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.


The Future of Cancer Care: Star Wars and Moonshots

Tuesday, September 26, at 6 p.m.  (5:30 p.m. reception)  –  Umrath Lounge in Umrath Hall
Timothy J. Eberlein, MD

Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor; Chairman, Department of Surgery;
Director, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center

The Art and Science of Frankenstein

Wednesday, October 18, at 6 p.m.  (5:30 p.m. reception)  –  Umrath Lounge in Umrath Hall
Rebecca Messbarger

Professor of Italian

The Immigration Debate in the United States

Wednesday, November 8, at 10 a.m.     (9:30 a.m. coffee)  –  Umrath Lounge in Umrath Hall
Stephen H. Legomsky,
John S. Lehmann Professor Emeritus in the School of Law
Ariela S. Schachter, Assistant Professor of Sociology


Chancellor’s Light Lunch and Lecture – The Obesity Epidemic – Could it be an Egg Issue?

Monday, January 8, at 11:30 a.m.    (lunch follows)  –  Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall
Kelle H. Moley, MD

James Crane Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

When Health Matters Less: Re-thinking Health Improvement for Low-Income Populations

Thursday, February 15, at 10 a.m.  (9:30 a.m. coffee) –  Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall
Matthew W. Kreuter

Eugene S. and Constance Kahn Family Professor

Hamilton and Broadway’s Hypermasculine Song-and-Dance Man

Wednesday, March 28, at 10 a.m.  (9:30 a.m. coffee)  –  Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall
Todd R. Decker

Professor of Music

Christine Brewer, Grammy Award-winning American Soprano 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018  –  560 Music Center, Pillsbury Theatre
10 a.m. – Annual Membership Meeting

11:30 a.m. – Adèle Starbird Lecture / Performance  –  Lunch follows