This fall, the Assembly Series — the university’s signature lecture series since 1953 — includes several speakers who work toward advancing the cause of social justice. First up is Van Jones, activist and former green jobs adviser to President Obama, on Monday, Sept. 12.
As the fall keynote speaker for the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, E.J. Dionne, PhD, will present his thoughts on the question “Can Religion and Politics Make Us More Civil and Not Just Angry?” His talk, which also is an Assembly Series program, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in Graham Chapel.
The role of food, and of meals shared and meals denied in the struggle for American citizenship, will be the topic of Rafia Zafar’s Phi Beta Kappa Lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Lab Sciences, Room 300. This Assembly Series event, the final one for this academic year, is free and open to the public.
Ireland native Maria Bernadette Majella Doyle, MD, assistant professor of surgery at the School of Medicine and a member of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital organ transplantation team, will present the annual Women’s Society Adele Starbird Lecture at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Graham Chapel. Doyle’s talk, part of the Assembly Series, will provide insight into the life of a transplantation surgeon. It is free and open to the public.
Andrew Stewart, PhD, the Nicholas C. Petris Professor of Greek Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, will deliver this year’s John and Penelope Biggs Lecture in Classics as part of the Assembly Series. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Steinberg Hall Auditorium on Washington University’s Danforth campus.
Pioneering game developer Ernest Adams, who had a hand in developing the Madden NFL Football line and Dungeon Keeper, will be on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis for an Assembly Series presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Steinberg Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Van Jones, JD, wants to put Americans to work — millions of Americans, and not just any kind of work. The former special adviser on green jobs to President Barack Obama has a clear vision to solve the two most profound challenges facing the United States today: poverty and pollution. He will share that vision for the Assembly Series at noon Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Graham Chapel.
Marianne Hirsch, PhD, a member of the Holocaust “second generation” and co-author of Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz, will be on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, to deliver the Holocaust Memorial Lecture in Graham Chapel. The Assembly Series program, titled “Rites of Return: The Afterlife of the Holocaust in Jewish Memory,” is free and open to the public.
WUSTL alumnus Adam Ross returns to campus on Oct 19. at 7 p.m. to read and discuss his new novel, Mr. Peanut, a dark look at the complexities of marriage.
Kevin Washburn, JD, professor and dean of the school of law at the University of New Mexico, will deliver a talk on “Improving Criminal Justice for American Indians,” at noon Thursday, Sept. 23, for the Assembly Series. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom in Anheuser-Busch Hall.