2020 Event Recordings
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 poular 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.
4/14/21, Public Policy Lunch Meeting, Washington University Speakers: Ariela Schachter, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate in Asian American Studies speaking on Weidenbaum Center research support and challenges and opportunities the Biden administration faces with immigration policy, Timothy McBride, Bernard Becker Professor at the Brown School of Social Work, Co-Director for Health Economics and Policy at the Institute for Public Health, and Weidenbaum Center Faculty Research Fellow providing an update on Medicaid expansion in Missouri, 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 U.S. economy including benefits and risks of the unprecendented fiscal actions of the federal government.
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 Univeristy 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 thoughs on the economic recover, reform, and renewal following the 2020 election.
2/16/21, Women's Networking and Policy Event, 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 "sucess 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 ecnomist 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.
10/6/20, Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court. The Center cosponsored this event with Washington University's School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Washington University Climate Change Program; Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement; and the Energy & Environmental Law Society. Washington University Professor Maxine Lipeles, Founder and Former Director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, and Professor Richard Lazarus, Howard & Katherine Aible Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, discuss his book Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court. Moderator: Karen Tokarz, Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Policy; Professor of African-American Studies, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program Director; and Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic, Washington University
9/21/20, Race, Sex, and Voting Rights: Past, Present, and Future. The Center cosponsored this event with Washington University's School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement; U.S. Arbitration & Mediation, and the American Constitution Society. Panelists: Gilda Daniels, University of Baltimore School of Law; Travis Crum and Elizabeth Katz, Washington University School of Law Professors Moderator: Karen Tokarz, Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Policy; Professor of African-American Studies, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program Director; and Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic, Washington University
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.
9/14/20, Constitution Day: U.S. Supreme Court Review/Preview. The Center cosponsored this event with Washington University's School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement; U.S. Arbitration & Mediation, and the American Constitution Society. Panelists: Adam Liptak, Journalist, New York Times; Susan Appleton, Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law, Washington University; Gregory Magarian, Thomas & Karole Professor of Law & Weidenbaum Center Faculty Research Fellow, Washington University Moderator: Karen Tokarz, Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Policy; Professor of African-American Studies, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program Director; and Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic, Washington University
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.