Lesser-known academic events student should check out

A few weeks ago we ran an editorial that showcased some of the lesser known places of interest on campus that we thought you might have liked to hear about. It turned out to be a pretty popular piece, which got us thinking that maybe there were other events on campus that you’d like to be made aware of. We know that the Wash. U. community is at least nominally passionate about learning (provided it affects our GPA, so this week we turn from crass entertainment to the life of the mind, and present you with a slew of intellectual opportunities worthy of your time.

Every few weeks the Neuroscience and Psychology department hold talks from guest speakers from the cutting edges of neuroscience, past speakers include Berkeley’s Allison Gopnik, a leading expert in child cognition (and a recent guest of the Colbert Report). On February 26 the department will participate in an interdisciplinary symposium entitled “Remembering Mr. B.” which examines the legacy of Franz Breutel, a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning whose memory could not retain anything for more than a second. His fascinating story, and its implications for the study of the mind will be presented. More information can be found at http://artsci.wustl.edu/~bwgraham/.

If you’re pre-law or just interested in the law, check out the law school’s Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series. Lawyers and legal experts come to campus to talk about issues such as anti-discrimination law, immigration law, and reforming pro bono defense. Wednesday, February 17, Wilma Liebman of the National Labor Relations Board will speak on “The Revival of American Labor Law” at the Bryan Cave Courtroom in Anheuser Busch Hall. For more information on this and other lectures, check out http://law.wustl.edu/pilss/index.asp?ID=1058.

Looking for cheap entertainment this weekend? Attend a show at the Edison Theatre, right inside Mallinckrodt Center. This weekend alone there are two performances of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” (both on Friday, one at 10 a.m. and one at 8 p.m.), and there’s also a performance of “An Enemy of the People” on Saturday at 8 p.m. Can’t make it this weekend? No sweat, there are shows and performances nearly every weekend, and of course, there’s a student discount, too. For more information, including a calendar of events, check out http://


For those of you left unsatisfied by the recent swell of enthusiasm for creative writing at Wash. U. The English Department’s Writing Program Reading Series will present you with plenty of opportunities to hear top-class writers like the celebrated poet Frank Bidart, as well as Wash. U. undergrads and MFA’s reading there own work. The list of dates can be found at http://artsci.wustl.edu/~english/newsevents/wpseries.php

As always, this is but a taste of the wide world of non-required intellectual pursuits available to you. If you think we’ve overlooked something, drop us a line at [email protected]

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