• February 23, 2017 • 4 PM – 5 PM
  • Hillman Hall, Clark-Fox Forum

The desire to improve living standards throughout the globe is a commendable goal, but given the enormous scope and scale of the challenges, how can someone who has dedicated his life to meeting that goal remain optimistic? By focusing on the successes! Join Brookings scholar John McArthur on February 23 to learn about the successes — and potential future successes — as he reports on the UN’s Millennium initiative.

  • February 27, 2017 • 3 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Graham Chapel

Prominent Republican politician and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will bring his extensive knowledge to bear on recent national events. Joining Romney on stage will be WashU legal scholars.NOTE: Details listed here are tentative; please check this website for updates. The event is open to the public, although priority seating will be given to the campus community.

  • March 3, 2017 • 1 PM – 3 PM
  • Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom

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.

  • March 8, 2017 • 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Knight Hall Emerson Auditorium

Is Kanye West a scourge or a genius? Or both? When viewed through the American cultural prism, West becomes a fascinating figure for study. Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. is a scholar who focuses on areas of Black popular culture and masculinities, cultural theory, and sexuality studies – and who earned a doctorate in performance studies – and these areas of research specialization will inform his Assembly Series presentation, Mumbo Jumbo: The (in)Audibility of Kanye West,” on Wednesday, March 8. (Note that the program’s start time and location will be announced at a later date.)

  • March 22, 2017 • 12 PM – 1 PM
  • Graham Chapel

Amid a growing concern that psychological studies were reporting dubious findings, Brian Nosek decided to do something about it. He created the Reproducibility Project, which confirmed their fears. Nosek will discuss the project, its findings, and approaches to reducing inaccuracies.

  • March 28, 2017 • 4 PM – 5 PM
  • Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom

On January 18, 2017, NPR reported that last year is the hottest on record. Perhaps more alarming is the news that 2016 is the third consecutive year to break this record.

To translate what this means to global climate change, and how that affects the world’s population, David Easterling, chief of the Scientific Services Division of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information, will deliver a presentation on “A Scientific View of Climate Change” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 28.

  • March 30, 2017 • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Courtroom.

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 […]

  • April 7, 2017 • 12 AM – 12 AM

Are you brave enough to tell a joke? On a TV show under an authoritarian regime? Bassem Youssef, “The Jon Stewart of Egypt” was, and Sara Taksler tells the fascinating story of this heart surgeon turned comedian in her film, Tickling Giants. Taksler will show the film and discuss it with the audience.