The Women’s Society of Washington University sponsors at least five lectures by distinguished Washington University faculty members on topics of current interest to members. These lectures are free to WSWU members. We plan for the lectures to be offered as webinars (zoom) with the link provided closer to the event date to all who RSVP.



Mars Was Once Warm, Wet, and Habitable

Thursday, September 23 at 6 p.m.
Raymond Arvidson
James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor

Life is Demanding Without Understanding:
Seeing the Signs and Managing Stress

Tuesday, October 12 at 10 a.m. 
Sarah Buday
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Washington University Pain Center

Making the World Over: Confronting Racism,
Misogyny, and Xenophobia in U.S. History

Thursday, November 11 at 10 a.m. 
R. Marie Griffith
John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities
Director, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics


Chancellor’s Lecture
Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care
in the New Economy

Tuesday, January 25 at 1 p.m. 
Adia Harvey Wingfield
Vice Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity
Professor of Sociology
Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts & Sciences

Washington University and Slavery:
The First 50 Years

Tuesday, February 15 at 10 a.m.
Geoff Ward
Professor of African & African American Studies
Faculty Affiliate in Sociology & American Culture Studies

Environmental Roundtable:
The Future of Sustainability

March 29, 2022 at 6 p.m. via Zoom
Marcus Foston, Associate Professor (McKelvey School of Engineering)
Linda Samuels, Associate Professor (Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts)
Phil Valko, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sustainability

April 2022

Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Emerson Auditorium at Knight Hall
Annual Membership Meeting at 9:00 a.m.
Adèle Starbird Lecture at 10:30 a.m. featuring:
Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director, St. Louis Lambert International Airport