A guide to events on our campuses.

Assembly Series

A tradition of convening thought leaders since 1953


Since 1953, the Assembly Series has presented more than one thousand of the most important voices of our time. Its programs are always free and open to the public, although some events may have limited seating. We invite you to join others from our community to be inspired, challenged and entertained. For a fascinating trip back in time, check out Past Speakers.

Assembly Series Events

Pepper Schwartz on 'The Me Too Era: How We Got Here, and What's Next'
19 Sep

The Me Too movement has brought a long-needed course correction to sexual harassment, sexual intimidation and workplace sexual abuse. This lecture goes over...

Thursday, September 19 | 11:45 AM
Bunny and Charles Burson Visiting Artist Lecture: Q&A with Ai Weiwei
26 Sep

Join us for a Q&A with the renowned Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei, in conjunction with the exhibition "Ai Weiwei: Bare Life. " Sabine...

Thursday, September 26 | 5:30 PM
James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education:  'Bridging the Divided City: Preparing Students for a New Los Angeles'
27 Sep

This talk will address a career of producing humanities Ph.D. students who are actively committed to public scholarship that explores questions of race,...

Friday, September 27 | 3:00 PM
S.T. Lee Endowed Lecture: 'Has China Won?'
07 Oct

The McDonnell Academy's S.T. Lee Endowed Lecture Series features issues on U.S.-China relations. Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Senior Advisor in Global...

Lecture: 'The U.S. and Iraq Today'
24 Oct

Col. Frank Sobchak, lead, co-author of the "U.S. Army in the Iraq War," which is the first U.S. government history of the war, will deliver this lecture as...

Thursday, October 24 | 6:00 PM
'Exploring the Warped Side of the Universe with Gravitational Waves: From the Big Bang to Black Holes'
07 Nov

Kip S. Thorne, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology, delivers the Robert M. Walker Distinguished...

Holocaust Memorial Lecture: 'The Land of Open Graves: Understanding the Current Politics of Migrant Life and Death along the U.S.-Mexico Border'
04 Dec

This year's event will feature a lecture by Jason De León, professor of anthropology at UCLA, titled "The Land of Open Graves: Understanding the Current...

Wednesday, December 4 | 5:00 PM