First-year student Nick Massenburg-Abraham was not familiar with this year’s Common Reading Program selection “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” or its author, Dai Sijie. But he does know something about the novel’s central theme: loss. He transformed this personal experiences into the musical composition “Reflections in D Major,” which won the grand prize for the Common Reading Program contest.
Good stories feed us universal truths and instruct us on how to live more fully in this world. This fall, the Assembly Series is presenting many gifted storytellers. The series launches Sept. 12 with author, poet and alum Qiu Xiaolong.
For nearly three decades, the Weltin Lecture Fund has enabled the Religious Studies Program and Assembly Series to bring renowned scholars of religion to the university. In spring 2018, Elaine Pagels delivered the lecture, sharing her riveting discoveries on art and politics in the Book of Revelation.
The late Edward G. Weltin Sr. was so beloved that that a group of his former students honored him by establishing an endowed lecture fund bearing his name.
The spring 2018 Assembly Series programs will run the gamut from national economic policy to the Book of Revelation. Fiscal policy expert David Wessel will lead off with a Jan. 31 lecture examining the economic landscape a year into the Trump presidency.
Washington University in St. Louis will host a series of programs in early October featuring David J. Morris, a leading authority on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Morris will be joined by other local experts to examine the devastating effects of PTSD on society, as well as to discuss current therapies.
The Assembly Series, Washington University in St. Louis’ signature lecture series, will open its fall program Sept. 7 with an event that kick-starts a universitywide, yearlong initiative to inhabit the rich and complex world of the 200-year-old story of “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.”
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will visit Washington University on Monday, Feb. 27. His visit is part of the School of Law’s 150th anniversary celebration, and it also includes an Assembly Series presentation at 3 p.m. in Graham Chapel.
The university’s signature lecture series, the Assembly Series, unveils its spring 2017 semester schedule Feb. 2 with a presentation by renowned behavioral economist and TED talk favorite Dan Ariely.
John Paul Stevens, who served as a Supreme Court associate justice from 1975 to 2010, will speak at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, in Graham Chapel. Afterward, he will take part in a panel discussion on the Second Amendment.