Past Event Recordings
5/12/22, The Weidenbaum Center Honors: A Celebration. The Center was honored to host a very special event celebrating our return to in-person events and to give special recognition to the following honorees for their years of service and dedication to the Weidenbaum Center: James Schiele, Chairman, Eliot Society Commitee, AB'52, MLA'85, AM'11, DLA'15; Steven S. Smith, Former Director of the Weienbaum Center, Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science, and Professor of Political Science; and Steven Fazzari, Director of the Weidenbaum Center, Bert A. and Jeanette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor of Economics, and Professor of Sociology. The event also welcomed Andrew Reeves, Incoming Director of the Weidenbaum Center, Associate Chair in Political Science, and Professor of Political Science.
4/20/22, Public Policy Lunch Meeting. Speakers: Sunita Parikh, Associate Professor of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, discussing the politics of India, particularly how India is navigating the challenges of the war in Ukraine; Steven S. Smith, Former Director of the Weidenbaum Center, Kate M. Gregg Distguished Professor of Soical Science and Professor of Political Science Washington University in St. Louis, commenting on the current state of American politics; and Steven Fazzari, Director of the Weidenbaum Center, Bert A. and Jeanette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor of Economics, and Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis, and Tara M. Sinclair, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, George Washington Univeristy, providing commentary on inflation and monetary policy in the US economy.
4/13/22, Tale of Two Subsidies: Why the Afghan army did not fight and the Ukrainian army did Speaker: David K. Levine, Professor of Economics and Joint Chair of the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Study at the European University Institute, and John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Washington University's Department of Economics. The Center presents this event in conjunction with Washington Univeristy's Department of Economics.
3/28/22, Public Policy Lunch Meeting, Washington University Speakers: Krister Knapp, Teaching Professor and Minor Adviser, and Coordinator of Crisis & Conflict in Historical Perspective, Department of History, discusses the unfolding situation in Russia and Ukraine, as well as global implications. Lee Epstein, Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at the School of Law, discusses the implications of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court.
3/8/22, Fiscal Policy in an Era of Low Interest Rates. Professor Olivier Blanchard, C. Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, shares his ideas on rethinking how government spending and taxation affect economic growth, employment, financial markets, and inflation. The event includes a special presentation to Professor Blanchard of the Murray Weidenbaum Medal for Excellence, named in honor of one of Washington University's most distinguished economists and public servants.
2/23/22, Women's Virtual Networking and Public Policy Event. This event included a virtual networking session with attendees and public policy presentations. The recorded presentation portion features Washington University experts Margit Tavits, Chair in Political Science and William Taussig Professor of Arts & Sciences, and Margot Moinester, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Professor Tavits discusses the effect of parental leave for fathers on gender equal attitudes, and Professor Moinester discusses the changes in immigration enforcement policies and levels between the Trump and Biden Administration. The event is moderated by Elizabeth Larson, Associate Directr of Research & Administration at the Weidenbaum Center.
1/26/22, Cost Benefit Analysis for the 21st Century, Michael A. Livermore, Edward F. Howrey Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Law, Communities and Environment (PLACE) at the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses his recent book, co-authored with Richard Revesz, Reviving Rationality: Saving Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Sake of the Environment and Our Health. The Center presents this event with Washington University's School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series and Department of Economics.
1/26/22, Public Policy Lunch Meeting, Washington University Speakers: Andrew Reeves, Professor and Associate Chair in the Dept. of Political Science, discusses public opinion and President Biden and Ian Fillmore, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Economics at Washington University, speaks on college pricing and antitrust policy. Saint Louis University Speaker: Monica Eppinger, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the School of Law at Saint Louis University, examines the recent developments in the Ukraine-Russia Conflict.
12/2/21, Public Policy Lunch Meeting, Washington University Speakers: Pauline Kim, Daniel Noyes Kirby Professor of Law, dicussing employment law implications of workplace vaccine mandates; Panos Kouvelis, Director of The Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation and Emerson Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain, Operations, and Technology provides an overview of supply chain struggles; and Andrew Sobel, Director and Professor of Global Studies, Professor of Political Science (by courtesy), and Coordinator, Development and International Affairs concentrations, discusses the implications of the China-Taiwan conflict for U.S. foreign policy.
11/16/21, Democracy in Danger: Former Congressmen Carnahan and Coleman Launch Bi-Partisan Call to Action. A very special discussion on voting rights and American democracy. Speakers: Tom Coleman, a Washington University School of Law Graduate, Coleman served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri and state representative prior to be elected to 8 terms as a Member of Congress from northwest Missouri. More recent he was an adjunct professor at NYU and American University. He serves as an Advisor to Protect Democracy; and Russ Carnahan, a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Carnahan also served in the Missouri House of Representatives and is currently a Senior Policy Advisor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. The Center presented this event with Washington University's School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series and the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.
11/1/21, Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth, Speaker: Kristen Henning, The Blume Professor of Law and Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative at Georgetown Law, discusses her book that explores the long-term consequences of racism that Black teenagers experience at the hands of the police and their vigilante surrogates. Washington University Moderator: Daniel Harawa, Associate Professor and Director, Appellate Clinic, School of Law. This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest & Policy Speaker Series; the Department of African & African-American Studies; the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity; the Brown School; Clark-Fox Policy Institute; Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy; the Black Law Students Association; and the Women of Color Law Society.
10/14/21, The Economic Consequences of the Biden Agenda (program recording starts at 1 minute 35 seconds into video) A roundtable discussion with Steve Fazzari, Bert A. and Jeannette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor of Economics; Professor of Economics and Sociology; and Director of the Weidenbaum Center; Laurence H. Meyer, President, Monetary Policy Analytics Inc. and Former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board; and Steven S. Smith, Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of Political Science, and Former Director of the Weidenbaum Center. The panelists take a multifaceted look at the issues, fiscal policies, and potential outcomes of President Biden's economic and social agenda. Topics covered include inflation, interest rates, the President's proposed tax plan, federal government finances and the potential impact of his social agenda. This event is presented by Washington University's Eliot Society Speaker Series and Robert S. Brookings Partners.
10/7/12, An Evening with Danielle Allen. Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and Director of Harvard's Edmond. J Safra Center for Ethics, gave a talk that challenged common assumptions about both the founding of the United States and the implications of the Declaration of Independence. This short clip is excerpted from her entire presentation. This event was presented in connection with the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, & Equity.
10/5/21, Fear of the Muslim Planet: Global Islamophobia in the New World Order Arsalan Iftikhar, Author, Fear of the Muslim Planet; Founder, the Muslim Guy; and Senior Editor of The Islamic Monthly will present work connected with his book, Fear of the Muslim Planet. This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest & Policy Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy and the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, and John C. Danforth Center for Religion & Politics.
9/21/21, Constitution Day: U.S. Supreme Court Review/Preview. Speakers: Susan Appleton, Washington University Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law; Lee Epstein, Washington University Ethan A. H. Shepley Distinguished Professor and Weidenbaum Center Faculty Research Fellow; Adam Liptik, Journalist, New York Times; and Gregory Magarian, Washington University Thomas & Karole Green Professor of Law and Weidenbaum Center Faculty Research Fellow. Host: Karen Tokarz, Washington University Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest & Policy; Professor of African-American Studies; Director, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program; and Director, Civil Rights, Community Development and Mediation Clinic. This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest & Policy Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Gephardt Institute for Community Engagement, US Arbitration & Mediation, the American Constitution Society, and the Weidenbaum Center.
9/13/21, Public Policy Lunch Meeting, Washington University Panel Speakers: William Nomikos, Assistant Professor of Political Science, speaking on the situation in Afghanistan; Krister Knapp, Teaching Professor and Minor Adviser in History, and Executive Coordinator of Crisis & Conflict in Historical Perspective, reflecting on 20 years post 9-11; and Steve Fazzari, Director of the Weidenbaum Center, Bert A. and Jeanette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor of Economics, and Professor of Economics and Sociology, providing an update on the state of the economy and inflation.
9/1/21, Covid-19, the Abraham Accords, and the 2021 Election - Israel's Politics in an Uncertain World. Former Washington University Professor of Political Science, current Dean of the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences, and Founding Head of the Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges, Itai Sened, discusses the current state of Israeli Politics. The Weidenbaum Center presents this even with Washington University's School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series and Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute.
6/14/21, Public Policy Lunch Meeting, Washington University Panel Speakers: Steve Fazzari, Director of the Weidenbaum Center, Bert A. and Jeanette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor of Economics, and Professor of Economics and Sociology, Steven S. Smith, Former Director of the Weidenbaum Center, Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science, and Professor of Political Science, and Guillermo Rosas, Associate Director of the Weidenbaum Center and Professor of Political Science, assessing the successes, failures, and much that is to come following the "first 100 days" of the Biden Administration.
5/19/21, After the Storm: Racial Differences in Veneration for America's Democracy, Annual Supporter Celebration talk by James L. Gibson, Sidney M. Souers Professor of Government in the Department of Political Science at Washington University and Extraordinary Professor in Political Science at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Professor Gibson speaks on racial differences in veneration of America's Democracy.
5/6/21, The Frontlines of Peace, Public Policy talk by Severine Autesserre, award-winning author, peacebuilder, and researcher, as well as a Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. Professor Autesserre speaks about her new book The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider's Guide to Changing the World which draws upon in-depth field research in twelve different conflict zones to challenge popular beliefs and scholarly ideas about the war, peace, and conflict resolution. This event is co-sponsored with the French Connexions Cultural Center, the School of Law's Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, and the Assembly Series at Washington University.
4/5/21, Is 'Direct Democracy' Good for Democracy? Public Policy talk by Dr. Susan Stokes, Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science and Faculty Chair of the Chicago Center on Democracy at the University of Chicago. This event is cosponsored with the Washington University School of Law's Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series and the Assembly Series.
3/2/21, Murray Weidenbaum Tribute Lecture: The Pandemic and Election, The Three R's, and Economics, Public Policy talk by Dr. Glenn Hubbard, Dean Emeritus and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. Dr. Hubbard shares his thoughts on the economic recover, reform, and renewal following the 2020 election.
2/16/21, Women's Networking and Policy Event (Zoom generated transcript), Washington University Moderator: Sunita Parikh, Associate Professor of Political Science and of Asian and American Studies (Affiliate) Washington University Speakers: Sanghmitra Gautam, Assistant Professor of Economics speaks on the role of education in female empowerment in India and the marriage market connection, and Carly Wayne, Assistant Professor of Political Science speaks on the micro-foundations of state responses to terror.
2/4/21, The First Amendment and the Mess We're In: From the Streets to the Cloud, The Center cosponsored this event with Washington University's School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, the American Constitution Society, and the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. Washington University Professor of Law and Weidenbaum Center Faculty Research Fellow Gregory Magarian, discusses the complexities of the First Amendment and its effect on the current state of american political conflict.
1/27/21, A Strategic Assessment of St. Louis: Growth and Equity, Public Policy talk by Henry S. Webber, Executive Vice Chancellor for Civic Affairs and Strategic Planning, and Professor of Practice at the Brown School and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. Mr. Webber is leading a long-term study on the comparative performance of cities and regions on measures of growth and equity. He shares his latest findings on how St. Louis compares to peer regions and cities and what opportunities and conclusions he has drawn from this work.
12/7/20, The Challenges of Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Public Policy talk by Sophia E. Hayes, Professor of Chemistry. Professor Sophia E. Hayes from Washington University's Department of Chemistry discusses the potential for science and engineering to impact greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. She will tell us about solutions being actively pursued by researchers and discuss some past "success stories" related to the environment.
11/9/20, The 2020 Elections and the Next Turn in American Governance, Public Policy talk by Steven S. Smith, Former Weidenbaum Center Director; Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science; and Weidenbaum Center Faculty Research Fellow. Professor Steven S. Smith from Washington University's Department of Political Science and the American Democracy Lab, reviews the recent election outcomes, examines the effects of surging turnout, considers the errors in presidential race polls, and outlines the likely legislative agenda for the new Congress.
10/21/20, Economic Issues Related to the Upcoming Election. The Center cosponsored this event with the St. Louis Economics, IHS Markit; St. Louis Gateway Chapter of the National Association for Business Economics; and Washington University's School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement, and the Assembly Series. Panelists: Wendy Edelberg, PhD from University of Chicago; director of the Hamilton Project and senior fellow in economic studies at the Brooking Institution, former chief economist of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, and former executive director of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, and former senior economist for Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, PhD from Princeton University, President of the American Forum, former chief economist of George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, former director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, and chief economic policy advisor to the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain Moderator: Steve Fazzari, Director, Weidenbaum Center; Bert A. and Jeanette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor of Economics; and Professor of Sociology.
9/16/20, Thinking Hard about Government Debt, Public Policy Breakfast talk by Steve Fazzari, Weidenbaum Center Director; Presentation slides. Center Director Steven Fazzari summarizes his research and teaching about U.S. federal government debt by answering six "big questions." His analysis shows that there are limits to how much government debt the U.S. economy should accumulate. But most "common sense" arguments about the dangers of federal government debt in a country like the U.S. are misleading because people confuse worries about private indebtedness with very different circumstances of federal government debt in a county that controls its own currency. Fazzari concludes that current levels of government debt present little concern and should not constrain desirable fiscal policy to address the Covid-19 econonmic crisis or provide support for needed national infrastructure.
7/22/20, Economic Fallout from the Global Pandemic: Why it's Different this Time (program recording starts 5 minutes, 15 seconds into video) Drs. Langenfeld and Meyer discuss the remarkable economic events that have occurered since the outbreak of the Covid-19 public health crisis. The participants consider both macroeconomic and microeconomic perspectives. Moderator: Center Director Steven Fazzari. Participants: James Langenfeld: former Ph.D. student of Murray Weidenbaum and national expert on business competition and anti-trust law; Laurence Meyer: former professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Washington University and former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.