Wertsch is the David R. Francis Distinguished Professor, professor of sociocultural anthropology and professor of international and area studies. 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 and China. He also is the director emeritus of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy and previous Vice Chancellor for International Affairs.
How collective memories of wars, terrorist attacks and other traumatic events are fueling the surprising re-emergence of nationalist movements will be the focus of a national conference May 23-25 at Washington University in St Louis.
James Wertsch, vice chancellor for international relations, director of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy and the David R. Francis Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences, has announced his plan to conclude his tenure as vice chancellor July 1, 2018, and from his director role at the end of the calendar year.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley will be at Washington University in St. Louis on Wednesday, Feb. 8, for a public forum on “A New Approach to the Middle East.”
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.