Public Lecture Series

Welcome the 2022-2023 speaker line-up! Please join us for talks including the science behind race, the midterm elections, an environmental themed rap performance and more.

Our speakers are brought to the UW community, citizens of Seattle, and the state of Washington through three very generous private endowments: The Walker-Ames Fund, The Jessie and John Danz Fund, and the Mary Ann and John D. Mangels Fund.

Out of an abundance of caution and care for our community, the Office of Public Lectures encourages our patrons to wear a mask when attending our in-person events. We strongly recommend our guests to take a rapid antigen test ahead of attending a lecture with us as we foster a healthy environment for all.

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Registration Information

Important Dates

  • September 13, 2022 – Fall quarter registration opens
  • December 13, 2022 – Winter quarter registration opens
  • March 13, 2023 – Spring quarter registration opens

This year the Office of Public Lectures is offering a “Pay-What-You-Will” option for each of our lectures. You can pick your price ranging from $0 to $50 per person. By offering this win-win exchange centered on value and trust, we hope to offer quality programming featuring world-renowned and respected speakers to anyone who wishes to access it.    

Please direct all registration-related questions to the Graduate School at or 206.543.5900.

Standby Line Policy

If an event is sold out, as a courtesy, the Graduate School will offer standby seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Any reserved seats not taken by 15 minutes before the start of the lecture will be offered to our guests in the standby line. Please note: standby entrance is based on seat availability and there is no guarantee of admittance to the public lecture.


The University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodations, contact the UW Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or

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