Past Rabbi Ferdinand M. Isserman Lectures

The Rabbi Ferdinand Isserman lectures are listed below in chronological order.

* Denotes Assembly Series Lecture

Use and Abuse of Power

February 18, 1976

David Halberstam *
Co-sponsored by Student Academic Committee


On-Rushing 1980s–Hard Choices Ahead

February 15, 1978

U.S. Representative Morris K. Udall *



Social Justice in a World of Shrinking Resources and Rising Poverty

October 29, 1980

William Shirer *




Something Wonderful: A New Dealer Remembers

October 13, 1982

Former Washington University Chancellor Thomas H. Eliot *
Co-sponsored by Student Union Speakers Programming Board



Long March: The Untold Story,

OOctober 1, 1986

Harrison Salisbury




Corporate Power in America

October 18, 1989

Ralph Nader *




When the Unthinkable Happens

November 5, 1992

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel *




Jewish Perspective on Neo-Nazism

Ernest SteinNovember 9, 1994

Ernst Stein *
Holocaust Memorial Lecture/Ferdinand Isserman Memorial Lecture



Social Justice and the 1996 Presidential Election

October 24, 1996

Congressional Representative Patricia Schroeder *





November 11, 1998

Senator George J. Mitchell *
Rabbi Ferdinand Isserman Memorial Lecture/Thomas C. Hennings Memorial Lecture




March 26, 2001

Paul Simon *
Ferdinand Isserman Memorial Lecture/Thomas C. Hennings Memorial Lecture



Challenging the Illusion of Separation: Celebrating the Dignity of Difference

Susan TalveFebruary 12, 2004

Rabbi Susan Talve *




West Bank Story

April 1, 2008

Ari Sandel *
Rabbi Ferdinand Isserman / Students for a Peaceful Palestinian-Israeli Future Lecture
Co-sponsored by Jewish Student Union


Reading the Quran at Starbucks: An American Secular Feminist and a Traditional Muslim Scholar Find Commonalities

April 14, 2015

Carla Power *
Rabbi Ferdinand Isserman/Phi Beta Kappa Lecture




Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms

October 20, 2016

Arsalan Iftikhar




Voices of the Unheard and a Call for Grace for Victims of Oppression, Racism and Sexism

March 29, 2018

Rev. Traci Blackmon and Rabbi Susan Talve




Faith in Action: Working for Justice in St. Louis

Dr, Billie Mayo and Dr. Shima RostamiFebruary 20, 2020

Dr. Billie Mayo and Dr. Shima Rostami




Dominion or Regeneration: How do Faith Communities Show up in Perilous Times?


March 31, 2022

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin


Dancing in the Darkness: Spiritual Lessons for Thriving in Turbulent Times

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

February 8, 2024

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III