.
Christine van den Wyngaert
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, which established the International Criminal Court (ICC). Located in The Hague, The Netherlands, it is an independent judicial body with jurisdiction over persons charged with genocide, crimes against humanity, and war …
David Kertzer
The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics presented a discussion of the newly unsealed Vatican archives and the role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust with Prof. David Kertzer and Fr. John Pawlikowski moderated by Maharat Rori Picker Neiss. This event, titled "Reckoning with …
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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 to success. Now he tells his own story: The story of a bright, brash and ambitious Taiwanese kid who never allowed anyone to define him.
In 1987, Washington University welcomed its inaugural class of 11 John B. Ervin Scholars. Thirty years on, more than 600 Ervin Scholars have graduated, and many of them will converge on campus to attend the 30th anniversary conference.
George J Sanchez

Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity,and of History, University of Southern California

James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education:'Bridging the Divided City: Preparing Students for a New Los Angeles'
Holden Thorp
A panel of leading academics discussed “Gatekeeping & the Publishing Landscape for Scholarship on Race, Medicine & Science.” Participants explored how publication trends and directions for race-focused work in areas of science and medical research have been shaped by public …
Ian Bogost

Professor and director of film & media studies; professor of computer science & engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Noted media studies scholar and game designer, Ian Bogost, presented three talks exploring the theory and concepts of play and games under the auspices of the 2021 Humanities Series. This event was sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities, Arts & …
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Rev. Dr. Zandra Wagoner, Rev. Traci Blackmon, J.T. Snipes
This Interfaith Week discussion featured Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Rev. Traci Blackmon, Rev. Zandra Wagoner and J.T. Snipes. It focused on opportunities and challenges associated with interfaith organizing and anti-racism strategies on university campuses, in local communities, and the world.
Throughout her long tenure in the Jackson County prosecutor’s office, Baker has served in nearly every unit. In 2012 she was elected as its leader. Baker is known as a fearless and compassionate advocate for the victims of crime, especially the young and most vulnerable, and for partnering …
John Danforth and Matt Malone

John C. Danforth, former U.S. Senator from Missouri; Matt Malone,president and editor-in-chief, America Media

People of faith in the U.S. today are as politically polarized as other Americans, prompting painful breakdowns in personal relationships and communities. What would it take to accept responsibility for actively healing these political and religious divisions, activating solutions rather than …
Joy Williams

Short-story writer and novelist

The Washington University Libraries and English Department hosted legendary writer Joy Williams for a special reading and conversation about Williams’ first novel in 20 years, Harrow. The event also celebrated her literary papers and the "Joy Williams: Honored Guest" exhibition in Olin Library …
Gardner was elected St. Louis Circuit Attorney in 2017, after serving as a Missouri House Representative from the 77th District. She received national attention last year for her role in pursuing the investigation into alleged unlawful activities by Missouri governor Eric Greitens, leading …
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 …
Melvin Oliver’s long and distinguished career has been devoted to understanding and addressing the complex factors that contribute to deep racial disparities in wealth. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, he will give a talk on “Income and Wealth Inequality.” The lecture will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom.
The proliferation and popularity of podcasts – especially among millennials – have created many new media stars, but few are shining as brightly as Barbaro, the host of The Daily, the New York Times’ entry into the podisphere with millions of devoted listeners. It was the most-downloaded new …
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 …
British archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson and his research team had unprecedented access to Stonehenge and its surroundings, and his research findings are replacing centuries of speculation with facts. He will share them at an Assembly Series program at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in Steinberg Hall Auditorium.
Nadine Strossen

John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School

To mark the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year, the Washington University in St. Louis community came together on Monday, August 26, 2019 for‘Reflections,Unity, Social Justice, and Peace.’
Natalia Aleksiun

Professor of modern Jewish history, Touro College; incoming Harry Rich Professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Florida-Gainesville

Professor Natalia Aleksiun delivered the 2021 Holocaust Memorial Lecture on“Jewish Physicians and Their Patients: Rescue Strategies in Nazi Occupied Poland.” The Holocaust Memorial Lecture is an annual event administered by the Center for the Humanities. This event was sponsored by the …
Nicole Garnett

John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame

Nicole Garnett, the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, delivered remarks on ‘The Value of Educational Pluralism.’
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This two-part discussion, titled "Creating Inclusive Access to Education, Training & Technology," featured leaders from various sectors addressing how to create more equitable access to education, training and technology in our community. It was part of the Inclusive Growth in St. Louis …
Qui Xiaolong
Co-sponsors: First Year Center, University Libraries ''Picture a boy of 19, still slumbering in the limbo of adolescence, having heard nothing but revolutionary blather about patriotism, Communism, ideology and propaganda all his life, falling headlong into a story of awakening desire, …
Traci Blackmon
Americans today are deeply divided. Religion has played a crucial role in promoting conflict and polarization, yet religious communities are an essential part of bridging current social and political divides. This panel of religious leaders and experts explored ways that religious communities …
Rhonda Magee

Professor of Law,University of San Francisco

Rhonda Magee, Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, delivered the inaugural lecture of the CRE2 Mindfulness & Anti-Racism series. Her presentation was entitled "'Change ‘ Gon Come: Black Love-Power and The Inner Work of Racial Justice." Magee is an internationally-recognized …
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“The anthropological concept of culture is extremely important and often misunderstood because many of the things that are assumed to be biologically determined, like criminality or homosexuality or IQ, are really behaviorally and societally defined.” This quote from Robert W. Sussman, PhD, professor of physical anthropology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, forms the basis for his Phi Beta Kappa/Sigma Xi Lecture. “The Importance of the Concept of Culture to Science and Society,” part of the university’s Assembly Series, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in Steinberg Hall Auditorium.
The James E. McLeod Memorial Lecturer, Roderick Ferguson, discussed "The University and the Combinations of Heart and Mind" on September 29, 2014, in Umrath Hall Lounge. The McLeod Lecture is presented annually by the Center for the Humanities and addresses topics concerning diversity and higher education.
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 …
In Stephen Prothero's talk, "Why Liberals Win: America's Culture Wars from the Election of 1800 to Same-Sex Marriage," he asserts that religion lies at the heart of our American identity and, unless we become religiously literate, it will continue to divide us as a nation.
Susan Wolf

Edna J. Koury Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This lecture, "Meaningfulness: A Third Dimension of the Good Life," with Susan Wolf, proposed an analysis of meaningfulness in terms of subjective engagement with objective values.
Tarana Burke
Due to the anticipated interest in attending Tarana Burke’s event, please note the following restrictions regarding seating: • The main floor will be reserved for current WU students, faculty and staff. All others will be seated in the balcony. • Chapel doors will open at 3 PM. • Reserved …
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 …
Zareena Grewal

Associate Professor of American Studies, Religious Studies, Anthropology, and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Yale University

The Quran is one of the most iconic objects in American debates about racial and religious tolerance. Is the Quran a “good book”? Is it like the Bible and other scriptures? Or is its message more violent, more misogynistic, more intolerant? Or is the danger in the power readers ascribe to the …
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“It (a college education) changed everything for the family. It changed their economic position but it also changed their sense of the world; new possibilities opened up, there was more pleasure and leisure in their lives. There was also more innovation at work and at home. There was more value created for the economy and there was also just more of a sense of the possibilities of ordinary life for themselves, and they passed that along to their children.”
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 26, 4:30 p.m. in Graham Chapel, Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich talked about "Celebrating Curiosity - Celebrating Arts & Sciences."
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.
On September 30, 2014, Ruth Simmons, the 18th president of Brown University and the first African-American president of an Ivy League university, talked about "The State of Conscience in University Life Today."