Free Saturday seminar series addresses ‘Value of Justice’

Washington University in St. Louis will host a free Saturday Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) Seminar Series in February titled “The Value of Justice.”

The annual seminar series features WUSTL experts from the areas of philosophy, social work, political science and anthropology to address one of the most enduring concepts in social, religious, ethical and political thinking: the idea of justice.

The MLA Saturday lecture series is free and open to the public. To learn more and to RSVP, visit or call (314) 935-6777.

“The Master of Liberal Arts program examines major themes, concepts and issues from many different perspectives — and ‘justice’ is exactly the sort of subject that requires, and rewards, its multidisciplinary approach,” says Robert E. Wiltenburg, PhD, dean of University College.

Initiated by the MLA program at University College, the adult, evening and continuing education division in Arts & Sciences at WUSTL, this popular series now is in its 30th year.

The lectures begin Saturday, Feb. 5, and are offered every Saturday in February.

Presentations will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Goldfarb Auditorium in McDonnell Hall on the Danforth Campus and are as follows:

  • Feb. 5: Eric Brown, PhD, associate professor of philosophy in Arts & Sciences, will present “Greek and Roman Thoughts About Justice.”
  • Feb. 12: Mark Rank, PhD, the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare, will discuss “Economic Justice in the United States: Fact or Fiction?”
  • Feb. 19: Frank Lovett, PhD, assistant professor of political science in Arts & Sciences, will present “What is Social Justice?”
  • Feb. 26: Bret Gustafson, PhD, associate professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences, will speak on “The Challenge of Global Warming.”

For a map of the Danforth Campus, visit

About University College

Originally founded in 1853 to serve the diverse educational needs of the St. Louis area, Washington University continues to grow and thrive more than 150 years later. The first educational step of the fledgling university, on Oct. 22, 1854, was to establish an evening program. Washington University Extension, addressing the needs of local teachers, was begun in 1908, and, after much expansion and diversification, became University College in 1931. Then and since, people of all ages attend Washington University through University College, earning associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, or certificates, or taking courses for personal enrichment. For more information about University College, visit or call (314) 935-6700.