James Wertsch

David R. Francis Distinguished Professor, McDonnell International Scholars Academy director

James Wertsch

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Wertsch is the former director of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, David R. Francis Distinguished Professor and professor of sociocultural anthropology. Wertsch’s topics of study are collective memory and identity, especially in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, as well as in the United States.


Washington University first North American member of the University Alliance of the Silk Road

Washington University in St. Louis was installed as the first North American member of the University Alliance of the Silk Road (UASR) at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, host for theWorld-Class Universities Expo and Conference April 7-10. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton was on hand for the signing ceremony and joins the UASR executive committee.

Gelberman, Wertsch to receive 2013 faculty achievement awards

Richard H. Gelberman, MD, a world-renowned expert in hand and wrist microsurgery, and James V. Wertsch, PhD, founding director of one of the most successful and innovative global scholarship programs in the world, will receive Washington University’s 2013 faculty achievement awards, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton announced. They will receive their awards and give presentations of their scholarly work during a Dec. 7 program.

All eyes on Secretary Chu

On a recent visit to Washington, D.C., graduate and professional students of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy had the opportunity to hear from and meet with outgoing U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.