Memories and stories subject of ‘Meet the Leaders’ panel discussion

Experts on memory, writing and storytelling will gather at Washington University in St. Louis at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, as part of the Woman’s Club of Washington University’s “Meet the Leaders” panel discussion series.

The panel discussion, titled “Memories: Telling Women’s Stories,” will explore topics such as memory as a cognitive function and effective ways to record stories from the past.

The panelists are:

  • Janet Duchek, PhD, associate professor of psychology in Arts & Sciences;
  • Candace O’Connor, author of Beginning a Great Work: Washington University, 1853-2003 and many other history books;
  • Jody Sowell, public historian, Missouri History Museum; and
  • Denise Ward-Brown, associate professor of art at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

The discussion will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Danforth University Center, Room 233. Admission is free and includes a box lunch.

An RSVP is required by Friday, Oct. 8. To RSVP, contact Beth Rauhut at or (314) 935-9104.

Future Meet the Leaders discussions are:

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 3:30-5 p.m. “Love in the Afternoon: From the Middle Ages to the Present.” Refreshments include coffee, tea and a Valentine’s Day surprise.
  • April 12, 2011, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. “Champions of Social Impact: Making a Difference.” Participants will be served a box lunch.

Co-sponsors for the Meet the Leaders series, along with the WUSTL Woman’s Club, are the Association of Women Faculty, the Gephardt Institute for Public Service and Washington University’s provost.

For more information on the Meet the Leaders series, contact Beth Rauhut at or (314) 935-9104.