From Nasdaq president Adena Friedman to president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Jim Bullard and beyond, the Calhoun Lecture Series brings important and influential voices to the Olin community.

​Calhoun Lecture Series

The Calhoun Lecture Series, made possible by a generous gift and in memory of David R. Calhoun (1902—74), contributes to the study and discussion of the role of business in a free society.

About the Calhoun Lecture Series

What role does business play in a free society? How can business change the world, for good? The David R. Calhoun Memorial Lecture Series seeks to answer these and other questions about business scholarship by bringing important and influential voices to the WashU community. The series began in 1978 in memory of St. Louis business leader David R. Calhoun (1902—74). Mr. Calhoun was a prominent St. Louis civic leader, a member of Washington University’s Board of Trusteses, and, in 1956, the inaugural recipient of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat Man of the Year award.

Recent Speakers

October 31, 2019 | At the Table: Chef as Artist and Executive An insider’s perspective on the business behind culinary arts. Celebrating WashU Olin's new Minor in the Business of the Arts, At the Table was a morning of insights on the drive, purpose and strategy poured into translating a passion for the culinary arts into a successful business venture. View a one-on-one conversation with Danny Meyer, plus a panel with local St. Louis culinary experts.

Previous Speakers

Past speakers have included business, academic, and government leaders. A few examples of topics and speakers are listed below.

How Business Should Respond to the New Pro-Business Climate

Arjay Miller
Emeritus Dean
School of Business, Stanford University

The State as a Domestic Servant

George J. Stigler
Charles R. Walgreen Professor
University of Chicago

The Continuing US Economic Recovery and the Challenges Ahead

Jim Bullard
President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

An Update from Petsmart’s President

Michael Massey
President and CEO

One-on-One with JP Morgan’s CEO

George Gatch
Chief Executive Officer
Global Funds Management and Institutional Asset Management
JP Morgan

One-on-One with Nasdaq President

Adena Friedman
Nasdaq, Inc.

Beyond Buffet

Tom Maneti, MiTek
Lawrence Cunningham, author
Hilay Sale, moderator, professor of law

Citi Housing Discussion

Jane Fraser, Citi
William Emmons, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Anjan Thakor, moderator, John E Simon Professor of finance

Fireside Chat

Ajay Banga
President and CEO

Political Physics: Accountability Vacuums and Social Dynamics

Harold M. Williams
Securities & Exchange Commission

Energy and the Market Place

George P. Schultz
Former Chairman
Council on Economic Policy

Technology Is the New Measure of the Wealth of Nations

John R. Opel
Chairman of the Executive Committee

Japan in Transition: A New Paradigm for Managers

Yotaro Kobayashi
Chairman and CEO
Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

Five Centuries after Columbus: Exploring America's Place in the World

Robert Allen