Who Knew WashU?

Question: Irish rock band U2 performed in St. Louis for the first time 40 years ago this month. Where did the band play in 1981? 

Answer: B) On April 7, 1981, U2 — hired for $750 — performed to a capacity crowd at Graham Chapel, playing songs off their newly released album “Boy.” Read about the many famous musical acts who have played on campus.

Congrats to this week’s winner, Brian Bergstrom, lecturer in Arts & Sciences, who will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!


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Gerberding, first woman to lead CDC, will address 2020 graduates

Washington University in St. Louis is welcoming alumni from the Class of 2020 back to campus for in-person Commencement ceremonies on May 30. Julie L. Gerberding, MD, the first woman to serve as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will deliver the address to the returning graduates, announced Chancellor Andrew D. Martin.

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Lunar New Year Festival: The show goes on

While their annual showcase celebrating Asian culture and the Lunar New Year couldn’t happen in person this year due to the pandemic, members of the Lunar New Year Festival refused to give up. Instead, they pivoted to create their first virtual show. The production premiered on YouTube March 27 and is available online.


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