Acclaimed actress, humanitarian Mia Farrow on campus Nov. 17

Will deliver Elliot Stein Lecture in Ethics for Assembly Series

Mia Farrow is widely known as an acclaimed actress.


Perhaps not as well known are her humanitarian efforts on behalf of innocent civilians, especially children, in strife-ridden African nations. For more than a decade, Farrow has been dedicated to drawing attention and raising funds to address the terrible conditions that exist in nations such as Chad and Sudan.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Graham Chapel on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, Farrow will give an Assembly Series talk on the need for universal human rights and justice. This is the annual Elliot Stein Lecture in Ethics and is free and open to the public.

Serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, Farrow has made many trips to Africa, and through both her official and personal testimonies, she reports back to the Western world what is happening on the ground.

She also has testified against former dictators and helped negotiate releases for jailed activists. And as an activist, Farrow offers ways in which individuals can help.

For her efforts, Farrow was named in 2008 as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. That same year, she also received the Legion of Arts and Lettres Award from France, the Refugees International McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for “extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people,” and the Tiannamen Square Award.

One of America’s premier actresses, she has appeared in more than 45 films and has received a host of awards, including a Golden Globe for her 1968 title role in Rosemary’s Baby, a highly acclaimed and popular horror story directed by Roman Polanski.

Other notable roles she played throughout the 1970s were in John and Mary, See No Evil and The Great Gatsby. During this time, she starred in many made-for-television movies. Before she was known to film buffs, Farrow was a hit in the TV prime-time soap opera Peyton Place.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Farrow starred in nearly all of director Woody Allen’s films, including A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters and Zelig.

More recently, she has appeared in the films The Ex and Be Kind Rewind.

In 1997 her memoir, What Falls Away, was published.

For more information on this or any upcoming Assembly Series programs, visit or call (314) 935-4620.