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.


Michelangelo:  Secrets and Silliness

Tuesday, September 18, at 6 p.m.  (5:30 p.m. reception)  –  Knight Hall, Emerson Auditorium
William E. Wallace

Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor

When Likes Aren’t Enough:  A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness

Thursday, October 11, at 6 p.m.  (5:30 p.m. reception)  –  Knight Hall, Emerson Auditorium
Timothy J. Bono

Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Psychology

Understanding What We See:  A St. Louis Tour  (Room for 55)

Wednesday, November 14, at 9:30 a.m.  followed by a 10:15 a.m. Bus Tour (3 hours)  – Umrath Hall, Umrath Lounge
Robert G. Hansman

Associate Professor, College of Architecture


Chancellor’s Light Lunch and Lecture – The Power of Light to See and Treat Cancer

Wednesday, January 9, at 11:30 a.m.    (lunch follows)  –  Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue
Samuel I. Achilefu

Michel M. Ter-Pogossian Professor of Radiology

Universal Truths and Personal Doubts:  Jane Austen on Women’s Lives and Social Change

Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m.  (9:30 a.m. coffee) –  Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue
Amy J. Pawl

Senior Lecturer in English


Wednesday, March 13, at 10 a.m.  (9:30 a.m. coffee) –  Knight Hall, Emerson Auditorium
Joseph H. Scherrer

Director, Cybersecurity Strategic Initiative

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

10 a.m.  –  Annual Membership Meeting
11 a.m.  –  A Conversation with Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Risa Zwerling Wrighton

12 Noon  –  Luncheon