Fall 2017

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.
Crystal Feimster
The historian Crystal Feimster will deliver the annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture.
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.”
David Morris
In David Morris’ influential book, “The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” the former infantry officer turned journalist embedded with U.S. military forces during the Iraqi War relives his struggle for survival in an attempt to understand and recover from the debilitating mental injury known as PTSD, so that others can understand and get help.
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.
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.
Michael Bornstein
He was the little blonde-haired boy in the iconic picture of children being liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp. He was one of the lucky ones who made it out alive.
Nick Dear
So you think you know the “Frankenstein” story? If you haven’t read Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, think again. And if you wish to experience this treasure trove of evocative ideas, now would be a good time, as Washington University’s Class of 2021 embarks on a journey to delve into the rich and complex dystopian tapestry this teenager wrote so eloquently about, and in doing so, contemplate how eerily similar some of the questions she raised 200 years ago still haunt us today. Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was chosen as …
Norman Ornstein
Norman Ornstein is an American Enterprise Institute scholar and keen observer of the American political system.
Sara Ahmed
The feminist writer and scholar Sara Ahmed will deliver this year’s James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education.