Global Leaders in Residence


The Global Leaders in Residence program extends the University's long-standing commitment to partnerships around the world. Webster University will host distinguished individuals who are considered thought leaders in their fields from across a wide spectrum of disciplines. 

While in residence, each of the Global Leaders will interact with students to assist in real world learning by connecting theory to practice. Leaders will share their unique perspectives based upon their experiences in forums that are free and open to all students, faculty and the general public.

"We are honored to host such distinguished thinkers and leaders in their respective fields," states Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, President of Webster University. "These invited leaders will be tapped from the University's global community, including St. Louis and throughout the U.S., as well as from around the world."

2015 Global Leaders in Residence

Flora Lauten and Raquel Carrio
Flora and Raquel


Teatro Buendía
, formed in 1986 by graduates from the Higher Institute of Arts, Havana, and directed by Flora Lauten, is Cuba's most celebrated theater company. Since its foundation, it has developed two parallel lines of work: the production of theater spectacles, and a permanent research center investigating Latin American and Caribbean cultural traditions, the expressive possibilities of the actor, and the renewal of scenic languages. Raquel Carrío is a playwright who partners with Lauten to create original plays and adapt iconic literary works for the stage. Lauten and Carrio’s work is highly-regarded in their native Cuba and around the world.

Keynote Presentation - La Tempestad: Theatre as a Game

  • February 5, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
  • Winifred Moore Auditorium - Webster Hall, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

Center for International Education Symposium Series - Making Art in Cuba

  • March 3, 2015, 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunnen Lounge - University Center, 175 Edgar Road, St. Louis, MO 63119

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Previous Global Leaders in Residence

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2014 Leaders

Richard D. Wolff
Author, Economist and Educator
April 8-9, 2014

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2013 Leaders

Ben Cameron
Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
March 3-5, 2013

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2012 Leaders 

Jonathan Kozol
Author and Educator
Sept. 24-25, 2012

Steve James
Filmmaker
April 26-29, 2012

Yolanda Kakabadse
President, World Wild Fund for Nature
April 9-12, 2012