Jason de Leon

Jason De Leon

By Chris Amelung on December 4, 2019 in Current Global Issues, Fall 2019, National Issues

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.’

Col Frank Sobchak

Col. Frank Sobchak

By Chris Amelung on December 4, 2019 in Current Global Issues, Fall 2019

Retired Col. Frank Sobchak discussed lessons from the Iraq War. Col. Sobchak is co-author of the “U.S. Army in the Iraq War” report, the first U.S. government history of the war. This lecture was part of the Crisis & Conflict in Historical Perspective co-curricular initiative, which serves undergraduates considering careers in policy, as well as […]

Kishore Mahbubani with students

Kishore Mahbubani

By Chris Amelung on December 4, 2019 in Current Global Issues, Fall 2019

This lecture examined the many dimensions of the U.S.-China geopolitical contest and provided some suggestions on how both America and China can handle this contest better.

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

By Chris Amelung on December 4, 2019 in Art & Architecture, Current Global Issues, Fall 2019

Acclaimed Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei joined Sabine Eckmann, William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator of the Kemper Art Museum, for a conversation on Ai’s wide-ranging and critical practice. The newly expanded Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis reopened to the public on Sept. 28, 2019 with […]

Wesley Bell

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 County history. The son of a police officer, Bell’s resume includes […]

Helen Longino

By yimkristine on February 6, 2019 in Current Global Issues, Current Week, Spring 2019

Diversity and inclusion are not new ideas for philosopher Helen Longino. She has long argued that scientific progress is dependent upon a plurality of perspectives; that when inquiry is open to many disparate points of view, it’s more open to critical analysis and thus more objective. Longino will elaborate on her theory on March 19 […]

Michael Pollan

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 shown us the way toward food […]

Stephen Legomsky

Stephen H. Legomsky

By WashU on September 6, 2018 in Current Global Issues, Fall 2018

Reacting to the Trump administration’s announcement this summer to detain migrant families together instead of separating parents from their children, Stephen Legomsky, a recognized authority on U.S. and international immigration law, noted that detaining families at the border makes no sense and worse, is inhumane: “Jailing a migrant family together is better than tearing the […]

Robert Sagastume

Robert Sagastume

By WashU on September 6, 2018 in Current Global Issues, Fall 2018

Robert Sagastume’s journey, from arriving in America as an adolescent on a visa, to becoming undocumented, to receiving rights under the DACA law, and finally, obtaining a green card, illustrates the challenging plight of children caught in America’s immigration morass through no fault of their own. At the age of 12, Sagastume entered the U.S. […]