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. His address, part of the SU Speaker Series sponsored by the Washington University Political Review, is titled "America’s Future: Insights from a Presidential Adviser."
In his National Review column, the veteran journalist, author and constitutional law expert David French has expressed a growing concern that political correctness is hampering free speech on college campuses, which he believes is not only a threat to democracy and the First Amendment, but is doing college students no favors by treating them as fragile “snowflakes.”
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt served as First Lady from 1933 - 1945. She was also a politician, diplomat and activist.
As a sophomore at WashU, he served as Speaker of the Congress of the South 40. For the Assembly Series, he will share how his experiences as a student helped prepare him for a career in politics, then invite the audience to engage in a dialogue.
Jack Devine's talk,"The Importance and Ethics of National Intelligence," held on September 16, 2014, served as the annual Elliot Stein Lecture. During his 30-year tenure as the CIA's acting director of operations, Devine served as America's top spymaster for eight presidents.
Norman Ornstein is an American Enterprise Institute scholar and keen observer of the American political system.
When he came to campus in 1984, the Democratic presidential candidate Walter "Fritz" Mondale was greeted by cheering students, and especially by WashU's female students: Mondale chose the first woman, Geraldine Ferraro, as his running mate, and supported the Equal Rights Amendment.
Prominent Republican politician and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will bring his extensive knowledge to bear on stage in Graham Chapel on February 27. The event will include Romney in conversation with law school faculty The event is free and open to the public, although priority seating will be given to the campus community.
Whenever some violent lunatic snaps and claims some kind of warped justification for his murderous acts as a so-called Muslim warrior, it’s not his damaged childhood or the flood of assault weapons in America or the climate of unrelenting violence in our country that gets blamed – it’s Islam, an ancient, Abrahamic religion.” -- Arsalan Iftikhar
On October 10, 2014 Carl Hart, neuropsychopharamacologist at Columbia University, delivered the annual Chancellor's Fellows Lecture on "Demystifying the Science of Drug Addiction: Neuroscience, Self-discovery, Race and U.S. Drug Policy."
On October 4, 2013 at 6 p.m. in Brown Hall, Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist and renowned health care expert, talked about "Health-care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works."
On February 29, 2012 James Boyle, the William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School talked about "Cultural Agoraphobia: Why Most of What You Know About the Internet is Wrong."