National Issues

Abbe Smith

Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law at Georgetown Law and director of the Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic

Abbe Smith, noted criminal defense attorney and professor of law at Georgetown University, discussed her new book, Guilty People. WashU Law professor and director of the Appellate Clinic, Daniel Harawa, served as commentator. The event was moderated by WashULaw Professor Karen Tokarz. The …
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 …
Crystal Feimster
The historian Crystal Feimster will deliver the annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture.
Dan Tokaji

Associate Dean for Faculty and Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Professor of Constitutional Law, Ohio State University

Dan Tokaji on 'New Developments in Election Law: Gerrymandering, Voter Suppression, Money and the Uncertain Future of Democracy'
Danielle Allen

James Bryant Conant University Professor,Harvard University

Distinguished political theorist, Danielle Allen, gave a presentation that challenged common assumptions about both the founding of the United States and the implications of the Declaration of Independence.She offered recommendations on how we are to move forward towards a society with …
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."
David French
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.”
Eddie Glaude

James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies,Princeton University & frequent MSNBC contributor

Eddie Glaude, theJames S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and frequent MSNBC contributor, offered reflections on difficult truths about race and the moral crisis at the heart of American democracy. Professor Glaude’s presentation …
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt served as First Lady from 1933 - 1945. She was also a politician, diplomat and activist.
White House spokesperson Eric Schultz
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.
Glenn Hubbard

dean emeritus and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics,Columbia Business School; chairman, U.S. Council of Economic Advisers (2001-2003)

Glenn Hubbard presented the Murray Weidenbaum Tribute Lecture: ‘After the Election: Recovery, Reform and Renewal.’Hubbard is dean emeritus and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School and served as chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers from …
john paul stevens spring 2016
Stevens objected to the court's ruling in the 2000 election-deciding case of Bush v. Gore. The court overturned the Florida Supreme Court's decision to order a recount of all of the state's ballots. Joined by David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, Stevens wrote that, "Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law. I respectfully dissent."
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.
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.
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.'
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 …
Karine Jean Pierre

NBC News and MSNBC political analyst

The Nov. 10, 2019 finale of the Blacks in America: 400 Years Plus trilogy, featured Karine Jean-Pierre, NBC and MSNBC Political Analyst.
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 …
Kristin Henning

Author and Blume Professor of Law and director, Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative, Georgetown Law

Georgetown Law Professor Kristin Henning joined Daniel Harawa (WashU Law) to discuss her new book, Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth. This event was sponsored by Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, Department of African …
Constitution Day

Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished Professor; Adam Liptak, Journalist, New York Times; and Greg Magarian, Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law

‘Constitution Day: 2018-19 Supreme Court Review’ featured Lee Epstein, the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished Professor; Adam Liptak, a journalist at The New York Times; and Greg Magarian, the Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law.
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.
Norman Ornstein
Norman Ornstein is an American Enterprise Institute scholar and keen observer of the American political system.
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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 …
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In a session titled "Inclusive Growth in St. Louis: Embracing Inclusive Leadership," a panel of experts from different sectors discussed strategies to create inclusive and meaningful leadership. Speakers acknowledged exclusive systems and practices that keep under-represented communities from …
Pepper Schwartz

Professor of Sociology, University of Washington

Pepper Schwartz on 'The Me Too Era: How We Got Here, and What's Next'
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 …
Susan Stokes

Blake Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and faculty director, Chicago Center on Democracy, University of Chicago

Susan Stokes presented a public lecture entitled, "Is 'Direct Democracy' Good for Democracy? The Logic(s) of Referendums." Stokes is the Faculty Chair of the Chicago Center on Democracy, where she guides the strategy and direction of the center. She is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake …
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This discussion focused on the topics of voting rights and the threats facing American democracy and featured former U.S. congressmen Russ Carnahan, a Democrat from St. Louis, and Tom Coleman, a Republican from Kansas City. The congressmen presented a road map for action and announced plans for …
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.
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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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 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 18, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Graham Chapel, Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor for The Atlantic and well-known author, spoke on the subject of racism in the United States as part of the Washington University Political Review Lecture.
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 February 3, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Graham Chapel, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Residential Learning, Jill Stratton moderated a discussion on "Marriage Equality and the GOP" by a panel featuring Meghan McCain, Gregory T. Angelo and Fred Karger.
On January 22, 2015 at 12 p.m. in the Brown Hall Lounge, Xavier de Souza Briggs, vice president of the Ford Foundation's Economic Opportunity and Assets program talked about "Toward a Just and Inclusive America."
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 September 17, 2014 Sherrilyn Ifill talked about the legacy of the Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v the Board of Education and discussed how this relates to the still-present socioeconomic issues underpinning African-Americans' anger and frustration that have surfaced in Ferguson, MO.
On September 8, 2014 Kenji Yoshino, Professor of Law at NYU talked about his new book - Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. In his book Yoshino provides readers plenty to consider about the act of "covering," why it's done and how it harms people's individuality.
On November 14, 2013 at 12 p.m. in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, Catharine MacKinnon, a principal architect of landmark sex equality laws in the United States, talked about "Trafficking, Prostitution, and Inequality."
Jon Gruber
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."