David Shneer

By Barbara Rea on July 27, 2018 in Fall 2014, Social Justice / No Comments

The 2014 Holocaust Memorial Lecturer, David Shneer, delivered a presentation called “Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War and the Holocaust,” on November 4 in Wilson Hall Room 214. Shneer used photography as a new way of considering issues of Russian Jewish history, Yiddish culture, the diaspora, and the Holocaust.

LeVar Burton

By Barbara Rea on July 27, 2018 in Social Justice, Spring 2015 / No Comments

LeVar Burton of “Roots” and “Reading Rainbow” fame talked about “The Power of Storytelling” in Graham Chapel for the Assn. of Black Students’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration.

Shon Hopwood

Shon Hopwood

By WashU on January 23, 2018 in Social Justice, Spring 2018

By all accounts, Shon Hopwood was “a good kid from a good Nebraskan family,” but after high school he grew bored. By the age of 22, he had dropped out of college, spent two years in the Navy, then found himself back in his sleepy hometown, drinking and using drugs to help quell the boredom. […]

Sara Ahmed

Sara Ahmed

By WashU on August 25, 2017 in Fall 2017, Social Justice

The feminist writer and scholar Sara Ahmed will deliver this year’s James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education.

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Philippe Sands

By Barbara Rea on January 23, 2017 in Social Justice, Spring 2017 / No Comments

Approximately three-quarters of a century ago, it was inconceivable for anyone to think that Germany was not well within its legal right to tell the League of Nations, as Joseph Goebbels did in 1933, that it can “deal as we see fit” with our “opponents,” and in particular, “our Jews.”

Inconceivable, because the twin concepts of crimes against humanity and genocide – now considered among the bedrocks of international human rights law — had yet to be conceived. Join British human rights lawyer Philippe Sands to hear the thrilling story of how this transformation happened at 4:30 pm Thursday, March 30 in Anheuser-Busch Hall’s Bryan Cave Courtroom for his talk which shares its title with Sands’ book, “East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity.”

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Chai Feldblum

By Barbara Rea on January 23, 2017 in Social Justice, Spring 2017 / No Comments

EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum will deliver a keynote address for the Midwest LGBTQ+ Law Conference on Friday, March 3 in Anheuser-Busch Hall Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom. Throughout her long and distinguished career, Feldblum, a lesbian with a disability, fought for the rights of minorities and marginalized citizens, helping draft the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as contributing to the original Employment Nondiscrimination Act.

Dean Strang

By Barbara Rea on September 5, 2016 in Fall 2016, Social Justice / No Comments

“Part of the reason for having a strong defense team is to make sure that prosecutors and police follow the rules and don’t cut corners, and that’s something that goes beyond any individual case to benefit the system as a whole.” — Dean Strang, defense attorney, “Making a Murderer”

Van Jones

By Barbara Rea on September 5, 2016 in Fall 2016, Social Justice / No Comments

“The green economy should not just be about reclaiming throw-away stuff. It should be about reclaiming thrown-away communities. It should not just be about recycling things to give them a second life. We should also be gathering up people and giving them a second chance.” Van Jones