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Panel of Speakers

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 series, which investigated who is left out of St. Louis’s economic growth benefits, […]

Traci Blackmon

Rev. Traci Blackmon, David Campbell, Rev. Serene Jones, Rabbi Rolando Matalon and Iman Eldin Susa

By Chris Amelung on December 2, 2021 in Education & Society, National Issues, Spring 2021

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 might become spaces that bridge divides, rather than make them deeper — bridge […]

Severine Autesserre

Severine Autesserre

By Chris Amelung on December 2, 2021 in Current Global Issues, Education & Society, Spring 2021

Severine Autesserre, award-winning author, peace builder and researcher, spoke about her new book, The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider’s Guide to Changing the World, which draws upon in-depth field research in twelve different conflict zones to challenge popular beliefs and scholarly ideas about war, peace, and conflict resolution. In The Frontlines of Peace, Séverine Autesserre […]

Rhonda Magee

Rhonda Magee

By Chris Amelung on December 2, 2021 in Education & Society, Social Justice, Spring 2021

Rhonda Magee, Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, delivered the inaugural lecture of the CRE2 Mindfulness & Anti-Racism series. Her presentation was entitled “‘Change ‘ Gon Come: Black Love-Power and The Inner Work of Racial Justice.” Magee is an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law […]

David Kertzer

David Kertzer and Father John Pawlikowski

By Chris Amelung on December 2, 2021 in Education & Society, Spring 2021

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics presented a discussion of the newly unsealed Vatican archives and the role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust with Prof. David Kertzer and Fr. John Pawlikowski moderated by Maharat Rori Picker Neiss. This event, titled “Reckoning with History: Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust,” was […]

Antony Shugaar

Antony Shugaar

By Chris Amelung on December 2, 2021 in Art & Architecture, Education & Society, Spring 2021

The 2020-2021 Paul and Silvia Rava lecture titled “Families of Worlds” featured Antony Shugaar. The prolific Antony Shugaar has translated more than 40 books from Italian, including several award-winning modern novels. His translation of Gianni Rodari’s Telephone Tales (Enchanted Lion Books) won the 2021 American Library Association’s Mildred L Batchelder Award, given for a children’s […]

Zareena Grewal

Zareena Grewal

By Chris Amelung on December 2, 2021 in Education & Society, National Issues, Spring 2021

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 book? Tracking the […]

Susan Stokes

Susan Stokes

By Chris Amelung on December 2, 2021 in National Issues, Social Justice, Spring 2021

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 Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her […]

Olympia Bekou and Leila Sadat

Olympia Bekou

By Chris Amelung on December 2, 2021 in Current Global Issues, Social Justice, Spring 2021

Professor Olympia Bekou discussed how to overcome barriers to justice and achieve accountability in Liberia and beyond. The conversation was moderated by WashU Law Professor Leila Sadat. This event was sponsored by Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute,  International Law Society and the […]

John Danforth and Matt Malone

John C. Danforth and Matt Malone

By Chris Amelung on December 1, 2021 in Education & Society, National Issues, Spring 2021

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 continuing assaults? In this discussion titled “Interpersonal Relations Across Political Divides: People of Faith […]