Student Union has selected five guest speakers for its 2018-2019 Trending Topics series after narrowing down a list of 21 candidates Sunday.
The past two years have proven that by working with student groups, Trending Topics can bring a breadth of solid, diverse and interesting speakers to campus; and if it continues along this trajectory, the series will become a vital institution at Wash. U.
Colombian actress and political activist, Diane Guerrero—known for her roles as Maritza Ramos in “Orange is the New Black” and Lina on “Jane the Virgin”—spoke to students about immigration reform in Graham Chapel Tuesday evening.
Russian-American author and journalist Masha Gessen spoke at Graham Chapel about her most recent book, “The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” as part of the Student Union Trending Topics lecture series Friday.
In 1984 and in 1988, she ran as the vice presidential candidate of the United States under the banner of the Communist Party.
Political activist, educator and author Angela Davis spoke to a full crowd about criminal justice reform as a part of Student Union’s Trending Topic’s Series in Graham Chapel Jan. 24.
Last year, the Student Life editorial board called upon Student Union to change their allocation process to account for their mixed priorities in balancing quality—i.e. name recognition—and quantity. However, with a 100 percent budget increase for Trending Topics, we believe Student Union has made respectable strides towards reconciling their two goals.
Three black trans people spoke on issues of racial and trans representation in the media industry and social justice spaces at a PLUS: People Like Us and Student Union-hosted panel Tuesday. The panel, funded as part of Student Union’s Trending Topics series, featured actress and singer Mya Taylor, poet and educator J Mase III and comedian and radio show host Katrina Goodlett and was moderated by sophomore Emi Wyland.
Artist and architect Maya Lin spoke on how her career began, habitat extinction and the connection between art and architecture to around 100 students in Graham Chapel Thursday.
St. Louis poet laureate Michael Castro recited poetry in the Goldberg Formal Lounge Wednesday evening after the event had been postponed in October due to his hospitalization.