Public Policy Programs

The Weidenbaum Center hosts numerous programs and events that address important public policy issues.

Weidenbaum Center Forums

These large public forums (conferences, debates, and single-speaker events) focus on major public policy issues in the news. Speakers consist of academics, government officials, and business leaders. They are frequently cosponsored with other organizations and are free and open to the public.

See upcoming public forums

Member Programs

Eliot Society

The Center’s Eliot Society Programs were created to educate Weidenbaum Center members on key topics in public policy, give Center faculty and staff and opportunity to work with and get to know members better, and solicit members opinions and suggestions. Programs typically focus on economic and political issues that are important to the nation and the world, as well as the St. Louis area.

Weidenbaum Center Eliot Society members are invited to occasional (during the academic semester)  meetings featuring experts from academia, government, and business discussing timely topics.


These current affairs round table discussions enable major Center donors (Eliot Society level and above) to interact with faculty experts from a broad spectrum.

Century Club Members

Century Club Members are crucial to the success of the Weidenbaum Center, helping to support important faculty research and public policy events. Century Club membership begins when a donor makes an annual gift of $100 or more. 

Levels of Century Club Membership

  • Century Club: $100-$249
  • Century Club Fellow: $250-$499
  • Director's Committee: $500-$999 

Century Club members are entitled to: 

  • Invitation to a breakfast event each semester
  • Invitation to the Annual Reception
  • Notice of all Weidenbaum Center Forum programs

Make your gift now, or for more information on giving, contact Jamie Barron, Associate Director of Advancement & Annual Giving,  


learn more about the Eliot Society



Annual Recognition & Awards Ceremony

Each spring, the Weidenbaum Center hosts an annual reception for our members, faculty, colleagues, students, and friends. The Weidenbaum Center Award for Excellence is also awarded to one or more recipients duing the reception.

Learn More About the Annual Recognition & Awards Ceremony

Lecture Series

In the past, the Weidenbaum Center hosts a series of lectures each academic year dealing with current economic and political issues. These three-part lectures gave in-depth coverage of a topic.

You can access streaming video on the series that have taken place below.

Political Polarization Series

Causes and Consequences of Polarization in Modern American Politics

On September 28, 2015, Steven Smith gave the first in a series of lectures on Political Polarization.

Campaign Civility Under Preferential and Plurality Voting in US Cities

On October 26, 2015, Caroline Tolbert, Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa, gave the second lecture in the Political Polarization series.

Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign

On February 10, 2016, Frances Lee, Professor of Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, gave the third lecture in the Political Polarization series.


Understanding the Great Recession and What Comes Next Series

Rising Financial Fragility in the "Consumer Age" - Seeds of Collapse

On January 30, 2013, Steve Fazzari gave the first of three lectures on the "Great Recession."

Anatomy of a Historic Recession

On February 13, 2013, Steve Fazzari gave the second of three lectures on the "Great Recession."

Challenges to Recovery: Why Is it So Slow? What Can Policy Do to Help?

On February 27, 2013, Steve Fazzari gave the third of three lectures on the "Great Recession."


The Dysfunctional Senate Series

The History of the Senate: A Special Role in the American System

On November 1, 2011, Steven S. Smith gave the first of three lectures on "The Dysfunctional Senate."

The Contemporary Senate: Clubby, Individualistic, and Partisan

On November 15, 2011, Steven S. Smith gave the second of three lectures on "The Dysfunctional Senate."

The Future of the Senate: The Case for Reform

On November 29, 2011, Steven Smith gave the third of three lectures on "The Dysfunctional Senate."


Additional Lectures

An Update on the Senate Syndrome: The Democrats Crack Down on Senate Filibusters

On February 10, 2014, Steve Smith gave a lecture on Senate filibusters.

Media Retreat, 2002-2018

The Center held an annual retreat for members of the print and broadcast media from 2002-2018. The retreat brought together reporters, editors, and producers with speakers for an intense four-day seminar on policy issues. This intensive and interactive seminar examined the role that numbers, statistics, and data analysis play in news, public policy, and politics.


Past Media Retreat Information