Saturday February lectures at WUSTL to address tolerance and civic discourse

Tolerance and civic discourse will be the focus of Washington University’s Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) Saturday Lecture Series that runs throughout February.

Free and open to the public, the series is sponsored by University College, the adult, evening and continuing education division in Arts & Sciences.

Now in its 32nd year, the popular MLA series annually addresses a common theme from a variety of backgrounds.

“Tolerance and Civic Discourse” continues the lecture series theme on values and will feature Washington University faculty experts in the areas of classics, law, psychology and literature.

The lectures begin Feb. 2 and are offered every Saturday in February. All talks are set for 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in McDonnell Hall’s Goldfarb Auditorium on the Danforth Campus.

Speakers and their topics are:

  • Feb. 2: George M.
    Pepe, PhD, professor of classics in Arts & Sciences, “Debating the
    Altar of Victory: An Early Discourse on the Limits of Tolerance”;
  • Feb. 9: Greg P. Magarian, JD, professor of law, “Radical Ideas and Constructive Discourse in Free Speech Theory”;
  • Feb.
    16: Alan J. Lambert, PhD, associate professor of psychology in Arts
    & Sciences, “The Psychology of Stereotypes, Perception and
  • Feb. 23: Nancy E. Berg, PhD, professor of Hebrew language
    and literature in Arts & Sciences, “Before the Beginning: Ideology,
    Civility and Israeli Literature.”

Lectures can be attended
individually or in the entire series, but RSVPs are requested. To learn
more and to RSVP, visit or call
(314) 935-6700.

For a map of the Danforth Campus, click here.

About University College

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.

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.