The Women’s Society of Washington University sponsors at least five lectures by distinguished Washington University in St. Louis faculty members on topics of current interest to members. These lectures are preceded by an informal reception and are free to WSWU members.

In addition, each spring WSWU invites a nationally-recognized woman to the university to speak at the Adele Chomeau Starbird lecture.


Actresses, Empresses, and Queens: Blueswomen on the Tent Show Stage

Tuesday, September 20, at 10 a.m.  (9:30 a.m. coffee)  –  Umrath Lounge in Umrath Hall
Paige A. McGinley
Assistant Professor of Performing Arts

The 2016 Presidential Election

Thursday, October 20, at 6 p.m.  (5:30 p.m. reception)  –  Umrath Lounge in Umrath Hall
Andrew J. Reeves

Associate Professor of Political Science

Medical Ethics in an Aging Society

Thursday, November 10, at 10 a.m.     (9:30 a.m. coffee)  –  Umrath Lounge in Umrath Hall
Kim A. Carmichael, MD,
Associate Professor of Medicine;  Chair, BJH Ethics Committee
Jill J. Malen, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Acute Medicine, BJH


Chancellor’s Light Lunch and Lecture – Circadian Rhythms

Tuesday, January 24, at 11:30 a.m.    –   Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall
Erik D. Herzog

Professor of Biology

Intersection of Politics and Religions of the World

Thursday, February 16, at 10 a.m.  (9:30 a.m. coffee)   –   Women’s Building, Formal Lounge
Marie Griffith

John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities

The Startup Renaissance in St. Louis, Hype or Our Best Hope?

Wednesday, March 8, at 6 p.m.  (5:30 p.m. reception)  –   Umrath Lounge in Umrath Hall
Clifford K. Holekamp

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Platform at Olin Business School

April 26, 2017  (Wednesday)

Annual Membership Meeting at 10 a.m.  –   Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall
Adèle Starbird Lecture at 11:30 a.m.  (lunch follows)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee