Of friendship and freedom

Of friendship and freedom

The histories of Archer Alexander, a fugitive slave, and William Greenleaf Eliot Jr., the university’s first president, intersect in a dramatic and inspiring story of courage and compassion.

Happy 200th birthday, William Greenleaf Eliot!

WUSTL co-founder William Greenleaf Eliot  (played by Jeffery Matthews, professor of practice in the Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences) celebrated his 200th birthday Dec. 5 with students in the William Greenleaf Eliot Residential College. Former Chancellor Wiiliam H. Danforth also joined in the fun, as he and ‘Eliot’ talked about what it means to be a university leader and how the role has changed.

Influence 150: 150 Years of Shaping a City, a Nation, the World

Harriet Hosmer, Portrait of Wayman Crow, Sr., 1866, Carrara marbleSince its founding in 1853, Washington University in St. Louis has grown from a small private school to one of the nation’s premiere research universities. Influence 150: 150 Years of Shaping a City, a Nation, the World, which opens Sept. 5 at the Gallery of Art, celebrates that journey with hundreds of archival photographs, drawings, posters, letters, scrapbooks and other materials chronicling key events, people and discoveries in the life of the university.