On September 27, 2018, Dan Slater delivered his inaugural lecture as Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of Emerging Democracies. Slater, WCED director and professor of political science, talked on the topic of "Democracies Emerging and Submerging." The Michigan Daily reported on the lecture, and their article can be read here.

A full recording of Professor Slater's lecture is available on the WCED YouTube channel.